Paul Waldman has an important article at The American Prospect addressing the defenders of torture and their, yes, tortured reasoning in defending American actions in the war on terror. He asks a question that defenders of torture cannot answer without contradicting themselves:
Category Archive: Torture
Jan 14 2013
Nov 09 2012
In case you had any doubts that a Mitt Romney president would have restarted the Bush administration’s torture regime, here’s the audio of him answering a question about it. He doesn’t think waterboarding is torture and he’s going to go back to the “enhanced interrogation” techniques.
Oct 29 2012
CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou has pleaded guilty to charges that he turned over material to a reporter about that agency’s program of torture under the Bush administration. This was done as part of a plea deal that will reduce his sentence down to two and a half years:
Oct 17 2012
Newshounds points out something I’d forgotten: Sean Hannity a few years ago said he would be waterboarded to prove it isn’t torture — for charity, of course. Keith Olbermann offered to give $1000 for every second he lasts. It’s been three and a half years since then and — surprise, surprise — Hannity has yet …
Oct 08 2012
Last week, Charlie Savage, one of the best reporters in the country, wrote an article that revealed the existence of an internal memo from the Romney campaign that clearly states that, if elected, he would bring back torture — euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
Sep 06 2012
As a follow up to Glenn Greenwald’s article about the Obama administration officially closing the door on any prosecutions of Bush-era torture, Adam Serwer notes that the only ones being held responsible for anything that took place are those who blew the whistle on such crimes:
Sep 05 2012
Glenn Greenwald is settling in at his new home at the Guardian and he writes about the Obama DOJ closing the door for good on any possibility of justice for the victims of the Bush torture policies. This has been obvious from the very start, but now it seems to be official:
Jun 14 2012
The Supreme Court has denied cert in two important cases, one an appeal of the dismissal of a suit by Jose Padilla against Donald Rumsfeld for his military detention and one an appeal by a Gitmo detainee who won his habeas corpus hearing at the district court level and had that decision reversed by the …
Jun 12 2012
A few years ago, a Chicago police commander and many officers were accused of torturing suspects to elicit confessions and the state set up a commission to investigate the allegations and refer the findings to a judge. Now that the commission is ready to turn over its first reports, the state legislature is closing it …
May 23 2012
Ali Soufan, the former FBI interrogator and outspoken critic of the use of torture, is interviewed at the New Yorker and responds to the recent claims of Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA official who has written a book claiming that torture was crucial in the fight against Al Qaeda.
May 17 2012
In a very important ruling, an en banc panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that private military contractors working in Iraq are not covered by the immunity given to soldiers, thus allowing a lawsuit against a group of contractor for torture and war crimes to continue. The Center for Constitutional Rights issued …
May 16 2012
George Bush, Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials probably won’t be traveling to Malaysia any time soon. They have been found guilty of war crimes by a tribunal in that country, a ruling that can’t be enforced anywhere else but adds to the record of international condemnation for the crimes those men committed.
May 07 2012
There is nothing remotely surprising about the news that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jose Padilla against former Bush lawyer John Yoo over the illegal detention and torture that Yoo provided legal cover for.
May 03 2012
As a new book by the man who erased the tapes of 90 CIA interrogations restarts the torture debate, Matthew Alexander — the lead investigator who helped find Zarqawi in Iraq — writes at the Huffington Post about the differences between torture advocates and opponents. Like the fact that the opponents have actually participated in …
May 02 2012
The Senate Intelligence Committee has been investigating the question of whether the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture by the Bush administration was effective in getting useful information from detainees. A report to be released soon will conclude that there is no evidence that it did any good: