Tag Archives: Bush

We tortured people to death

It’s time again to talk about torture… Too much of the debate on torture has focused on specific tactics in isolation. The logic goes like this: Pouring water on someone’s face doesn’t sound so bad does it? Having to stand in the cold doesn’t sound too terrible. Being slapped a few times is mean but […]

The Iranian election & American hypocrisy

The results are in. The Western world’s boogeyman, Mr. Ahmadinejad of Iran, has won re-election by a score of 24,527,516 to 13,216,411. The United States, with democracy drooling from its lips, instantly barked about voting irregularities, even though evidence of fraud is, at the moment, nonexistent. Another bark came when Iran repressed some of the […]

Bush's 'tortured legal' opinions

(Sorry about the bad pun in the headline) The Times has obtained Bush administration emails from 2005 which illustrate the pressure Department of Justice lawyers were under from the White House to put a legal stamp of approval on their torture program. Dan Froomkin sums up the emails well: The e-mails … were written by […]

Roundup for Thursday 6/4/2009

According to the NYTimes, the Bush administration had a secret agreement with Israel whereby they “allowed Israel to build West Bank settlement housing within certain guidelines while still publicly claiming to honor a settlement ‘freeze.’” And peace becomes that much harder to achieve. Flickr photo of the West Bank by sduffy. **** Harry Reid, the […]

Quote of the week nominee

On torture (seriously, we’re you expecting something else?): How dare we enforce laws against things which might possibly be permissible in some highly artificial thought experiment?  What if ‘24? is FOR REALS?!?  These are the sorts of questions which need to be shrugged at for 50 billion news cycles before we can even think about […]

Obama making torture his own…

… or at least covering for his predecessor. Glenn Greenwald sums up the message sent by the Obama administration to the British government: If your court describes the torture to which one of your residents was subjected while in U.S. custody, we will withhold information from you that could enable you to break up terrorist […]

The torture story goes on

Just keeping you peeps up to date. Dick Cheney is not providing plausible deniability for his former boss. Here is Cheney speaking about the “enhanced interrogation program”: SCHIEFFER: Did President Bush know everything you knew? CHENEY: I certainly, yes, have every reason to believe he knew — he knew a great deal about the program. […]

Torture versus war

A couple of weeks ago, when I first outlined a case for prosecutions of torturers, our intrepid commenter, Ian, objected on the basis that our illegitimate wars were a far greater stain on our country. For instance, our occupation of Iraq has sent hundreds of thousands to early graves; what are a few hundred tortured […]

On accountability for war crimes

Former president George W. Bush in 2003: “War crimes will be prosecuted, war criminals will be punished and it will be no defense to say, ‘I was just following orders.’” Versus Obama this month: “In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal […]

Connecting the dots: Torture … Iraq War

It’s now beginning to look like one of the big reasons we began to torture was to find a link between Al Qaeda and Saddam’s Iraq. From McClatchy: A former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that intelligence agencies and interrogators […]