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Sen. Mark Udall Contemplates Revealing CIA Torture Report

As Colorado Senator Mark Udall’s time in Congress comes to a close, he has some things he’d like to get off his chest. In his first interview since losing his seat in the midterm elections, the Democrat told The Denver Post on Thursday that in his final weeks in office he will “keep all options […]

GENEVA — The United States came under heavy scrutiny Wednesday from U.N. experts investigating whether it had violated the terms of a global treaty that prohibits torture. The panel quizzed Obama administration officials not just on the treatment of suspected terrorists held at CIA so-call “black sites” during the administration of President George W. Bush, […]

The Senate Intelligence Committee and the Obama administration are still going back and forth about what material should be included in the release of the terror report. The committee had hoped to release its 600-page summary of the report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of tactics many label as “torture” before Congress left for […]

We’ve tortured people. There are pictures. Under a 2009 law, more than 2000 photo taken at American military facilities have been kept from view. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union won an important victory for transparency when a federal district judge in New York City, Alvin Hellerstein, rejected the government’s blanket claim of privilege […]

Joanne Mariner of Amnesty International talked to me on radio Wednesday night about torture in Afghanistan by rogue members of the U.S. military. Our military has done little to find and prosecute those who committed these heinous acts. “Thousands of Afghans have been killed or injured by US forces since the invasion, but the victims […]

The New York Times would like you to believe it got its balls back. It hasn’t. Executive Editor Dean Baquet wrote yesterday that the Grey Lady will henceforth use the word, “torture,” to describe the waterboarding of suspected terrorists. The blogger Andrew Sullivan, who has been vocally critical of the Times‘ unwillingness to use plain English when reporting […]

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet explains why “enhanced interrogation” will now be called by its rightful name. When the first revelations emerged a decade ago, the situation was murky. The details about what the Central Intelligence Agency did in its interrogation rooms were vague. The word “torture” had a specialized legal meaning as […]

Cheney says Obama is “despicable” for admitting we used torture.

At Friday’s impromptu presidential press conference, President Obama went a few extra innings, taking several shouted questions after he had announced the end of the presser, and one of those responses is generating a lot of wet heat in the news hole. While expressing support for CIA Director John Brennan, despite revelations that the CIA […]

In a remarkable White House statement, President Obama acknowledged that the United States used torture and did things “contrary to our values” after 9/11. The comments reflect the line the president is preparing to walk as he gets ready for the release of a Senate committee report on the Bush-era rendition, detention and interrogation program. […]

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