Archive for ‘May, 2009’

Obama Rails Against Politics of Fear; Cheney Uses It As a Rallying Cry

Obama Rails Against Politics of Fear; Cheney Uses It As a Rallying Cry

By William Fisher President Barack Obama cautiously minced his way yesterday through a political minefield filled with imminent explosions from human rights advocates, national security hawks, and a Congress terrified by the potential political backlash of any move to bring Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the U.S. for trial or detention. The President defended his decisions […]

CIA Backtracks On Reasons For Withholding Docs in Torture Tapes Case

CIA Backtracks On Reasons For Withholding Docs in Torture Tapes Case

By Jason Leopold Two weeks ago, the CIA said in court documents that it would not turn over documents to the ACLU related to the destruction of 92 interrogation videotapes because it would compromise the integrity of a special prosecutor’s criminal investigation into the matter. But on Monday, the Justice Department, acting on behalf of […]

Investigating Torture: An Interview With Former Federal Prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega

Investigating Torture: An Interview With Former Federal Prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega

The topic below was originally posted on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal. Former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega has recently made news urging that we don’t rush into appointing a special prosecutor to investigate crimes of torture during George W. Bush’s presidency. In a provocative April 20th post entitled “Of Black Holes and […]

Claims Graham Briefed About Domestic Spying in 2001 and 2002 Also Bogus

Claims Graham Briefed About Domestic Spying in 2001 and 2002 Also Bogus

By Jason Leopold House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under fire for complaining that the CIA misled her in classified briefings about the Bush administration’s abusive treatment of “war on terror” detainees.  Republicans and many media pundits have accused Pelosi of scapegoating the CIA for her failure to protest those techniques in a timely fashion. But […]

Pelosi’s Loss; Our Gain

Pelosi’s Loss; Our Gain

By William Fisher Congressional Democrats and many Washington journalists are predicting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s current dispute with the Central Intelligence Agency may ultimately hasten the push toward the last thing Republicans want — a comprehensive investigation of prisoner detention and interrogation during the administration of former President George W. Bush. The Pelosi controversy […]

Obama Considering a National Security Court For Some Terrorism Prosecutions

Obama Considering a National Security Court For Some Terrorism Prosecutions

By William Fisher The administration of President Barack Obama is considering the creation of a national security court to try cases in which there is enough reliable intelligence to hold a foreign terrorism suspect in preventive detention, but not enough to bring a case in federal court or even through military commissions. Human rights advocates […]

Chertoff Gave CIA Green Light to Waterboard Prisoners

Chertoff Gave CIA Green Light to Waterboard Prisoners

By Jason Leopold In the summer of 2002, Michael Chertoff, then head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, offered assurances to the CIA that its interrogators would not face prosecution under anti-torture laws if they followed guidelines on interrogation techniques approved by the Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Those guidelines stretched the rules on permissible […]

The Dick Cheney Magical Mystery Media Tour

The Dick Cheney Magical Mystery Media Tour

By Walter Brasch            Dick Cheney has apparently been on a magical mystery media tour.            He has sought out and been interviewed by more TV journalists and talk show hosts during the past month than during the eight years he was vice president. Tweet

Obama Sharply Criticized For Reviving Bush-Era Military Commissions

Obama Sharply Criticized For Reviving Bush-Era Military Commissions

By William Fisher Human rights advocates are outraged by President Barack Obama’s decision to prosecute some Guantanamo detainees through the same Military Commissions he criticized during his campaign as a “flawed” system that “has failed to convict anyone of a terrorist act since the 9/11 attacks.” The White House said Friday that the Commissions would […]

Army Documents Contain Descriptions of Prisoner Abuse Photos

Army Documents Contain Descriptions of Prisoner Abuse Photos

By Jason Leopold U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan took dozens of pictures of their colleagues pointing assault rifles and pistols at the heads and backs of hooded and bound detainees and another photograph showed two male soldiers and one female soldier pointing a broom to one detainee “as if I was sticking the end of […]

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