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Bush Era Torture Lawyers and the Banality of Evil

A passage from one of the Bush era torture memos set to music: Waterboarding, by the way, as a torture method, goes back to the Spanish Inquisition.  Here’s how Jonathan Kirsch describes waterboarding in his excellent and troubling 2008 Harper-Collins … Continue reading

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If You Can Get Over It, Is It Torture?

In the Bush torture memos, Dahlia Lithwick sees a pattern. After an incident, if the prisoner is given an opportunity to recover, or is not permanently injured, it isn’t torture: Laced like cynical poison through the four newly released Justice Department torture memos … Continue reading

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SHOCKER: Page 3 of the Bybee Memo Describes Bush Administration Insect Usage in Torture

Below is the description, by one of George Bush’s Justice Department lawyers, of insect usage in torture. The description is from page 3 of the 18 page Bybee memo (which you can read in full at the ACLU website here): You would like … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to Bush Era Torture: The Feet of Jose Padilla, a U.S. Citizen, Sticking Through an Opening

The photo of Jose Padilla’s feet (below) was posted at Andrew Sullivan’s website on March 29, 2009. Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen, was abused and tortured during George Bush’s administration, and the abuse and torture happened BEFORE he was presented … Continue reading

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John Ashcroft: A Christian Complicit in Torture

Beliefnet today discusses John Ashcroft’s role in Bush era torture. Ashcroft, an evangelical, and George Bush’s first attorney general, was one of those who would have had to approve the key torture memos: Many of the key memos justifying torture … Continue reading

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“That complete record will, in due course, come out”: Rachel Maddow Presses Colin Powell on Bush Era Torture, and Gets Powell Squirming and Hinting That the Torture Memos Will Tell a Fuller Story

It looks like we’re in for some very big (and disturbing) news surrounding the Bush-Cheney torture memos. And Rachel Maddow is my hero:

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The God Delusion—and the Bush Delusion?

At Salon.com is a great cartoon that captures the delusionary nature (akin to religious delusion) of the Bush years. See it here.

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Mental Health Break (after Thinking about George Bush’s One Million Iraqi “Commas,” Here’s a Song for the “Period”)

At the end of the line, after perhaps a number of clauses, and commas marking their course, there should be a PERIOD, and there it is.

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Oh, Momma, I Died for a Comma?

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One Million “Commas”

The Nation revisits the question: How many Iraqis have died from Bush’s Iraq war? Answer: About one million. Money quote: [B]etween 800,000 and 1.3 million “excess deaths” as we approach the six-year anniversary of this war. That’s a lot of Hegelian commas. … Continue reading

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Okay, So Maybe George W. Bush Wasn’t ALL BAD

If the Iraqi elections really went as described this weekend, liberals (like me) need to be gracious enough to give the “W” his due. Max Boot: The claims made by so many analysts not long ago that the U.S. war … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan on Bush’s Torture Regime—and the Judgment of History

Andrew Sullivan wants a full process of discovery with regard to George Bush’s detainee torture policies, and offers a summary of some of what we already do know: [A]s the era of the dark side recedes a little, my sense … Continue reading

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“It was the most genuine, spontaneous, universal moment of the day. It was like watching the ice go out on the river”: Garrison Keillor Describes the Ebullent Crowd Watching the Helicopter Apotheosis of George W. Bush

Watching the inauguration on television, I found myself feeling an enormous wave of relief at seeing George Bush rising by government helicopter, and drifting slowly away, like a balloon cut loose, for the (mercifully) last time. The live crowd appears to have … Continue reading

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A Farewell Song to George Bush

What a relief!

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“People wanted an administration that was much more ruthless than the one they’d had on September the 10th”: Christopher Hitchens on Bush, Torture, and “Harsh Measures” Populism (Authoritarianism from Below)

This weekend, Christopher Hitchens was asked whether Bush should be prosecuted for war crimes, in particular with regard to authorizing torture in interrogations, to which Hitchens gave a shocking answer. His argument was, essentially, no (unless it was clearly demanded … Continue reading

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Farewell, Mr. President

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The Bush Era is Coming to an End!

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“No one will be safe”: Robert Patterson on the Boyd 2008 Weekend

Patterson lists the things that he took from this high powered intellectual conference. His whole bullet list is sobering. Below are two of them. Money quote: That there is no soft landing. We are not in a recession. We are … Continue reading

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Good Riddance

The American Prospect’s Paul Waldman bids “43″ (George Bush) farewell. Money quote: Goodbye to the rotating cast of butchers manning the White House’s legal abattoir, where the Constitution has been sliced and bled and gutted since September 11. Goodbye to the … Continue reading

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Responsibility, Participation, and Complicity: The Marquis de Sade’s Clodomir, Herman Melville’s Turkey, and George Bush’s Lindy England

In the Maquis de Sade’s short story, “The Lady of the Manor of Longeville, or a Lady’s Revenge,” there is a particularly unsettling scene in which the aristocratic Lord of the manor, upon discovering that his 26 year-old wife is having an … Continue reading

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