Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon is the author of "American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes" (2016) and previously, "Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States" (2014). She teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras collective. You can contact her through the Mainstreaming Torture website.

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 "There’s a significant consensus here that the Iraq invasion was a “terrible mistake,” a “tragic error,” or even the “single worst foreign policy decision in American history.” Fewer voices are saying what it really was: a war crime." (Photo: via PRI) Views
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Trump, Making Atrocities Great Again
A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war crime of the twenty-first century: the unprovoked, aggressive invasion of Iraq. The New York Times, which didn’t exactly cover itself in glory in the run-up to that invasion,...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right?
I was teaching the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center. It was the second meeting of “The Communist Manifesto for Seminarians,” a course for my fellow graduate students. By the time I got to class, both towers had collapsed. A few hours later, Building 7 came down as well. We dispensed...
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Monday, January 22, 2018
2018: The Year We Must Strive to Become Very Stable Geniuses
A little over a year ago at TomDispatch I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little household in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. That piece was reposted by a wide range of publications. And then, in what at first seemed like a terrible...
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"The crazy comes so fast and furious these days, it’s easy to forget some of the smaller brushfires." (Photo: Getty) Views
Monday, December 18, 2017
The President Plays with Matches
“I’ve just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment,” a friend told me recently. She was particularly worried, she said, because “my mom has MS. She and my dad got the call to evacuate after midnight last night. They were able to grab a few photos, my sister’...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Don't Rehabilitate George W. Bush: Why the Enemy of Our Enemy Is Still a War Criminal
He received a prestigious award from the West Point Association of Graduates. He published a “ runaway ” bestselling autobiography. Last February, a lavishly produced book celebrating his paintings of Americans who served in the military was, as Time put it , “burning up the Amazon charts.” Still,...
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It’s as if the entire administration has accepted the inevitability of an otherwise optional war. Views
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Take Your Tiny Fingers Off the Button, Trump
Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us -- especially the people of Asia -- ever nearer to catastrophe. While North Korea probably hasn’t...
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"But in the twenty-first century, Washington’s wars have essentially become endless, or as the Pentagon has taken to saying, “generational.” Views
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
When All the World’s a War...
Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first MOAB , the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has...
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
America at War Since 9/11
The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “ U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “ Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields.” “ The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.” There are so...
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia
The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole . Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong grasp of facts about their past. Still, as we struggle to keep up with the constantly shifting explanations and pronouncements of the new...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity: Torture, Rendition, and Indefinite Detention Under Trump
When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars -- under the banner of a “Global War on Terror” -- they unleashed an unholy trinity of tactics. Torture, rendition, and indefinite detention became the order of the day. After a partial suspension of these policies in the Obama years,...
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