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The intelligence factory: How America makes its enemies disappear—By Petra Bartosiewicz (Harper’s Magazine)

According to the complaint, on the evening of July 17, 2008, several local policemen discovered Siddiqui and a young boy loitering about a public square in Ghazni. She was carrying instructions for creating “weapons involving biological material,” descriptions of U.S. … Continue reading

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam: (8 of 8)

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Dear President Bush, – The Atlantic (October 2009)

Americans want, and need, to move on from the debate over torture in Iraq and Afghanistan and close this tragic chapter in our nation’s history. Prosecuting those responsible could tear apart a country at war. Instead, the best way to … Continue reading

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In further support of her claim, Plaintiff relies upon “the general opinion in the rest of the world” that “Barack Hussein Obama has, in essence, slipped through the guardrails to become President.” (Id. ¶ 128.) Moreover, as though the “general … Continue reading

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U.S. Says Rendition to Continue, but With More Oversight –

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but pledges to closely monitor their treatment to ensure that they are not tortured, administration officials said Monday. … Continue reading

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Obama’s torture hangover | Scott Horton | Comment is free |

Barack Obama gained the presidency with promises to restore America’s fidelity to international law. A lawyer and law professor, he attacked the Bush administration’s legal shortcuts in the “war on terror” and made a pledge to close Guantánamo. Since his … Continue reading

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Bernstein and the F.B.I.: News Desk : The New Yorker

In 1952, the Prominent Individuals section of the Security Index was discontinued, and Bernstein entered a state of limbo, with a political cloud still hanging over him. Barry Seldes, in his book on Bernstein’s politics, says that the conductor was … Continue reading

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Pentagon Travel – Stories: Thousands of Free Trips Taken by Pentagon Staff

Despite the Pentagon’s big budgets, DOD personnel routinely accept free flights, accommodations, and hospitality from outside interests, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of thousands of travel disclosure records. From 1998 through 2007, the analysis found, outside sources … Continue reading

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NPR: Hear: Elizabeth Warren Checks In

We’re going to file this one under Intense Planet Money Interviews. Bailout monitor and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren sat down with Adam Davidson this week and went at least 15 rounds over what’s really wrong with the economy and … Continue reading

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Congressional Votes – The New York Times

Senate Vote on H.R.627: Motion to Waive CBA Sanders Amdt. No. 1062; To establish a national consumer credit usury rate. via Congressional Votes – The New York Times.

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