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Just in time for Labor Day, the Center for Constitutional Rights has introduced a novel way to keep track of the criminal investigation into Bush Administration torturers: Torture Team trading cards.
While most people know the names of the principal players on the “Torture Team”—Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice—there are many more members of the team who must be investigated and prosecuted. We’ve created 20 “Torture Team” trading cards (“collect and prosecute them all!”) and a matching website to push the attorney general to allow the Special Prosecutor to investigate as far up the chain of command as the evidence leads. It was thanks to your help that we saw the appointment of a Special Prosecutor this week at all. A year ago, they said it would never happen, but we persevered because we knew it was the only way to make sure we never went down this dark path again.
All of us have been calling for accountability for those at all levels of government who developed, provided (il)legal cover for, and participated in the torture program. The 2004 report re-released this week by the CIA’s Inspector General’s office and the rest of the documents that came out on Monday, while still redacted, paint a chilling picture of the illegal acts committed by agency interrogators. The “Torture Team” – the former government officials, lawyers and military leadership – who are really responsible shouldn’t enjoy impunity while a few low-level operatives take the fall.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
The new docudrama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) isn’t really about Orenthal James Simpson. It’s about the trials that ran alongside his — those informal, unboundaried, court-of-public-opinion trials in which evidence was heard for and against the murder victims, the defense and the prosecution, the judge, the jury, and the Los Angeles Police Department, to say nothing of white and black America. History has freed us from suspense about Simpson’s verdict, so that the man himself (played here by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is less the tragic hero he seemed in the mid-Nineties than a curiously minor character. He comes to the center of our attention only once, in Episode 2, at the end of the lengthy Ford Bronco chase scene — which in real life was followed by a surreal cavalcade of police cars and media helicopters, as well as an estimated 95 million live viewers — when Simpson repeatedly, and with apparent sincerity, apologizes for taking up so much of so many people’s time. It is an uncannily ordinary moment of social decorum, a sort of could-you-please-pass-the-salt gesture on a sinking Titanic, in which Simpson briefly becomes more than just an archetype.
Amount an auditor estimated last year that Oregon could save each year by feeding prisoners less food:
Kentucky is the saddest state.
An Italian economist was questioned on suspicion of terrorism after a fellow passenger on an American Airlines flight witnessed him writing differential equations on a pad of paper.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”