Category: Human Rights

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William Blum: American Exceptionalism and American Torture

Do Americans and the world need yet another reminder that the United States is a leading practitioner of torture?

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Gareth Porter: How the CIA Covered Up Its Lie on Torture and bin Laden

The officials responsible for maintaining the fiction could not have anticipated that a former agency officer who knew the truth would ever speak out publicly and destroy what had appeared to be a successful cover-up

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Ariel Dorfman: What Does it Feel Like to Be Tortured?

It is the compassionate imagination that we now desperately need at this dire moment of revelation, so that none of us will ever dare to justify, out of fear or out of expedience, cruelty that is inflicted upon our fellow humans

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Ramzy Baroud: Whitewashing CIA Torture

“We are [not so] awesome” after all

William Boardman: Architects of Atrocity Remain at Large, and Unrepentant

Along with everything else we know about these men who still defend their criminality, why isn’t that enough for probable cause and a criminal indictment?

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Marjorie Cohn: Torture Report Confirms Team Bush War Crimes

Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings

James Petras: Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

The Senate Report on CIA torture will not result in any resignations, let alone prosecutions or trials

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Paul Street: Latin America Leads in Opposing US Torture and Surveillance

As the first global region to feel the imperial presence and fury of the United States and to see US power embedded in its own social and political life, Latin America logically leads the world in rejecting US power

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Atilio Boron: Empire and Legitimation of Torture

The report emphasizes the ineffectiveness of torture while circumventing the ethical or political considerations of the issue

Ted Snider: America’s Ironic Sanctioning of Venezuela

America has made such a banality out of hypocrisy that there is no longer any irony: only naïveté for having expected something different

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