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The Bush Administration’s Torture Regime

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On April 19, 2009
Many people have already noted a key takeaway from Scott Shane’s article on the CIA’s arbitrary torture regime: it didn’t work. A couple things about it are also worth noting. First of all, remember this old scam? In March 2002, when Abu Zubaydah was captured in Pakistan after a gunfight with Pakistani security officers backed […]

Time Horizons

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On December 8, 2007

Sully makes a good point: Notice also that this isn’t the ticking time bomb case that Charles [Krauthammer] has previously invoked to defend torture. There was no imminent threat to hundreds of

Destroying Torture Tapes

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On December 7, 2007

The CIA deliberately destroyed tapes of two of its “severe interrogations.” The First Rule of the Bush administration: it can always get worse. Marty Lederman correctly calls out Jay Rocke

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Clarification, please: The president said it was not right for senators to press Mr. Mukasey about interrogation techniques on which he has not been briefed. When Mr. Bush was asked whether he considered waterboarding illegal, he said he would not discuss specific methods used in the interrogation of suspected terrorists. “It doesn’t make any sense […]

Of Course Torture Works

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On October 31, 2007

Silly rabbit; treating your captive as a guest may be more effective at actually getting, you know, intelligence, but that hardly means that it works as effectively at torture. You see, the misconcept

The Case Against Mukasey

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On October 26, 2007

I lay it out in a new article at TAP. This is a difficult question; I fully expected to support the nomination, and I certainly don’t think that there will be a better candidate. The bottom line

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