Category: Torture

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Kathy Kelly: Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change

“A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, ‘This way of settling differences is not just’”

Ken Jones: White Silence = State Violence

The parallels between the African American prisoners caught in the U.S. injustice system and the Muslim prisoners in Guantánamo (all of them are and always have been Muslim) are clear: racism & Islamophobia

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Bill Fletcher: The Torture Debate in the USA

For the U.S. public, to recognize the futility of torture is to call into question their own silence during the 2000s

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Alfred W. McCoy: How to Read the Senate Report on CIA Torture

Introduction: The recent Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture is arguably the single most important U.S. government document released to date in this still-young 21st century. Yet even with all its richly revealing detail about the CIA’s recourse to torture since 9/11, the report’s impact on the ongoing U.S. debate over impunity is muted Read more…

New York TImes Editorial: Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments

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Vijay Prashad: America’s shame

The U.S. Senate’s report reveals that the CIA’s inhumane torture regime “to save American lives” had the blessings of the administration but produced very little intelligence.

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Paul Street: Sorry, Mr. President: 2 + 2 = 4

Among the privileges of power are the rights to violate elementary sense, distort the facts of history, and engage in rank hypocrisy without the slightest hint of shame

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Vijay Prashad: US looks to Israel to justify torture

Footnotes in government reports are often the place where disgruntled bureaucrats leave clues. It is where bits of information that lead elsewhere are suggestively placed. Senior officials might not allow potentially controversial information into the body of a report. In the Senate report on CIA torture there is such a footnote. Early in the report’s Read more…

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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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