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Bush Administration Directed Construction of Torture Chambers

This heartfelt stupidity wasn’t merely a mistake. It was criminal. Conspiracy to commit torture is a violation against the Geneva Conventions and two separate criminal codes. [...]

Finally, Some Independent Justice on Torture

For years, it hasn’t mattered one bit that federal law outlaws torture of exactly the sort carried out by the Bush administration. It hasn’t mattered because impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors has been “taken off the table” by timid Congressional leaders. It hasn’t mattered because the Department of Justice under George W. Bush was [...]

Mock Executions, Power Drills and Power Plays: The Curdling of Justice

The CIA reacts defensively today to breaking disclosures from Newsweek and the Washington Post, disclosures that the spy organization used power drills and mock executions in its interrogations of the indefinitely detained. The threat of imminent death in interrogation is specifically declared illegal by 18 USC 2340. The CIA’s defense?

This has all been looked [...]

Most Inept Mercenary Assassins Ever: Money For Nothing

20 million dollars to pay a bunch of assassins who sit around and never even try to kill anybody? This is what they call Homeland Security? [...]

XE Blackwater Mercenary Assassins Still Run Amok Under Democrats

Why, more than half a year into the Democrat-run government, have we not yet seen one single serious public investigation into any of the Bush Administration crimes? For the sake of political advantage? So the Democrats would have the chance to enact their political agenda? The Democrats have managed to make an almost complete mess of that agenda anyway. The original crimes of the Bush Administration are now being compounded by the cowardice of Democrats too timid to merely demand that the Constitution of the United States, and the laws established under its authority, be honored and upheld. [...]

Obama Stalls On Guantanamo Accountability

Following the Constitution isn’t hard and complicated. Violating the Constitution, and then lying about it, and then pretending that you’re not lying about it, and then acting like you’re investigating the thing that you’re pretending that your not lying about, and then establishing a timeline for a report on the thing that you’re acting like you’re investigating but pretending that you’re not lying about – that’s hard and complicated. [...]

Bank Surveillance Reports to Your Government Reach New Record High

One of the provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001 was to mandate that banks and other financial institutions send on an increased number of “suspicious activity reports” about the financial activity of Americans at a lower threshold for what qualifies as “suspicious” and a greater emphasis on the employment of financial surveillance over [...]

Bush Spying Was Really Big, Brother

The inspectors general tell us that we’re being spied against a lot – a whole lot – but they say that we can’t be told how we’re being watched by our government. How does that protect us from the spying? These inspectors general are toothless. [...]

Congress Lied To, But Will It Investigate?

When Representative Reyes is done considering what he’s going to do when the President of the United States intentionally deceives Congress, he can finally sign up as a cosponsor for the legislation that would establish a national commission to investigate all the abuses of power by George W. Bush: H.R. 104. [...]

Transparency? Obama Misses First Update of Suspicious Activity Reports

In March of 2008, Adam Davidson of NPR revealed the massive increase in “Suspicious Activity Reports” to monitor the purchasing and financial transactions of you and prominent “politically exposed persons,” without a warrant, to uncover evidence of precrime. Here’s Davidson’s description of how Suspicious Activity Reports work in the age of Homeland Security:

Banks monitor [...]

Obama Doesn't Release Torture Memo As Promised

If we aren’t even given full information about what went on with torture under Bush, how can we know that torture has actually stopped under Obama? Given Obama’s efforts to keep military interrogations undocumented, and hisopposition to justice for those who have been tortured, I don’t see how he deserves the benefit of the doubt. [...]