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Michael Moore’s Take on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

I still haven’t seen ZD30, but Michael Moore’s assessment sounds pretty reasonable to me. He argued that the movie is, in fact, an anti-torture movie: “In the final third of Zero Dark Thirty, the agents switch from torture to detective … Continue reading

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Plan B

Artist – RJ Matson In other news, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) delivered a letter to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton protesting the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty. The senators criticize the … Continue reading

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MSNBC’s Scarborough Misled Viewers on Torture

I missed this yesterday, but holy hell. Here’s Joe Scarborough: “[Zero Dark Thirty] presents a narrative that is going to make a lot of people in the mainstream media, in the Democratic party and in the administration uncomfortable, and that … Continue reading

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Disgraceful

Bob already mentioned this, but I’m mentioning it again because it bothers me. I’m not squeamish to what I see on film, but I find this to be ethically reprehensible. If this New Yorker piece on Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark … Continue reading

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Why I Probably Won’t Watch ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Turns out they falsely link waterboarding with ascertaining the location of Bin Laden: The film includes wrenching scenes of a terrorist suspect being waterboarded and subjected to other forms of torture by C.I.A. operatives; the suspect eventually surrenders information that … Continue reading

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Romney Will Bring Back Torture

If you’re a smug, “civil liberties progressive” who’s voting for a third party candidate, you’re actually voting for this: Q: Waterboarding: do you think it’s torture? Romney: I don’t. … We will have a policy of doing what we think … Continue reading

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Romney Advisers Want to Bring Back Torture

If you consider yourself to be a single-issue voter who will not vote for President Obama because of drones or “liberty,” you should read this first. According to an internal campaign memo obtained by the New York Times, Romney’s national … Continue reading

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Right Wing Terrorism — Again

Remember back in 2009 when Homeland Security released a document about an upswing in “Right Wing Extremism,” and far-right conservatives went crazy all over the place as if the Obama administration was targeting people like Limbaugh, Malkin and Hannity. Of … Continue reading

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The War Criminal Debate

Nothing really to report about last night’s debate other than a word about the questioners. Paul Wolfowitz, David Addington and Marc Thiessen all presented questions for the candidates. Really, CNN? We’re honoring a rogues gallery of war criminals and torture … Continue reading

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Moment of Derp

Representative Allen West (R-Batshit) professed the merits of torture during his appearance on Fox News yesterday, and to support his position, he made a reference that has left me scratching my head trying to figure why it’s relevant. Rep. Allen … Continue reading

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Just Like Bush

The president in Hawaii yesterday set the record straight on the U.S. position regarding waterboarding: KAPOLEI, Hawaii — President Barack Obama says the interrogation technique known as waterboarding constitutes torturing, disputing Republican presidential candidates who say they would reinstate the … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, From Another Universe

Dick Cheney is not of this world. “I don’t think that it damaged our reputation around the world,” Cheney said of Iraq. “I just don’t believe that. I think critics here at home would argue that.” The only way you … Continue reading

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Standards Are Poor

Artist – Adam Zyglis In other news, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today that a lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for the torture of American civilians in Iraq may continue, and Michele Bachmann has … Continue reading

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Jackass Of The Day

John Yoo, author of the “torture memos” and advocate of warrant-less wiretapping, criticizing President Obama’s interpretation of the War Powers Act and our logistical involvement in Libya. Just as the administration brushed aside the Constitution’s limits on the federal government’s … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“In the end, no detainee in CIA custody revealed the facilitator/courier’s full true name or specific whereabouts. This information was discovered through other intelligence means.” CIA director Leon Panetta in a private letter to Senator McCain Several things here. First, … Continue reading

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Worst Persons: Rick “The Frothy” Santorum

Rick “The Frothy” Santorum issuing a rebuttal to John McCain regarding the merits of torture. I don’t, everything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been … Continue reading

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Bush's Failed Hunt for Bin Laden

ThinkProgress created a video timeline of the on-going clusterfuck that was the Bush effort to find Bin Laden. Such profound incompetence disguised as ass-kicking bravado. And they somehow thought that waterboarding detainees and subjecting them to harsh treatment somehow helped … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“I never thought I’d live in a country where we would debate whether we should endorse torture as an official policy. Was some information obtained through torture? Probably yeah. Could it have been obtained through more professional methods the intelligence … Continue reading

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Chart of the Day

Over the weekend, Dick Cheney and other Bush apologists resurrected their exhaustively debunked claim that their policies — including and specifically torture — kept us safe since 9/11. Of course, this is a huge bucket of horseshit. There was only … Continue reading

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Torture Slowed the Capture of Bin Laden

Will Bunch reports: Indeed, one former senior Air Force interrogator from the Iraq war, who has written two books under the pseudonym Matthew Alexander, told the Daily News last night he believes that the waterboarding of top bin Laden aides … Continue reading

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