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So Much Sadness Here
A searing report from inside Guantanamo by the U.K.'s Times. One prisoner screams from inside his narrow cell. “What is freedom? Ask them, what is freedom?”
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Focus
As 51 Democrats opposed yesterday's House approval of $96 billion more to fund the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rep. Jim McGovern kept the focus where it should be – on getting out. "I'm tired of wars with no deadlines, no exits and no ends," he said.
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Gee, That Should Help
Having already proposed a mandatory loyalty pledge for anyone voting or holding office in Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's right-wing party now wants to ban Israeli Arabs from marking the anniversary of "the Catastrophe" or Nakba, when 700,000 Arabs lost their homes in the 1948 Israeli...
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Veterans For Peace to Obama: 'You Will Find Us in the Streets'
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 May 12, 2009 Dear President Obama, We write to you again, this time to say we are saddened to see that you now clearly believe in the tired, inhumane and unworkable assumption that violence will somehow work;...
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To Laugh Or To Cry: That is The Question
Nancy Pelosi's statement today on so-called CIA briefings on torture: "At every step of the way, the Administration was misleading the Congress." House Minority Leader John Boehner's response: "It's hard for me to imagine that anyone in our intelligence area would ever mislead a member of Congress."
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Turning It Around
Signalling a shift away from incarceration and toward treatment, President Obama's new so-called drug czar Gil Kerlikowske says he wants to ditch the much-maligned, supremely ineffective "war on drugs" analogy, stressing, "We're not at war with people." Reform advocates are warily hopeful about the...
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Looking In The Mirror
President Obama's reversal on releasing more torture photos – coupled with his reluctance to prosecute – is dismaying evidence his administration is increasingly covering up – not bringing to light, as promised – the crimes of the Bush administration. It's a sad day. From the ACLU statement on the...
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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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