Category Archives: Torture

Torture and the Limits of Political Civility

Outsourced to Athenae, who is appropriately angry that discussion of torture is being viewed as “old arguments” (boldface mine): Right. That’s all that’s at stake here. Old arguments. We don’t want to have old arguments. Actually, I don’t want to … Continue reading

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The Washington Post Goes Full Hacktacular on Torture

Look at this photo with a Washington Post piece explaining why Democrats are so uncool to oppose torture: That’s a picture of ‘dirty bomber’ Jose Padilla, a fucking idiot who actually believed this is how you build a dirty bomb: … Continue reading

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The Justification For Torture That No One Wants to Confront

For those who have followed our reign of torture closely, in 2005, videotapes of torture sessions were destroyed. Most people assume this was done because the tapes were so horrifying, no one wanted them released. In light of last weekend’s … Continue reading

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Torture and the Cost of Looking Forward, Not Back

Jane Meyer in the New Yorker on the Senate CIA torture report (boldface mine): There was a way to address the matter that might have avoided much of the partisan trivialization. In a White House meeting in early 2009, Greg … Continue reading

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This Is the Horrifying Fiend Torture Was Supposedly Protecting Us From

Like I mentioned recently, this would be funny, except for the torture part. From the Senate CIA torture report (pp. 251-252; boldface mine): The Thwarting of the Dirty Bomb/Tall Buildings Plot and the Capture of Jose Padilla Summary: The CIA … Continue reading

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What Will We Tell the Children?

Remember back during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal–one involving consensual sex between adults–when people, faced with the specter of explaining what a presidential blow job was, would caterwaul about how do we explain this to our kids? Well, how do adults, especially … Continue reading

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It Would Be Funny, Except For the Torture Part

Looks like the CIA outsourced its torture operations to the same bozos who managed the Hurricane Katrina response (pp. 133-134 of the CIA torture report; boldface mine): In the spring of 2004, after two detainees were transferred to CIA custody, … Continue reading

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