Khattala Must be Tried in Civilian Court

The right wing has had three responses to the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala in Libya: 1) Oh, the timing is too convenient! (which is moronic); 2) It's no big deal, he was a bit player anyway; and 3) Send him to Gitmo! Torture him! Never mind that 2 and 3 contradict one another. Jack Goldsmith, an assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, says he must be tried in a civilian court under the law: … [Read more...]


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Does Sean Hannity Really Want to Talk About Waterboarding?

After Sarah Palin's morally bankrupt declaration that waterboarding is like baptism, Sean Hannity -- of all people -- is coming to her defense, spinning a lurid scenario that would haunt any parent. Wouldn't you waterboard someone to save your children? … [Read more...]


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A Torture Victim Speaks Out

Juan Mendez is a UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. He's also a victim of torture himself, at the hands of a brutal Argentinian junta in the 1970s. He has an article in Politico expressing his disappointment that the United States, which helped free him from his torturers, has now embraced that very practice. … [Read more...]


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Christian Conservatives Hammer Palin’s Torture Remarks

It's probably a good thing to be reminded now and then that not every Christian conservative in the country has sold their soul to Republican tribalism and several of them have stepped up to blast Sarah Palin for her hideous declaration that if she were in charge, waterboarding is how she would "baptize" terrorists. Here's Joe Carter of The Gospel Coalition: … [Read more...]


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From Reagan to Palin on Torture

Sarah Palin, aka Bible Spice, spoke at the NRA annual meeting last weekend and whipped up her usual combination of half stupid, half morally appalling and all annoying. She actually got wild applause for saying that if she were in charge (how's that for a frightening thought?), she'd bring back waterboarding in a big way: … [Read more...]


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None Dare Call It Torture

With the Senate Intelligence Committee's vote to declassify part of the 6000+ word report on the Bush torture regime, the media is once again reporting on the issue -- and once again almost entirely refusing to call it torture. All they want to use are euphemisms: … [Read more...]


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The Torture Debate in the GOP

Andrew Sullivan makes a really interesting point about Rand Paul running for president, which is that if he does make a run -- and he's obviously going to -- it will force the issue of torture out into the open. His opponents will undoubtedly raise the issue to attack him. … [Read more...]


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Senate Report: CIA Lied to DOJ

More leaks are coming out from the Senate Intelligence Committee's still-hidden report on the Bush-era torture regime and -- surprise, surprise -- it concludes that the CIA repeatedly misled the DOJ and their own inspector general about what they were actually doing. … [Read more...]


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CIA Tells Interrogators ‘Waterboard Him Some More’

If you want to know just how disconnected from any sense of reality or morality the CIA became after the Bush administration ordered them to start torturing people, this article should make you cringe as it did me. John McCain recently told the National Journal that at one point interrogators reported that a detainee had been definitively broken and they were told to "waterboard him some more." … [Read more...]


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Liz Cheney: Torture is Vital!

Dick Cheney is seemingly quite proud of his role in making the United States violate its treaty obligations (a treaty pushed through by conservative hero Ronald Reagan, I might add) and so is his daughter. Responding to criticism in the wake of the vote to release part of the famous torture report, Liz Cheney goes full-on fearmonger: … [Read more...]


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Former CIA Director’s Casual Sexism and Hypocrisy

Michael Hayden, who was the director of the CIA during part of the Bush administration, went on Fox News and put his sexism on display, saying that a single line from a statement made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the need for transparency about torture shows that she's too "emotional" to be objective. She said this: … [Read more...]


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Senator Wants to Waterboard Cheney

Dick Cheney still insists that waterboarding is not torture, even though we have prosecuted many people on torture grounds for waterboarding others. Sen. Angus King of Maine says that if Cheney doesn't think it's torture, he should submit to waterboarding and see for himself. … [Read more...]


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