A Parable Comes to Life in Washington DC, Elizabeth Warren Edition

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 10:00 am

There are a lot of members of Congress who say they love a certain old storyteller, but after watching them at work these last few days, they sure don’t act like they love him — or hist stories.

 

Torture and the Myth of Never Again: The Persecution of John Kiriakou

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 9:00 am

No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]

The Torture Never Stops

By: 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 [...]

Senate Report on CIA Torture Details Brutality Used Against Detainees—Including ‘Rectal Feeding’

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:16 pm

The long-awaited summary from the Senate intelligence committee report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, has been released. It details a criminal conspiracy involving the brutality the CIA used against detainees in the global “War on Terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators went to cover up and conceal their actions.

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 [...]

Senator Rockefeller May Effectively Kill Freedom of Information Act Improvement if He Doesn’t Lift Hold Today

By: Monday December 8, 2014 10:04 am

West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller has placed a last-minute hold on critical Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) legislation. Open government advocates involved in developing the legislation believe if Rockefeller does not lift his hold today his act could effectively kill reform. The bill’s sponsor, Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, stated on December 5 that [...]

The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 12:30 pm

The problem is there is no way for Republicans to undo the Democrats’ rule change without validating what Democrats did.

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:17 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks set to defeat Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. If this happens, it is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power.

What to Watch for Tonight in the Federal Elections

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 2:35 pm

Watching the returns of the federal election this evening is going to be very simple. There is almost no chance of the Republicans losing the House so the important fights are in the Senate.

Democrats’ Very Difficult Path for Retaining Control of the Senate

By: Monday November 3, 2014 9:16 am

The Republicans are set to take the Senate this year. To understand why, you need to only look at how difficult it will be for Democrats to retain control at this point.

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