Tag Archives: Gitmo

Guantanamo ‘Suicides’

In 2006 the U.S. government announced that three prisoners at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay had committed suicide. The government rejected calls for an outside probe into the causes of death. Now, nearly four years later, evidence is mounting that the three prisoners did not commit suicide, but were murdered during torture sessions. Four […]

Stay classy, morons

I’m still a bit sick, so you’re getting treated to more video goodness: Seriously, how pathetic are the Republican Senators for releasing garbage like that? (To be fair, they do get kudos for using Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’ as the soundtrack.) It’s not like closing Gitmo means releasing convicted terrorists into American cities. What it […]

Obama betraying civil libratarians

Senator Obama in 2006: This is an extraordinarily difficult war we are prosecuting against terrorists. There are going to be situations in which we cast too wide a net and capture the wrong person. . . . But what is avoidable is refusing to ever allow our legal system to correct these mistakes. By giving […]

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 […]

I'd like to close Guantanamo

BEFORE: “I’d like to close Guantanamo.” – George W. Bush, June 2006 “The President has said, and I fully agree, we would like nothing better than to close Guantanamo.” – Condi Rice, October 2007 NOW: “We’ve long said [Guantanamo] won’t be closed before the end of the president’s term.” – White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, […]

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 […]

Canada weary of torture-happy U.S.

Canada’s government recently put the U.S. on a watch list of countries where prisoners risk being subject to torture. (h/t Andrew Sullivan) This sort of international reputation can seriously damage our country’s ability to stop the bad guys. What’s the likelihood Canada will let us near one of their prisoners now? The same is true […]