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  1. Cheney Endorses Haspel and a Return to TortureOnce again, Dick Cheney fires on a friend.
  2. John McCain Urges Senate to Reject Gina Haspel for CIA DirectorThe Arizona senator, who is home battling brain cancer, said, “Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
  3. CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Won’t Say If Torture Is ImmoralTrump’s nominee to head the spy agency promised to follow her “moral compass,” but she resisted attempts to have to define it.
  4. Gina Haspel Promises Not to Reinstate Torture If Confirmed As CIA DirectorDuring Wednesday’s hearing, she’ll pledge not to restore the “detention and interrogation program” she previously participated in.
  5. trump administration
    Haspel Nearly Walked Away From CIA Director NominationShe reportedly had to be convinced to stay after worrying she’d be “the next Ronny Jackson” amid scrutiny of her role in the CIA’s torture program.
  6. Gina Haspel Actually Did Not Supervise CIA’s Most Notorious Use of WaterboardingNew reporting shows Gina Haspel was not at a black site when Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times. But there are other issues with her record.
  7. Trump’s Choice to Lead CIA Oversaw ‘Black Site’ Interrogation ProgramGina Haspel reportedly oversaw the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and the destruction of interrogation tapes.
  8. Trump Cites Brutal, Bigoted Myth of Gen. Pershing Murdering MuslimsTrump’s response to breaking news of a possible terrorist attack in Spain is to endorse a false tale of U.S. torture and religious insults.
  9. war on terror
    White House Backing Down on Renewed Use of Torture, Black SitesThey still intend to expand the use of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, however.
  10. Will McCain Sue Trump for Trying to Bring Back Torture?It could be a test of the willingness of both Congress and the courts to restrain the new president.
  11. trump transition
    John McCain Warns Trump Not to Bring Back TortureMike Pence responded, “We’re going to have a president who will never say what we’ll never do.”
  12. Hillary Clinton Shouldn’t Tout Endorsements From Neocons Who Defend TortureEx-CIA director Michael Morell thinks torture is effective and that the U.S. should covertly kill Russian soldiers. Clinton welcomes his endorsement.
  13. Donald Trump Thinks America Must Commit War Crimes As a Matter of PrinciplePolling suggests Trump’s support for war crimes isn’t a political winner, but the presumptive GOP nominee says America must do “unthinkable” things to ISIS, regardless.
  14. crimes and misdemeanors
    Justice Department Won’t Block Lawsuit Over CIA Torture ProgramIn an unprecedented move, the department is not invoking state secrets to prevent the case from proceeding.
  15. Babysitter Charged With Torturing Staten Island Toddler to DeathAnthony Delgado was 16 months old.
  16. today in donald trump
    Donald Trump Cites Bullets Dipped in Pigs’ Blood as Terrorism DeterrentHe was referencing a chain email hoax that started after 9/11.
  17. early and often
    Rubio Won’t Reveal His Position on Waterboarding HillaryHe keeps dodging on this important campaign issue.
  18. torture
    Trump Champions Waterboarding, and WorseIt’s still not clear what other forms of torture Trump would like to bring back.
  19. guantanamo
    Report Highlights All the Unknowns About CIA Torture That Still RemainAnd the Senate debates banning torture once and for all.
  20. hillary 2016?
    Hillary Clinton Finally Says She Isn’t Down With Torture Finally.
  21. politics
    Dick Cheney Simply Does Not Care That the CIA Tortured Innocent People“I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective.”
  22. the national interest
    Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? The allegation that the Bush administration used torture had gone from outrageous smear to tired news without ever having passed through the stage of acceptable topic of discussion.
  23. the national circus
    Frank Rich on the National Circus: America Is Still in Denial About TortureWhat does it mean to be a “nation of laws” if those laws are not applied to people in power?
  24. trolls
    Rep. Peter King Says Torture Wasn’t That Bad“We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth.”
  25. terrorble
    Fox News Host: ‘America Is Awesome,’ So Let’s Stop Talking About TortureObama just wants to distract us from real problems, like the IRS scandal and Benghazi.
  26. enhanced interrogation
    5 Appalling Takeaways From the Senate’s CIA Torture ReportThe “enhanced interrogation techniques” were cruel and useless.
  27. enhanced interrogation
    The Senate Torture Report Is Probably Coming Out Today [Updated]And officials are a little bit worried.
  28. shade
    Pope Francis Shades U.S. Over Prisons, Torture“A sentence of life is a hidden death penalty,” he said.
  29. Barack Obama: ‘We Tortured Some Folks’The president’s favorite warm-and-fuzzy collective noun meets the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. 
  30. america’s sweetheart
    Palin: Waterboarding: How We Baptize TerroristsAnd other insane nonsense from the carnival barker.
  31. torture
    Even Cheney Fans Think It’s Too Soon to Laugh About WaterboardingA roast of the former VP got pretty dark.
  32. early and awkward
    John McCain Jokes About Waterboarding John KerryTorture is offensive … and hilarious!
  33. crimes and misdemeanors
    Bradley Manning Awarded 112-Day Discount on Potential Prison TimeA judge ruled that his pretrial punishment was “more rigorous than necessary.”
  34. torture
    Delaware Doctor Arrested for Allegedly Waterboarding DaughterHe’s a pediatrician.
  35. international intrigue
    Afghanistan Has Some Room for Improvement on Human RightsPrisoners have it rough there.
  36. spreading santorum
    Rick Santorum: John McCain ‘Doesn’t Understand How Enhanced Interrogation Works’You’d have to be TORTURED to understand it really, see?
  37. revolt like an egyptian
    Video of Bruises and Rope Marks on Bahraini Protester Who Died in Police CustodyDisturbing footage.
  38. revolt like an egyptian
    Three BBC Journalists Were Tortured in Libya, Two Others Missing and DetainedBBC’s journalists said Libyan prisoners suffered much worse.
  39. 43
    Bush’s Deciderly Response to Waterboarding: ‘Damn Right’ You Have My PermissionAnd I’d do it again if I could.
  40. torture
    Former Justice Department Official Says CIA Acted Without ApprovalOfficials never checked before inflicting prolonged shackling to ceiling, repeated beatings.
  41. international intrigue
    That Abu Dhabi Royal Family Member Caught on Tape Torturing Someone Was Found Not GuiltyThe brother of NYU’s principal backer in the Middle East was acquitted despite damning video evidence.
  42. what other people think
    What If Torture Did Work?A Washington ‘Post’ story says torture made Khalid Sheik Mohammed sing like a canary.
  43. today in torture
    Holder Names John Durham As Special Prosecutor on CIA Interrogation AbuseThis is the first step in the direction of criminal prosecution for CIA officers.
  44. today in torture
    Pentagon: Nope, No Rape in PhotosThe Pentagon denies an earlier report about the content of prisoner-abuse photos.
  45. today in torture
    Report: Unreleased Abu Ghraib Photos Show RapeA general who compiled a 2004 report on prison abuses in Iraq says the photos Obama has decided not to release contain graphic, devastating imagery.
  46. what other people think
    Obama vs. Cheney: The Reactions Are InAnd they are split largely along an ideological divide. Shocker!
  47. torturous debates
    Obama and Cheney, Side by SideThe two party leaders engage in a national-security death match today. Here’s how their arguments compared.
  48. early and often
    Maddow, Rove Raise Stakes for Obama, Cheney National-Security SpeechesShe’s dissing Obama on national security and he’s praising him? What’s going on in the world today?
  49. torturous
    Nancy Pelosi Admits to Eavesdropping on Waterboard ConversationsShe knew, but she didn’t Officially Know. Important distinction!
  50. what other people think
    Obama Doesn’t Want Those Abuse Photos Public After AllIn a stark reversal, he tries to block the release of photos showing detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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