What did we learn on Tuesday that we didn’t already know? We received details that we previously did not have, but it has been common knowledge for a long time that we “tortured some folks” with impunity, and with the approval of all three branches of the United States government.
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday November 3, 2014 10:20 am|
For 13 years Boyd had proclaimed his innocence. He told the story of how Chicago police officers had hid witness testimony, fabricated evidence, lied in reports, and coerced witnesses. In 2002, his plight picked up some news interest after a Chicago television station’s investigation dug up new evidence (see video), but Boyd, a former fashion model, remained in jail awaiting another appeal. He told anyone who would listen, “I am dying in here man, can’t you see I am dying.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 25, 2014 11:11 am|
One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans.
The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of a “counterterrorism strategy.” The US has not launched a war because it has previously been dropping Hellfire missiles on suspected terrorists in various countries. Those strikes, though they have killed hundreds of civilians and were questionable in their legality and success in bringing about “security,” were part of a “strategy.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 11, 2014 11:19 am|
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for release may have experienced, was “incidental” and within the “scope of their employment.”
|By: David Swanson Sunday April 13, 2014 6:45 am|
When Donald Rumsfeld used to hold press conferences about the Iraq war, the press corps would giggle at the clever ways in which he refused to actually say anything or answer any questions.
In a new film about Rumsfeld called The Unknown Knowns, the aging criminal is occasionally confronted with evidence that what he’s just said is false. He maintains a frozen grin and acts as if nothing has happened. The film’s director, interviewing Rumsfeld, never presses the truly uncomfortable points.
|By: Elliott Sunday April 6, 2014 2:55 pm|
My most profound disappointment is the interview was not conducted at the USP Florence ADMAX.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday April 25, 2013 8:00 pm|
On the rather surreal occasion of the opening of something solemnly called the George W. Bush “Library,” I was inexorably drawn not to my personal Bush Library of 92 infuriating volumes, but the somewhat smaller 60 or so in the Nixon section. As I listened to snippets of Village homilies and President Obama predictably joshing chummily about the “clubhouse,” I was reminded of Jonathan Schell’s masterful recounting of the Watergate era, The Time of Illusion.
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday March 9, 2013 5:00 pm|
The UK Guardian posted a very important story, with accompanying videos, examining in details and with witnesses the extraordinary efforts by US military and civilian personnel to assemble, train, and direct Shi’a commando brigades in Iraq. These police brigades and paramilitary units unleashed a hellish reign of terror, with massive round-ups, torture, and death squad killings.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 pm|
I’ve often wondered what on earth it is that drives people to become Republicans. Is it personal wealth and privilege? Sometimes, undoubtedly. Deep-seated bigotry? That tends to play a role as well. Stupidity? Yes, but that only applies to voters, not the politicians themselves.
The likeliest answer, however, isn’t grounded in such subjective, and ultimately unknowable, value systems.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 12, 2012 4:12 pm|
A federal court dismissed a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The suit, brought by Donald Vance, a US Navy veteran and former defense contractor, and Nathan Ertel, also a former defense contractor, alleged he was responsible for torture they had experienced in an American-run prison in Iraq for nearly one hundred days. The dismissal effectively makes it even more impossible for US citizens to sue high-ranking officials, who are responsible for their torture.