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Bill Quigley

Law Professor

February 7th, 2011

Swiss Miss Bush – GWB Ducks Geneva Criminal Torture Charges

Justice for George W’s torture violations jumped much closer this weekend. Ex-President George W Bush was supposed to fly to Switzerland to speak in Geneva February 15. But his speech was cancelled over the weekend because of concerns about protests and efforts by human rights organizations asking Swiss prosecutors to ... continue reading

January 7th, 2011

Detained American Says He Was Beaten in Kuwait

WASHINGTON — An American teenager detained in Kuwait two weeks ago and placed on an American no-fly list claims that he was severely beaten by his Kuwaiti captors during a weeklong interrogation about possible contacts with terrorism suspects in Yemen. The teenager, Gulet Mohamed, a Somali-American who turned 19 during ... continue reading

Jeff Gibbs

Writer and Filmmaker

December 2nd, 2010

Who Would Jesus Execute, Reverend Huckabee?

Reverend Huckabee: “Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.” Jesus: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” JOHN 8:7 In case you missed the news, soon-to-be Presidential candidate and ordained minister ... continue reading

November 12th, 2010

Amnesty: prosecute Bush for admitted waterboarding

(Reuters) - The United States must prosecute former President George W. Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that he authorized waterboarding holds true, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday. In "Decision Points," published this week, Bush defended his decision to authorize waterboarding, a form of simulated ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

November 11th, 2010

Bush Pens True Crime Book, No Justice for CIA Destruction of 92 Torture Tapes: Why George W. Should Still Worry

In his memoir (which some wise people have already moved in bookstores to the CRIME section) George W. Bush admitted that he authorized that detainees be waterboarded, tortured, a crime under US and international law. Bush’s crime confession coincides with reports that no one will face criminal charges from the ... continue reading

October 28th, 2010

Who's to blame for torture? Lawyers probe logs

LONDON (AP) — It has been one of the most bitter legal debates during the so-called war on terror — who's to blame for torture and how many degrees of separation are needed to dodge a lawsuit?The answer may lie in recently leaked documents, which lawyers and human rights groups ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Iraq sentences Tariq Aziz to death

Tariq Aziz, one of the most notorious public faces of Saddam Hussein’s deposed regime in Iraq, has been sentenced to death by hanging.Mr Aziz, who rose to international prominence when he served as Iraq’s foreign minister during the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, received the sentence from the Supreme Iraqi ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Britain to investigate WikiLeaks abuse claims

The British government has promised to investigate allegations of detainee mistreatment during the Iraq war.A spokesman for prime minister David Cameron says there is no place for the mistreatment of detainees, and any allegations will be investigated.[...][Click here to read the rest of this article from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation] continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Danish PM demands answers over torture report

COPENHAGEN, Tuesday — Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said Tuesday he had ordered the country’s defence ministry to provide a full report on allegations Danish troops handed Iraqi insurgents over for torture.Confidential documents published on Friday by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks showed that Danish troops deployed in Iraq from 2003 ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

UN rights chief urges US, Iraq to probe WikiLeaks evidence

GENEVA — UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged Iraq and the United States to investigate allegations of torture and unlawful killings in the Iraq conflict revealed in documents leaked last week."The US and Iraqi authorities should take necessary measures to investigate all allegations made in these reports ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

US rebuffs Wikileaks Iraq torture claims

The US says it did not "turn a blind eye" to torture in Iraq, in response to allegations raised in files published by whistleblower website Wikileaks.[...]But Gen Casey told reporters on Monday that the policy during the administration of President George W Bush was to report abuse."Our policy all along ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

Gulf states urge US to probe Wikileaks Iraq 'crimes'

The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) has urged Washington to investigate alleged "crimes against humanity" in Iraq after Wikileaks published scores of war logs. The documents revealed by the whistleblower website suggest US forces turned a blind eye to widespread torture by Iraqi security forces. In a statement, the council said ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

September 7th, 2010

The United States of Fear – Ten Examples

Since September 11, 2001, fear has been the main engine of change in the United States. Who would have thought that across the US, where people boast that it is the home of the free and the land of the brave, people would gladly surrender their freedom and liberty because ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

September 4th, 2010

Page Turning, Etc.

“As we do, (turn the “page” in Iraq) I am mindful that the Iraq War has been a contentious issue at home. Here, too, it is time to turn the page. This afternoon, I spoke to former President George W. Bush. It’s well known that he and I disagreed about ... continue reading

August 27th, 2010

LA authorities plan to use heat-beam ray in jail

LOS ANGELES – A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is "tantamount to torture."The mechanism, known as an "Assault Intervention Device," ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

Protest draws dozens at UC Berkeley for John Yoo's first day of classes

BERKELEY -- Protesters gathered at the opening of classes Monday to protest the school's continued employment of John Yoo, a UC Berkeley professor who gave legal sanction to the Bush administration's views on torture.Between 70 and 80 people gathered near the Boalt Hall School of Law around noon and, after ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

AP Exclusive: Terrorist tapes found under CIA desk

WASHINGTON - The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

Secret terrorist tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh found under CIA desk

Secret's out. Recordings of a 9/11 plotter being interrogated in a secret overseas prison were discovered under a desk by the CIA— even though the government told the Justice Department twice that such tapes did not exist. According to The Associated Press, the recordings—two video and one audio—show Ramzi Binalshibh ... continue reading

August 6th, 2010

AP Exclusive: CIA flight carried secret from Gitmo

WASHINGTON – A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation's war on terrorism were kept in the dark.Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were aboard.They arrived at Guantanamo on Sept. 24, 2003, years ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

July 20th, 2010

Join the FAT (Fast Against Torture) on August 1, 2010

Please consider participating in a 24 hour Fast Against Torture in memory of all those illegally, unethically tortured around the world, including, most importantly, those tortured and waterboarded by the Bush-Cheney administration. Sunday August 1, 2010 is the eight-year anniversary of the writing of the "torture memos" by Office of ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 9th, 2010

Requiem for the Antiwar Movement

“When you vote for war, don't be surprised when you get it.”– Cindy Sheehan “I will send at least two additional combat brigades to Afghanistan.”– Presidential Candidate Barack Obama “This war (Iraq) prevents us from tackling every serious threat that we face, from a resurgent al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to a ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

June 30th, 2010

Sad Clouds Hang Over St. Thomas Law Graduation

By Roger Cuthbertson and Coleen Rowley UPDATED 6/29/2010 Clouds hung over the St. Thomas School of Law graduation on May 8, 2010, in more ways than one.  The University of St. Thomas Law School held its graduation ceremony at Orchestra Hall, a few blocks from their campus.  So most of ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

In Refusing to Hear My Case, The Supreme Court Has Put the World's Peace and Order in Danger

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States of America refused to hear my case. This eliminates any remaining hope for me of obtaining justice through the U.S. judicial system against US officials who sent me to Syria to be tortured. Let me emphasize the fact that my case ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

June 28th, 2010

Where Have all the Peaceniks Gone?

I believe it is human nature to want to be right (as in “correct” not “conservative”). I like to be right. I also like to research my facts because being wrong to me is embarrassing. The one time I would have loved to be in error, though, was in a ... continue reading

June 16th, 2010

D.C. judge acquits 27 Guantanamo protesters - including 4 from Pioneer Valley - of charges from Capitol Hill protest

Some two dozen anti-torture activists — including four from Western Massachusetts — were acquitted Monday in Washington D.C. Superior Court on charges of unlawful assembly following their arrests in January during a political demonstration on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Judge Russell Canan granted a motion for judgment of ... continue reading

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity ...by Donna Smith michaelmoore.com The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
1:40 PM
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