Judge Allows Torture Case Against Psychologists to Go Forward

I wrote a couple days ago about the Obama administration not using the broad version of the State Secrets Privilege -- for the very first time -- in a case against the two psychologists who made tens of millions of dollars creating the torture program used against detainees in the Bush administration. The judge has now rejected a motion to dismiss the case from the psychologists. … [Read more...]

Obama Finally Withdrawing State Secrets Privilege?

After seven years of flagrantly violating a campaign promise to end the use of the broad version of the State Secrets Privilege, is President Obama finally pulling back from that horrible tactic? In an important torture lawsuit, the DOJ has declined to file a motion on those grounds and will let the case proceed. … [Read more...]

Cruz: The United States Has Never Used Torture

Ted Cruz has begun repeating a baldfaced lie in reacting to the bombings in Brussels, claiming that “America has never engaged in torture.” We know this is a lie because we know that he has seen the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which makes absolutely clear that we have. And there is zero doubt that waterboarding is torture. … [Read more...]

Obama Still Trying to Prevent Release of Senate Torture Report

The Obama administration continues to fight in court to prevent the release of the full report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that details the entire history of the Bush torture regime. A 500-page summary was released but not the full report and Obama, who promised the "most transparent administration in history," wants it buried. … [Read more...]

No Donald, You Can’t Change the Laws on Torture

Donald Trump is still saying that he wants to restart waterboarding and torture that is "much worse," but now he's pretending that he'll just change that laws to allow rather than to order it despite the law as the Bush administration did. Like most of his proposals, this is a fantasy. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Promise to Follow Law on Torture Lasts Less Than 12 Hours

It seems Trump is speaking out of both sides of his mouth on torture. After repeatedly saying that he would approve not only waterboarding but things "far worse" on detainees, he then issued a statement to the Wall Street Journal saying he would follow the law on torture. That lasted less than 12 hours. … [Read more...]

Trump Now Says He’d Follow the Law on Torture

After promising his bloodthirsty supporters that he would not only bring back waterboarding but also torture that was "a hell of a lot worse," Donald Trump backtracked on Friday with a statement to the Wall Street Journal saying that he would not order tactics that were against the law. … [Read more...]

Trump Uses Fake Story to Justify Torture

Donald Trump has been advocating torture that is "much worse" than waterboarding with an enthusiasm that is absolutely creepy and horrifying. And while campaigning in South Carolina he used a completely fake story about General Pershing in order to justify torturing people. … [Read more...]

Eric Trump: Waterboarding is Like a Frat Hazing

So it turns out that Donald Trump's son Eric is just as appalling as he is. He's been campaigning for his father and making arguments every bit as stupid as The Donald, especially about torture. In an interview on Fox News, Trump the Lesser said that waterboarding is just like a frat hazing ritual. … [Read more...]

Donald Trump Doesn’t Know What ‘Declassifying’ Means

Ted Cruz said he would bring back waterboarding in some circumstances during the latest Republican presidential debate and Donald Trump said he'd bring back tactics even worse than that. In an interview with Jake Tapper, who reminded him that waterboarding is explicitly illegal, Trump offered this bizarre response: … [Read more...]

Cruz: Waterboarding Isn’t Torture

During the last Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz was asked directly whether waterboarding was torture or not. He answered that it clearly was not "under the definition of torture" and "under the law." He could not possibly be any more wrong about that, so much so that one can only conclude that he is lying. … [Read more...]

CIA Agent to Be Extradited Over Rendition

A judge in Portugal has ruled that an ex-CIA agent who was arrested there will be extradited to Italy, where she has already been convicted in absentia for the "extraordinary rendition" of an Egyptian imam to be tortured. This is a very interesting development and I'm wondering what the response of the American government will be, if they have one at all. … [Read more...]


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