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Nina Kossman: Giordano Bruno’s Unwritten Letter

He didn’t have time to complete the letter
which he was composing in his head,
as the flames were beginning to engulf his body

March 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Torture’s Legacy

If one administration can get away with confining detainees in coffinlike boxes and torturing them in myriad other ways, why shouldn’t a later one go unpunished for, to take but one example, putting migrant children in cages?

February 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Original Sin

I don’t know what I’ve done
but I’m guilty.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Ezzat’s Last Will

The Will Room in Evin Prison Has two ways out. Alas! One cannot take both. Thus, she writes that life Is beautiful and desirable And puts down the date of … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Torturers

Took their break after they finally broke a man and made him lie, implicate his friends and cause their deaths. They washed off the blood, sat smoking in the shade. … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: My War on Terror — Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo Bay

You can’t unring the bell, he admonished, meaning 1948, Israel. So all these bells are ringing, Nazi, Kamakazi waves out into the universe forever and I have seen you, as … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ken Silverstein: How America tortured and murdered an innocent man

In 2002, Matthew Zirbel, a junior CIA officer, was in charge of the Salt Pit, a “black site” in Afghanistan referred to in the recent Senate torture report as “Cobalt,” … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Corruption in the Mental Health Professions — Psychology, Psychiatry and the “New Normal” 

                  The Social Psychology of Corruption Ask yourself the following question; “What is the most corrupt place in the world?” Forget Sodom … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: Sanitizing Evil

Like the Nazis & other evil-doers, American torture apologists use language to sanitize evil How do we know that those who are defending the American torture program under the presidency … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Torture Wars

It came from the top and that’s never been a secret. The president authorized the building of those CIA “black sites” and the use of what came to be known … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

More on the Torture Report

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
An unrepentant Dick Cheney in 2008 W.J. Astore Six years ago, Vice President Dick Cheney admitted that he had approved waterboarding as one of…

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse

Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy. An official report by the United Nations Committee Against Torture released Friday … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Marcellene Hearn: The Torture Secrets Are Coming

The American people are entitled to know what took place in U.S. detention centers. And it would be completely backwards to suppress images of government misconduct on the grounds that … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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