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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Trump Organization, Business Ties, Torture

Trump’s Torture Policy Is Already Operating In Washington

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.

February 4, 2017
Danziger imagines Trump waterboarding Uncle Sam

Danziger: Enhanced Argumentation

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.

January 26, 2017

Country First: Why John McCain Must Dump Trump

“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.

August 6, 2016

#EndorseThis: To Fix Terrorism, Trump Wants To ‘Fight Fire With Fire’

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.

June 29, 2016
Screen grab via NBC News.

Trump: I Won’t Yell Out Curse Words As President

It has come to this.

February 9, 2016

McCain Speaks Against Torture Advocacy Of Trump, Other GOPers

McCain: “The United States has tried, convicted, and executed foreign combatants who employed methods of torture, including waterboarding.”

February 9, 2016

Trump Calls For Waterboarding, Other Methods In U.S. Fight Against Islamic State

“We’re like living in medieval times,” he said.

February 7, 2016

This Week In Crazy: What Will You Say ‘When Daddy Comes Home’?

Summer is winding to a close, and sanity is in short supply.

September 4, 2015

The Senate Torture Report: Crimes Without Punishment

The CIA broke international law and American values. How can the nation hold torturers accountable?

December 10, 2014

IS ‘Waterboarded’ Syria Captives: Report

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 […]

August 29, 2014

5 Reasons It’s Time For The GOP To Dump Sarah Palin And The Tea Party

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 […]

April 30, 2014

5 Lowlights From The 2014 NRA Convention

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 […]

April 28, 2014

CIA’s Former Top Lawyer Fires Back At Senate Report, Criticizes Feinstein

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 […]

April 16, 2014

CIA’s Use Of Harsh Interrogation Went Beyond Legal Authority, Senate Report Says

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 […]

April 11, 2014

WATCH: Senator Offers To Waterboard Dick Cheney

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 […]

April 7, 2014

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being CIA General Counsel

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 […]

March 28, 2014