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Published: 11/15/10

Khalid Sheik Mohammed: Once the Face of Terror, Now the Face of Failure

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Khalid Sheik Mohammed: Once the Face of Terror, Now the Face of Failure

Exactly one year after the Obama administration triumphantly announced plans to prosecute him in federal court in New York, 9/11 architect Khalid Sheik Mohammed is back in the news -- and for all the wrong reasons. In 2003, when he was captured, he was the face of terror. In 2005, when we learned about waterboarding, he was the face of torture. And now, left in limbo by Congress, he's the face of failure -- Washington's lingering failure to dispose of his case, if not his cause, through some sort of legitimate trial. Mohammed still hasn't been indicted, much less prosecuted, and if anything ...

Published: 07/18/10

Don't Cry for Jay Bybee, the Torture Memo Boss Who Became a Judge

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Don't Cry for Jay Bybee, the Torture Memo Boss Who Became a Judge

Of all the patriotic zealots at the Office of Legal Counsel who helped the Bush Administration undertake its torture policies immediately following the terror attacks on America, perhaps the person least likely to deserve sympathy today is Jay S. Bybee. After signing off on fellow lawyer John Yoo's infamous torture memos in 2002, but before those dubious documents became known to the world in 2004, Bybee was promoted by President George W. Bush from the counsel's office to a judgeship with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He presides there now, enrobed and life-tenured, with only the sli...

Published: 09/21/09

Brain Study: Torture Impairs Suspects' Recall

By  Ria Misra - Politics Daily
Brain Study: Torture Impairs Suspects' Recall

The objections to torture have been moral, legal, even pragmatic. Here's another: from a neuroscience standpoint, it doesn't work and in fact could actually make subjects less able to remember credible information. A review for the journal "Trends in Cognitive Science" takes the details from the legal memos released by the Department of Justice on the use of torture on terrorism suspects during the Bush administration and compares the information to current neuroscience research. The findings were that not only were their interrogations likely to create a host of memory problems, but the per...

Published: 05/12/09

Jesse Ventura Calls Cheney Coward, Offers to Waterboard Him

By  Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
Jesse Ventura Calls Cheney Coward, Offers to Waterboard Him

Appearing on Larry King Live, former Minnesota Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura lets it all hang out, and puts a pretty convincing end to the torture "debate." Now, contrast that with this:...

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Published: 05/5/09

4th Graders' Bias Shows in Condi Rice-Michelle Obama Questioning

By  Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
4th Graders' Bias Shows in Condi Rice-Michelle Obama Questioning

People are always complaining about a liberal media bias, but I think I've stumbled onto a much more insidious, farther-reaching bias: grammar school kids.Remember Ria Misra's story yesterday, about a fourth-grader who grilled Condoleezza Rice about the Bush torture memos? I half expected Rice to implore the kid not to taze her.Now, compare that to the question this kid asks Michelle Obama:So, what can be done about this?...

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Published: 05/2/09

Ann Coulter Approves of Waterboarding Small Children

By  Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
Ann Coulter Approves of Waterboarding Small Children

Conservative icon and Guilty author Ann Coulter appeared on Larry King Live to promote her column, and to call Dick Cheney a wuss. Oh, and to make sure no kids ever want to go to "Auntie Ann's house" again:...

Published: 04/17/09

Rush Limbaugh Slaps Himself Silly

By  Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
Rush Limbaugh Slaps Himself Silly

Or, to put it another way, "Rush Limbaugh Slaps Himself."In the second hour of Rush Limbaugh's radio show today, Rush Limbaugh fulfilled the wishes of many on the left by applying the smackdown to himself. Huffington Post has the transcript:LIMBAUGH: *SLAP* I just slapped myself! *SLAP* *SLAP* *SLAP* I'm torturing myself, right now! That's torture! *SLAP* According to these people. *SLAP* If there is another hit...ahhhhh - ahhhh - *sigh*...welllll *SLAP* *sigh* UHHHHHHB....wooooofff.HuffPo's Jason Linkins alludes to this, but I think someone should tell Rush that he's in radio. In a week that ...

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