Tag Archives: Torture

‘Acute case of The Embarrassments’

IOZ on Obama’s complicity in Bradley Manning’s torture: Here is a fine opportunity to engage in a little free and painless magnanimity, to make vague noises about according decent treatment even to one’s enemies, to blather a bit about America’s committment to the humane treatment of all God’s precious children, to give the poor kid […]

Obama embraces the Dark Side

The President has now firmly embraced the teachings of Darth Cheney: … in Barack Obama’s administration, it’s perfectly acceptable to abuse an American citizen in detention who has been convicted of nothing by consigning him to 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement, barring him from exercising in his cell, punitively imposing “suicide watch” restrictions on him against the […]

Torture, not just for Muslims anymore

Glenn Greenwald describes how Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking information to WikiLeaks, has been treated in U.S. custody: From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement.  For 23 out of 24 hours every day — for seven straight months and counting – he sits […]

Illegal human testing

The moral catastrophe of the Bush years continues to reveal itself. According to a report by the Physicians for Human Rights, the U.S. government doctors experimented on suspected terrorists that we were torturing. The goal of their research? How to inflict the maximum amount of pain without killing the suspect: The report cites agency guidelines for […]

Looking forwards not backwards

(via Michael Moore) Government arrests Army intelligence analyst Spc. Bradley Manning, who may have leaked “Collateral Murder” video … and Then Confessed “Yeah, we water-boarded … I’d do it again.” – George W. Bush, June 2, 2010 FLASHBACK: (Unless You Expose U.S. Government Wrongdoing) “I’m a strong believer that it’s important to look forward and […]

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 lawyers dodge mild rebuke

Bush’s Department of Justice lawyers who made legal excuses for torture are not even going to get a slap on the wrist: “What we’re seeing right now is the dismantling of precedent that we created at Nuremberg, when we said that you can’t facilitate war crimes as lawyers and say that it was simply bad […]

Can we start the war crimes tribunal yet? Part 2

Back in April 2008, President Bush told ABC that he personally approved the torture of suspected terrorists in our custody. At the time, I wrote that Bush’s open admission of a war crime should have led to a war crime tribunal. Well, that didn’t happen. (Big surprise, right?) And now Bush’s right-hand man, Dick Cheney […]

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 […]

Torture: A Pillar of American Civilization

I side with Andrew Sullivan in his denunciation of torture, but I contest his attempt to define modern torture as a historical aberration, as if it weren’t common behavior for the United States until George W. Bush rode into Washington. Sullivan says modern torture advocates are “junking the entire history of Western jurisprudence and the […]