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Senate Torture Report

American Democracy and Torture

Robert Redford | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Redford

Let's face it, turning this kind of microscope on our own actions brings with it a lot of controversy, calls that we are endangering or damaging the CIA, or opening a can of worms that is best left closed. The dilemmas of a free society are many, and this is one of them. And the dilemmas of a free society are messy. But we should never walk away from them because of that.

Dick Cheney, Enemy Combatant, Volunteers to be Tortured for Nation's Good

Daryl Rowland | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

According to the Justice Department, Mr. Cheney will be extradited to an undisclosed country with no formal torture policies. "He will be treated to that spa's full menu of enhancements," said Bob Lapdoug, Undersecretary for Legal Hijinks. "But rest assured that the United States of America does not torture."

Torture Report: America Conducts a Moral Reckoning. Next, Moral Repair?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Mr. Obama, in ruling out prosecution for torture, may have thought he spared us bother, but actually he did us harm. By casting accountability into limbo, he makes possible government-sponsored torture in the future and prevents America from recovering the thing most precious: our good name.

Ali Watkins

The Other Torture Report: The Secret CIA Document That Could Unravel The Case For Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the public grapples with the gruesome realities put forth in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s damning report on the CIA’s tort...

SURPRISE! CIA Set To Skate After Snooping On Senate

The New York Times | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

A panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who ...

What Americans Think About Torture

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The results will no doubt come as a surprise to Feinstein and Intelligence Committee Democrats -- all of whom hoped that the declassification of the RDI program would be the final word on the torture debate.

Rejecting Torture Is the Right Thing to Do

Peter Maurer | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Maurer

Experience shows that the reliance on illegal, immoral, and inhumane interrogation techniques is universally a very poor choice.

Ali Watkins

Congress Just Tried To Legislate Against Torture, But Don't Get Too Excited Yet | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Good news, CIA critics: Buried in a tiny provision in the crowded omnibus spending bill that just passed through the Senate is language ...

My Country 'Tis of Thee

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From ev'ry mountainside... Let freedom ring!

Matt Sledge

How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

Honolulu, 1971. A diverse group of men and women walk into an office of the Honeywell Corporation to protest the company's manufacture of deadly clust...

Hunter Stuart

How We Outsourced CIA Torture And Why It Matters | Hunter Stuart | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business

One big revelation in the explosive summary of the Senate report on CIA torture is just how much the U.S. government is outsourcing its dirty work. ...

Debating the ACLU: Advocacy vs. Policy Analysis

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

I was surprised to find that when one engages in this kind of policy analysis, the many security measures introduced in the wake of 9/11 very often fall into one of two categories. They either entail little intrusion and are quite effective in enhancing our protection, or have the opposite profile.

Psychologist Admits He Waterboarded Al Qaeda Suspects: Report

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - One of the chief architects of the CIA's harsh Bush-era interrogation program has admitted in a media interview for t...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

From The Blame Game To Half Confessions, Here's How Global Leaders Are Reacting To The CIA Torture Report | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.15.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's intensely critical report on the CIA's torture program, a summary of which was released last Tuesda...

Debating the Morality of Brutal Government Torture is Now a 'Thing,' Apparently

Galanty Miller | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

The most horrifying part of the Senate's CIA Torture Report is the general public reaction, which is not a unanimous "this is horrendous."

What Have We Become?

Dave Pruett | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Americans now have yet another question to ponder. The U.S. has grossly violated international norms of civilized behavior. We have also broken our word. Why should American's care?

Matt Sledge

Washington Closes Ranks On Torture Report | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

Less than a week after the release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's wide-ranging report on the CIA's torture program, o...

Ron Wyden Says CIA Director Has To Change Or He Has To Go

Matt Sledge | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said on Sunday that CIA Director John Brennan has to change the agency's "culture of denial" or he has to go. Wyden is a le...

CIA Lied About Torture, Senate Report Suggests

AP | By KEN DILANIAN | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When CIA interrogators were torturing accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at a secret prison in Poland in March 200...

Justice Antonin Scalia Says The Constitution Is Silent On Torture

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the us...

'Meet The Press' Books Dick Cheney To Talk Torture Report

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.12.2014 | Media

Former Vice President Dick Cheney will join Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" this Sunday to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's recently-release...

Psychologist Who Helped Build CIA Interrogation Program Quit Role As Mormon Bishop

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion

SPOKANE, Wa. - One of the chief architects of the CIA's harsh interrogation program said on Thursday he had to quit as leader of his Mormon church i...

Here's A No-B.S. Translation Of John Brennan's Remarks On Torture

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

CIA Director John Brennan spoke Thursday for the first time since the Senate Intelligence Committee released a damning report Tuesday about his agency...

Ali Watkins

John Brennan On CIA Torture Program: 'We Simply Failed' | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

LANGLEY, Va. -- In an unusual media address at CIA headquarters Thursday, CIA Director John Brennan conceded that his agency had been unprepared to op...

Moral Confusion in the War on Terror

Terry Newell | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

How should we rank order the following in terms of their importance in how we want our government to behave: morally; legally, constitutionally, effectively? Of course, we want all these things, but when push comes to shove, as it does for an individual government worker in the CIA, a government agency, and a nation, what matters most?