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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Monday, April 25, 2016
The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t
The allegations against the man were serious indeed. * Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in al-Qaeda. * The Central Intelligence Agency informed Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee that he “served as Usama Bin Laden’s senior lieutenant. In...
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Murderous Police in the City of Love
In the photo , five of Beyoncé’s leather-clad, black-bereted dancers raise their fists in a Black Power salute. The woman in the middle holds a hand-lettered sign up for the camera, bearing three words and a number: “Justice 4 Mario Woods.” Behind them, the crowd at Levi's Stadium, home of the San...
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Thursday, January 07, 2016
American War Crimes: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
They’re back! From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American officials got away with it last time -- and in the case of the drone wars continue to get away with it today. Still, there’s nothing like the...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Home, Sweet Kleptocracy
A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative “national energy policy.” Later, that same official steers billions of government dollars to his former oil-field services company. Well-paid...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Secret to Winning the Nobel Peace Prize
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy... in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” The Quartet is a group of four organizations -- two national labor unions, a business group, and a...
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Monday, September 21, 2015
Why Are Two Aging Pacifists on the Federal No-Fly List?
It was August 2002. My partner Jan Adams and I were just beginning our annual pilgrimage to Massachusetts to visit my father and stepmother. At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver’s licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight...
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Monday, March 23, 2015
Can You Say "Blowback" in Spanish? The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico (and the United States)
They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless bodies along roadsides as warnings to those who would resist their power. They have penetrated the local, state, and national governments and control entire sections of the country. They provide employment and services to an...
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Saying No to Torture: A Gallery of American Heroes
Why was it again that, as President Obama said, “ we tortured some folks ” after the 9/11 attacks? Oh, right, because we were terrified. Because everyone knows that being afraid gives you moral license to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself safe. That’s why we don’t shame or punish those...
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Monday, December 15, 2014
American Torture: Past, Present, and… Future?
It’s the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking , the claims that its release might stoke others out there in the Muslim world to violence and “ throw the C.I.A. to the wolves,”...
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
A Nation of Cowards?
Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. From 24 to Zero Dark Thirty, it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11...
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