My friend tells this story about her debut at 54 Below (now Feinstein's/54 Below). I was in the audience. I had purchased
That McCain is working to include torture prohibitions in this year's NDAA marks a notable victory for the Feinstein camp
We Americans must ask ourselves why we are not clear enough; why we are not serious enough; why we are not decent enough to call the American torturers into court and give the victims a chance to look at their violators?
The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.
How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.
We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.
Kerry's objections, if confirmed, could mean that a "rogue release," either through the speech and debate clause or through
CIA torture program architect and defender Jose Rodriguez is certain that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's (SSCI) torture study is full of errors. Rodriguez does not say what those errors are; he claims he cannot rebut them in detail because he has not read the report.
But as dedicated and conscientious as some of the intelligence committees' members and staff are, there is a pattern of institutional failure. For much too long, the intelligence committees have been trying to do oversight in almost complete secrecy.
The sooner we accept the fact that terrorist attacks will occur -- and may be even more serious than 9/11 -- the better able