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Seattle Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Christopher Columbus was a genocidal maniac who is celebrated annually for “discovering” a land that was already inhabited by a people he would go on to enslave, torture and kill.

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AP/Hasan Jamali

Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

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War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?

President Obama has saved George W. Bush’s torturers from the Hague, perhaps hoping a future executive will spare his own administration.

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Time to Tame the Monster

The CIA now admits that it spied on a Senate investigation into the agency’s shameful program of secret detention and torture. Do we need any more proof that the spooks are out of control?

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‘Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report’

A tentatively titled and reported New York Times article glimpses former agency director George Tenet’s efforts to suppress and discredit a report accusing “former C.I.A. officials of misleading Congress and the White House” about the agency’s detention and interrogation program.

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Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World

Once upon a time, if a character on TV tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. From “24” to “Zero Dark Thirty,” it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

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Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials.

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How to Forgive Your Torturer

When I read the statistics on Americans and Britons that approve of torture, a scene comes back to me. I remember a man I met 20 years ago, not in my native Latin America or in faraway lands where torture is endemic, but in the extremely English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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AP/Evan Vucci

Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

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AP/Trent Nelson

A Simple Fix for Our Execution Problem

Shortages of lethal drugs are causing executions to be botched in horrible ways, but the resulting public outcry could help clear a path to a lasting, moral solution.

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Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

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When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

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The Road From Abu Ghraib

As the White House, the CIA, and various senators still battle over the release of a summary of a 6,300-page report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Bush-era torture policies, it’s worth considering, on the 10th anniversary of Abu Ghraib, the strange journey we’ve taken, and wondering just where we as a nation mired in the legacy of torture might be headed.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


Share the Torture Report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

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Senate Committee Votes to Release Details of CIA Torture Methods

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s recent alarm about the CIA’s interrogation methods since 9/11 spurred the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs, to vote Thursday in favor of releasing key details from a lengthy report about the CIA’s activities.

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The Long Telegram: Imaginary Friends and Phantom Enemies

The result of the obsessive vilification of Russia is a tragic waste of opportunities for two major nations to join in the actual wars at hand.

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Advice Too Secret to Ignore

Col. Manners answers questions on CIA practices, proper cyberwar behavior, and invasion etiquette.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



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The CIA Is Out of Line

We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Mark Udall

The Colorado senator used an open hearing in the chamber to disclose the existence of an internal CIA review that conflicts with the agency’s official assessment of its dubious interrogation program.

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The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived.

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The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

A Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, that annual celebration of violence as sport, featured a most joyous homecoming for a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War.

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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Syria Is Broken and These Peace Talks Won’t Put It Together Again

There are simply too many factions and too many guns.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Meanwhile, the Ugliness in Syria Goes On

A disturbingly high number of children have been killed in the conflict, and evidence emerges that the Syrian government has engaged in a protracted campaign of “disappearing” young men thought opposed to the Assad regime. A United Nations body described the practice as a crime against humanity.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Mandela’s Crucial Lesson for America—and the Republicans Who Never Learn

Beyond the eulogies bestowed this week on the late and truly great Nelson Mandela—a visionary, revolutionary and peacemaker—there is much for Americans to learn from the story of his vexed relationship with our country.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Morally Questionable Go-To Weapon

U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.

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Doctors Gave Advice on the Use of Torture After 9/11

A new report shows physicians and other medical professionals working for the CIA and U.S. military were directed to assist in the planning and infliction of torture in prisons such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and other secret “black sites” around the world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Folly of Empire

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Herman Wallace, Free At Last

After close to 42 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace is free.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 bloodbath is a brilliant exploration of the twisted psychology of that nation’s mass murderers and their ongoing glorification.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE


Syrian Intervention Can Lead Only to Yet Another War

The United States is not in charge of international war and peace.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ahmed Gomaa

Muslim Brotherhood Claims Thousands Killed as Government Shuts Protest Camps

The interim Egyptian government has declared a national emergency and killed 149 people, it says, while clearing camps of people protesting its existence.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Promises Russia Snowden Will Have a Fair Trial

In a bid to get his hands on Edward Snowden, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Russia promising not to torture or kill the NSA whistle-blower.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE


A Case That Challenges Government Immunity

You may not know about this case, but you should. Called Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, it illustrates the extremism driving the policies being made in the public’s name.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Dear Royal Baby: We Americans Apologize for Our Revolution; Please Be Our Absolute Monarch

Things like freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which seemed like a good idea in 1789, now seem really dangerous to us and we’ve started to agree with King George III about the undesirability of those liberties. Our forebears minded the torture and cruel and unusual punishments imposed by the king. But we have gone back to torturing people.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE


Secret Intelligence Court a Precursor to Tyranny

The justification for this secret court—as is usual in the development of 20th century secret police states—is national security.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


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White House/Chuck Kennedy

On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong

Rather than hyping the terrorist threat, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, President Obama has repeatedly framed a calmer—if equally resolute—attitude toward Islamist extremism.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



SCOTUS Rules for Rumsfeld, Maher Slams ‘Original Teabagger’ Reagan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a petition to pardon NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is created and a former colleague of Fox News host Sean Hannity has some tough criticism for him.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Obama Should Have Given Americans a Choice

President Obama defended the government’s massive surveillance programs Friday, saying they “help us prevent terrorist attacks.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE


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