Editorials

  • It’s time the U.S. paid reparations to the prisoners It tortured

    Editorials December 9, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: New Republic. Appearing before the U.N. Committee Against Torture, the U.S. delegation unequivocally affirmed, “torture and cruel inhuman and degrading treatment are prohibited at all times and in all places,” including places outside of U.S. borders, like Guantánamo Bay.The statement to the U.N. was celebrated as a positive shift away from Bush-administration policy, but it only addresses part of the U.S.’s history of failure to adhere to the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Article 14 of the treaty requires signatory states to ensure that victims of torture have access to redress and compensation. However, there is no known case in which a torture victim has been financially compensated by the U.S.

     
  • 12 Things to keep in mind when you read the torture report

    Editorials December 5, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. 1) You’re not actually reading the torture report. 2) The CIA got to cut out parts. 3) Senate Democrats had their backs to the wall. 4) The investigation was extremely narrow in its focus. 5) The investigation didn’t examine who gave the CIA its orders, or why. 6) Torture was hardly limited to the CIA. 7) Senate investigators conducted no interviews of torture victims. 8) Senate investigators conducted no interviews of CIA officials. 9) In fact, Senate investigators conducted no interviews at all. 10) Bush and Cheney have acknowledged their roles in the program. 11) The report’s conclusion that torture didn’t do any good is a big deal. 12) No one has been held accountable.

     
  • Mass imprisonment and public health

    Editorials November 26, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The New York Times.”. . . mass incarceration . . . poses one of the greatest public health challenges of modern times, concludes a new report released last week by the Vera Institute of Justice. . . . Like any epidemic, mass incarceration must be tackled at many different levels. It is an opportune time for such an approach, as states around the country are thinking more broadly, pulling back on harsh sentencing laws and focusing more on alternatives to incarceration. But the moment may not last long. Public health professionals should seize a unique opportunity to help guide criminal justice reform while they have the chance.”

     
  • On media outlets that continue to describe unknown drone victims as “militants”

    Editorials November 18, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept On media outlets that continue to describe unknown drone victims as “militants” By: Glenn Greenwald It has been more than two years since The New York Times revealed that “Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties” of his drone strikes which “in effect counts all military-age males […]

     
  • Targeted killings: they are too secret

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 28, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: Los Angeles Times. The administration should spell out criteria for the assassination of suspected terrorists abroad.

     
  • Exposing Uncle Sam’s Internet snooping

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 15, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: Washington Times. Uncle Sam is looking for ways to sharpen his watchful gaze. In the name of fighting terrorism, federal agencies can have a hard time distinguishing the line between legitimate surveillance and unlawful spying. Fortunately, a court ruling on the public’s right to know may brighten that line. Loss of hard-won liberty ought not be the price for keeping Americans safe.

     
  • Interrogating Brennan

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 9, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: LA Times. Senators should use the confirmation hearings to press Brennan to expand on his public statements about how targeted killings are subjected to “rigorous standards and process of review.” Too little is known about how those standards are applied to this troubling practice, and by whom. Brennan’s confirmation hearings could provide greater clarity — if the Senate is willing to be more than a rubber stamp.

     
  • Rights and the ‘war on terror’

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 6, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: LA Times. The defense authorization bill isn’t the only example of congressional and presidential indifference to civil-liberties concerns raised by the “war on terror.” Congress and the president have yet to reestablish the proper balance between national security and civil liberties.

     
  • Privacy in the information age

    Editorials, Op-Eds December 30, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: LA Times. If a law enforcement agency wants to examine your snail mail or the contents of your computer hard drive, it must obtain a search warrant, which means it must convince a judge that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. But no warrant is required to obtain email or documents you have stored in a computer “cloud” so long as they are 180 days old.

     
  • The Dawning of Domestic Drones

    Editorials, Op-Eds December 25, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: NYT. The unmanned aircraft that most people associate with hunting terrorists and striking targets in Pakistan are on the brink of evolving into a big domestic industry. It is not a question of whether drones will appear in the skies above the United States but how soon.