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58 Percent of U.S. Voters Want to Waterboard Failed Christmas Bomber

By | 12.31.09 | 11:56 am

Don’t expect any charitable feelings around the holidays. According to a new Rasmussen national telephone survey, 58 percent of U.S. voters say they’d support using waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques to extract information from the failed Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bomber.

Just 30 percent oppose using such More…

Obama Confirms Intent to Use Military Commissions, Indefinite Detention

By | 05.21.09 | 12:21 pm

While everyone’s railing about the incredibly nasty speech by former Vice President Dick Cheney this morning — who takes credit for preventing terrorist attacks against the United States by using “enhanced interrogation techniques,” even as he neglects to mention that he and President Bush could have but did nothing to More…

CIA Inspector General’s Report on Torture to Be Released?

By | 05.11.09 | 9:30 am

Greg Sargent mines a Washington Post piece to discover that the Obama administration is looking to declassify a 2004 CIA inspector general’s report that laid out grave doubts about the agency’s “enhanced interrogation” program. Background on the value of that report — referred to numerous times in the More…

Torture Boosts Terrorism, or the Power of Playing Nice

By | 05.11.09 | 9:01 am

This probably won’t come as a huge surprise to most readers, but since it still might to former Vice President Dick Cheney or former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, both of who’ve been going around asserting that the Bush administration’s torture and abuse tactics as have More…

Hey, Sen. Whitehouse, What About Calling the Bosses?

By | 05.06.09 | 4:52 pm

While we’re all duly praising Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) for calling a hearing next Wednesday on the torture memos, I’m still puzzled by one thing: why isn’t the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts calling the authors of the memos to explain how and why they More…

Now Is the Time for the Senate Judiciary Committee to Investigate

By | 04.17.09 | 10:55 am

The latest batch of torture memos written by the Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush administration, which Spencer and I wrote about yesterday, divulged in even more gruesome detail than we’d seen before just how far the previous administration was willing to go to justify More…

NYT Wakes Up To Obama’s Surprising Flexibility on the Rule of Law

By | 03.22.09 | 1:03 pm

Reading The New York Times’ lead editorial today feels a bit like reading a summary of much of what I’ve been writing for the past two months: that President Obama, despite his impressive pronouncements on closing the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and ending torture and unnecessary government More…

Is Obama Channeling Cheney?

By | 03.09.09 | 7:00 am

That’s the claim made by the Wall Street Journal editorial board over the weekend, hammering Obama for his aggressive assertion of executive power to hide evidence of warrantless wiretapping under the Bush administration.

The Pelosi Plot Thickens

By | 02.26.09 | 12:01 pm

For those of you who missed it, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show last night featured a terrific and news-breaking interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.),  in which Pelosi talked about, among other things, holding Bush administration officials criminally accountable.

Will Bush Pardon Cheney & Co. on X-Mas Eve?

By | 12.23.08 | 8:26 am

Noting that George Bush Sr. pardoned the Iran-Contra clan on Christmas eve of 1992, is warning that his son could do something very similar Wednesday: pardon Dick Cheney and the rest of the administration officials who authorized and encouraged the torture and humiliation of “war on terror” detainees.