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Apr 27, Torture News: Senator Leahy Wants Non-Partisan Probe of Bush Era Pro-Torture Policies

Senator Leahy wants to probe ‘chain of command’ on torture April 27, 2009 – Washington, DC (CNN) — An independent commission is needed to determine who authorized the use of abusive interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists, a leading advocate of … Continue reading

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Apr 25, VCS Torture Lawsuit News: Pentagon to Release Hundreds of Torture Photographs

April 25, 2009 – The Pentagon, in response to a lawsuit, will end a Bush administration legal battle and release “hundreds” of photos showing abuse or alleged abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. personnel, according to defense … Continue reading

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Apr 20: New York Times Editorial Calls for Impeachment of Judge Bybee – Author of Bush-Era Torture Memos

The Torturers’ Manifesto April 19, 2009 – To read the four newly released memos on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush’s Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity. Their language is the precise bureaucratese favored by dungeon … Continue reading

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Apr 17: VCS Urges Members to Write Spain’s Ambassador and Request War Crime Probe of Bush Torture

The Spanish government may be moving forward with an investigation of war crimes – specifically torture – by the Bush administration.  Earlier this week, VCS wrote Spain’s ambassador to the United States and asked that the investigation continue. Spanish Judge … Continue reading

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Apr 6, VCS Weekly Update: VCS Supports ‘Truth Commission’ as Part of Ending Torture Era

Dear VCS Supporters: We have great news! Veterans for Common Sense plans to present our new web site to you later this month. We are also growing – VCS now has offices in both Washington, DC, and Austin, Texas. In … Continue reading

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Mar 26, VCS in the News: Obama’s Migraine – Torture Policies of Bush Administration

March 26, 2009 – Human rights lawyers are proving to be a major headache for the new administration of President Barack Obama by stepping up their court challenges on issues of prisoner abuse to test the reality of the president’s … Continue reading

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Mar 6, VCS Web Site Update: Please Pardon Our Dust !

Our web site is currently under construction. We continue posting news articles.  However, we temporarily suspended our daily e-mail news and our weekly newsletters.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  We are currently in the process of switching over to a new and improved website.  … Continue reading

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Bush Memos on Presidential Power Shock Legal Experts

March 4, 2009 – Legal experts said Tuesday they were taken aback by the claim in the latest batch of secret Bush-era memos that the president alone had the power to set the rules during the war on terrorism. Yale … Continue reading

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Editorial Column: A Truth Commission for the Bush Era?

March 2, 2009 – A USA Today/Gallup poll in February found that 62 percent of Americans favor a criminal investigation or an independent panel to look into the use of torture, illegal wiretapping, and other alleged abuses of power by … Continue reading

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Senate Will Advance Torture Commission

February 24, 2009 – The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to move forward with a commission to investigate torture during the Bush administration. Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., told Salon Tuesday that his panel would soon announce a hearing to study … Continue reading

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