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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
John Nichols
Impeach Jay Bybee
Torture memo author Jay Bybee, who outlined procedures for inflicting cruel and unusual punishments on prisoners in U.S. custody, should of course be impeached and removed from the 9th U.S. Circuit...
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Pat LaMarche
Deadly Sins Taking Toll on the Earth
Thirty-nine years ago today we celebrated the first Earth Day. I was 9. I remember learning about my planet. We didn't study global warming or the melting polar ice cap or even nuclear power - oh...
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Jeremy Scahill
A Closer Look at Obama's 'New' Position on Torture Prosecutions
The big news today is that the Senate Armed Services Committee has released a declassified report on the treatment of detainees in US custody. ( Download the full report [PDF])
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Donna Smith
My Harry Winston Diamond and My Healthcare
Maybe I am getting old as I look to the past for some better times, but maybe I have grown a bit wiser about recognizing what quality is and what it is not. When it comes to my health, I pay much...
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Emily Spence
Lies and Torture: When Policies and Words Diverge
"The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example." -- President Bush in June 2003 "I'm aware our national security team met on this...
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Glenn Greenwald
Jane Harman: Angry, Partisan, Civil Liberties Extremist
Blue Dog Rep. Jane Harman -- once the most vigorous Democratic cheerleader of Bush's NSA warrantless eavesdropping program -- is rip-roarin' angry today. Apparently, her private conversations were...
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Andy Worthington
Five Terrible Truths About the CIA Torture Memos
The OLC, as the New York Times explained in September 2007, holds a uniquely influential position, as it "interprets all laws that bear on the powers of the executive branch.
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Dave Zirin
The Pinstripe Patriot Act
One day last August, Bradley Campeau-Laurion just wanted to leave his seat and use the bathroom at the old Yankee Stadium. The 30-year-old New York resident had no idea that nature's call would lead...
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Hank Kalet
Election Reform: Follow the Money
"As an elected official, I think I am the only person I know of who is supposed to take large amounts of money from private individuals who very much want me to do a certain thing and then act as if...
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Jim Hightower
What's Up With the Governor of Texas?
Texas politics has long been a source of great amusement for the people of our state, but it's often a source of bafflement for people beyond our borders. So, sometimes there's a need to explain what...
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Amy Goodman
Torturers Should Be Punished
SPOKANE, Wash. - George W. Bush insisted that the U.S. did not use torture. But the four Bush-era Office of Legal Counsel memos released last week by the Obama administration's Justice Department...
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Robert Scheer
Thievery Under the TARP
We are being robbed big-time, but you can't say we haven't been warned. Not after the release Tuesday of a scathing report by the Treasury Department's special inspector general, who charged that the...
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John Feffer
The Piracy Problem: Monsters vs. Aliens
In the comic books, bad guys often team up to fight the forces of good. The Masters of Evil battle the Avengers superhero team. The Joker and Scarecrow ally against Batman. Lex Luthor and Brainiac...
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Norman Solomon
Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster
As President Obama enters his fourth month in office, two tendencies among progressive-minded Americans seem most hazardous to the political health of the country. The gist of one approach is that...
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