Succumbing to the Dark Side

Torture is a violation of U.S. and international law. Yet George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate U.S. and international law. The new Obama administration shows no inclination to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting those … Continue reading “Succumbing to the Dark Side”

The Chimera of Total Security

"No one can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices." – Edward R. Murrow Let’s talk about the next terrorist attack. We cannot know what form it will take, where it will occur, or what the casualty count will be. But one thing we do know: we know we’ll be told it … Continue reading “The Chimera of Total Security”

Cheney: Support for Israel Feeds Terrorism

If we hear in the coming days that former vice president Dick Cheney has fired one of his speechwriters – or perhaps grounded Lynne or Liz – it will be clear why. Oozing out of the sleazy speech he gave Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute was an inadvertent truth regarding the Israeli albatross hanging … Continue reading “Cheney: Support for Israel Feeds Terrorism”

American Death Squad

As the story of Bush administration’s war crimes comes out in fits and starts, it appears that torture is only one aspect – and not the worst, by any means – of this horrific history. In an interview in mid-March, Seymour Hersh let slip the following: "After 9/11 – I haven’t written about this yet … Continue reading “American Death Squad”