Tag Archives: waterboarding

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dubya calls for the prosecution of himself

Andrew Sullivan uncovered this statement from George W. Bush circa 2003: The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of […]

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, […]

Who is talking about Bush & torture?

You know how I know our country is a little screwed up these days? THE PRESIDENT APPROVED THE TORTURE OF DETAINEES AND NO ONE IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS TALKING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn’t this at least as big a problem as cheating on your wife in the White House? Or, you know, trying to steal […]

George Bush is the law

Attorney General Michael Mukasey essentially told Congress it’s OK for the president to break the law if the Department of Justice, which is run by people of the President’s choosing, says it’s OK. “Our” Attorney General Michael Mukasey speaking before Congress: Delahunt: You said if an opinion was rendered, that would insulate him from any […]

Congress: We'll investigate the NFL, MLB, but not the Bush administration

Things are so good in America that our public servants in Congress can afford to spend their time investigating sports leagues. It’s not like we’re being bled dry in two wars overseas. It’s not like our infrastructure is crumbling. No major cities are still reeling from hurricanes that hit three years ago. Congress is spending […]