Let’s all do something useful today. Call it a New Year’s Resolution. Prison sucks. Being in prison because you blew the whistle on our government sucks harder. Getting a letter makes it suck less. So if you want to do something good today, write a short letter to one of these guys. It need not [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:57 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday December 29, 2014 10:35 am|
As a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, I am proud to re-post this appeal from our group for Senator Mark Udall to release the full text of the Senate Torture Report. Senator Mark Udall has called for the full release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture. However, as a still-sitting member [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Saturday December 20, 2014 9:00 am|
Jealous that CIA torturers get all the fun? Want to virtually torture someone right from your own desktop? Want to encourage your kids to see torture as fun and help desensitize them? Why not play the torture game, your very own torture simulator! Torture Game 3 is the most up-to-date version of the popular bloody [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren 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 [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday December 10, 2014 9:00 am|
With the release of the Senate torture report, media accounts are quick to add a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.” That is not true. Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Imad Abdullah Hassan has spent twelve years in Guantanamo in a cage without ever being charged with [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday November 3, 2014 6:30 pm|
Just ahead of the highly-contested midterm elections, Obama administration officials are denying rumors that they swapped Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier himself freed from Taliban captivity through a swap for five Guantanamo prisoners, for Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi.
Tahmooressi was released by coincidence just before the election after several months in a Mexican jail.
“It was a good ride,” said Bowe Bergdahl, “but like I told the Taliban guys on my last day with them, hey, nothing lasts forever.”
|By: cocktailhag Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00 pm|
“Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.” -Lynda Barry
This thought has been haunting me lately as we approached the 13th anniversary of The Day That Changed Everything (for the worse).
The stark images from the day itself, so overplayed yet ambiguous, seem insignificant now compared to what followed, which is so much more dreadful than anything I could have imagined at the time.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 26, 2014 6:50 am|
Though cleared of misconduct during captivity, the investigation into whether Bergdahl deserted his unit before he was captured is ongoing.
The investigation is expected to take longer than usual due to Bergdahl’s recovery process and inability to be interviewed by investigators at this time.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 5, 2014 8:46 am|
The unrest surrounding the Obama Administration’s decision to exchange five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl has knocked every other controversy off the front page, including the VA backlog scandal. Instead, the DC commentariat and politicians desperate for camera time have been flipping and flopping to either condemn President Obama or defend him.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 2, 2014 8:55 am|
The people the prison was designed to hold are being released while the people who should never have been brought in are still trapped behind bars.
I can only wonder what those cleared to release years ago were thinking when they watched these five individual leave. Ironically, maybe if they were more important they would be out by now.