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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.

NYT: Prosecute The Torturers

The New York Times | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official ...

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Are Less Comfortable Than Dick Cheney With The CIA's Wrongful Detentions | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

Most Americans agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney's sentiments on the CIA's post-9/11 detention program: "Bad guys who got out and released"...

Torture: American Horror Story that Won't Go Away

David Tereshchuk | Posted 12.18.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

People everywhere now see torture as a quotidian trope for American behavior in the world. Hence the cartoon, by the incisive artist Peter Brookes, that is reproduced at the head of this article, showing Lady Liberty hard at work waterboarding.

The Psychology of the Torturer

Max Dorfman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

We are not only implying a lack of humanity for the tortured, but for the torturer as well. Why should we condone any act that strips someone of his or her humanity, especially if we create a system in which one can slip from the grasp of personhood and never regain it?

Could Torture Report Be First Step to Ending U.S. War Crimes?

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

The torture of 119 people by the CIA is the tip of an iceberg of systematic war crimes that have become a defining characteristic of America's role in the world.

Peggy Noonan on Torture

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

In her Saturday Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan insists that the Senate torture report should not have been published, but instead reserved for public officials. She apparently regrets that the world will think less of us. Nonetheless, Noonan is ultimately right to maintain that the Senate document is partisan.

Dick Cheney's Misleading Torture Spin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA inte...

Guantanamo Hearing For Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Canceled After Release Of Torture Report

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

(Adds quotes, details, byline) By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Monday canceled a pr...

Can Muslim Youth Counter Extremism?

Amaar Ahmad | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Amaar Ahmad

It is important to confront the fallacies that the West is somehow at war with Islam or that all Muslim youth are silent against acts of extremism.

American Torture -- Past, Present, and... Future?

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Be shocked, be disgusted, be appalled, but don't be fooled. Mainstream coverage of U.S. torture in general, and of this new report in particular, rests on three false assumptions.

Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Are Divided On Use Of Torture, But Fewer Support Some Of The Harshest Tactics | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

Americans are more likely than not to say torture is sometimes justified, but are less likely to support some of the specific tactics used against det...

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...

Dianne Feinstein Pushes Back Against CIA Director John Brennan On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan held a rare press conference Thursday defending the agency in the wake of new revelations on torture...

CIA Feeding

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

Defenders Of The CIA's Torture Program Dig In

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

Key figures in the George W. Bush administration and an architect of the CIA's post-9/11 torture program are defending the so-called enhanced interrog...

The Feinstein Torture Report

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.

U.S. Closes Afghanistan Prison, No Longer Has Custody Of Detainees

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday released the final three detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the U.S....

Sam Stein

Former Wyden Aide Responds To Hayden Taunt: 'Go The F*ck Ahead' | Sam Stein | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his aggressive efforts to salvage his reputation in the wake of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s use of torture,...

Peter King's Comments On The Torture Report Suggest He Didn't Actually Read The Torture Report

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday that nobody was severely hurt by the United States' use of torture after 9/11, despite a report by the Senate ...

For CIA, Truth About Torture Was an Existential Threat

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

For the CIA officials involved in torture, one thing was clear from the very beginning: The only way they would be forgiven for what they did was if they could show it had saved lives. It was the heart of their rationale. It was vital to public acceptance. It was how they would avoid prosecution.