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The Torture Memos

After a five year fight - here they are!

A 18-page memo [PDF], dated August 1, 2002, from Jay Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.

A 46-page memo [PDF], dated May 10, 2005, from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.

A 20-page memo [PDF], dated May 10, 2005, from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.

A 40-page memo [PDF], dated May 30, 2005, from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.

The Banner Project

I started the banner project in 2005 in Austin, TX.  In 2008 I partnered with The National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Over 500 banners have been displayed in all 50 states. Take a look

News and commentary about Holder's appt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2009 20:13

News:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/24/AR2009082401743.html?hpid=topnews

Washington Post

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/us/politics/25detain.html?_r=1&hp

New York Times

 

Commentary:

http://washingtonindependent.com/56208/center-for-constitutional-rights-objects-to-narrow-scope-of-holder-probe

Washington Independent with statement by Center For Constitutional Rights

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/08/wapo_holder_to_name_torture_prosecutor.php?ref=fpa

Talking Points Memo

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/08/24/durham-to-be-torture-special-prosecutor/

Marcy Wheeler at Firedoglake

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/special-prosecutor-by-dday-wapo-sez.html

Hullabaloo

 
What every American should be made to learn about the IG Torture Report by Glenn Geeenwald PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2009 20:12

the best thing I have yet seen on the OGR

 
Torture by Wislawa Szymborska PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2009 16:29

Torture
 
by Wislawa Szymborska, translated, from the Polish, by Joanna Trzeciak 
 
Nothing has changed. 
The body is painful, 
it must eat, breathe air and sleep, 
it has thin skin, with blood right beneath, 
it has a goodly supply of teeth and nails 
its bones are brittle, its joints extensible. 
In torture, all this is taken into account. 
Nothing has changed. 
The body trembles, as it trembled 
before and after the founding of Rome, 
in the twentieth century before and after Christ. Torture is, as it's always been, only the earth has shrunk, and whatever happens, feels like it happens next door. Nothing has changed. Only there are more people, 
next to old transgressions, new ones have appeared 
real, alleged, momentary, none, 
but the scream, the body's response to them-- was, is, and always will be the scream of innocence, in accord with the age-old scale and register. 
Nothing has changed. 
Except maybe manners, ceremonies, dances. 
Yet the gesture of arms shielding the head 
has remained the same. 
The body writhes, struggles, and tries to break away. 
Bowled over, it falls, pulls in its knees, 
bruises, swells, drools, and bleeds. 
Nothing has changed. 
Except for the courses of rivers, 
the contours of forests, seashores, deserts and icebergs. 
Among these landscapes the poor soul winds, 
vanishes, returns, approaches, recedes. 
A stranger to itself, evasive, 
at one moment sure, the next unsure of its existence, 
while the body is and is and is 
and has no place to go. 
 
WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996, was born in 1923 in Kornik, Poland. Her nine volumes of poetry include Wielka liczba (A Great Number) (1976), Ludzie na moscie (People on the Bridge) (1986), and Koniec i Poczatek (The End and the Beginning) (1993). Szymborska lives in Krakow, Poland. JOANNA TRZECIAK'S translations of Szymborska's poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Poetry, The Times Literary Supplement, and Atlantic Monthly, among others. Her translation of Tomek Tryzna's novel Panna Nikt (Miss Nobody), was recently published by Doubleday.

 
Interview with Karen Greenberg PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:46

Excellent interview with the never sufficiently to be admired Karen Greenberg.

I hope you will indulge me if I take a moment to talk about "The Talking Dog Blog".  There is, quite literally, nothing else like it on the web.  The "Talking Dog" has interviewed more of the important insiders in the torture tango (especially the lawyers) than any other person (or dog).  These interviews are thoughtful discussions, conducted by someone who is passionate and extraordinarily well informed.

I usually don't do this, but this site has been destination reading for me for a long time and it seemed important to share this great resource, in case you are unaware of it.

If you have even a few minutes, go here - and read any of the fascinating interviews in the large compendium.

 
Obama administration asks SCOTUS to block detainee photos PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 August 2009 21:49

Full article here...

 
Military Lawyer Claims U.S. Paid Gitmo Prosecution Witnesses PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 13:53

Full Article here!

 
Torturing Children: Bush's Legacy and Democracy's Failure PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009 18:51

Article from Truthout

 
new poll on torture from The Economist PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2009 19:39

Full Article

 
New report contradicts central Obama claim for preventive detention PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 17:02

Article on Salon

Original Report

 
SERE Psychologists Still Used in Special Ops Interrogations and Detention PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 17:01

Article on Firedoglake

 
First steps taken to implement preventive detention, military commissions PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 11:15

Article on Salon

 
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