Category Archives: torture

The Point of Torture is Torture

There is a progressive argument that since torture is wrong, we need not bother to argue that it does not work. In fact, both arguments are necessary and crucial, much as it’s crucial to argue that racism is both stupid … Continue reading

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Rick Santorum Loves Torture Porn

The former Senator spouted off yesterday, leaving a frothy mix of verbal diarrhea and lubricating ignorance all over his chin: WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday that Sen. John McCain, who spent 5 1/2 years enduring brutal … Continue reading

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Preexisting Failure

How Republicans reacted to the news that accused embassy bomber Ahmed Ghailani has been found not guilty on almost all charges: U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday’s verdict confirms that the Obama … Continue reading

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I Want The Truth

I can handle it: Jay Bybee, who as a senior Justice Department lawyer signed two memos in 2002 authorizing CIA interrogators to torture “war on terror” prisoners, told a congressional panel that more than a half dozen other brutal methods … Continue reading

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The Morning Awful

Not only did the Bushies torture prisoners; they have been torturing logic ever since. Is there any doubt the Bush administration was sociopathic? Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was not waterboarded 183 times in search of information. It was punishment, pure and … Continue reading

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Shahzad Is Talking

So the feds managed to arrest Shahzad before the plane could take off, and asked him questions, and then read him his Miranda rights before continuing to ask him questions — questions to which he is still giving answers. But…not … Continue reading

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No Immunity For Rumsfeld

The worst SecDef in American history will not be protected from the consequences of his policy. Which is what happens when you treat US citizens just like Teh Brown: The suit filed in 2006 alleges that while working for the … Continue reading

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Ripping Cheney’s Heart Out

While Dick Cheney was hospitalized for chest pains, the criminal justice system was busy disproving his entire doctrine. AP via HuffPo: NEW YORK — A former airport shuttle driver accused of buying beauty supplies to make bombs for an attack … Continue reading

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Abdulmutallab Breaks Without Torture

The underpants bomber is once again giving information under questioning. This is according to Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence. FBI agents didn’t even need the waterboard: according to the MSNBC report, Abdulmutallab is now cooperating as part of … Continue reading

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Reading Abdulmutallab’s Rights

The nontroversy over the underpants bomber’s Miranda warning has hit a peak with this LA Times story today: FBI agents questioned him at the hospital for just under an hour. They did not give him the Miranda warning, which advises … Continue reading

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Bob McDonnell’s Tortured Response and the Origins of Cheneyism

In his response to the president’s SOTU last night — before a curiously packed and well-coached statehouse — Virginia’s new governor took up the anti-Obama mantle. Not only did his remarks remarkably seem off-key, considering the president’s actual speech, but … Continue reading

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