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Activist Post: Obama Administration Shuts Down Investigations Into Bush-era Torture
As part of its cover-up of Bush administration war crimes, the Obama administration announced June 30 that it would shut down 99 investigations into deaths of prisoners in US custody during the so-called “war on terror,” leaving only two investigations with the potential to develop into criminal prosecutions.

The announcement underscores the fact that the anti-democratic policies developed during the presidency of George W. Bush continue unchallenged under President Barack Obama, who is doing everything in his power to keep the lid on the crimes of his predecessor.
georgebush  barackobama  crime  prison  waterboarding  guantanamo  terrorism  policestate  corruption  torture 
july 2011 by cboyack
New study documents media's servitude to government - Glenn Greenwald -
A newly released study from students at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials.  This new study examines how waterboarding has been discussed by America's four largest newspapers over the past 100 years, and finds that the technique, almost invariably, was unequivocally referred to as "torture" -- until the U.S. Government began openly using it and insisting that it was not torture, at which time these newspapers obediently ceased describing it that way:
torture  media  waterboarding  military  censorship  journalism  bias  propaganda 
july 2010 by cboyack
Karl Rove Says He's 'Proud' US Used Waterboarding - AOL News
Karl Rove, former senior political adviser to President George W. Bush, says he is "proud" the U.S. used waterboarding to gain information from terror suspects.

"I'm proud that we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists," he said in a BBC interview, adding that he did not consider waterboarding to be torture.

The practice, considered by many to violate the terms of the Geneva Convention on the conduct of war, was sanctioned in a series of memos by White House lawyers in 2002. It involves pouring water into a captive's breathing passages, simulating a sensation of drowning.
karlrove  waterboarding  torture 
march 2010 by cboyack
Book closed on BYU grad for torture memos, but Demos protest | Deseret News
The Justice Department told Congress Friday that it has closed the book on and will pursue no action against Jay Bybee, a BYU law graduate and current federal appeals court judge, for signing as a Bush administration lawyer memos allowing harsh treatment of suspected terrorists.

But Senate Democrats had a hard time swallowing that and called for wider investigation anyway.
jaybybee  johnyoo  torture  waterboarding  georgebush 
february 2010 by cboyack
The OPR report: this era's 'Hiroshima' - James Fallows
The "torture years" are now an indelible part of our history. The names Bybee and Yoo will always be associated with these policies. Whether you view them as patriots willing to do the dirty work of defending the nation -- the Dick Cheney view, the 24 view, which equates the torture memos with Abraham Lincoln's imposition of martial law -- or view them as damaging America's moral standing in ways that will take years to repair (my view), you owe it to yourself to read these original documents.
johnyoo  jaybybee  torture  georgebush  waterboarding 
february 2010 by cboyack
Waterboarding memo lawyers will not be disciplined - Telegraph
The US government lawyers who provided legal justification for the harsh interrogation of terror suspects, including waterboarding, "exercised poor judgment" but will not be disciplined, the justice department has said. The decision brings to a close a bitterly-debated chapter in the debate about how the Bush administration fought the war on terror in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
After five years of heated internal wrangling, the justice department has rejected calls by its own ethics investigators for tougher measures against the two men.
johnyoo  jaybybee  terrorism  whitehouse  georgebush  waterboarding  torture 
february 2010 by cboyack
t r u t h o u t | Cheney Admits to War Crimes, Media Yawns, Obama Turns the Other Cheek
Dick Cheney is a sadist.

On Sunday, in an exclusive interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News' "This Week," Cheney proclaimed his love of torture, derided the Obama administration for outlawing the practice, and admitted that the Bush White House ordered Justice Department attorneys to fix the law around the administration's policy interests.
dickcheney  waterboarding  torture 
february 2010 by cboyack
Waterboarding Doesn’t Work, Scientists Say | Wired Science |
A report published by the Intelligence Science Board in 2007 found that no research existed to support the use of enhanced interrogation. And O’Mara’s review, published Monday in Trends in Cognitive Science, describes a wealth of science that supports ending the practice.
torture  waterboarding 
september 2009 by cboyack
What every American should be made to learn about the IG Torture Report - Glenn Greenwald -
The fact that we are not really bothered any more by taking helpless detainees in our custody and (a) threatening to blow their brains out, torture them with drills, rape their mothers, and murder their children; (b) choking them until they pass out; (c) pouring water down their throats to drown them; (d) hanging them by their arms until their shoulders are dislocated; (e) blowing smoke in their face until they vomit; (f) putting them in diapers, dousing them with cold water, and leaving them on a concrete floor to induce hypothermia; and (g) beating them with the butt of a rifle -- all things that we have always condemend as "torture" and which our laws explicitly criminalize as felonies ("torture means. . . the threat of imminent death; or the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death . . .") -- reveals better than all the words in the world could how degraded, barbaric and depraved a society becomes when it lifts the taboo on torturing captives.
torture  cia  waterboarding  guantanamo  war 
august 2009 by cboyack
Criminal investigation into CIA treatment of detainees expected - Los Angeles Times
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is poised to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses committed during the interrogation of terrorism suspects, current and former U.S. government officials said.

A senior Justice Department official said that Holder envisioned an inquiry that would be narrow in scope, focusing on "whether people went beyond the techniques that were authorized" in Bush administration memos that liberally interpreted anti-torture laws.
ericholder  cia  guantanamo  waterboarding 
august 2009 by cboyack
London's Metropolitan Police accused of waterboarding suspects - Times Online
Metropolitan Police officers subjected suspects to waterboarding, according to allegations at the centre of an anti-corruption inquiry.

The torture claims are part of an investigation which also includes accusations that evidence was fabricated and suspects’ property was stolen. It has already led to the abandonment of a drugs trial and the suspension from duty of several officers.

However, senior policing officials are most alarmed by the claim that officers in Enfield, North London, used the controversial CIA interrogation technique, in which water is poured on to a cloth covering the suspect’s face, causing them to feel they are on the point of suffocation.
waterboarding  london  police 
june 2009 by cboyack
Keith Olbermann Talks to Erich "Mancow" Muller About His Waterboarding Experience | Video Cafe
Keith talks to WLS-AM 890's Erich "Mancow" Muller about his experience being waterboarded.
waterboarding  torture 
may 2009 by cboyack
Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog! Go!: Mancow Waterboarded
The insufferable Mancow allowed himself to be waterboarded and subsequently described it as torture.

But if you look at the video and compare it to other videos of people being waterboarded, Mancow clearly went through a Fisher-Price version of waterboarding, complete with a countdown, no gag over his mouth, and not tied to the table.

And yet he described this kiddie pool version as torture. Can you imagine how he'd describe actual waterboarding?
waterboarding  torture 
may 2009 by cboyack
Congressman Ron Paul - Torturing the Rule of Law - Texas Straight Talk
The government’s own actions and operations in torturing people, and in acting on illegally obtained and unreliable information to kill and capture, are the most radicalizing forces at work today, not any religion, nor the fact that we are rich and free. The fact that our government engages in evil behavior under the auspices of the American people is what poses the greatest threat to the American people, and it must not be allowed to stand.
ronpaul  torture  waterboarding 
may 2009 by cboyack
Op-Ed Contributor - My Tortured Decision -
We discovered, for example, that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Abu Zubaydah also told us about Jose Padilla, the so-called dirty bomber. This experience fit what I had found throughout my counterterrorism career: traditional interrogation techniques are successful in identifying operatives, uncovering plots and saving lives.

There was no actionable intelligence gained from using enhanced interrogation techniques on Abu Zubaydah that wasn’t, or couldn’t have been, gained from regular tactics. In addition, I saw that using these alternative methods on other terrorists backfired on more than a few occasions — all of which are still classified. The short sightedness behind the use of these techniques ignored the unreliability of the methods, the nature of the threat, the mentality and modus operandi of the terrorists, and due process.
torture  waterboarding  military  terrorism  security  interrogation 
may 2009 by cboyack
Real World Reasons Against Torture
"My Tortured Decision" is how former FBI Agent Soufan titled his New York Times op-ed, speaking out to specifically refute a number of Dick Cheney's lies about how torture "worked". The truth, according to Soufan, is quite the opposite.
torture  waterboarding  fbi 
may 2009 by cboyack
I know waterboarding is torture - because I did it myself
I have personally led, witnessed and supervised waterboarding of hundreds of people. It has been reported that both the Army and Navy SERE school's interrogation manuals were used to form the interrogation techniques employed by the Army and the CIA for its terror suspects. What is less frequently reported is that our training was designed to show how an evil totalitarian enemy would use torture at the slightest whim.

Having been subjected to this technique, I can say: It is risky but not entirely dangerous when applied in training for a very short period. However, when performed on an unsuspecting prisoner, waterboarding is a torture technique - without a doubt. There is no way to sugarcoat it.
waterboarding  torture  military 
may 2009 by cboyack
President Obama: U.S. 'went off course' fighting terror - Mike Allen -
[Ummm.. I'll believe it when I see it.] I know some have argued that brutal methods like water-boarding were necessary to keep us safe. I could not disagree more," Obama continued. "As commander-in-chief, I see the intelligence, I bear responsibility for keeping this country safe, and I reject the assertion that these are the most effective means of interrogation. What’s more, they undermine the rule of law. They alienate us in the world. They serve as a recruitment tool for terrorists, and increase the will of our enemies to fight us, while decreasing the will of others to work with America. They risk the lives of our troops by making it less likely that others will surrender to them in battle, and more likely that Americans will be mistreated if they are captured. In short, they did not advance our war and counter-terrorism efforts – they undermined them, and that is why I ended them once and for all.
barackobama  torture  waterboarding  terrorism 
may 2009 by cboyack
CIA Says Pelosi Was Briefed on Use of 'Enhanced Interrogations' - Capitol Briefing
Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners, seemingly contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that these techniques were actually being used.

In a 10-page memo outlining an almost seven-year history of classified briefings, intelligence officials said that Pelosi and then-Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) were the first two members of Congress ever briefed on the interrogation tactics. Then the ranking member and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, respectively, Pelosi and Goss were briefed Sept. 4, 2002, one week before the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
cia  waterboarding  torture  nancypelosi 
may 2009 by cboyack
The CIA's $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding, Interrogations - ABC News
As the secrets about the CIA's interrogation techniques continue to come out, there's new information about the frequency and severity of their use, contradicting an 2007 ABC News report, and a new focus on two private contractors who were apparently directing the brutal sessions that President Obama calls torture.
Top interrogation officials' "waterboarding expertise" was "misrepresented."
torture  waterboarding  military 
may 2009 by cboyack
Want to know if waterboarding is torture? Ask Christopher Hitchens | World news | The Guardian
The "official lie" about waterboarding, Hitchens says, is that it "simulates the feeling of drowning". In fact, "you are drowning - or rather, being drowned".
waterboarding  torture 
july 2008 by cboyack
Bush vetoes bill banning waterboarding -
President Bush said Saturday he vetoed legislation that would ban the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods such as waterboarding to break suspected terrorists because it would end practices that have prevented attacks.
torture  georgebush  waterboarding  cia  militarycommissionsact  veto 
march 2008 by cboyack
AFP: White House to veto Senate ban on waterboarding
US President George W. Bush plans to veto legislation passed by the Senate to bar the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods including waterboarding, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
georgebush  congress  terrorism  waterboarding  torture 
february 2008 by cboyack
Think Progress » Maverick Fails The Test: McCain Votes Against Waterboarding Ban
Mr. McCain, a former prisoner of war, has consistently voiced opposition to waterboarding and other methods that critics say is a form torture. But the Republicans, confident of a White House veto, did not mount the challenge. Mr. McCain voted “no” on
johnmccain  waterboarding  torture 
february 2008 by cboyack
Richard E. Mezo - Why It Was Called 'Water Torture' -
Last week, much to my dismay, government officials testified before Congress that the United States has used the interrogation technique known as waterboarding and would like to hold out the option of using it in the future. As someone who has experienced
waterboarding  torture  military 
february 2008 by cboyack
YouTube - Guantanamo Legal Adviser Refuses To Say Iranians Waterboardi
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "The Legal Rights of Guantanamo Detainees" this morning, Brigadier General Thomas W. Hartmann, the legal adviser at Guantanamo Bay, repeatedly refused to call the hypothetical waterboarding of an American pil
waterboarding  torture  iran  war  foreignpolicy 
february 2008 by cboyack - Super Tuesday Confession, by Wisco
So here are the facts; waterboarding was illegal once, no law has been passed allowing it, no law has been repealed barring it, no law banning it has been struck down by the courts. The Justice Dept. has absolutely no power to declare something legal, the
waterboarding  cia  torture  impeachment  corruption 
february 2008 by cboyack
Attorney general: No waterboarding investigation -
Attorney General Michael Mukasey told lawmakers Thursday he will not open a criminal investigation into the CIA's acknowledged use of "waterboarding" on terror suspects.
cia  waterboarding  torture  attorneygeneral 
february 2008 by cboyack
BBC NEWS | Americas | CIA admits waterboarding inmates
The CIA has for the first time publicly admitted using the controversial method of "waterboarding" on terror suspects.
cia  torture  waterboarding 
february 2008 by cboyack
"For Me It Would Be Torture"
Intelligence chief Mike McConnell says if it were done to him, water-boarding would be torture.
waterboarding  torture 
january 2008 by cboyack
The Raw Story | Romney: It's not torture unless you admit it
CNN's Wolf Blitzer assails GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney over his lack of a definite opinion on whether the widely debated interrogation method known as "waterboarding" is torture.
mittromney  torture  waterboarding 
january 2008 by cboyack
Straight Dope Message Board - I waterboard!
It took me ten minutes to recover my senses once I tried this. I was shuddering in a corner, convinced I narrowly escaped killing myself.
tortue  waterboarding 
december 2007 by cboyack
CIA man 'can take White House down'
Former head of the CIA's clandestine service Jose Rodriguez claims he can take the White House down over a torture cover-up scandal.
cia  torture  waterboarding 
december 2007 by cboyack
Ex CIA Agent Says Waterboarding Torture “Necessary”
If Americans allow this lawless administration to disassemble the constitutional retaining wall of the Eighth Amendment, what will keep them from taking us all the way down the slippery slope of increasingly vile "enhanced interrogation methods," or in th
torture  waterboarding 
december 2007 by cboyack
Think Progress » House passes ban on waterboarding.
In a 222-199 vote, the House today passed the FY2008 Intelligence Authorization bill, which bans waterboarding and confines the CIA “to the interrogation tactics permitted by the Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. Rep. Jerrold
torture  waterboarding 
december 2007 by cboyack
Truthdig - Ear to the Ground - Ashcroft Willing to Be Waterboarded
While speaking at the University of Colorado on Tuesday night, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft reaffirmed his belief in the Patriot Act and, when asked by an audience member if he’d submit to the controversial “interrogation” tactic of wa
johnashcroft  waterboarding 
november 2007 by cboyack
"Waterboarding" Is Torture to Everybody Else in the World
"The United States is a country that takes human rights seriously. We do not torture," Vice President Dick Cheney told an audience Friday at the World Affairs Council in Dallas.
waterboarding  torture 
november 2007 by cboyack
Waterboarding is Torture… Period (Links Updated # 9) (SWJ Blog)
It does not simulate drowning, as the lungs are actually filling with water. There is no way to simulate that. The victim is drowning.
waterboarding  torture 
november 2007 by cboyack
AlterNet: Blogs: Video: Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Waterboarding and Torture [VIDEO]
Daviel Levin, the former U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General, who was himself waterboarded to determine whether or not the act constituted torture made you into a liar Mr. Bush.
keitholbermann  waterboarding  torture  terrorism  georgebush  neocon  foreignpolicy  war  government 
november 2007 by cboyack
Mukasey's nomination and the sudden opposition to "waterboarding"
It is absolutely the case that Mukasey is a True Believer in all of the most extreme positions of the Bush administration regarding presidential power. That has been clear from the beginning. It is why he was chosen. After all, as a federal judge, he rule
michaelmukasey  attorneygeneral  neocon  torture  waterboarding 
november 2007 by cboyack
Joan Walsh - Political Commentary and News - Salon
I linked to this Current TV video a few days ago, but I know some people missed it. We got permission from Current to put it on our site directly for easier viewing. In my comments thread a few people asked why network news heavyweights hadn't tried this
torture  waterboarding 
november 2007 by cboyack

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