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Archive for the ‘Torture’ Category

Sully preaches

August 25, 2009

Cheney was too long with the ring of power. Sullivan responds with what his assistant blogger Chris Bodenner aptly labels “a barnburner.”  Sample: King is right, of course, that the difference between what Bush authorized and the new revelations is non-existent. There is no moral or legal distinction between subjecting someone to 960 hours of […]

Yoo: “Crank that torture, boi!”

July 22, 2009

Via HuffPo You’re cutting into our class time! Apparently there’s one guy that didn’t take John Yoo’s course on international law out of a sense of absurdity.

Chuck Todd ain’t no punk…

July 16, 2009

…and respect for that, but showing up isn’t winning the fight. In this fascinatingly raw debate Glenn Greenwald gives him the space to make his arguments and defend himself in long sentences and paragraphs. He comes off as having a terrible case of Stockholm syndrome (or, as Greenwald has and would argue, a case of […]

Lynndie England…

July 4, 2009

…was profiled in last week’s new This American Life. It’s the second segment (starting at 18 minutes). This segment once again makes it viscerally clear that the abuse at Abu Ghraib was not only perpetrated against the detainees. The architects of this aspect of the strategy of the war did grave and pemanent damage to […]

Autopsy reports…

July 1, 2009

…on the men the Bush Administration tortured to death. (among those of detainees dead by other causes)… here.  ME03-571: Male detainee died while in U.S. custody. The details surrounding the circumstances at the time of death are classified. Cause of death: Asphyxia due to smothering and chest compression. Manner of Death: Homicide. Significant findings of […]

Classified Torture Info… “Revealed”!

June 5, 2009

According to the Hill, the hill is in a titter because apparently some GOP intelligence committee members “revealed” some sensitive, classified information… breaching, ethical codes surrounding these meetings, and igniting “a firestorm.” The article opens as follows: Republicans ignited a firestorm of controversy on Thursday by revealing some of what they had been told at […]

Empty Wheel Looked into Dick Cheney’s Eyes and Saw His Soul

June 3, 2009

Emptywheel’s prediction last month: I’m going to make a wildarsed guess and suggest that when the CIA lists “not available” in a series of 2005 torture briefings to Republicans in Congress, they really mean “Dick Cheney attended, but we don’t want to tell you that.” Was confirmed by the WaPo today.  She follows up with […]

Scott Horton v. Stuart Taylor on Torture

May 30, 2009

Via The Dish

“Rape /and/ Sodomy” at Abu Ghraib

May 29, 2009

Scott Horton has posted an article to the Daily Beast with the following lead: The Pentagon is denying the facts: Photographs of Abu Ghraib torture are even more sexually explicit than first reported, including rape and sodomy, writes The Daily Beast’s Scott Horton, who has obtained specific and detailed corroboration of the photos. As it […]

The doctors

May 28, 2009

Salon has published a piece focused on a question that’s been bothering me since reading the Danner exposé: what was the deal with the doctors monitoring the interrogations? Specifically, as experts, can they make any reasonable claim to have not known that it was torture they were witnessing? Are there ambiguities in the medical profession’s […]