Tag Archives: the Inquisition

Rick Santorum: Pro-Torture Catholic

There’s something grimly ironic in a contemporary politician claiming to be a serious Catholic while supporting the torture of prisoners. But this is what Rick Santorum does: he supports the return of Bush-era torture practices. And this, of course, is … Continue reading

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Today’s Hot Links

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham offers an intellectual defense of the torture techniques of the Spanish Inquisition . . . more Two conservative intellectuals analyze the decline of contemporary conservatism . . . more Is the Internet making the exercise of human memory less necessary—and … Continue reading

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Lindsey Graham Defending Torture (from the Inquisition to the Bush Era): “One of the reasons these techniques have survived for about 500 years is apparently they work!”

Go to the 2:58 point of this clip to hear Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s justification for 500 years of torture (from the Inquisition to the Bush era): Torture works? Works for what? It works for yielding false confessions and to assist … Continue reading

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On Torture, Cheney Implicates Bush

On Face the Nation today: SCHIEFFER: How much did President Bush know specifically about the methods that were being used? We know that you– and you have said– that you approved this… CHENEY: Right. SCHIEFFER: … somewhere down the line. … Continue reading

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Today’s Question: Where Did Waterboarding Come From?

I’ve been reading Jonathan Kirsch’s history of the the Inquisition, titled The Grand Inquisitor’s Manuel: A History of Terror in the Name of God (Harper-Collins 2008), and waterboarding is a gift to George Bush (and the Gestapo and Stalin’s Secret … Continue reading

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Bush Era Torture: Were Top Officials Really Flying Blind?

George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” According to the New York Times this week, Bush era torture was being authorized by officials who hadn’t even bothered to investigate, historically, the methods they … Continue reading

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