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Did Cheney Just Admit to Violating the UN Convention Against Torture?

In his recent dispute of the contents of the Senate Torture Report, former Vice President Dick Cheney effectively admitted that both he and President Bush were guilty of violating the UN Convention Against Torture. Oddly enough, despite the fact that the report absolved the Bush Administration of a great deal of responsibility for the CIA’s actions by claiming that the White House had been mislead by the CIA, the former vice President disputed the report’s findings, stating, “The notion that the agency was operating on a rogue basis was just a flat out lie.” He went on to reject the allegation that his boss, President George W. Bush, was kept in the dark. “He was in fact an integral part...

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Apologizing for America

The New York Times published an article on Sunday claiming that the Bush Administration will be disputing the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee report (click here to download) condemning the use of torture by the CIA in the years immediately following 9/11.  This is particularly disappointing given that it's become increasingly clear that the United States did, in fact, engage in conduct that constitutes torture. While many Americans are often quick to talk about American exceptionalism, the same individuals generally avoid honest discussions about what's transpired when our nation falls short of the high standards we claim to live by. The problem with such an imbalanced perspective is that a nation that can't admit it's faults can never outgrow such faults. Whereas Mitt Romney repeatedly chastised the American...

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