Category Archives: Detainees/Torture

Just 3 Trillion Little Lies Later: Iraq

Not just three trillion dollars spent – in fact, I suspect the figure is more than four times that – but three trillion lies! Today, as we mark that dark mid-March day in 2003 when President Bush, complete with a … Continue reading

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A *Should Be* Embarrassing Headline

President Bush has vetoed the law banning the CIA from using the waterboard and other torture methods. The headline the N.Y. Times slaps on this story reads: Bush Uses Veto on C.I.A. Tactics to Affirm Legacy. That headline should be a source … Continue reading

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McCain Double Talks Torture

John McCain is urging the President to veto a bill which would outlaw the practice of waterboarding by the CIA.  McCain protests that he is being entirely consistent with his past opposition to waterboarding because he has always thought that … Continue reading

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Speaking Of Torture, We Can “Do” It, But We Cannot Watch a Film Depicting It

As a sad and sick followup to my previous post re: torture, the Discovery Channel, which previously purchased the rights to broadcast an independent documentary – “Taxi to the Dark Side” that details the torture and death by American troops … Continue reading

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Bush & Torture: Do It, Brag About Results, But Damn You If You Question It

Eight years ago, almost all Americans would have been sickened by the very concept of “good and great America” employing the same kind of torture techniques made infamous during the Spanish Inquisition and for which we prosecuted countless Germans, Japanese, … Continue reading

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Mike Mukasey and the Justice Department: GonzoGate’s Gonzales Clone?

Helen Thomas seems to think that the latest Bush fruit does not fall too far from the Tree of Ignorance from which all Bush-Cheney seedlings grow. God help us with all these attorneys general in Bushdom. At this rate, by … Continue reading

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War Crimes From The Podium

The White House has announced that the waterboard is not currently being used on detainees, but holds open the possibility that the technique may be employed again given the right circumstances. This ambiguity follows a pattern by this administration of having … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Canadians Keep Calling Torture Torture

The Government of Canada has disclosed that the Canadian military in Afghanistan have stopped handing prisoners over to the government of Afghanistan after monitors found evidence that those prisoners were being abused and tortured.   Notably, this decision was made by … Continue reading

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Guess Who Is On A Torture List By Canada

Canadian diplomats reading a training pamphlet on how to determine if prisoners have been tortured are given a list of nations which are known to torture. The list includes names like Syria, China, Iran and, sadly… this year America has … Continue reading

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A Great Example OF Why Feds Can’t Investigate Themselves: The 9/11 Commission Search For Truth “Obstructed”

Soon after I posted my piece about the rather ridiculous situation where the Justice Department will investigate its own CIA in the destruction of two videotapes depicting the feds’ torture techniques used on anyone they feel like hurting in the … Continue reading

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Once Again, The Fox Is Appointed To Investigate The Theft Of Chickens From The Hen House

While some seem ready to applaud that the Justice Department announced this evening it WILL investigate the destruction of the two known CIA torture tapes a judge ordered those under the Bush Administration involved in the matter NOT conveniently destroy, … Continue reading

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American Society And Torture.

I recall as a boy reading about the treatment received by American POW’s in Vietnam. I had a book on the war, and one of the pictures in that book was a drawing of an American man on his knees, … Continue reading

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We’ve Already Had This Debate!

I’ve been watching Morning Joe on MSNBC a bit recently, and Joe Scarbororough has come out full bore defending waterboarding against his guest host, Mika Brzezinski and roving reporter David Shuster.  I have yet to locate video or the transcript … Continue reading

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Kit Bond: Waterboarding Isn’t Torture; It’s Like Swimming

If Missouri is still the “show me” state, then its elected idiot, Kit Bond, is apparently determined to show HE is something less than human with his pronouncement today that waterboarding isn’t torture, that it’s more like “swimming”. This is … Continue reading

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It Ain’t No Watergate

With apologies to Ted Kennedy, the lost torture tapes are not Watergate, analogizing them misinterprets American history and misunderstands the meaning of both events.

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Selling Our Heritage For Dross

The evidence that this administration officially sanctioned the torture of suspects affiliated with Al Qaeda is simply irrefutable. The latest confirmation comes from John Kiriakou, the CIA officer who interrogated Abu Zubaydah. Kiriakou says that waterboarding Zubaydah broke him in … Continue reading

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“Lined Up To Go To Jail”

Retired Colonel W. Patrick Lang, (click here for a brief bio) writes on his blog that the “jungle telegraph” in Washington is booming with surprising news on the Iran NIE. Evidently the NIE was released only after the White House was … Continue reading

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Our Man Investigating Blackwater Has Brother On Blackwater Board

Only in Bushmerika – and something folks like Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf can admire – could the man the Bushies appoint to investigate claims the security firm Blackwater can get a little power- and gun-happy in Iraq just “happen” to have … Continue reading

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Out Of The Mouth of Boobs… er… Bush

With so much bad news – from the economy to the declaration that we’re having our deadliest years E-V-E-R in both Iraq and Afghanistan to a host of other awfuls, the Bushies have made a few really TELLING declarations in … Continue reading

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DOD Pressure On Guantanamo Judge Is On The Record

There has been a steady stream of news flowing from the military officers who are playing their roles in the military tribunal system set up at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Today I saw a story by Reuters on the proceedings surrounding … Continue reading

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