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May 19th, 2009

How Torture Trapped Colin Powell Ray McGovern

Consortium NewsFour days before trying to sell the invasion of Iraq to the United Nations, Secretary of State Colin Powell was ready to scrap dubious allegations about Saddam Hussein's ties to al-Qaeda but was dissuaded by top CIA officials who cited a new "bombshell" that now appears to have been ... continue reading

May 17th, 2009

And He Shall Be Judged

Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly. But as he waits for that day, a new group of critics—his administration peers—are suddenly speaking out for the first time. What they're saying? It isn't pretty By Robert Draper ... continue reading

May 16th, 2009

Cheney said Gitmo detainees revealed Iraq-al Qaida link

By Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy WASHINGTON — Then-Vice President Dick Cheney, defending the invasion of Iraq, asserted in 2004 that detainees interrogated at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp had revealed that Iraq had trained al Qaida operatives in chemical and biological warfare, an assertion that wasn't true. Cheney's 2004 ... continue reading

May 14th, 2009

The Truth About Richard Bruce Cheney Lawrence Wilkerson

Washington NoteLast night I was on Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC at the top of the hour. But before I came on, through the earpiece I listened to the five minutes that Rachel sketched as a lead-in. Most of it was videotape from the last few days of former Vice ... continue reading

May 13th, 2009

Cheney in Manhattan: 'A giant conspiracy' on Iran

By Ben Smith / Politico Former Vice President Dick Cheney swung quietly through New York City Tuesday night to watch his daughter, Elizabeth, a former State Department official, argue the conservative side in a debate over American policy toward Iran, and to express his own skepticism of President Obama's promised ... continue reading

May 13th, 2009

Cheney praises McChrystal

By Alexander Burns / Politico Blasts Obama - but approves choice In an interview Tuesday with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto, former Vice President Dick Cheney repeated some of his harshest ... ... criticism of the Obama administration. "I think that we are stripping ourselves of some of the capabilities that ... continue reading

May 12th, 2009

CIA Outsourced Development of Interrogation Plan

By John Goetz and Britta Sandberg / Der Spiegel The torture practices used in interrogations of al-Qaida prisoners were not developed by government officials in Washington, but by private security experts. In return for a daily consulting fee, they personally supervised the program at the CIA's secret prisons from the ... continue reading

May 6th, 2009

A Cheney Cover-Up?

Someone in the White House tried to deep-six Philip Zelikow's anti-torture memo. Welcome to the latest Bush-era whodunit. By Nick Baumann and David Corn / Mother JonesWho in the George W. Bush White House tried to shred a memo challenging the use of torture? On April 21, Philip Zelikow, who ... continue reading

April 30th, 2009

Obama gives nuanced defense of his stance on torture

He says harsh interrogation methods may have yielded useful information but that they should still be ruled out. His stance suggests complications in ending Bush-era counter-terrorism tactics. By Peter Wallsten and Greg Miller/ Los Angeles Times Reporting from Washington — In a strikingly defensive explanation of his stance on Bush-era ... continue reading

April 26th, 2009

'We Could Have Done This the Right Way'

How Ali Soufan, an FBI agent, got Abu Zubaydah to talk without torture. By Michael Isikoff / Newsweek The arguments at the CIA safe house were loud and intense in the spring of 2002. Inside, a high-value terror suspect, Abu Zubaydah, was handcuffed to a gurney. He had been wounded ... continue reading

April 25th, 2009

CIA official: no proof harsh techniques stopped terror attacks

By Mark Seibel and Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy WASHINGTON — The CIA inspector general in 2004 found that there was no conclusive proof that waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques helped the Bush administration thwart any "specific imminent attacks," according to recently declassified Justice Department memos. That undercuts assertions ... continue reading

April 22nd, 2009

Report: Abusive tactics used to seek Iraq-al Qaida link

By Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy WASHINGTON — The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a ... continue reading

April 21st, 2009

DOJ Sits on Secret CIA Interrogation Memo

2007 Memo on Geneva Conventions Not Released With Similar DocumentsBy Spencer Ackerman / Washington Independent The release last week of Bush-era legal memoranda justifying the Central Intelligence Agency's use of extreme interrogation methods has opened a window on what former Vice President Dick Cheney famously called "the dark side" of ... continue reading

April 17th, 2009

Spanish judge keeps Guantanamo probe alive

MADRID, April 17 (Reuters) - A Spanish judge considering possible criminal action against six former Bush administration officials for torture at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay defied pressure to drop the case on Friday. But Judge Baltasar Garzon, internationally known for trying to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, ... continue reading

April 16th, 2009

No charges against CIA officials for waterboarding

By Jennifer Loven and Devlin Barrett WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to move beyond what he calls a "a dark and painful chapter in our history," President Barack Obama said Thursday that CIA officials who used harsh interrogation tactics during the Bush administration will not be prosecuted. The government released four ... continue reading

April 16th, 2009

Prosecutor: Drop case against Bush officials

By Al Goodman MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Prosecutors will recommend that a Spanish court drop its investigation of six former officials in the administration of U.S. George W. Bush for alleged torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Spain's attorney general said Thursday. Investigating judge Baltasar Garzon has the final say ... continue reading

April 14th, 2009

Decision likely in US torture case in Spain

By Paul Haven MADRID, Spain (AP) — Spanish prosecutors will likely decide this week whether to recommend a full investigation into allegations that six Bush Administration officials sanctioned torture of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, an official in the prosecutor's office said Tuesday. The decision would put the case back ... continue reading

April 7th, 2009

The Bush Six

By Jane Mayer / New Yorker About a year ago, a book came out in England that made a fascinating prediction: at some point in the future, the author wrote, six top officials in the Bush Administration would get a tap on the shoulder announcing that they were being arrested ... continue reading

March 28th, 2009

Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials

By Marlise Simons / New York Times LONDON — A high-level Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, on whether they violated international law by providing a legalistic framework to justify the ... continue reading

March 15th, 2009

Tales From Torture's Dark World Mark Danner

New York Times ON a bright sunny day two years ago, President George W. Bush strode into the East Room of the White House and informed the world that the United States had created a dark and secret universe to hold and interrogate captured terrorists. "In addition to the terrorists ... continue reading

March 12th, 2009

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring'

By Eric Black / MinnPost At a "Great Conversations" event (MP3) at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert ... continue reading

March 9th, 2009

Terror-War Fallout Lingers Over Bush Lawyers

By Charlie Savage and Scott Shane / New York Times WASHINGTON — When John C. Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer, was selected by President George W. Bush in May 2004 to join a government board charged with releasing historical Nazi and Japanese war crimes records, trouble quickly followed. The ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2009

To Investigate or Not: Four Ways to Look Back at Bush

By Scott Shane / New York Times WASHINGTON — Two days after his re-election in 1864, with Union victory in the Civil War assured, Abraham Lincoln stood at a White House window to address a boisterous crowd of supporters. He spoke of the lessons of the nation's calamitous recent history. ... continue reading

February 18th, 2009

The Hard Cases

Will Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects? By Jane Meyer / New Yorker The last "enemy combatant" being detained in America is incarcerated at the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina—a tan, low-slung building situated amid acres of grassy swampland. The prisoner, known ... continue reading

February 17th, 2009

Ex-VP Dick Cheney outraged President Bush didn't grant 'Scooter' Libby full pardon

By Thomas M. DeFrank / New York Daily News WASHINGTON - In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge. Sources close to ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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