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June 9, 2007
Re "James Q. Wilson's moral sense," Opinion, June 3 James Q. Wilson is undoubtedly a bright, accomplished man. But when he claims that alleged "liberal views" of journalists have undermined the Iraq war and American foreign policy, he sounds, well, insane. Journalists didn't launch an unprovoked war on Iraq, or fail to properly plan for a lengthy occupation, or disband the Iraqi army, or fail to quell the outbreak of a multi-sectarian civil war, or oversee the unexplained disappearance of billions of reconstruction dollars, or operate Abu Ghraib, or legalize torture, or illegally eavesdrop on millions of Americans.
June 5, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The Eddie Murphy comedy "Norbit" (Paramount, $30) and the horror film "The Messengers" (Sony, $29) proved to be critic-proof when they were released theatrically this year, achieving No. 1 status at the box office on their opening weekends despite tepid reviews. Now they're out on DVD.
June 3, 2007
Re "Antiwar mom blogs her 'resignation,' " May 30 Five years of American military deaths and wounds; hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi casualties; billions of dollars of destruction and debt; worldwide embarrassment to the U.S. for atrocities such as torturing and Abu Ghraib; and Cindy Sheehan's question remains ignored and unanswered. For what noble cause was my son sacrificed? J.B. THOMAS Arroyo Grande, Calif.
April 25, 2007
Re "A terrorist walks," editorial, April 20 The release on bail of Cuban exile terrorist Luis Posada Carriles shows the United States' hypocrisy in its war on terror. Posada has confessed that he had an active role in planting a bomb that killed 73 passengers on a Cuban airliner. He escaped from jail in 1985 while awaiting trial in Venezuela. The U.S. should extradite him to Venezuela. The claim that Posada would face torture in Venezuela is ridiculous. Torture is prohibited under the new Venezuelan constitution, and the present government does not torture prisoners.
March 11, 2007 | M. Gregg Bloche, M. GREGG BLOCHE is a professor of law at Georgetown University, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and visiting professor of law at UCLA.
WHAT went wrong at Walter Reed Army Medical Center? Congressional hearings and a new commission to study medical care for soldiers and veterans will yield some answers, but in the meantime, a past crisis may provide some clues. Clinicians correct their mistakes by talking about them, a truth brought home in recent years by multiple studies of medical error in civilian settings. In healthcare, silence is deadly. Military doctors understand this.
February 22, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
ABU Ghraib prison should have been a symbol of the kind of brutality by Saddam Hussein that the U.S. was determined to end by invading Iraq and toppling the dictator in 2003. For decades, Hussein stuffed thousands of political prisoners into fetid, overcrowded cells. Most were left to rot; others were executed and buried in mass graves. Second only to the secret police headquarters in Baghdad, Abu Ghraib was the most feared place in Iraq.
January 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The only U.S. military officer charged with a crime in the Abu Ghraib scandal will be court-martialed on eight charges, including cruelty and maltreatment of prisoners, the Army said. Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, 50, who ran the interrogation center at the Iraq prison, was accused of failing to exert his authority as the place descended into chaos, with prisoners stripped naked, photographed in humiliating poses and intimidated by snarling dogs.
December 28, 2006
Re "Congo lesson," Opinion, Dec. 22 Adam Hochschild's comparison of President Bush to King Leopold II of Belgium says far more about Hochschild than Bush. Leopold imposed a cruel and ruthless regime on a foreign land for his personal enrichment; Bush deposed a cruel and ruthless regime in a foreign land and is attempting to plant democracy there. The proper analog to Leopold is not President Bush but Saddam Hussein. The abuses at Abu Ghraib do not compare to the mass killing, torture and mutilation in Leopold's Congo.
December 18, 2006 | A.S. Hamrah
WHEN PRESIDENT Bush sought to establish new guidelines on torture this fall, he claimed that any interrogation technique that shocks the conscience would not be allowed. Hollywood filmmakers, always eager to oppose the president, go the other way in a year-end glut of torture movies that display only techniques designed to shock the conscience.
November 7, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi leader convicted on charges of crimes against humanity, could face the hangman in four or five months inside the same notorious Abu Ghraib prison where he sent many of his victims, the lead prosecutor in his case and a top Iraqi legal expert said Monday.
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