Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford is a Professor Emeritus in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Robert facilitates the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture, part of National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

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Members of Code Pink for Peace protest before Central Intelligence Agency acting Director Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing to become the next CIA director before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building May 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Views
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Reflections on Gina Haspel’s Confirmation
It is appalling that the Senate would approve for CIA Director someone who was directly involved in carrying out torture. Haspel should have been disqualified from the beginning, no matter what she told the Senators during and after her confirmation hearing. Despite crucial information held back by...
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"Senate rejection of Pompeo would send a powerful message that the Trump-Bolton-Pompeo war agenda is not acceptable." (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Senate Should Reject Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo
The Senate is set to hold confirmation hearings this week on two nominees for high office who, if confirmed, will dramatically shift the balance of power in the Trump administration toward torture, Islamophobia and war. Trump’s choice of Gina Haspel for director of the CIA and Mike Pompeo for...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
The Culture of Torture in the Trump Era
“Would I bring back waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. . . . It works. And even if it doesn’t work they deserve it anyway for what they do to us.” Among the anxieties about what Donald Trump will do once in office is whether the new president will carry through with his threats to bring back...
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Democracy vs. the CIA
The acrimony that erupted last week between Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) and CIA Director John Brennan has been called a “constitutional crisis” over the oversight responsibilities of Congress versus the prerogatives of the executive branch.
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
No Secret Why CIA is Now Romanticizing 'Harsh Interrogation' Techniques
"The dark side -- that’s what we do."
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Democracies Don't Torture
Torture has re-entered the public domain. From Attorney General Robert Mukasey's equivocation about waterboarding at his confirmation hearings to the current controversy over the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes, adverse publicity may finally force Americans to face the torture issue. What has taken us so long? And what might still subvert the much-needed confrontation with this nation's torture policies?
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
The Tarnish of Torture
The Bush administration wishes the torture issue would go away. Given his escalating problems of credibility, the president hardly needs prominent members of his own party reviving the horrors of Abu Ghraib and calling upon his administration to follow the rule of law in its treatment of detainees.
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