Tag: detainees

Zero Dark Thirty

Simply put, Zero Dark Thirty is an enjoyable thriller. I thought the writing was tight. I thought the direction was good, if not inspired. This movie hinges on the performance of Jessica Chastain. I have been out of the moviegoing business for a while. I don’t remember seeing her in anything else. (I think that says something about me and not about the number of movies she’s been in.) Anyway, Jessica Chastain is brilliant. There’s a lot of scuttlebutt out in the community that this movie is nothing more than an expensive piece of propaganda for the White House and Barack

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Conservatives Exclaim, “Torture works!” Not so Fast

As one conservative put it, “How did we find the Couriers? That info was gotten at Guantanamo Bay. Info that never would have been obtained had the detainees been treated as US criminals. This, in my view, vindicates the decision to sequester the detainees at Gitmo and ALL of their interrogation methods. It worked.” While there are many accounts of exactly what happened, some conservatives are focusing on the online magazine Slate. White House reporter John Dickerson wrote, “detainees being held at Guant√°namo provided some of the strongest information about those who were trusted by bin Laden. They identified a courier

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Bagram Abuse?

There is more evidence that we tortured and/or abused prisoners at Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan. This is so un-American. From the BBC: Bagram has held thousands of people over the last eight years and a new detention centre is currently under construction at the camp. Some of the inmates are forcibly taken there from abroad, especially Pakistanis and at least two Britons. Since coming to office US President Barack Obama has banned the use of torture and ordered a review of policy on detainees, which is expected to report next month. But unlike its detainees at the US naval

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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