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N.Y. Times and Wash. Post: Interrogation Bill Allows Torture

The editorial boards of the N.Y. Times and the Washington Post, along with First Amendment lawyer Glen Greenwald, condemned the interrogation bill agreed upon by the president and a group of GOP senators.

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
NPR/Patrick Kovarik

Clinton Attacks Torture Agenda

In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” former President Bill Clinton vigorously argued against Bush’s torture plans, citing both moral and practical reasons: “We have a system of laws here where nobody should be above the law, and you don’t need blanket advanced approval for blanket torture.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


Gregory and Bush in the Rose Garden

NBC’s Gregory v. Bush on Torture

NBC reporter David Gregory uses a smart hypothetical scenario to challenge Bush on his interrogation policy; Bush ducks it and keeps to his talking points—as usual, but Gregory keeps up.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


waterboarding

Is This Torture?

The USA show “The 4400” featured this dramatized depiction of “waterboarding,” in which victims are made to feel as though they are drowning. Andrew Sullivan says it’s time to look at what our government is doing and call it by its proper name.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Caves on Torture Rules

Only last week, the president drew a line in the sand over his proposed interrogation rules, threatening to cancel the CIA interrogation program altogether if a trio of rebellious Republicans refused to pass his version.  In a total reversal, the Bush administration has reestablished talks with the defiant senators, hoping to work out a deal and pass the stalled legislation.

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert Lampoons Bush?s Torture Agenda

On Monday, Stephen Colbert went after Bush?s proposed re-imagining of the Geneva Convention by inviting the president to come on the ?Report? and demonstrate his preferred interrogation techniques.  Mocking the president?s assertion that the treaty banning torture lacks clarity, Colbert observed: ?I personally think the image of the president saying specifically what, to him, is not an outrage on human dignity will make everyone see his position very clearly….?

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Trio
left two: Think Progress/right: senate.gov

Rogue Senators Show Signs of Compromise With Bush

The Republican senators who broke ranks with the administration to oppose Bush’s interrogation policy have indicated the possibility of a compromise.  On Friday the president showed no willingness to adjust his proposals, but Stephen J. Hadley, his national security advisor, hinted at the prospect during a television appearance Sunday.

Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


The Hypothetical Question Bush Can’t Answer

During the president’s Rose Garden press conference, NBC reporter David Gregory asked Bush how he would feel if a country like Iran or North Korea kidnapped an American citizen, tortured him and then tried him without letting him see any evidence. Bush’s answer was a nonsensical non sequitur. (Read it) (Salon post - ad required)

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


President Bush
From CNN

Empty Threat of the Day

Bush says that questioning of suspected terrorists “won’t go forward” unless Congress passes a law clarifying the treatment and interrogation of such detainees.
Believe that? If so, there’s a nice Nigerian billionaire we met on the Internet who’d love to discuss a business opportunity with you…

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Tony

Sen. Graham: White House Coerced Lawyers on Torture Letter

GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham is telling reporters that White House officials effectively forced military lawyers to sign a letter supporting President Bush’s new legislation on harsh interrogation tactics—after the lawyers previously testified publicly against those measures.

  • Watch the video.
  • Andrew Sullivan called the move “breathtaking and shameless.”
  • This article gives needed background to this complicated issue.

  • Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Powell Blasts Bush Interrogation Plan

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell sided with Sen. John McCain and others in opposition to Bush’s plan to authorize harsh interrogation of terror suspects. “The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism,” he said.

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    FBI vs CIA
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    FBI and CIA Clash Over Interrogation Methods

    In 2002 Abu Zubaydah, a captured Bin Laden henchman, experienced two radically different kinds of interrogation as the FBI and the CIA secretly engaged in a debate that continues today.  As one official put it: ?When you rough these guys up, all you do is fulfill their fantasies about what to expect from us.?

    Posted on Sep 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Administration Seeks to Protect ?Interrogation? Methods

    Legislation put forward by the Bush administration this week would legalize the same torture techniques recently banned by the Army.  By selectively interpreting the Geneva Conventions, the legislation would allow CIA operatives and even the Army, should it decide to revert to previous rules, to conduct interrogations using unsavory methods.

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Dog growls at detainee
    Associated Press

    Army Finally Bans Torture

    Yielding to pressure from humanitarian groups, Congress and the Supreme Court, the U.S. Army will release a new field manual that affords all detainees protection from torture under the Geneva Convention.  The new document will ban several ?interrogation? methods that have drawn criticism, including simulated drowning and the use of dogs to terrorize detainees.

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo Interrogation Room

    Behind the Scenes at Gitmo

    ABC News gets an extremely rare (maybe unprecedented) look at the inside of Guantanamo Bay. Watch it.

  • The head interrogator denies all use of torture, and even refers to his interrogations as “custodial interviews.”
  • The room pictured above—which has a plush lazy chair—is supposedly one of the interrogation rooms.
  • This sugar-coated look at Gitmo feels sort of like the tours of North Korea that Westerners sometimes get.

  • Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling May Cancel Bush’s ‘Blank Check’ for Terror War

    Specifically, today’s Supreme Court ruling held that the president overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  • But more important, Think Progress interprets the ruling to mean that “the Authorization for the Use of Military Force—issued by Congress in the days after 9/11—is not a blank check for the administration.”
  • Also, SCOTUSblog says the ruling means that the Geneva Convention does apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda, and consequently “this almost certainly means that the CIA’s interrogation tactics of waterboarding and hypothermia (and others) violate the War Crimes Act.”

  • Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo
    From AndrewSullivan.com

    Gitmo and Afghanistan Interrogation Tactics Exposed

    In a new book, a medical ethicist has compiled a list of interrogation techniques documented at U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. They include: external electric shocks; beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia) ...
    UPDATE: An L.A. Times reporter writes that the barring of U.S. reporters from Gitmo “make[s] us all the more determined to question, probe and illuminate the actions of our government being waged in the country’s name.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


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    From the NY Times

    Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

    The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

    Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


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