Torture comes in many forms from excruciating pain to death — of the soul, if not the body — by a thousand cuts. Recently the conservative American Enterprise Institute held a forum […]
Who’s degraded more — the torture victim or the torturer?
Exactly what is waterboarding a prisoner 83 — or 183 — times supposed to accomplish? We recently posted about the railroading of former CIA offer John Kiriakou on flimsy charges of violating […]
At least being railroaded isn’t as bad as being waterboarded
Could the charges on which former C.I.A. agent John Kiriakou are being jailed be any flimsier? You may have heard that John Kiriakou, who worked undercover and as a terrorist logistics specialist […]
NYT Public Editor dances around 'Brutal Truth' of torture
Clark Hoyt’s New York Times public editor column on Monday, “Telling the Brutal Truth,” brings the ongoing “debate” over whether waterboarding is torture to brave new heights of absurdity.
Ten years on: was Columbine the rule or the exception?
Part two in a series How did it happen? Why did it happen? There’s simply no way to measure how many hours have devoted to these questions in the ten years and […]
Mark Danner schools David Gergen on CIA torture
During a recent segment on CNN’s AC 360, journalist and professor Mark Danner torpedoed CNN senior political analyst David Gergen’s attempt to minimize new revelations of Bush administration CIA torture tactics released by the Obama administration.
Caller clowns Rush, Rush clowns Republicans
In the immortal words of Catbert, I just laughed myself fuzzy. First, you really must listen to this: (Transcript here, courtesy of Media Matters.) Rush starts, I think, to suggest that the […]
George Will can't stop lying!
I now know why Elvis shot that TV set. If you missed it, Stephen Colbert’s special guest last night was conservative pundit George Will. I almost typed “addle-headed pathological liar George Will,” […]
The Daily Brushback: a question about waterboarding…
Today’s question is for three of our nation’s prominent leaders: President George W. Bush, Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. John McCain. Q: Mr. President, Sen. McCain, Sen. Lieberman, you’ve all recently made […]
CNN misses chance to ask about 'better' interrogation techniques
The laser-like focus of the nation’s print and television press on waterboarding has probably left most Americans with the conclusion that it is torture. But CNN’s Wolf Blitzer missed a chance Tuesday […]