Torture Category

Teachers didn’t allow Misha to actually use the word torture in his question, but he still got the message across. I think Misha has a future career in journalism: From Democracy Now: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been questioned again over her support of the Bush administration’s interrogation techniques and use of waterboarding—this […]

Reports that the Obama administration released the Office of Legal Counsel’s memos on torture, and that they do not plan to prosecute, quickly exploded on twitter. The ACLU has the memos up. Glenn Greenwald started to breakdown the memos already. Go check it out. He also emphasizes that the release of these reports is due […]

now, the statue of limitations on all of our semi-rational exuberance over the symbolism of the current presidency has not yet run out. i figure, based on my friends and family, that it has somewhere between three and nine months left. so i’m not expecting anyone to do anything about this right now. once the memories of the election-night street parties are a little bit more faded, though, it’ll be useful to have these pieces of information ready to hand.

There aren’t many days as an activist that you actually get to see success. Today, however, was not one of those days. Today President Obama signed a series of Executive Orders, which closed Guantanamo, set up a review for all the detainees, and required that the Army field manual be used as the guide for […]

Yes we can…end torture

In: Take Action, Torture

The human rights violations committed by the Bush Administration on American detainees around the world are well documented. One of the most enduring legacies of the past eight years has been the use of extreme interrogation techniques on prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo. While many major Jewish organizations are on the record opposing torture, […]

Last week, I was blessed to be able to attend the National Summit on Torture, an amazing interfaith conference put together by Evangelicals for Human Rights (EHR).  EHR is one of the leading organizations pushing the evangelical agenda to focus on social justice issues, such as global poverty, the environment, and U.S.-sponsored torture.  The program […]

Yesterday, as expected, President Bush vetoed the Intelligence Authorization Act, which would have restricted the CIA to interrogation methods found in the Military Field Manual and outlawed without exception the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques. In his weekly radio address, the President defended his decision as a matter of national security, saying […]

It amazes me that in today’s world, we are even debating whether waterboarding constitutes torture. As Jews, we know about torture and waterboarding far too well. As far as can be traced, waterboarding, a technique of interrogation in which the prisoner’s face is immersed in water and s/he is made to choke, feeling that s/he […]

Since we got our first blogad tonight from Media Matters, it seemed apropos for another segment of “media not to be missed,” sometimes known as media mishegaas, especially because I want to highlight a few choice pieces. Hope everyone is having a wonderful chag! I had etrog schnapps for the first time, thanks to Netivot […]


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