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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 [...]

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. [...]

Congressional Democrats Will Investigate When It’s About Them

One Democratic Representative, Jane Harman, supported warrantless wiretapping for years and objected only when it turned out that the target was herself. Harman’s combination of self-interest and blase disregard for others is not an exception in the U.S. Congress. This weekend, Democrats in Congress are finally indicating an interest in investigating a secret spying program [...]

Congressional Democrats Will Investigate When It's About Them

One Democratic Representative, Jane Harman, supported warrantless wiretapping for years and objected only when it turned out that the target was herself. Harman’s combination of self-interest and blase disregard for others is not an exception in the U.S. Congress. This weekend, Democrats in Congress are finally indicating an interest in investigating a secret spying program [...]

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. [...]

Obama Still Can't Decide Whether To Tell Us The Truth About Torture

What on earth does Barack Obama need another two months for to decide whether to release the memo? How hard is it for Obama to choose whether to tell us the truth? How long does Obama need to figure out whether to keep his promises of a government of openness, accountability, and respect for constitutional rights? [...]

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. [...]

U.S. Intelligence Official: Torture Practices Lasted Nearly Seven Years

The comment is tucked away in a Washington Post article, and it’s nominally a meta-comment, a criticism of a critic of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” aka EITs, aka drowning people, freezing them and slamming them into walls, aka the federal crime known as torture. But carefully this anonymous intelligence official’s denigration of FBI Agent Ali Soufan. [...]

Act! Tell Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 104, the Bill to Kick-Start a Torture and Surveillance Commission

Since George W. Bush left office, information has emerged to blow the Bush lie that “we do not torture” out of the water, replacing it with the uncomfortable count of hundreds of instances of U.S. torture and the hint that still more instances of torture remain hidden from the public. Torture and conspiracy to commit [...]

FBI Agent: More Torture Than You Know

Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan’s piece in the New York Times is remarkable in many aspects. It’s relevant: as a member of the FBI team interrogating detainees in the old-school, no-waterboarding way, Soufan was right in the middle of what transpired and has credibility as an observer. With clarity of thought and detail of exposition, [...]

When Doctors Participate in Torture, The Rot Spreads

Contrary to popular opinion, the Hippocratic Oath has never contained the exact words, “First, Do No Harm.” Regardless, expressed in other words across the various codes and oaths for medical practitioners this standard is ubiquitous. Among the nine principles of medical ethics articulated by the American Medical Association, one prominently reads “A physician shall, while [...]