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Anti-Torture Rallies Across the USA This Week

Torture is a moral issue, and the issue is not past. Despite revelations that American torture practices lasted seven years, that medical doctors participated in the torture, that it involved drowning one man 183 times, and that the major purpose of all this torture was to generate fabricated “evidence” to support an invasion of Iraq, [...]

Monday Morning Outrage Review

I hate to sit back being a passive victim of the news cycle, so I use Monday morning as a time to review the Friday announcements that bothered me both, so let me bring your attention back to two Friday news items that got mostly lost in the blur of Americans sprinting to the beach: [...]

Obama Still Pushing Bush State Secrets Powers

Obama, like Bush before him, is claiming that the President can act without Judicial Branch check on his authority. [...]

Rep. Carson Joins Call for Congressional Torture and Wiretap Inquiry

This week, Rep. André Carson of Indiana added his name to the growing list of members of the House of Representatives who formally support H.R. 104, John Conyers’ bill to establish an independent investigative commission, complete with subpoena power, to look into the torture, extraordinary rendition and surveillance without warrants that took place during the [...]

Obama Effort To Keep Torture Secret Thwarted

Judge Michael Hawkins explained that Obama’s legal strategy would establish the CIA as a kind of shadow police force that would act, not to enforce the law, but in defiance of it. [...]

Times: Documents Prove American Involvement in Repeated Genital Torture

According to an article in tomorrow’s New York Times, documents that the United States and British governments under the Bush, Blair, Obama and Brown administrations have gone to court to prevent from being released support the allegations of Binyam Mohamed, who has been held for seven years in detention without any charges at the Guantanamo [...]

Barack Obama: Yes He Can Cover Up Torture

You’ve heard by now, if you’re paying attention, that the presidential administration of Barack Obama has pulled out the national security card to declare that a legal case brought on behalf of five victims of torture cannot proceed.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, let me draw it out for you. Representatives of [...]

Obama Breaks Promise On Transparent Government

In the morning, Barack Obama promised transparency and open government. In the afternoon, Barack Obama declared that he will keep secrets from the American people about what he does, and he doesn’t have to explain to anyone why he’s doing it. [...]

If You Can’t Be Complicit in a System of Torture and be Promoted in the next Administration, then Really, What’s the Use?

Oh, the poor, poor dears:

Mark M. Lowenthal, an intelligence veteran who left a senior post at the C.I.A. in 2005, said Mr. Obama’s decision to exclude Mr. Brennan from contention for the top job had sent a message that “if you worked in the C.I.A. [advocated for policies of waterboarding, rendition and unconstitutional surveillance] [...]

If You Can't Be Complicit in a System of Torture and be Promoted in the next Administration, then Really, What's the Use?

Oh, the poor, poor dears:

Mark M. Lowenthal, an intelligence veteran who left a senior post at the C.I.A. in 2005, said Mr. Obama’s decision to exclude Mr. Brennan from contention for the top job had sent a message that “if you worked in the C.I.A. [advocated for policies of waterboarding, rendition and unconstitutional surveillance] [...]