Japan-Korea Reach Settlement Over “Comfort Women”
Human Rights / Torture

Japan-Korea Reach Settlement Over “Comfort Women”

Japan-Korea Reach Settlement Over “Comfort Women” In 2014, I wrote post entitled Mayer Brown & Platt and Whitewashing Japanese War Crimes about a highly questionable lawsuit challenging the City of Glendale, California’s decision to erect a monument to the Korean comfort women who were forced to serve as prostitutes by the Japanese military during World War II. … Continue reading

Editorial Boards Express Outrage Over CIA’s Torture Program
Torture

Editorial Boards Express Outrage Over CIA’s Torture Program

A review of editorials nationwide and overseas reveal a broad sense of outrage over the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summary of its 6,700 page Study on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The sense that the CIA had wrongfully stained our national honor and that America does not torture was stated eloquently in every region … Continue reading

Are Moody’s and Unilever Whitewashing Japanese War Crimes?
Human Rights / Torture

Are Moody’s and Unilever Whitewashing Japanese War Crimes?

Mayer Brown & Platt and Whitewashing Japanese War Crimes Like the neo-confederates who claim the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery despite the clear secession statements to the contrary or Holocaust deniers, the Japanese right has increasingly sought to rewrite or gloss over their role in wartime atrocities from the Rape of Nanking … Continue reading

Zero Dark Wrong
Torture

Zero Dark Wrong

I have watched the brewing controversy over Zero Dark Thirty and torture, but thought I should at least wait to see the movie to say anything.The thread that I kept reading from ZDT sources was that they depict torture because it was a part of the overall whole of capturing Osama bin Laden but it … Continue reading

Torture

A Third Choice: Get Back to the Real Issue

The GOP’s “Pelosi-gate” argument appears to be that Speaker Pelosi is corrupt to the core for slandering the CIA for not being fully honest on the question of torture. Now, they say, she must either provide proof to support her claim or apologize. At the same time they say she is playing politics and aiding the enemy if she attempts to investigate the larger question of whether we engaged in torture (which, of course we didn’t—so long as you draw the line between “aggressive techniques” and torture just shy of decapitation).

This is tantamount to feigning outrage over the Dewey Decimal classification of Hitler’s Mein Kampf while being indifferent to its hateful content.
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Torture

McCain is Right, Torture is Wrong

For eight years, the Bush-Cheney administration repeatedly told us that patriotism meant remaining silent as the administration infringed on individual rights. The rudderless GOP is now following suit by praising Torture Czar Cheney’s continued embrace of torture. The Grand Torture Party, however, ignores the fact that torture is wrong, illegal and counterproductive.
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2008 Election / John McCain / Torture

“High Noon” Over Torture

Time after time the president has forced showdowns with the Democrats over seemingly esoteric . . . matters touching on national security. Once the battle is engaged, [Bush] begins a drumbeat of “we’re for protecting America, they’re not,” leaving the ambushed Democrats to attempt to debate the minutia of the issue over the din of the administration’s demagoguery. . . . This time, the President is returning to familiar ground — torture. Continue reading

Torture

John McCain’s Better Nation

John McCain’s Better Nation February 22, 2008 OVER A CENTURY AGO, PRESIDENT Teddy Roosevelt dismissed a general for engaging in waterboarding in the Philippines , explaining that no matter the provocation, “nothing can justify … the use of torture or inhuman conduct of any kind on the part of the American Army.” Roosevelt ’s decision … Continue reading

Iraq / Torture

Colin Powell, Where Have You Gone?

For a generation you were omnipresent as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State and as a best selling author. You stood tall as a paragon of much of what was best in America – integrity, duty, hard work and opportunity; towering over the political landscape just as the World Trade Center once soared over lower Manhattan. Unfortunately, both colossal icons crumbled from the impact of a single tragic hour in Manhattan, leaving a void that has yet to be filled. Continue reading

Torture

Understanding the Bush-McCain “Compassionate Torture” Proposal

In initially opposing the Bush proposal, Senator McCain eloquently explained that this issue “has nothing to do with al Qaeda, [but] it has everything to do with America.” For this McCain won praise for his political courage and condemnation from Bush apologists. The Bush-McCain compromise, in contrast, has absolutely nothing to do with American values but it has everything to do with upcoming elections and the triumph of political expediency over political courage. Continue reading

George W. Bush / Torture

Bush’s Strategic Blunder on Torture

You need not know anything about the Geneva Convention or international law to understand the current debate over President Bush’s proposal to weaken protections for U.S. held detainees. The president’s current hard line position . . . was not derived from any legal treatise but from Karl Rove’s campaign playbook and the proposal is more about defining the debate for the mid-term election than about clarifying the Geneva Convention. Continue reading