This year's presidential statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture seemed particularly pointed
Liz Cheney may be right that excluding a witness derived by torture will make the government's case against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani more difficult. But in the end, a fair trial will do far more to defeat al Qaeda than will foregoing justice altogether.
The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.
This Sunday should be a reminder that eight long years have passed since the United States' values were subverted and our
Please consider participating in a 24 hour Fast Against Torture in memory of all those illegally and unethically tortured around the world, including, most importantly, those tortured and waterboarded by the Bush-Cheney Administration.
While the news of Justice Stevens' retirement took most of the media attention on Friday, it's not really a distraction from Dawn Johnsen's fate. Both standoffs reveal the profound ambivalence in Obama's pledges to restore the rule of law.
Murray Waas, "The Case of the Gonzales Notes," the Atlantic, Sept.. 26, 2008. Collectively, Yoo's recommendations, Gillers
For anyone hoping the Justice Department would commit to further investigations that the White House instructed its lawyers to find legal justifications for torture, today was a disappointment.
Dick Cheney may like to call those interrogations "enhanced," but in everyday parlance they're what the DOJ is implicitly acknowledging: tortured.