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9 years ago

Newshoggers: Paging Dr. Mengele of the CIA

9 years ago

* Chris Wallace isn't even pretending to be anything but a torture apologist.

9 years ago
We Have Federal Laws On Torture For A Reason!

August 24, 2009 News Corp

(Heather): Wow. Bill-O actually put someone on his show who does a good job of shooting down his talking points. O'Reilly thinks that no one wants torture investigated and that it's just a witch hunt, and that our torture program was "an absolute success". Jami Floyd hits back at him with some logic, like the Department of Justice is not supposed to be politicized, and that "we have federal laws on torture for a reason".

I guess after all of those years of the Bush administration using the D.O.J. as a political arm of the White House, Bill-O is having a little bit of trouble understanding that how the Bush administration did things is not exactly how they are supposed to work.

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9 years ago
Whistleblowers Unite! Take down the Bush/Cheney Torture regime

I would have loved a much broader scope that would have been applied to the Durham Probe on CIA interrogations, as many have already stated, but you know I see a sliver of hope buried in it. Jane Mayer said as much on Olbermann yesterday and I perked up a little when I heard her say it because I was thinking the same thing.

MAYER: Well, my guess is that if they actually open some kind of serious investigation, and Durham is said to be a very serious prosecutor, that even if they start at the very bottom, it's going to keep leading up and up through the chain of command. Because, if nothing else, if they actually bring charges against anybody at the CIA who was at the bottom of the food chain, the first thing that person's going to do is say "I was authorized, let me tell you what my orders were." So they've begun a process that could lead to the top.

Please hear me all Ye Whistleblowers. Cometh to DC and lay forth the truth unto thee! Speak thy words to Durham's ear and whisper the truth of unspeakable horrors. So dark and so horrible that thee will tremble from thy shame and call upon those who defiled us so.
If something breaks out during Durham's tepid investigation, who knows what it shall bring.

And read Dahlia Lithwick's excellent piece on this whole sordid affair.

Halfway There. Is half a torture investigation better than none at all?

9 years ago
Countdown: Prosecuting CIA Torture

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Keith talks to Harper's Scott Horton about the reports that Attorney General Eric Holder is about to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the CIA for torturing prisoners. Horton has more at Harpers:

Here’s another question. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Officials said it wasn’t clear that any CIA interrogators were ever informed of the limits laid out in the Justice Department memo. ‘A number of people could say honestly, correctly, “I didn’t know what was in it,”‘ said a former senior U.S. intelligence official.” How would that affect the work of a special prosecutor?

The Times piece builds off accounts furnished by “former senior Justice officials,” close to the torture issue, with apparent knowledge of “investigations.” In all likelihood, we’re talking about Bush Administration political appointees apprehensive about what a special prosecutor might uncover. I would strongly discount the claims that the investigations will never go anywhere because of a lack of witnesses and evidence. That conclusion can’t be justified until a serious investigation has actually been conducted—and it’s clear that the Bush Justice Department did not conduct a serious investigation because they were concerned about where it might lead.

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9 years ago
Tortured Logic

2009-08-06-aclupull.jpgIn "Tortured Logic," a video released by the ACLU today, you'll hear well-known people like Oliver Stone, Rosie Perez and Philip Glass, read from those chilling Justice Department torture memos.

9 years ago

This Week in Tyranny, we are reminded that everyone already knew that torture was out of the question - and that the Bush administration started the program going before there were any spurious memos claiming it was okay. The fake legal "guidelines" that were allegedly followed so "closely" did not yet even exist to provide excuses for the many people who were knowingly violating the law. And of course they knew, or they wouldn't have had Bybee, Yoo, et al. suddenly creating what could only be seen as an after-the-fact rationalization of the kind an ethically-challenged defense counsel might try to present at criminal trial.

9 years ago

* Fascinating discussion between Glenn Greenwald and Chuck Todd on investigating Bush-era torture. Take a wild guess who made the more compelling case.

9 years ago
U.S. Lawyers Won't Defend Ex-Bush Attorney in Torture-Memo Case 14 Jul 2009 Justice Department attorneys will no longer defend former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo, who wrote memos justifying  torture of suspected terrorists, in a lawsuit claiming he’s responsible for violating the constitutional rights of a   prisoner. Private lawyers paid by the Justice Department will represent Yoo, who is appealing a federal judge’s refusal to throw out the lawsuit, according to court filings and a Justice Department spokeswoman.
9 years ago
This Week in Magazines: Eric Holder Mulls Investigating Alleged Bush-Era Torture

Former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune

Attorney General Eric Holder might not heed what seems to be the White House preference not to look back and investigate allegations of Bush-approved torture of detainees and enemy combatants.

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9 years ago
DISBAR the DIRTY DOZEN, the Bush/Cheney Torture Lawyers - Velvet Revolution Video & Petition 
I urge you to hold torturers, their enablers & those who formulated the policy accountable to the rule of law: J Yoo, Judge J Bybee, S Bradbury, A Gonzales, J Ashcroft, M Chertoff, A Fisher, W Haynes II, et al Congressional hearings! Public investigation!
9 years ago
Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Journalist and author of "The Guantanamo Files"

Sadly, our celebrity-obsessed world is unlikely to pay much attention to the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, as the death of Michael Jackson dominates headlines.

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9 years ago
Code Pink Publishes 'How-to Guide' for Arresting Bush-Era 'War Criminals' 
In a "how-to guide" publicized in a mass e-mail on Thursday, the group cheered that "We've got cuffs and we aren't afraid to use them!"
9 years ago

Could be a big release tomorrow: the CIA IG report, which reportedly says that torture DID NOT yield significant results (triggering Cheney to commission his own reports to say it did). The question is, how much of the report is the CIA going to try to redact and keep secret?

9 years ago

Emptywheel: So sorry we tortured you. Oh, and about that truth commission

9 years ago
Why the hell should I feel sorry, says girl soldier who abused Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison --In this deeply disturbing interview, the trailer trash torturer who appalled the world by appearing in shocking 'souvenir' photographs remains utterly unrepentant and says she has 800 MORE torture photos that could rock the White House By David Jones 13 Jun 2009 One of seven U.S. Army reserves jailed for mistreating prisoners at Abu Ghraib - including her former lover Corporal Charles Graner, a sadistic, camera-obsessed bully who orchestrated the photo sessions - she has served three years in detention and is now on parole. With a new book to peddle and her appeal against the conviction due to be heard next month, one might have expected the 26-year-old England to express some remorse... When we speak, three things strike me: her breathtaking lack of contrition; her unsuitability to have been a serving soldier and her utter indifference towards the horrifically abused prisoners at Abu Ghraib, 90 per cent of whom were later released without charge.
9 years ago

The argument that the release of more detainee abuse photos puts our troops at risk is, if you think about it, a terrible precedent. By that rule, we would never have seen the Abu Ghraib photos either – we’d never see ANY evidence of severe misconduct because it might open up troops to potential retribution. Of course such evidence would inflame the groups that hate us – but a better rule of thumb might be, don’t do such things in the first place
New GOP Phrase For Detainee Pictures: “Terrorist Propaganda Photos” . . .
[Glenn Greenwald] Using the standard that is now so accepted across the political spectrum in Washington -- information that will inflame anti-American sentiment should be suppressed rather than disclosed so at to not endanger our troops -- isn't it better if we just cover-up, rather than learn the truth about, the civilian deaths we caused in Afghanistan? . . . [read on]

Here’s what we’re going to find out: even with the custom-made permission slip the Bush gang demanded and received from the Dept of Justice, their interrogation methods went beyond what was permitted

John Yoo, come on down!
A federal judge has ruled that John Yoo, a former Bush administration lawyer who wrote crucial memorandums justifying harsh interrogation techniques, will have to answer in court to accusations that his work led to a prisoner’s being tortured and deprived of his constitutional rights. . . .

9 years ago

Marcy Wheeler analyses the reasoning behind creating three torture memos where one would do. (And speaking of torture and memos John Yoo has been ordered to testify.)

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