What the Pope can teach President Barrack Obama

  picture of President Obama at the World Bank  Introduction Barack Obama’s election in 2008 was largely in response to Bush era misconduct. He ran on a platform of Hope and Change — a promise to restore the rule of law, respect civil liberties, and mend relations with the international community. Since his election, Obama […]

South Africa is an 'angry nation' on the brink of 'something very dangerous', warns Nelson Mandela's wife

  According to reporter Sara Malm, a reporter for Mail Online, a newspaper out of England (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290213/South-Africa-angry-nation-brink-dangerous-warns-Nelson-Mandelas-wife.html), the wife of former president Nelson Mandela has warned that South Africa has become an ‘angry nation’ as a result of its refusal to deal with its sordid apartheid past. Human rights activist Graca Machel, 67, said the […]

What would George Orwell have made of the world in 2013?

By Stuart Jeffries   (The Guardian, January 23, 2013)   . . . . Excerpt . . . .   . . . . Try this passage from Nineteen Eighty-Four, where Orwell writes of the 20th century as the period in which “human equality became technically possible” and in which, simultaneously “practices which had long […]

ACLU Calls For UN To Intervene In Inhumane Treatment Of Juvenile Prisoner

This past week, the American Civil Liberties Union, the organization that brought Guantanamo into the American consciousness, appealed to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture on behalf of a mentally ill juvenile inmate in Montana that has been held in inhumane conditions, suffering torture and humiliation.

Dozens Arrested in Washington Dc Protesting US Torture Policies

42 Arrested at U.S. Capitol in Day of Action to Denounce Obama’s Broken Promises on Guantanamo, America’s Broken Laws, and the Breaking of Lives by Torture Washington, DC: In a dramatic protest, 42 activists with Witness Against Torture were arrested this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol. Most of the arrestees had been fasting since January […]

Berkeley's War Criminal Professor Confronted As Activists Protest John Yoo's First Day of Class

The Berkeley Daily Planet reports that four generations of UC Berkeley law school, activists lawyers and community members joined forces at Boalt Hall to Protest John Yoo’s return to campus. The activists, organized by the National Lawyers Guild, World Can’t Wait and Code Pink, demanded that Yoo be prosecuted for writing memorandums that were used […]

Why does the U.S. government torture people?

Why does the U.S. government torture people? Well, it’s just standard practice, and unfortunately, U.S. government agents torture Americans far more often than they torture foreign “terrorists.”

Since most of you are saying, “No way. That can’t be true!” I’ll let you in on one of the dirty secrets that the “news” media cartel has kept you in the dark about.

Why Torture is Wrong

By Dennis Loo   There are several dimensions to this question – the practical, the legal, and the moral.   The practical dimension: people who defend the use of torture generally do so on the basis of the “ticking time bomb” scenario. The argument goes that torture or, its euphemism, “enhanced interrogation methods,” must be […]

There is No Justification For Torture

By Will Shonbrun The President leaned forward on the podium and stared into the TV camera’s eye, then deliberately and emphatically said to the country and the rest of the world, “The United States does not torture. It’s against our laws and it’s against our values. I have not authorized it and I will not […]

HR 2567 Calls to Shut Down The School of Americas

There have been several attempts by Democrats to shut down the School of Americas since 2000. On May 21st 2009, US Representative James McGovern (D) introduced a bill to suspend operations of what has been called the School of Assassins and to investigate the association of torture and human rights abuses connected with the school. […]