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Gitmo Insecurity
Camp Six at Gitmo Despite Obama's pledge to close it and Congress' failure to fund it, Guantanamo is getting a security upgrade . Vendors will bid on a presumably fully-funded contract for a new access control system, including new surveillance cameras, for Gitmo's Camp Six and two other buildings...
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We Don't Want The Courts Protecting People's Rights Now Do We?
Gearing up – albeit in their usual inept, incomprehensible fashion – to fight the Sonia Sotomayor nomination, the GOP today inadvertently released their so-called talking points. So it was they spilled the beans on a riveting strategy. Not only do they again take righteous exception to the idea of...
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Dumb Spanish Lady Wins!
Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court marks a defeat for right-wingers who ran a nasty, mostly anonymous smear campaign against her, best summarized by a hilarious Wonkette spoof labelling her "just another dumb Puerto Rican loudmouth." For a look at a campaign that is likely...
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Immoral and Likely Unconstitutional
Despite his public support, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has written President Obama a letter opposing the idea of indefinite detention. He also cites Obama's "good faith desire" to enact "a statutory basis," which pretty much sounds like trying to make something illegal seem legal. "Any system that...
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Please Give This Man A Medal, Not a Court-Martial
After several years of legal battles, Lieut. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned military officer to refuse deployment to Iraq, won an important victory last week when the government dropped efforts to retry him after a botched court-martial. But the Army still wants to punish him for declaring...
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Welcoming Change
Philadelphia, Mississippi, where the KKK murdered civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner in 1964, has elected James Young as its first black mayor. A Pentecostal minister who was the first black kid in his sixth-grade class in the 1960s, Young ran a shoestring campaign in the mostly...
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"You Have A Reservation"
While the debates and speeches and political maneuverings about Guantanamo drag on, Omar Khadr – a Canadian-born 15-year-old when he was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 – is still there. This is why we have to close it.
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RNC Uses Controversial 'Daisy' Ad to Target Obama
The Republican National Committee Friday unearthed one of the most controversial political ads in American history to take aim at President Obama's decision to close the detention center in Guantanamo Bay. Called "Daisy," The RNC's new 30-second Web ad uses footage of the now-infamous 1964 Lyndon...
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Make Roads Not War
After spending years and billions of dollars on a famously ineffective "War on Drugs," Colombia, with U.S. help, has made a dent in the cocaine trade by actually helping people. Turns out roads, schools, food, health services and fertilizer do wonders.
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Then Again, Maybe, They Sorta Didn't
A day after Fear-Mongerers' Inc. zealously touted the NY Times story about 1 in 7 Guantanamo detainees "returning" to terrorism – a claim based on astonishingly flimsy evidence, buried deep in the story – its author has hedged on the claim. Said Elisabeth Bumiller, "There is some debate about...
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