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Tortured Lies of Nancy Pelosi

Democratic voters need to ask themselves whether they, like Nancy Pelosi, will continue to be complicit in the crimes of the Bush White House. [...]

Breaking News: 60 Americans Arrested On Torture-Related Charges

In a fast-breaking news development, federal law enforcement officials have arrested 60 Americans for their participation in torture-related activities.

Coming after months of assurances by President Barack Obama that no one would face criminal charges for their participation in U.S. government torture or the conspiracy by the U.S. government to commit torture, this news comes [...]

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, [...]

My Banana Gets Furious About US Torture for a Bogus Iraq War (Video)

Some times, my anger about a subject is so strong that I can’t express myself directly without blowing a gasket. This morning is one of those times, so I’ve channeled myself through a banana. Here’s what he has to say:

The news is coming in so fast that it’s a little hard to keep [...]

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 [...]

If Drowning a Man 183 Times is not Torture, What Is?

“We do not torture.” — President George W. Bush, November 7, 2005

“The United States is a nation of laws. My Administration will always act in accordance with those laws, and with an unshakeable commitment to our ideals.” — President Barack Obama, April 16 2009

“No one is above the law.” — Attorney General Eric [...]

Government Use of Torture Was Isolated. 92 Times in Isolation Chambers, That is. What is the ACLU's Problem?

Sure, at first the government said there were no tapes of American agents torturing detainees. After all, as President George W. Bush said unequivocally, “We do not torture.”

Then, sure, after a federal judge ordered the government to disclose the truth, the government said that OK, there were two videotapes of American agents torturing detainees, [...]

Government Use of Torture Was Isolated. 92 Times in Isolation Chambers, That is. What is the ACLU’s Problem?

Sure, at first the government said there were no tapes of American agents torturing detainees. After all, as President George W. Bush said unequivocally, “We do not torture.”

Then, sure, after a federal judge ordered the government to disclose the truth, the government said that OK, there were two videotapes of American agents torturing detainees, [...]

Finally, an Attorney General Against Cruelty and Inhumanity

We have had years of Attorney Generals who won’t answer the question, “Is Waterboarding an act of torture?” Now Attorney General nominee Eric Holder has come out and said what is obvious: “Waterboarding is Torture.”

In further confirmation testimony yesterday on the treatment of prisoners, Eric Holder responded to a question about other interrogation techniques [...]

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] [...]