Jun
29

Cheney's Top Torture Lawyers Now Work for Obama

Tag: Civil Rights

By David Swanson

We've heard of John Yoo and Alberto Gonzales, and maybe even Jay Bybee. Some of us recall John Ashcroft, Michael Mukasey, and even David Addington. William Haynes, Stephen Bradbury, and Douglas Feith occasionally make the news. If I had any say about it all 40 of these facilitators of torture would be universally known -- plus the eight more that readers of this article will call to my attention and angrily accuse me of trying to cover for by only being aware of 40. I would also make universally known the fact that two of the worst now work for President Barack Obama.

Jun
28

The Emperor's Seven Signing Statements

Tag: Civil Rights

By David Swanson

Lawless detention is the least of it. State secrets and warrantless spying scrape the surface. Drone attacks and ongoing torture begin to touch it. But central to the power of an emperor, and the catastrophes that come from the existence of an emperor, is the elimination of any other force within the government. Signing statements eliminate congress. Not that congress objects. Asking congress to reclaim its power produces nervous giggles.

Jun
28

Torture Survivors: Never Again

Tag: Civil Rights
Jul/Aug 2009
Jun
27

The Humanist Publishes Issue on Torture

Tag: Civil Rights

 

Nothing Sacred: What We Talk about When We Talk about Torture by Clayton Whitt A humanist perspective on ticking time-bomb scenarios, human rights, and the law

Who's Being Protected under the Searing Bright Light? by David Swanson Why Democrats and Republicans alike aren't pushing to prosecute crafters of the torture program

Jun
27

Waiting for OPR

Tag: Impeachment

By David Swanson

These are the top 10 reasons it makes sense that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is waiting for a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in the Department of Justice prior to impeaching federal judge and former torture and war facilitator Jay Bybee.

10. It could turn out that writing memos pretending to legalize torture was the ethical thing to do, or at least that doing so in the future is a recommendation of Obama's task force on interrogations.

9. Claiming to give presidents the power to legally launch aggressive wars might turn out to be professional if not responsible. It's just not Congress's place to say.

Jun
27

The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Embedded below is a stunning video. The Bush-Cheney-Rove Justice Department prosecuted 600 elected officials plus 2,500 collateral cases (children, elderly parents, children of defense lawyers, etc), and 85 percent of the officials were Democrats. And -- this is something the filmmaker came to understand after producing this film -- most of the rest were moderate Republicans, not Federalist Society Republicans.

The prosecutions were concentrated in presidential election swing states, as were the U.S. attorney firings.

The cases overwhelmingly -- almost all of them -- went to the small number of judges who had been appointed by George W. Bush.

Jun
26

Our Political Prisoners

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Did you know the United States has in recent years prosecuted hundreds of people for political reasons? This is a crime, or rather a crime wave, that has thus far been addressed primarily by ignoring it. You can read a lot about it from bloggers like Larisa Alexandrovna or Scott Horton. But you won't hear the president mention it on TV.

Jun
26

Video: Activists Demand a “Special Prosecutor for Torture”

Tag: Political Ideas

from: William Hughes

On Thursday, June 25, 2009, a spirited rally was held in John Marshall Park, in Washington, D.C. Its purpose: To demand that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a “Special Prosecutor for Torture,” who will hold accountable to the supremacy of the Law, certain members of the Bush-Cheney Gang, including ex-President George W. Bush, Jr. and V.P. Dick Cheney. They are suspected of authorizing torture on numerous detainees, in violation of the Geneva Convention, International Law, the Nuremberg Principles and the U.S. Constitution. Featured in this video are excerpts of remarks from the following speakers: David Swanson, Njambi Good, Marjorie Cohn, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and Kevin Zeese.

For background, see: http://tortureaccountability.webs.com/ and http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/ For a brief overview of the Law concerning the subject matter of Torture, go to: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/us_law/detainees/prohibits_torture.htm

Jun
25

Prosecute Torture

Tag: Civil Rights

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