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Torture Memos

Happy Anniversary, CIA! 12 Years of Lawlessness!

Christopher E. Anders | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Christopher E. Anders

The CIA, with the backing or orders of the White House, ran a worldwide network of secret prisons where it tortured men with barbaric techniques; kidnapped people from European streets; and then reportedly lied to Congress, the White House, and the Justice Department about it.

Some In Senate Report On Torture Denied Chance To Read It

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notifie...

It's Never Too Late to Account for Our Torturous Past

Melina Milazzo, Esq. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Melina Milazzo, Esq.

Eleven years ago, government lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee "redefined the law" to provide distorted legal justifications -- where none exist -- to torture detainees held in U.S. custody. The public release of the 6,000 page Senate report on the CIA torture program would be a significant step in the right direction.

United States Must Ensure Accountability for "War on Terror" Abuses

David Tolbert | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
David Tolbert

The U.S. Department of Justice now has sufficient information to warrant a criminal investigation of those who commissioned and approved policies that resulted in torture and illegal treatment of detainees. There is indeed a moral imperative to get to the bottom of this dark chapter in American history.

Why Torture Is Still Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Kathryn Bigelow's new film, Zero Dark Thirty, has reignited the debate over the role torture should play in U.S. counterterrorism policy. Here's the CliffsNotes answer: none.

11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve to See

David Wallechinsky | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
David Wallechinsky

Many documents produced by the U.S. government are confidential and not released to the public for legitimate reasons of national security. Others, however, are kept secret for more questionable reasons.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture

Coleen Rowley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.

President Obama and Torture: Where Is the Accountability?

Pamela Merchant | Posted 10.02.2012 | DC
Pamela Merchant

The United States cannot be a safe haven for those who torture -- whether they come from outside our borders or from within.

Former Bush Official Wins Protection From Torture Lawsuit

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who ...

Interrogators Speak Out: Did Torture 'Work?'

Jim Clemente | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Jim Clemente

Another round of torture debates is soon to ensue on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA agent notorious for destroying 'the torture tapes,' will release his new book, Hard Measures, on the same date.

The Torture Memos, 10 Years Later

The Atlantic Wire | Andrew Coher | Posted 04.07.2012 | World

On February 7, 2002 -- ten years ago to the day, tomorrow -- President George W. Bush signed a brief memorandum titled "Humane Treatment of Taliban an...

All I Want for Christmas Is My Civil Liberties!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

What's the worst that could happen as a result of the congressional rubberstamp broadening the war and allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens as "enemy combatants"?

Alberto Gonzales: Dear Santa, Send Money

Raul A. Reyes | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Raul A. Reyes

As attorney general, Alberto Gonzales trampled on civil liberties, politicized the Department of Justice, and deeply embarrassed many of his fellow Latinos. Now he wants us to send him money.

Al-Qaeda and John Yoo: Concerns and a Qualified Endorsement We Can Do Without

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

Yoo, the mastermind of the infamous "torture memos" that provided "legal" justification for torture in the form of waterboarding, has now expressed his qualified support for the killing of al-Awlaki.

Bush Kept Out of Canada, Can We Keep Him Out of Minnesota Too?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Please JOIN US for an anti-torture candlelight vigil dedicated to detainees and victims of torture authorized by George Bush! Wednesday, September2...

To Learn or Not to Learn: America's Dilemma After 9/11

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If America is the land of the brave, that for me would include increasing and exercising our courage to get to know the deepest and darkest secrets that constitute the truth.

Lucia Graves

Bradley Manning Supporters Rally At Kansas Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of supporters of Bradley Manning converged at Leavenworth, Kan., Saturday to rally for the Army private accused of leaking clas...

Republicans On Torture, Post-Osama Bin Laden: Defending Against Prosecution?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

In these days since President Barack Obama announced that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, notice how quickly Re...

Al Qaeda Memo Re: Women as Human Shields

John Bobey | Posted 04.30.2012 | Comedy
John Bobey

To clarify once and for all, when it comes to the use of human shields, our official a Qaeda policy says YES, you can use them, but please, NO women.

Damn Wrong: Bush Admission on Torture Should Draw Special Prosecutor

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

In his new book, George Bush admits to having approved waterboarding. This admission has created a difficult dilemma for the current administration. Torture is a federal crime punishable by up to twenty years in prison.

Presidential Powers: Prudence or Perversion? Playing Jeopardy

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

If we're playing Jeopardy, and we are, this would be the answer: It's the real no-brainer answer to the legal and ethical questions posed by the ...

Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.

The Skeleton in John Yoo's Closet

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

If former White House lawyer John Yoo were ever to decide to join the ranks of newfangled conservatives running for office, he would be hard-pressed to hide the skeleton in his closet.

Camp Cropper: No Deposit, No Return

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Camp Cropper may someday be seen as a symbol of our protracted presence in a sovereign state, as well as a catalyst for its emergence as a no deposit, no return government.

Torture Memo Author Advocated Presidential Pardons, Jury Nullification

Murray Waas | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommen...