It's about the lying.
“When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques – techniques that I believe, and I think any fair-minded person would believe were torture – we crossed a line
If the president really believes that, will he take legally required actions
to respond to it
As Juan Cole points out; America is Torture Central: From Prisons to ''Black Sites''
The Bush Administration promoted torture. They expanded its use, but they did not invent it, or introduce it
into US foreign policy.
The DoJ drops all remaining investigation and prosecution of US War on Terror deaths/murders through harsh tactics/torture: "No Charges Filed on Harsh Tactics Used by the C.I.A." [NYT
] Glenn Greenwald reacts and describes the cases that just got dropped. [Guardian
] Second link is arguably a violence trigger, but is better and bothers to do things like talk to the ALCU.
Despite Amnesty's recent denouncement
of his treatment and a State Department official's comment
that it is "stupid" among other things, Obama apparently stands by
the current conditions under which Bradley Manning is being held. [more inside]
George Bush cancels a trip
to Switzerland citing “threat of demonstrations” . However
two victims of torture in U.S. detention have prepared a criminal complaint against Bush backed by a coalition of international human rights groups, two former United Nations rapporteurs, and two Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
His legacy continues
with the death in Guantanamo of Abdul Gul held without trial for 9 years.
The official cause of Mr Gul's death is "Heart attack during exercise"
The Obama administration has decided to continue to imprison
without trial nearly 50 detainees at Guantanamo.
Newsweek has "four knowledgable sources"
who claim attorney general Eric Holder is considering appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Bush administration interrogation practices. (h/t Glenn Greenwald
The Obama administration has repeatedly threatened to conceal future information of terrorist threats from the British government, unless the British government disobeys the High Court ruling requiring them to release information about the US government's acknowledged torture program. This may be a breach of the Convention Against Torture. Glenn Greenwald
has new evidence. Previously.
Bringing Justice to the War on Terrorism.
3 views on how the incoming administration should deal with the legal legacy of Bush Administration policies like torture, surveillance, and extraordinary rendition. Charles Fried
makes the case against criminal prosecutions, Dahlia Lithwick
makes the case for investigations followed by prosecutions, and Jack Balkin
argues for truth commissions. [Via]
Guantanamo Bay, or Gitmo as it has often been called, has a long and sordid history
of human rights abuses
and those that have spent some time there have more than their fair share of stories to tell
. But it looks as thought it's all coming to a close as in a major interview with 60 Minutes
, Obama has vowed to shut down Guantanamo Bay
and rebuild "America's moral stature in the world." [more inside]