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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: torture
December 18, 2014 at 5:53 AM

U.S. Senate torture report: We’ve lost the moral high ground

I am saddened, but not entirely surprised, to learn that more than 50 percent of Americans condone our government’s use of torture [“Majority of Americans think CIA justified in use of terror tactics,” Nation & World, Dec. 15]. What have we become? To inflict the same abuses and terror on those who attack us…

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December 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Senate torture report: A gray area has been created to hide torture

Once again, Orwellian doublespeak attempts to justify the unjustifiable [“Owning up to actions after terror report,” Opinion, Dec. 13]. Unacceptable and illegal torture has been re-branded by our government as “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” but apparently that euphemism is too descriptive for even former Vice President Dick Cheney, so he’s now describing torture by the…

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Comments | More in torture | Topics: Clarence Moriwaki, dick cheney, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

August 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Torture: Don’t criticize unless you’ve served on the front lines

Leonard Pitts Jr. seems a bit sanctimonious himself, in taking Presidents Bush and Obama, not to mention the CIA, to task over the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” [“Obama’s breezy words for post-9/11 torture,” Opinion, Aug. 6]. How much time has Pitts spent on the front lines of the War on Terror? How does sitting in a safe and…

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September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Dick Cheney: Should Obama drop torture investigations?

Words of hypocrisy from Bush’s politicizer-in-chief Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again on the talk circuit –in conservative venues that will have him. This time his message is about how President Obama is “politicizing” things. Most recently, he’s accusing [“Reviewing interrogations ‘outrageous,’ Cheney says,” News, Aug. 31] Obama of politicizing the torture investigation. Hypocrisy is to…

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August 10, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Torture: Should a commission investigate U.S. treatment of war-on-terror prisoners

A call for full accountability I commend and echo Carla Seaquist’s eloquent guest column [“To reset moral compass on torture, we need both justice and answers,” Opinion, Aug. 9]. Our country will remain in a dangerous moral malaise until we achieve full accountability for government-sponsored crimes against humanity. I would argue, however, that the model for a commission…

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July 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

CIA secrets: Can Congress be trusted with sensitive plans?

Congress can’t be trusted with intelligence secrets Only the most partisan readers would accept the inflammatory headline on page one referring to “Bush-era terror tactics” [“Heat building over Bush-era terror tactics,” page one, July 13]. Does The Seattle Times accept The New York Times’ premise that the Bush administration used terrorism? Is there absolutely no check…

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May 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Judge Bybee

Critics might think differently with more knowledge Editor, The Times: In response to guest commentary “Judge Bybee should go” [Opinion, May 29]: When I read articles like this one, I can’t help think how easy it is to take the “high road” on what the definition of torture might be. I wonder if writers Howard Goodfriend, Kenneth Masters…

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May 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Torture

Unbalanced reporting ignores Cheney The Washington Post article carried in the May 22 Seattle Times is a masterpiece of one-sided journalism [“President, Cheney duel over how to fight terror,” page one]. Numerous Obama quotes and commentator quotes completely swamp the single Cheney quote, which noted that the central debate is about whether the comprehensive Bush strategy for…

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May 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cheney and torture

Sick of former V.P. peddling lies We are puzzled. Why are the news media, especially the major TV networks, devoting so much time in covering Dick Cheney when they know he is not a credible source? [“President, Cheney duel over how to fight terror,” page one, May 22] This is the man who lied about the…

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