Editorials & Op-eds

The program of U.S.-directed torture is a topic for many editorial and op-ed writers in North Carolina, across the United States, and internationally. Below are links to editorials and guest columns. Many refer directly to the situation in North Carolina, while others offer the perspectives of individuals with various political orientations or religious traditions regarding the issue of torture.


North Carolina Sources:

"Government must stop hiding torture record," by Mark White, The Charlotte Observer, Oct. 8, 2016

"Burr banking on Intelligence chairmanship to boost his re-election prospects," by Tim Funk, News & Observer, Oct. 2, 2016

"Senate scrutiny," by Betsy Crites, News & Observer, Oct. 1, 2016

"New torture disclosures have Carolina implications," by Chuck Fager, Fayetteville Observer, Sept. 24, 2016

"The CIA’s ‘accidental’ loss of the Senate’s torture report, " by Chuck Fager, News & Observer, June 1, 2016

"Richard Burr, our protector of the national security state," by William E. Jackson Jr., Charlotte Observer, March 12, 2016

"Burr's complicity," by Kelli Hunnicutt, News & Observer, March 9, 2016

"Burr’s CIA torture cover-up makes America less safe, less respected," by Col. Larry Wilkerson, Charlotte Observer, March 3, 2016

"For torture rhetoric on the campaign trail, blame Burr," by Col. Larry Wilkerson, News & Observer, March 2, 2016

"Burr should back release of torture report," by Geoffrey Mock, NC Stop Torture Now, Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 24, 2016

"Burr's locked torture report," by The Editorial Board, News & Observer, Nov. 12, 2015

"CIA whistleblower prosecuted for truth," by Curt Torell, The Fayetteville Observer, Nov. 11, 2015

"Blowing the whistle on fear," by Ned Barnett, News & Observer, Oct. 31, 2015

Cost of freedom entails moral accountability,” by Rev. Ken Sehested, Asheville Citizen-Times, March 6, 2015

Burr should end efforts to bury torture report,” by Gary Gloster and Christina Cowger, Winston-Salem Journal, Feb. 5, 2015

Who oversees intelligence?” by William E. Jackson Jr., Charlotte Observer commentary, Feb. 1, 2015

Torture and NC culpability: the state owes apologies, restitution,” by Allyson Caison and Josh McIntyre, News & Observer, Dec. 15, 2014

Burr needs to help country, NC face up to torture,” by George Reed and Christina Cowger, News & Observer Nov. 17, 2014


National Sources:

"American Citizens Must Resist A Return To Torture By Trump Administration," by Lawrence Wilkerson, The Huffington Post, Nov. 21, 2016

"A Spotlight on Torture at Guantánamo," by Norman N. Camp, The New York Times, Nov. 21, 2016

"The Government’s Addiction to ‘Secret Law,’" by Elizabeth Goitein, The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2016

"Guantánamo detention facility has failed; shut it down!" by Miami Herald Editorial Board, Miami Herald, Oct. 9, 2016

"The ‘guinea pig’ for U.S. torture is languishing at Guantanamo," by Amanda L. Jacobsen and Joseph Margulies, The Washington Post, Oct. 7, 2016

"The Violence of Forgetting," by Brad Evans and Henry A. Girou, The New York Times, June 20, 2016

"What Obama should do on torture, " by Matt Bal, Yahoo News, May 26, 2016

"CIA torturers should sue the federal government," by Ryan Cooper, The Week, Dec. 16, 2015

Let’s talk about torture,” by John Kiriakou, Other Words blog, Aug. 12, 2015

"Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association," by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, Truthdig, July 15, 2015

Sen. Richard Burr, stop burying the CIA detention and torture report,”  by Douglas S. Long And Sandy Irving, Washington Post commentary, Feb. 6, 2015

Meet the CIA’s secret protector: why Senator Richard Burr is its favorite ‘overseer’,” by Heather Digdy Parton, Salon, Jan 27, 2015

Mr. Burr’s Guantanamo games,” by Christina Cowger, Washington Post letter, Jan. 23, 2015

The wrong Senator to oversee the CIA,” by Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, Jan. 22, 2015

New SSCI Chair Richard Burr trying to put torture report back in the box,” by Meredith Kucherov, Human Rights First, Jan. 21, 2015

Meet Senator Richard Burr, the pro-waterboarding conservative who wants to give Obama more power,” by Ryan Cooper, The Week, March 13, 2014

Libertarians vs. Conservatives on torture,” by Jacob Hornberger, The Future of Freedom Foundation, Dec. 17, 2014

A Christian Libertarian’s perspective of the CIA’s torture of detainees,” by Brian Cole, Examiner, December 15, 2014

"The Torture Report: Voices of Outrage," collection of New York Times op-eds featuring Nadine Kaslow, President American Psychological Association; Donald Gregg, Former United States ambassador to South Korea; and Curt Goering, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture; Dec. 12, 2014

"Prosecute the torturers: It's the law," by Erwin Chemerinsky, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 9, 2014

Torture is torture – it’s illegal and wrong,” by David Gushee and Wiliam Sessions, Christian Post, Jan. 10, 2013


International Sources:

"The appeal of torture: what I learned from teaching a class on terrorism," by Adam Theron-Lee Rensch, The Guardian, July 8, 2016

"The CIA naked photos scandal is a wake-up call," by Trevor Timm, The Guardian, March 28, 2016

Psychologists’ collusion with US  torture limited our ability to decry it elsewhere,” by Dr. Steven Miles, The Guardian, July 11, 2015

America’s much abused moral authority,” by Col. Morris Davis, The Guardian, March 5, 2011