Torture doesn’t necessarily bring out truth

Freedom New Mexico The release of the so-called “torture memos” last week, in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, has renewed debate about whether torture, or “enhanced interrogation” was useful or justified as part of what officials then called the “war on terror.” The debate is healthy, but if we don’t learn something […]

More may be charged in cat torture case

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis police say they will be seeking more charges against more people in connection with the torture and killing of a cat at Ned Houk Park. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jack the cat may be gone but his ugly demise is not forgotten. The gruesome details of Jack’s […]

Deciding fate of detainees is larger issue

Freedom New Mexico The news that President Obama has signed an executive order to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay is welcome indeed. The detainee center has become an international symbol of the practice of skirting U.S. and international law and torture. Whether the torture allegations are valid or not — and we’re inclined […]

America needs to eliminate its use of torture

Freedom New Mexico So it’s out in the open now. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the CIA used the coercive interrogation technique known as waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, on three al-Qaida operatives in 2002 and 2003. The technique is widely viewed as […]

Torture tactics not cure-all in real life

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as […]

Gonzales’ exit long overdue

By Freedom Newspapers Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should save President Bush the trouble of asking for it — a procedure that obviously pains the president when it come to loyal aides — and submit his resignation immediately. Gonzales may well be a decent person with a compelling personal history. And the position of attorney general […]

Torture ban chance to rebuild U.S. credibility

Freedom Newspapers President Bush tried to put as good a face on it as possible, but his decision to support an amendment by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain to ban torture and “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment at U.S. prison camps was a defeat for him. It came after months of administration resistance to the […]

House can learn from military in self-regulation

Freedom Newspapers The most gratifying development in the nationís capital in recent months was the 90- 9 vote in the U.S. Senate last week to set clear limits on the techniques the U.S. military can use when interrogating detainees in military custody throughout the world. Now itís time for the House to do likewise. Setting […]

Attorney general loyal to U.S., not president

Freedom Newspapers Attorney Gen.-designate Alberto Gonzales will in all likelihood be approved this week by the Senate, which can certainly be justified. A president is permitted a certain latitude in appointing the members of the Cabinet, and this president has a solid majority in the Senate. And there is a certain double standard in arguing […]

Prison abuse pales compared to torture

Walter Williams It’s the end of the semester at George Mason University, and for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been too busy preparing final exam harassment for my students to pay much attention to all the news stories about how U.S. soldiers were torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Now that my spring […]