Why Did the Torture Apologists Come Out of their Caves?

By: Friday May 6, 2011 2:40 pm

I don’t really have the heart to refute Michael Mukasey’s apology for torture. In it, he contradicts assertions made by torture apologists who were closer to the torture. He includes extraneous (and false) details to fluff up his case. He falsely pretends the torture described in the torture memos accurately described what happened to the [...]

Liar Calls Access Journalist a Pot

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 7:11 am

Even before Tom Ricks handed his blog over to Bob Woodward to rip Donald Rumsfeld a new asshole, Ricks shared this quote from H.R. Haldeman about Rummy as a way to introduce Rummy’s dismissal of Ricks’ Fiasco and Woodward’s books. So in my research on the Vietnam War I was paging through H.R. Haldeman’s diaries [...]

Bob Woodward, Blogger

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 10:44 am

Let me just say, without qualification, that of the high profile journalists whose techniques were discussed or entered as evidence in the Scooter Libby trial, Bob Woodward had the best note taking. Judy Miller, Matt Cooper, Bob Novak, Andrea Mitchell (and, I’m sure, Marcy Wheeler)? They all were put to shame by Bob Woodward’s exactitude [...]

Rummy Lawyers Up … To Defend Ordering Death Threats?

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 7:13 pm

Josh Gerstein reports that the government has withdrawn from defending Donald Rumsfeld and others in the Jose Padilla suit Judge Richard Mark Gergel dismissed the other day. (h/t MD) The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials – including former [...]

Who Was–and Was Not–in on Rummy’s “Plan”

By: Monday February 21, 2011 6:41 pm

Gawker has liberated Iraq some of Rummy’s papers on Iraq and Afghanistan. (h/t Rosalind) And while I hope to return to the series on John Walker Lindh (79ff) and the memo, cc’ed to the public affairs people, in which Rummy ordered Jim Haynes to write a memo saying that the way DOD was detaining people [...]

Poppy Bush’s Virgin Born Intelligence Knowledge

By: Friday February 18, 2011 4:00 pm

Jack Goldsmith links to an interesting document from the RummyLeaks library: then Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld’s memo to President Ford reviewing possible candidates to replace William Colby as head of the CIA. But Goldsmith doesn’t call out the most amusing part of the memo: the way that Rummy asserts that Poppy has the intelligence [...]

Judge: Padilla Can’t Sue for Torture because Justification for His Torture Was Based on Torture

By: Friday February 18, 2011 11:21 am

Here’s the main thrust of Judge Richard Mark Gergel’s decision to dismiss Jose Padilla’s Bivens suit against Donald Rumsfeld and other high level Bush officials who denied him his Constitutional rights. The Court finds that “special factors” are present in this case which counsel hesitation in creating a right of action under Bivens in the [...]

Rummy’s Dump

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 9:23 am

Donald Rumsfeld, channeling Julian Assange, has now made the database of documents accompanying his book available. As Spencer notes, making these documents available is largely self-serving; a way for Rummy to point to early moments of reflection that were followed by later moments of rash stupidity or lies. To put it uncharitably: when you’ve got [...]

How Does Frago 242 Relate to Our Collaboration with the Wolf Brigade?

By: Monday October 25, 2010 7:34 am

The biggest headline from Friday’s Wikileaks dump (everywhere but the NYT, anyway) is that the “US ignored torture.” But the way in which an official policy ignoring torture was followed by collaboration with one of Iraq’s torture squads raises the question whether the US involvement in Iraqi torture was more direct. Did the US “ignore” [...]

The Illegal War on Latin American (!) Terrorism

By: Saturday June 5, 2010 6:21 pm

I linked to this Jeremy Scahill post already, but I wanted to point out a few things about Scahill’s elaboration on the WaPo’s covert ops story of the other day. First, Scahill provides a list of locations where Obama’s expanded special operations war has deployed: The Nation has learned from well-placed special operations sources that [...]

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