Media stopped calling waterboarding 'torture' after US declared it wasn't


Witnessing Against Torture: Why We Must Act

Kathy Kelly, Truthout: "An old clich says that anyone who has herself for a lawyer has a fool for a client. Nevertheless, going to trial in Washington, DC, I and 23 other defendants prepared a pro se defense. Acting as our own lawyers in court, we aimed to defend a population that finds little voice in our society at all, and to bring a sort of prosecution against their persecutors."


When it Comes to Waterboarding, Labels Matter

By Dan Kennedy

The press's failure to call waterboarding torture impedes honest discussion of the darkest years of the Bush presidency.

“Freedom agenda” failures and failed states

The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison


There is something obviously wrong when Fred Hiatt, friend of warmongers and torture apologists, holds forth on the dangers to liberty around the world. Here was the line that was the most jarring to me: ‘Taking advantage of their control of television, they mobilized ideologies of nationalism and anti-terrorism to undermine the rhetoric of freedom.’ Of course, Hiatt is referring here to various authoritarian states, but he seems to have no notion that apart from the reference to television that statement could just as easily be applied to his own op-ed pages and the politicians he has defended over the last decade. For that matter, the measures he and his allies have favored haven’t just undermined the rhetoric of freedom, but have seriously undermined the limits on government power and significantly damaged the substance of American liberty and the liberty of people in other nations as well. More perversely, they did all of this while pretending to celebrate American freedoms. One might ask why Hiatt expects freedom to be flourishing elsewhere in the world when our own authoritarians have worked so hard to harm it here at home with security measures, power grabs and grossly illegal activities...

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