Archive for the 'Transparency' Category

ANP Report (VIDEO): Sen. Lindsey Graham Debates Himself on Detainee Torture

By American News Project | Related entries in Bush, Civil Liberties, Congress, Guantanamo Bay, News, Politics, South Carolina, The War On Terrorism, Torture, Transparency, War

2008 Senator Lindsey Graham seems to disagree with 2009 Lindsey Graham. This is Mike Fritz and David Murdock from ANP. Senator Lindsey Graham was a passionate critic of the Bush Justice attorneys during this past summer’s Armed Services Committee hearings on interrogation. Lately, however, Graham seems to have had second thoughts on the matter. At […]

May 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Obama Opposes Release Of Additional Abu Gharib Photos?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Bush, Obama, Torture, Transparency

A surprising reversal and one I obviously disagree with. This also seriously undermines Obama’s message of transparency and openness…at least in the eyes of Dems. From Wash Post: President Obama has decided to oppose the release of several dozen photos depicting abuse of detainees held in U.S. military custody abroad, reversing his previous position on […]

May 13th, 2009 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Fox News: Khalid Sheik Mohammed Not Waterboarded THAT Much

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, The War On Terrorism, Torture, Transparency

Just for future reference, what you’re seeing above is considered a “pour.” You’ll need that information to weave your way through the mine field presented here by Fox News. Let the apologizing begin… A U.S. official with knowledge of the interrogation program told FOX News that the much-cited figure represents the number of times water […]

April 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Torture Works? Not So Fast…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History, Law, Torture, Transparency

When I read the following I have to ask, “Who’s lying here?” Because haven’t we heard from some pretty high profile folks that these techniques worked, most notably former VP Cheney? I guess maybe Hillary was right. First, from NY Times, what traditional interrogation tactics gave us: Along with another F.B.I. agent, and with several […]

April 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times In One Month

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History, Torture, Transparency

That means he was made to feel as if he were drowning an average of 6 times and day for 30 straight days. Kind of puts that whole ticking clock scenario to rest. From Emptywheel: I’ve put this detail in a series of posts, but it really deserves a full post. According to the May […]

April 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 34 Comments »

Torture Memos Released. No Prosecutions For CIA Waterboarders.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, The War On Terrorism, Torture, Transparency

This could anger a lot of folks on the left, but I think it’s an incredibly dangerous precedent to prosecute folks for following orders. More from AP: WASHINGTON -Attorney General Eric Holder says the government won’t prosecute CIA officials for using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects. The decision comes as the […]

April 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Data.Gov To Launch In May

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Technology, Transparency

Yet another step towards the goal to make the government’s actions more transparent than any other time in our history… “In late May, will launch, in what US CIO Vivek Kundra calls an attempt to ensure that all government data ‘that is not restricted for national security reasons can be made public’ through data […]

April 5th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

FinancialStability.Gov Launches

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Technology, Transparency

The site got some meat on it a couple days ago, and here’s what you can expect to find there right now. A map that details the local impact of the Capital Purchase Program, which is basically the “Don’t Let Banks Fail” program. Some states, like Missouri, haven’t received any money because our banks are […]

April 1st, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Geithner Wants Broader Powers To Seize Non-Banks

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bailouts, Business, Money, Regulations, The World, Transparency, Wall Street

And after the AIG mess, I say we give it to him. How we allowed one company to take down the entire system still feels unreal to me. How on earth could we allow that to go down? Crazy, crazy, crazy. But it did happen and we are suffering massive fallout as a result, so […]

March 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 44 Comments »

Budget Transparency To Come With Massive Political Price?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Bush, Money, Transparency

As was the case with many things the Bush administration touched, the federal budget was gamed in such a way to make the deficit problems look smaller than they actually were. But now Obama and his team are set to change that. Only problem? The deficit is going to get a lot bigger. How much? […]

February 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 31 Comments »