Why “Torture Doesn’t Work”

STEVEN JONAS—The authors of the Geneva Conventions just assumed that everyone “knows” what torture is; they didn’t bother to define it any detail.  The UN Convention defines it in general terms as “Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession . . .”  


Torture, the Republican Party and the Constitution

STEVEN JONAS—”…at the base here is the truly inconvenient truth that the use of torture by US authorities is simply unconstitutional.  Under article VI of the U.S. Constitution, as treaties signed and ratified by the U.S. government, both Conventions are part of ‘the supreme law of the land and [further] the judges of every state shall be bound by them.’  This, not arguments over whether it ”works” or doesn’t, is the central one for this country and its political leadership.”


John McCain: A Human Rights Champion?

STEPHEN LENDMAN— “McCain is an unindicted war criminal, a neocon extremist, supporting wars of aggression throughout his political career – never a champion of democracy and human rights he deplores. In 2016, he met with ISIS and al-Nusra terrorist commanders in Syria, including ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi…”