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Dawn Johnsen's Belief in the Rule of Law Disqualifies her from Senate Confirmation
One of the best things Barack Obama has done since being elected President was selecting Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel -- the office of Jay Bybee, John Yoo, Stephen Bradbury, torture memos, and theories of presidential omnipotence . Johnsen expressed outrage over the extremism...
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Don't Forget It's Illegal and Immoral, Too
At today's Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing , Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) debunks Cheney's torture claims: "Nothing I have seen – including the two documents to which former Vice President Cheney has repeatedly referred – indicates that the torture techniques authorized by the last...
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The Dark Hole
Andrew Sullivan explores the dark history behind the 2002 decision to torture Abu Zubaydah – who was waterboarded 83 times – by first noting that "torture is about forcing a victim to tell you something you already think you know ...and there are many things that Dick Cheney simply knows..."...
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Diplomacy Not (More) War
With the Obama administration asking for another $83.4 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and voting likely next week, today is National Call-In Day to tell Congress to fund diplomacy, economic help and humanitarian aid, not war. Callers can also urge support for a bill to...
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He's Not The Only One
A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled police can attach GPS devices to cars to secretly track people's movements without getting search warrants – even if the drivers aren't suspects. Though even the court saw Big Brother lurking and asked legislators to come up with some regulation. "(We are) more...
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Neither Efficacious Nor Medically Safe
Word has it the White House will soon release a 2004 CIA inspector general's report disproving claims, most recently by Dick Cheney, of the effectiveness of waterboarding, and proving its illegality. But footnotes from the report have already been released showing that medical personnel at...
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He's Probably Behind Global Warming, Too
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the NRCC, believes rising unemployment can be traced to President Obama, who is trying to "diminish employment and diminish stock prices" as part of a "divide and conquer strategy" to gain power. He says that any day now people will start feeling wistful for...
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World's Happiest Countries? Social Democracies
A new report released by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) shows that happiness levels are highest in northern European countries. Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands rated at the top of the list, ranking first, second and third, respectively. The US? As expected,...
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Free After Protests
Roxana Saberi, the U.S.-Iranian journalist jailed in Iran last month on spying charges, has been released after her conviction was reduced on appeal to a suspended sentence. Her case sparked protests by human rights groups, the U.S. and Europe. "They (Iranian officials) surely must have felt the...
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Casualty Figures: Let's Talk Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza, Sri Lanka, Congo....
Seen, today's most offensive, skewered-priorities, missing-the-point bumper sticker: "Abortion: One Dead, One Wounded."
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