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Bearing Witness to the American Torture Regime: As Republicans Continue to Support Torture, the Torture Revelations Continue

Andrew Sullivan today directs our attention to this torture report in Harper’s here, and says of the torture deaths of three Gitmo detainees: This deserves to be the biggest story on the torture issue since Abu Ghraib – because it threatens … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Intelligent Design Watch: Historian David Gordon Calls Brian Leiter’s Treatment of Thomas Nagel “Deplorable”

In a review of philosopher Thomas Nagel’s new collection of essays (which was just released by Oxford University Press today), historian David Gordon weighs in on Thomas Nagel’s sympathy for Intelligent Design and the attacks that he has received from Brian Leiter: … 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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Word of the Day

Waterboarding. Here’s how Jonathan Kirsch describes waterboarding in his excellent and troubling 2008 Harper-Collins book, The Grand Inquisitor’s Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God (p. 4): Among the first and favorite forms of torture used by medieval inquisitors … 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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