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Soul searching in America following Torture Report

– “Torture Has No Place in US Society”
“The character of our country has to be measured in part, not by what we do when things are easy, but what we do when things are hard.”

Those were the words of President Obama, when he was asked over the summer about the CIA’s use of torture in the months and years after 9/11.

With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report today [December 9], it’s become abundantly clear that when times got tough, the US buckled under the pressure.

We lost sight of the values that built this country, and of the ideals that have made this country great.” quoting Thom Hartmann, Truthout.
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– “A Brutal ‘Torture Report’ but No Accountability”
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout.
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– “Bush fully authorised torture programme: CIA fights back and says former President knew everything as his VP Cheney blasts Senate report as ‘full of cr**”

* CIA official says former U.S. President George Bush was fully in formed of the intelligence agency’s torture programme
* Identified a number of Washington officials who were aware of programme
* Meanwhile former Vice President Dick Cheney called Senate report into CIA torture a ‘terrible piece of work’ that is ‘deeply flawed’
* Added that report was wrong to suggest Bush didn’t know that aggressive interrogation techniques were being used on terrorism suspects
* What really happened, according to Cheney: ‘We asked the agency to…catch the ba****** who killed 3,000 of us on 9/11′”
By Francesca Chambers and John Hall for UK’s Daily MailOnline.
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– “Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senates Torture Report”
By Kara Brandeisky and Sisi Wei, ProPublica.
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– “America’s Addiction to Torture”
By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, published on December 17, 2014.
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“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.
I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that.
That’s what’s insane about it.”

– John Lennon

Posted by Steve on December 11, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

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