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Iraq War Document Release Dangerous, Just Like Undangerous Afghan Release

According to American military logs of known deaths in the Iraq War, over 60 percent of known fatalities in the war have been civilians known not to be combatants. For every one U.S. “enemy” killed in Iraq, 2.75 Iraqi civilians have been killed. [...]

Tortured? Tough Luck. Is that Change You Can Believe In?

Have you been detained by the United States without charges and then tortured?

President Barack Obama has declared no criminal charges will be brought against the people who conspired to torture you. They won’t even be professionally disciplined.

President Barack Obama has declared that people who have been tortured can’t bring a civil case either: [...]

Is This the Change You Can Believe In? Something is Wrong in the USA

While the nation fusses and frets about the moral appropriateness of some guy holding a religious ceremony at his church and burning a few books that (let’s face it) won’t feel a thing, news is breaking that:

* The CIA operated secret “black site” detention and interrogation centers in Afghanistan, Poland, Thailand and possibly elsewhere [...]

Dick Durbin Reveals: Only 1 Senator Showed Up to Jay Bybee’s Confirmation Hearing

In a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois noted a small piece of history that is nevertheless important for understanding the path history has taken. Regarding the confirmation hearing of Jay Bybee in 2001, Dick Durbin noted:

We saw what happened when Mr. Bybee was head of the Office [...]

Yoo and Bybee Can Dish Out Torture But they Can’t Take… Nothing

The Obama administration has decided that John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Bush administration lawyers who wrote George W. Bush cover letters telling him there was no problem with America torturing its detainees, will get off scot-free from criminal charges for the felony offense of conspiracy to commit torture. They won’t be taken to civil [...]

Barack Obama Administration Lied About Torture and National Security

Back during the Bush administration, it was common for liberals to declare “Bush lied!” because, well, he did. Often. About matters of life and death.

Will those same liberals now declare “Obama lied!”?

In February 2009, a letter marked “Obama administration’s communication” was delivered from the U.S. State Department to the British government [the name [...]

Freezin’ for a Reason 2010: DC Guantanamo Vigil and Fast, January 11-22

It’s easy to march on Washington, DC in March or September when the weather is sunny and warm. An activist event in cold, cold January only happens when people are really riled up about something. The upcoming vigil and fast in Washington DC from January 11 (the 8-year anniversary of the opening of the indefinite [...]

Read Shane O’Mara’s Torturing the Brain Folk Psychology Review Here

Blogs and news wires today are abuzz with reports of neuroscientist Shane O’Mara’s literature review regarding the effect of torture on memory. Unfortunately, the paper (“Torturing the Brain: On the folk psychology and folk neurobiology motivating ‘enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques’”) is not currently available online from the journal in which it appears, Trends in [...]

Read Shane O'Mara's Torturing the Brain Folk Psychology Review Here

Blogs and news wires today are abuzz with reports of neuroscientist Shane O’Mara’s literature review regarding the effect of torture on memory. Unfortunately, the paper (“Torturing the Brain: On the folk psychology and folk neurobiology motivating ‘enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques’”) is not currently available online from the journal in which it appears, Trends in [...]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: “Could Have Been Clogged Arteries”

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the [...]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: "Could Have Been Clogged Arteries"

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the [...]