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The United States of America

“Interrogators were instructed to start pouring water right after a detainee exhaled, to ensure he inhaled water, not air, in his next breath. They could use their hands to “dam the runoff” and prevent water from spilling out of a detainee’s mouth. They were allowed six separate 40-second “applications” of liquid in each two-hour session […]

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 […]

Mental health break: Kudos to Obama & shoe throwers

Obama has been doing some good stuff these last couple of days. He’s ordered Gitmo closed as well as the CIA’s semi-secret “black sites”. He’s overturned an executive order by Bush that would have prevented many of the Bush era documents from being released publicly, it also limits himself and future Presidents from putting those […]

Our rogue nation

A new book by Jane Mayer makes it abundantly clear the US government has been engaged in torture. The book, “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals,” cites International Red Cross reports on the America’s treatment of prisoners. Here are some excerpts from […]

Governing and torturing in secret

Check out this CIA Office of the Inspector General review of the CIA’s interrogation and detention program (PDF). It doesn’t get much more redacted than that. Democracy cannot function if the public is kept in the dark about the government’s workings. There are legitimate reasons for secrecy when it comes to national defense. For instance, […]