Democracy


Nation

Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability. (more…)

Truthout

The United States is addicted to torture. Not only does this savage addiction run through its history like an overheated electric current, but it has become intensified as part of a broader national psychosis of fear, war and violence. A post 9/11 obsession with security and revenge has buttressed a militarized culture in which violence becomes a first principle (more…)

Salon

After Donald Rumsfeld testified on the Hill about Abu Ghraib in May, there was talk of more photos and video in the Pentagon’s custody more horrific than anything made public so far. “If these are released to the public, obviously it’s going to make matters worse,” Rumsfeld said. (more…)

Robert Parry Consortium News

Fox News may be the poster child of this infantile anti-intellectualism but the same sentiments can be found on the Washington Post’s neocon editorial pages or in the higher-brow New Republic. If you dare point out that America or one of its favored “allies” has done some wrong around the world, you’re an enemy “apologist.” If you regularly adopt a critical stance, you will be marginalized. (more…)

Clive Stafford Smith Guardian U.K.

Few of us really understand the reality of the US torture outlined in this week’s Senate report. Among those who do is the Londoner, Guantánamo prisoner and Reprieve client Shaker Aamer. I saw him this week. Unlike the assorted people who offer themselves as experts to comment on CIA torture, Shaker is a true (if involuntary) expert in the field. Yet he is unable to share his views. (more…)

Congress just significantly increased the spying power of the National Security Agency without anyone really noticing. (more…)

 

Truthout

However, the 528-page “summary version” of the report’s “Findings and Conclusions” has, by the admission of Feinstein herself, been heavily redacted and is focused only on CIA torture. It reports only one prisoner death and does not include more damning information and photographic evidence on US torture and prisons operated by the US Army, US Navy and other Department of Defense (DOD) agencies. (more…)

Fahd Ghazy Center for Constitutional Rights

There is no guilt and no innocence here at Guantanamo. Those ideas are empty. That’s just a game that is played.

But there is always right and wrong. That can never change. (more…)

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