9:49 AM, Apr 13, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Daily Beast reports:
A new study by the American Red Cross obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast found that a surprising majority—almost 60 percent—of American teenagers thought things like water-boarding or sleep deprivation are sometimes acceptable. More than half also approved of killing captured enemies in cases where the enemy had killed Americans. When asked about the reverse, 41 percent thought it was permissible for American troops to be tortured overseas. In all cases, young people showed themselves to be significantly more in favor of torture than older adults.
The Daily Beast then goes on to accuse young folks of not having empathy anymore:
the generational tip-toe back from humanitarian legal norms may say more about a nation increasingly removed from the costs of war. “For young people,” says Harvard’s [Lawrence] Tribe, “to put themselves in place of a soldier is a level of empathy that most people simply don’t have anymore.”
9:00 AM, Apr 11, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Late last month I asked, who will interrogate top al Qaeda terrorist Umar Patek? Patek, who was captured in Pakistan, is wanted for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings, among other attacks and plots. He is easily one of the most important international terrorists captured in the past few years. Indeed, Marc Thiessen argued that Patek is the “biggest terrorist catch of the Obama era.”
The New York Times neglects to explain who Binyam Mohamed really is.7:12 AM, Sep 9, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The New York Times reports that a federal appeals court has shot down a lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing subsidiary that reportedly arranged flights for t
The New York Times v. the Pentagon.10:45 AM, Aug 6, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Should the press publish the names of American officials who have interrogated captured al Qaeda operatives?
Investigating abuse claims that have been investigated and dismissed before – repeatedly.3:47 PM, Jul 13, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government has agreed to investigate torture allegations made by former Guantanamo detainees. The inquiry is expected to last one year. And, according to Cameron, it will look into claims that British officials knew of “improper treatment of detainees held by other countries in counterterrorism operations overseas, or were aware of improper treatment of detainees in operations in which the UK was involved.”
And the Justice Department won't comment.1:14 PM, Mar 10, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
With everyone from the New York Times to Republican establishment lawyers and Lindsey Graham suggesting the Gitmo lawyers are proud heirs to the tradition of John Adams, it's worth recalling that three lawyers allegedly showed photos of CIA officers to 9/11 plotters -- and may have broken the law in the process. As the Washington Post reported in August:
What don't we know while he's being silent?4:33 PM, Jan 5, 2010 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said today that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab provided "usable, actionable" intelligence upon his capture on Christmas Day.
If Gibbs is telling the truth, why did the president, three days after the attack, call it the work of an "isolated extremist?"
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