Torture and Mr. Obama

CounterPunch
by William Blum

05/05/09

Okay, at least some things are settled. When George W. Bush said ‘The United States does not torture,’ everyone now knows it was crapaganda. And when Barack Obama, a month into his presidency, said ‘The United States does not torture,’ it likewise had all the credibility of a 19th century treaty between the US government and the American Indians...

//counterpunch.org/blum05052009.html



The reluctant enablers of torture

Salon
by Sheri Fink

The recent Senate Armed Services Committee report on the treatment of detainees captured during the Bush administration’s War on Terror revealed that several American military officers acted to stop harsh interrogations of prisoners. Likewise, the Senate report showed that psychologists versed in the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape ‘SERE’ program, which was meant to train American soldiers how to cope with torture if captured by the enemy, warned officials as early as 2002 that reverse-engineering SERE techniques for use on detainees could be ineffective and dangerous. What has been little noticed in the report is that the same psychologists helped develop the very interrogation policies and practices they warned against...

//www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/05/05/torture/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Allies in torture
//www.brasschecktv.com/page/612.html

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Rudman: Deus ex Machina on Torture
//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/06-13

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The Faux Defense of Western Liberties from the Anti-Muslim, Mark Steyn Right

By Glenn Greenwald

One of the tactics endlessly used by America's right-wing warriors in their crusade against Islamic radicalism is the pretense that they are motivated by a defense of core Western freedoms, particularly free speech rights.

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