Christmas in the White House Basement

By: Thursday December 25, 2014 9:00 am

Hold the fat bastard down! Answer me punk! Is it true that you give toys to every child in the world? Even the ones whose moms and dads are terrorists? Hah, that’s material support. Hit him with the electric shock. Do you refuse to hand over the naughty or nice list for us to use [...]


On the BBC Defending Not Torturing People

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:00 am

I joined fellow whistleblower and former chief Guantanamo prosecutor Colonel Morris Davis on the BBC’s World TV recently to speak out against torture. Because most “journalism” these days defines objectivity as having people from bizarrely opposite sides of an issue yell at each other until time is up, I found myself “rebutting” a handful of [...]

Thinking About Torture Ahead of the Senate Report

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00 am

The highly-redacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9/11 torture is being released as you read this. It will likely contain few details on what actually happened by America’s hand. But details or not, at the most fundamental level the report does not matter. America will sidestep the most important lessons that could have emerged: we [...]

Rachel Maddow: Iraq WMD Fraud Exposé Will Cause “Political Upset”

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 5:00 pm

Because of a ten year mainstream media whitewash, it’s been generally accepted that “mistakes” resulted in a war that claimed over 4,800 US troops. But this week, MSNBC will rock the boat, suggesting false pretenses took us to war, meaning the nation should start debating consequences.

Dick Cheney’s VP Advice to Mitt Romney: Pick Me! Pick Me!

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 4:00 pm

It seems almost predictable that with Mitt Romney in Israel encouraging their government to start an unnecessary war, that the man whose lies and paranoia led America into a disastrous, unjustified and unnecessary war would have the chutzpah to presume to advise the apparent GOP nominee whom to select as his Vice Presidential running mate.

It’s now generally accepted that Dick Cheney’s advice to George Bush — pick me! pick me! – helped lead to over 4,500 pointless American deaths, tens of thousands of wounded, hundreds of thousands of tragic Iraqi deaths, millions of exiles and untold civil destruction that still makes the front pages of our newspapers.

The Legion of Blah

By: Friday July 13, 2012 1:30 am

Mitt Romney fresh off claiming African-Americans want something for nothing — when at the very least THAT’S HIS ACT — had a closed to the private fundraiser and S&M session with Dick Cheney last night.

How Coverage of Obama’s Role in Drone Executions Provokes Liberal Outrage

By: Sunday June 3, 2012 6:45 am

This morning, Chris Hayes did a segment on his show that examined President Barack Obama’s reported “kill list,” whether the number of civilians being killed by drones is being hidden from the American public, and whether the program is, in fact, legal as the Obama administration claims. The segment aired just days after a major story by the New York Times on the “kill list” catapulted US drone policy into the national conversation. It also was one of the few segments that MSNBC aired on the Obama administration’s drone program all week.

Colonel Jack Jacobs, MSNBC military analyst, Hina Shamsi from the ACLU’s National Security Project, Jeremy Scahill of The Nation magazine and Josh Treviño of the Texas Public Policy Foundation appeared on the program for the discussion.

Former CIA Spy Jose Rodriguez’s Truly Sociopathic ’60 Minutes’ Interview

By: Monday April 30, 2012 8:00 am

Former head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Counterterrorism Center and its former Deputy Director of Operations Jose Rodriguez appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to flaunt his new book Hard Measures, which details how he came to be in charge of CIA torture against terror suspects at “black site” prisons, why he believes torture was effective and why it should not be vilified.

Torture Enabling Expanded Detention: The NDAA in Context

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:00 pm

This is the second part of a 3-part series about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that began with “Another Assault in the Dead of Night“. As I concluded there:

“[B]elieve the hype: the NDAA’s detention provisions represent a frontal assault on the Bill of Rights. They are noxious now. They will be worse in the future. We will live to regret ever even considering this law, and our leaders will be judged harshly for allowing it to become law without even a single congressional hearing and over the objections of concerned Americans all over the country.”

And it will be quickly forgotten

By: Friday October 29, 2010 1:30 am

Hard to believe Halliburton manages to not screw up something once in a while.

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