Nearly Half of Americans Think Torture Can be Useful

They believe this based, not on the actual information provided by real interrogators who insist it is worthless, but on a steady stream of lies and disinformation from conservative news sources bent on defending Bush/Cheney torture policies, reruns of “24”, and on applause lines from Donald Trump and other GOPers who champion torture. And the [Read More…]

God bless General Mattis

Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis appears to be a soldier of the old school who recognizes that war requires violence, but that such violence is something you have to do, not something you get to do.  One of his more memorable quotes (in a speech to his troop when they arrived in Iraq in [Read More…]

Nothing says “prolife” like love of torture and murder

Mike Pence greatly admires Dick Cheney and would model his Vice Presidency on his. That would be the Dick Cheney who dodged the draft five times (like Pence’s running mate) and who boasted that he had no problem with the fact that he oversaw torturing an innocent man to death. The Dick Cheney who helped [Read More…]

Meanwhile, Ben Carson Follows Trump into Cheering for Torture

The anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Right continues to poison the gospel with love of mortal sin. [Read more…]

Jeb Bush Throws a Bit of Red Meat to the Torture-Loving GOP Base

Sends a clear signal that he’s open to reviving the Chamber of Horrors his brother’s Administration established. The mortal sin of Torture is a Core Value for the Anti-Abortion-but-Not-Prolife Party (you remember? The Party that still looks to Ann Coulter as a Valued Pundit when she says Trump could perform abortions in the White House [Read More…]

The American Psychological Association

…court prophets to Bush Administration torture program. [Read more…]

Not Just Evil, But Stupid Too

Judge Andrew Napolitano breaks with the conservative hivemind at FOX to point out that if you are going to be an “ends justify the means” apologist for mortal sin, you should at least have something besides some old reruns of 24 as your evidence that your Faustian Bargains will not lead to losing your wretched soul [Read More…]

Pete Vere on the Utter Blasphemous Folly of Christian Torture Apologetics

He finds a piece by an atheist ex-Christian excoriating Christian torture apologetics which reads, in part: “The first half of December 2014 was painful to many moderate American Christians who see their God as a God of love: A Senate inquiry revealed that the CIA tortured men, some innocent, to the point of unconsciousness and [Read More…]

There Really is No Wiggle Room for Torture Sophists

A reader writes: I just wanted to share something that I think is significant as an extremely recent magisterial statement from Pope Francis–may be the most clear prohibition of torture “under any circumstances” from the magisterium. It occurred this past October 23, in Francis’s address to the delegates of the International Association of Penal Law [Read More…]

Christian Democracy on the Tortured Logic of Torture Logic

…here and here. [Read more…]