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Tortured reasoning

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On March 10, 2011
Glenn Greenwald points out a striking editorial inconsistency on the part of the New York Times, which has an official editorial policy of refusing to call waterboarding “torture” when it’s carried out by the U.S. government, while describing the same actions as torture when they are performed by other regimes. The Times’ justification for its […]

The law according to Yoo

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On February 28, 2010

Some thoughts on what John Yoo will teach his students. Yoo’s constitutional theories regarding presidential power raise some interesting jurisprudential and moral issues. If we assume Yoo isn&#

Having spent the better part of a decade now listening to people patiently explain why it’s a good thing to pathologize the bodies of 71% of the American population in order to improve their health (68% of adults are supposedly “overweight” and “obese,” and another 3% are “underweight”) I’ve been struck by a number of […]

Cheney works the dark side

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On May 21, 2009

Acting against better judgment, I just read Cheney’s speech, a masterwork of dishonesty founded on the assertion that torture works, that Americans should be proud of and grateful for an adminis

The Reverse Nurenberg Defense

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On May 18, 2009
The Editors sum up the state of play: It’s funny that when torture was all the fault of poor, ugly hillbillies of the sort David Brooks writes about in his Adventure Stories for Young Aristocrats, we had to throw the book at the evil-doers. Now that important figures in Washington have admitted to directly ordering […]

Two concepts of torture

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On April 27, 2009

More than 50 years ago John Rawls wrote a famous essay in which he defended utilitarian theories of punishment from the charge they justified punishing innocent people under certain circumstances. The

Pro-Torture Buffoonery in the WaPo

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On April 26, 2009
I must credit Michael Scheuer; all previous efforts at pro-torture buffoonery pale in comparison to this: In surprisingly good English, the captive quietly answers: ‘Yes, all thanks to God, I do know when the mujaheddin will, with God’s permission, detonate a nuclear weapon in the United States, and I also know how many and in […]

The Old Days

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On April 23, 2009

Ed Rollins, in the midst of excusing torture, revives the Everything-Was-So-Confusing defense of the previous regime: Things aren’t as simple as they were in the old days, when, for the most par

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