The problem with torture is that people will say anything to make it stop. There is abundant evidence of this behavior in Washington, where the fear of political death also makes people say anything. Only electoral torture — the threat of losing power — can account for the readiness of the White House and the Republican Congress to say anything.
Offended by U.S. intelligence agencies investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, Donald Trump prefers his own fanciful version of events — that he was robbed of a popular-vote victory by unlawful voters. Danziger imagines how he might finally persuade the nation of his righteousness. Call it enhanced argumentation.
“Country first” is not an easy ideal to uphold, especially in our polarized national politics. For years the former prisoner of war could claim, more plausibly than most American politicians, that he has tried to live by those words. Not any more.
Yesterday, Donald Trump responded to a terrorist attack by once again implying the unthinkable: America is losing the War on Terror because we haven’t stooped to the terrorists’ level.
McCain: “The United States has tried, convicted, and executed foreign combatants who employed methods of torture, including waterboarding.”
Washington (AFP) — At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, The Washington Post said Thursday. Foley, whose recent execution at the hands of the extremists provoked revulsion, and the other kidnapped Westerners, were waterboarded “several […]
Conservative columnist Matt Lewis seems relieved. “We may have finally reached a tipping point: Conservatives, it seems, are finally safe to criticize Sarah Palin (without fear of being written out of the movement, that is),” he wrote on Tuesday. A flurry of criticism from the right has swarmed around the one-time Republican nominee for vice […]
AFP Photo/Karen Bleier After successfully beating back congressional attempts to strengthen gun laws, and watching firearm sales rocket to a 27-year high, one might think that the National Rifle Association would be in a good mood at its annual convention, which took place in Indianapolis over the weekend. But that wasn’t the case; as in […]
By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the Bush administration, Congress and the American public. At the same time, John Rizzo, who […]
By Ali Watkins, Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A still-secret Senate Intelligence Committee report calls into question the legal foundation of the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, a finding that challenges the key defense on which the agency and the Bush administration relied […]
Senator Angus King (I-ME) sharply criticized Dick Cheney on Sunday, offering to waterboard the former vice president if he truly doesn’t believe that the “enhanced interrogation technique” is torture. King was set off by Cheney’s recent remarks that waterboarding — a practice in which water is poured over an immobilized inmate’s face to simulate drowning […]
Originally posted at The Washington Spectator In the months following 9/11, it seems Washington just couldn’t say “no” to the CIA. The agency’s budget shot through the ceiling. Suddenly the CIA not only commanded private armies, it even had a state-of-the-art air force! Between 2006-2007, the CIA drove a proxy war, mobilizing Ethiopia’s army to invade […]