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Candidate Barack Obama vs. President Barack Obama on Guantanamo and the Rule of Law

Candidate Barack Obama, February 27 2008, Columbus Ohio:

We will lead by having the highest standards, by setting an example of human rights and civil rights, due process and rule of law, which is why I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. And we will end torture and rendition because you will have [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

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 [...]

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] [...]

Obama Appointment Signals Unwillingness to Confront Surveillance and Torture

This week, news of an apparent appointment to the presidential cabinet of Barack Obama hit the streets. Sources are telling the Associated Press and Atlantic Monthly that John Brennan will likely be appointed to head the CIA or be the next Director of National Intelligence. Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Sullivan do an excellent job of [...]

Madeline Albright Rolls Out the “Support the President” Call. To Arms? No, to Wait.

Last night on the Rachel Maddow show, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright rolled out the “Support the President” call for a new administration:

Senator Obama has spoken on all these issues, about closing Guantanamo and about the issue of banning torture and renditions, and I think that it’s very important to move in that [...]

Madeline Albright Rolls Out the "Support the President" Call. To Arms? No, to Wait.

Last night on the Rachel Maddow show, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright rolled out the “Support the President” call for a new administration:

Senator Obama has spoken on all these issues, about closing Guantanamo and about the issue of banning torture and renditions, and I think that it’s very important to move in that [...]

American Voices Don’t Get Louder on Torture and Detention. How About Your Voice?

On January 11, 2008, Amnesty International USA executive director Larry Cox made the following declaration to a group of 250 people assembled to protest torture and indefinite detention carried out by the U.S. government. He said:

This is the ugly blot on the America we believe in that we are going to finally remove. Because [...]