Category: Torture

November 1, 2010

Let’s Rally to Restore Peace

In their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert effectively demonstrated how the media hypes fear. They brought out Kareem Abdul Jabbar to show that not all Muslims are terrorists. A couple of musical numbers dealt with the wars we are fighting. But neither Stewart nor Colbert mentioned Iraq or Afghanistan… Read more »

October 8, 2009

New Film, “Tortured Law,” Features Marjorie Cohn

Alliance for Justice has just released a documentary film called “Tortured Law.” This short film examines the role lawyers played in authorizing torture under the Bush Administration. It features excerpts from Marjorie Cohn’s congressional testimony.

National Lawyers Guild, Other Human Rights Groups Send Open Letter to Eric Holder

Seventeen human rights and civil rights organizations and 45 prominent lawyers and civic leaders have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last week urging him to appoint a special independent prosecutor to investigate and prosecute Bush officials and lawyers involved in setting illegal interrogation policies. Holder had expanded the mandate of Justice Department… Read more »

May 6, 2009

Stanford Anti-War Alumni, Students Call for Condi War Crimes Probe

During the Vietnam War, Stanford students succeeded in banning secret military research from campus. Last weekend, 150 activist alumni and present Stanford students targeted Condoleezza Rice for authorizing torture and misleading Americans into the illegal Iraq War. Veterans of the Stanford anti-Vietnam War movement had gathered for a 40th anniversary reunion during the weekend. The… Read more »

April 30, 2009

Condi Channels Nixon: If the President Says So, It’s Not Illegal

On April 27, Condoleezza Rice had a brief Q & A with some Stanford students: Condi was extremely uncomfortable, defensive and nervous. She was rude to the first student, interrupted him and yelled at him. When asked by another student about a recent report that she authorized waterboarding, Condi said, “I didn’t authorize anything. I… Read more »

April 24, 2009

Torture Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11

When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz) stated that former CIA Director Michael Hayden had confirmed that the Bush administration only waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashirit for one minute each…. Read more »

April 22, 2009

Bush Memos Reveal Policy of Cruelty; Obama Refuses to Enforce the Law

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU, President Obama released four Bush-era memos that describe unimaginably brutal techniques and provide “legal” justification for clearly illegal acts of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In the face of monumental pressure from the CIA to keep them secret, Obama demonstrated great… Read more »

April 7, 2009

Spain Investigates What America Should

A Spanish court has initiated criminal proceedings against six former officials of the Bush administration. John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, Alberto Gonzales, William Haynes and Douglas Feith may face charges in Spain for authorizing torture at Guantánamo Bay. If arrest warrants are issued, Spain and any of the other 24 countries that are parties… Read more »

March 4, 2009

Memos Provide Blueprint for Police State

Seven newly released memos from the Bush Justice Department reveal a concerted strategy to cloak the President with power to override the Constitution. The memos provide “legal” rationales for the President to suspend freedom of speech and press; order warrantless searches and seizures, including wiretaps of U.S. citizens; lock up U.S. citizens indefinitely in the… Read more »