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Controversial Abu Ghraib Torture Photos May Be Released

Reuters | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) - A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. government to release as many as...

FINALLY! NYT Agrees To Use The Word Torture

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.08.2014 | Media

The New York Times announced on Thursday that it will use the word torture to describe the United States' controversial interrogation tactics on terro...

Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. We're not only living in a post-9/11 world, we're stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

The Road From Abu Ghraib

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

April 28 marks the tenth anniversary of the moment that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were made public in this country. Thus began America's public odyssey with torture, a story in many chapters and still missing an ending.

Torture in U.S. Custody: Why It Will Happen Again If We Don't Address It Now

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

If we don't take an introspective look at the policies and actions we've taken in the name of national security, actions that grossly violate our fundamental values, then we are leaving the door open for this to happen again.

5 Songs Used To Torture People

entertainment.time.com | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

You thought Somali pirates got dealt a bad hand by being blasted with Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again"? Here are five other songs that have ...

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Jameel Jaffer

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTrained in the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military interrogators and guards who tortured and dehumanized prisoners in U.S. custody after 9/11 were hardly without ethical bearings.

What If the Iranians Waterboarded an American?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

They strip him, put a dog collar and leash on him. They hood him, loose dogs on him. They subject him to freezing cold water and leave him naked on cold nights.

'I Begged for Them to Stop'

Nick Turse | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Try not to think about dying, because there's nothing you can do about it, because you're tied down, because someone is pouring that water over your face, forcing it into you, drowning you slowly and deliberately. You're helpless. You're in agony.

Outsourcing Torture

Allen Keller | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Allen Keller

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Thursday, CIA director nominee John Brennan noted that the United States "needs to make sure we are setting a standard for the world."

The Zero Dark Thirty Controversy

Ramzi Kassem | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Ramzi Kassem

The controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty has been as misguided as the film itself, which opened nationwide on Friday.

Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

11 years to the day after the Bush administration opened its notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Zero Dark Thirty opens nationwide. The filmmakers and distributors are evidently ignorant of the significance of the date -- a perfect indication of the carelessness and thoughtlessness of the film.

Wake Up America: We Are Losing the Moral Ground

Georges Ugeux | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

For those of us who travel around the world, there is no doubt that, while admired for many other reasons, the United States of America is increasingly losing the moral ground that it not only was proud of, but is trying to preach to the rest of the world.

Secret U.S. Prison Waterboarding Widespread, Says Report

AP | SARAH EL DEEB and LEE KEATH | Posted 11.06.2012 | World

CAIRO — Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding than previously acknowledged by the CIA, in a report T...

Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

President Obama has closed the CIA's "black sites," But via rendition -- the sending of terrorist suspects to the prisons of countries that torture -- and related policies, his administration has outsourced human rights abuse to Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere.

US Muslim Claims He Was Tortured By FBI

AP | NIGEL DUARA and MALIN RISING | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

PORTLAND, Ore. — His interrogators usually came in the morning. Peeking under a blindfold in a cold concrete cell, Yonas Fikre says he caught on...

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.

How Do We Justify Indicting Roger Clemens For Lying But Not Indicting Those Persons Who Authorized and Directed Torture?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Isn't it ironic that Roger Clemons is indicted for lying to Congress about steroid use, while those who authorized and directed the use of torture remain uncharged and unpunished?

Talking Torture With Mukasey and Thiessen: Do Torture Advocates Care About U.S. Moral Standing?

Elisa Massimino | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Elisa Massimino

Torture not only stained our reputation; it weakened American national security. It has alienated entire communities, undermining the capacity of the U.S. to fight terrorism, and given al Qaeda a public relations boon.

Torture Is American

Anne-Marie Cusac | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anne-Marie Cusac

Torture is American. How do I know? I am a reporter who for years covered allegations of prison abuse and ill treatment in domestic U.S. prisons. Nearly every technique used at Abu Ghraib had a close, recent parallel in a U.S. facility.

Can Christians Live with Torture?

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

If America is, as Alexis de Tocqueville once said, "a nation with the soul of a church," then it is absolutely essential that we exorcise torture and other experimental abuse from our souls.

Torture and America

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jack Healey

As Americans, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that foreign leaders who violate the human rights of their citizens face justice. But do we demand that our own leaders face justice when they violate the human rights of civilians?

Accountability for Torture: Europe Vs. United States

Amrit Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amrit Singh

While the United States may not want to acknowledge how it tore El-Masri's life apart, European pressure may well compel the U.S. to finally come clean.

A Truly Shocking Guantanamo Story: Judge Confirms That an Innocent Man Was Tortured to Make False Confessions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The U.S. government tortured an innocent man to extract false confessions and then threatened him until he obligingly repeated those lies as though they were the truth.

How Chinese Brutality Experts

New York Times | SCOTT SHANE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were military retirees and psychologists, on the lookout for business opportunities. They found an excellent customer in...