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Category Archive: Torture

Jun 23 2014

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 …

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May 04 2014

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?

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Apr 30 2014

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.

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Apr 30 2014

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 …

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Apr 30 2014

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:

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Apr 16 2014

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:

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Apr 15 2014

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.

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Apr 14 2014

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.

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Apr 11 2014

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 …

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Apr 10 2014

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 …

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Apr 09 2014

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 …

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Apr 09 2014

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.

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Apr 07 2014

Senate Panel Votes to Release Torture Report

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 to declassify and release the executive summary of the infamous torture report they’ve been sitting on for a long time. It’s been sent to the White House for declassification review, so some of it will be redacted, but it’s still a big step in the right direction.

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Apr 02 2014

Senate Committee Leaks Torture Report Finding

That massive report on the Bush administration’s torture regime put together by the Senate Intelligence Committee has still not been released, even in redacted form, but someone with the committee has leaked one of the key findings: That torture did nothing to help find Osama Bin Laden.

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Mar 17 2014

Marcy Wheeler on Obama and Torture

I’m delighted to see that the amazing Marcy Wheeler has joined Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept website as a senior policy analyst and writer. No one is more meticulous in their research and analysis than Marcy and she’s all over the CIA spying on the Senate story, pointing out that President Obama has been covering up …

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