Tag Archives: torture

Handing Trump the Keys to the Turnkey Totalitarian State

As the Electoral College gathers across the country to cast ballots for the 45th president of the United States and the reality of a Trump administration draws closer, an overriding concern – beyond the questionable appointments of oil executives, billionaires and bankers to top cabinet posts – is what the Trump presidency might mean in […]

GOP ‘torture debate’ enabled by Obama’s failure to prosecute

Troubling comments within the GOP presidential field over whether to reinstate torture and implement other war crimes have been drawing criticism lately, with the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain, even feeling compelled to weigh in last week by calling out the “loose talk” in the Republican primaries. On Feb. 9, McCain took the Senate […]

Punishing Poland for U.S. crimes

It is one of the great ironies of the U.S.-led war on terror and post-Cold War transatlantic relations that democratic accountability and human rights protections at times seem stronger in the former Soviet bloc than they do in the United States. This lesson was driven home again last week when Poland paid a quarter of a million dollars […]

Torture, police brutality and the arrogance of unchecked power

The international fallout from last week’s long-delayed release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 500-page executive summary of its still-classified 6,000 report on CIA torture could hardly be more intense, with calls coming from the United Nations, foreign governments and the human rights community for prosecutions of those who carried out or authorized the torture techniques […]

Senate torture report controversy: Is the CIA beyond accountability?

Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, it is significant that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has voted overwhelmingly to release the findings of the five-year study, which reportedly include details on how much […]