Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:38 am

Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days. The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any [...]

The New Year’s Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 9:43 am

(In the spirit of our times, this end-of-year post looks forward, not backward. Happy New Year to all.) “Who the hell are you?” “Why Barack, I’m the Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past. I visit second-term presidents to help them map out their foreign policy legacy.” “Dude, Christmas was last week. It’s 2014, the New Year.” [...]

Obama’s DOJ Seeks Immunity for Bush, Cheney, Rice and Others over Iraq War

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 9:35 am

D. Inder Comar, a San Francisco lawyer, is seeking to do what the Obama Administration refuses to do, hold the Bush Administration accountable for the unnecessary invasion of Iraq and its ongoing, horrific, aftermath. On March 13, 2013, Comar filed two lawsuits in California against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice [...]

ICE Officers Detain Oscar-Nominated Palestinian Filmmaker & Threaten to Deport Him

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 1:05 pm

Emad Burnat is the Palestinian director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “5 Broken Cameras.” He is the first Palestinian to be nominated for an Academy Award. He traveled to the United States this week because the Academy Awards ceremony is this weekend. It is common for nominees to be in attendance. But on Tuesday night, US [...]

NSA Whistleblower Compares Case to CIA Officer Convicted of First Classified Leak

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 10:07 am

On Sunday, New York Times journalist Scott Shane published a feature story on the Justice Department’s prosecution of John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) by revealing the name of an undercover officer. It was the first successful conviction of someone for a disclosure since President Barack Obama was [...]

A Vote for Torture That Scars Prisoners vs. a Vote for Torture That Does Not Leave Scars

By: Monday October 1, 2012 1:28 pm

This election, Charlie Savage of the New York Times writes, will decide the future of “interrogation methods in terrorism cases,” whether torture techniques used by the administration of President George W. Bush are restored. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney favors “enhanced interrogation techniques” or torture. President Barack Obama has maintained certain torture techniques should not [...]

Five Stages of Impunity for Torture

By: Saturday September 22, 2012 12:33 pm

One hallmark of the administration of President Barack Obama has been the commitment of the administration to move forward and not look back—to, as a Democratic Party operative only concerned with election results might say, not re-litigate the eight years of the administration of George W. Bush. This means no accountability for those responsible for [...]

More Killing in Obama’s ‘War on Terror’ Than Bush’s ‘War’

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:42 pm

Michael Hayden, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director under President George W. Bush, delivered a speech yesterday where he outlined the ways that President Barack Obama has managed a “practical consensus,” which has fostered “powerful continuity between two vastly different presidents”—himself and his predecessor, Bush. At the University of Michigan last Friday, according to Wired, [...]

Penn State University & the Folly of ‘Moving Forward, Not Looking Back’

By: Monday July 23, 2012 12:35 pm

What former FBI director Louis Freeh described in the report that came from an eight-month inquiry included details on how the institution of Penn State University had shown “total disregard for the safety and welfare” of the child victims of now-convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky “by the most senior leaders” of the university. For fourteen years, [...]

The FBI’s Framing of Long-Time Chicano Activist Carlos Montes

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 10:57 am

(update below) Long-time Chicano activist Carlos Montes, who has been active in the antiwar, education and civil rights movements in Los Angeles for decades, goes on trial today for bogus charges that are being brought against him for purchasing a gun. It is a political trial and a continuation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s [...]

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