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Category Archive: Torture

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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Mar 16 2014

Obama Protecting CIA in Senate Standoff

McClatchy newspapers is reporting that the Obama White House is withholding almost 10,000 documents in dispute in the battle between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA, but without actually asserting executive privilege over those documents.

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Feb 17 2014

Pediatrician Convicted of Waterboarding

A pediatrician who apparently fancies himself an expert on near-death experiences was convicted by a jury in Delaware of waterboarding his girlfriend’s daughter, though he claims he was only washing her hair. He allegedly did this to further his NDE research.

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Feb 17 2014

Sully on Cheney and Rumsfeld

Here’s a great example of why, despite his sometimes irritating grandiosity and other flaws, I still really respect Andrew Sullivan. In two recent posts he takes on Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and the fact that neither of them has the slightest inclination to ever question themselves or their decisions. On Cheney:

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Jan 24 2014

APA Refuses to Rebuke Military Torture Psychologist

The American Psychological Association has refused to even issue a rebuke of a psychologist who participated in the torture of at least one detainee at Guantanamo Bay, much less remove his license or take any serious action. The Guardian has the details:

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Jan 05 2014

Did Bush Lie About Approving Torture?

John Rizzo, the longtime legal counsel for the CIA who was at the center of the agency’s torture regime, has a new memoir out in which he says that George W. Bush was lying when he claimed to have personally approved the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the CIA against many detainees.

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