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Republican senator denies he approved destruction of CIA torture videos

Roberts shut down attempts at greater oversight of enhanced interrogation, memo shows Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is disputing a CIA memo that says he approved the destruction of videotape showing the CIA waterboarding Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah. In documents released by the federal government Monday, CIA congressional liaison Stanley…

Petraeus: Harsh interrogations ‘bit us on the backside’

Gen. David Petraeus, the top US soldier in the Middle East, says the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” has “bitten us on our backside” and there’s no reason US forces can’t adhere to Geneva Convention rules when prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During an appearance Sunday on NBC’s…

Bush had the power to massacre an entire village: Torture author Yoo

One of the top Bush-era lawyers who authorized waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics exercised “poor judgment” but should not be disbarred, an internal Justice Department review showed. According to the Office of Professional Responsibility, John Yoo engaged in “professional misconduct,” a finding that could have stripped him of his…

Bob Barr jeered at CPAC for saying waterboarding is torture

Republican congressman-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr got a chorus of jeers at the CPAC conference Friday when he declared that waterboarding is torture. Debating the issue of whether terrorist suspects should be read Miranda rights and should have access to civilian courts, Barr argued that politicians are being allowed “to have their…

Liberal commentator shouts down ‘enhanced interrogation’ defender

Political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell is known for his strong opinions and occasional passionate outbursts. In 2004, he repeatedly shouted down Swift Boat Veterans spokesman John O’Neill with cries of “liar,” leading conservative blogger Michelle Malkin to describe him as “unhinged.” Now O’Donnell has repeated the performance by confronting Marc Thiessen,…

Author uses ‘Monty Python’ logic to ‘obfuscate’ on waterboarding

When CNN’s Christiane Amanpour hosted a debate on Wednesday between conservative writer Marc Thiessen and British lawyer Philippe Sands, the conversation quickly took a turn to the surreal that concluded with Sands telling Thiessen his argument was “straight out of Monty Python.” Thiessen, a former speechwriter for Donald Rumsfeld and…

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