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The Lighter Side of Torture

While we wait for the Supreme Court to invalidate Bush’s torture law, we offer up a little satire on the issue. In this piece, a Nation writer hilariously re-imagines our new Military Commissions Act. (Or let Jon Stewart take it away.)

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Foley’s Resignation Is Good Electoral News for Dems

Conservative GOP Rep. Mark Foley’s resignation, over explicit e-mails he sent to a 16-year-old former page, means Democrats have a shot at a congressional seat that was all but a shoo-in for Republicans until Foley’s resignation.

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    Former CIA Bin Laden Hunter Parses the N.I.E.

    Michael Scheuer, former head of the Bin Laden desk at the CIA, interprets the National Intelligence Estimate, doing a good job of separating policy from politics.

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    Woodward: Card Urged Bush to Toss Rumsfeld

    More from Woodward’s book: President Bush’s then-chief of staff and Bush’s wife, Laura, pleaded with the president to fire Rumsfeld during 2004 and 2005. But Cheney and Rove convinced Bush that doing so would send the wrong message.

  • Also, there’s more evidence that Bush’s knowledge about the horrible state of affairs in Iraq was at incredible odds with his public statements.
  • Gen. John Abizaid, head of the Central Command, basically agreed with Rep. John Murtha about the hopeless situation in Iraq.

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    Kazakhs Shrug at Borat, While the State Fumes

    A N.Y. Times reporter finds that most Kazakhs are amused by the ludicrous representation of their country by Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat character. But their leaders apparently can’t take a joke.
    UPDATE: Kazakh theaters won’t screen the movie; also, watch Borat’s response to earlier controversy

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    To Our National Shame, America Codifies Torture

    As expected, the Senate sent the despicable detainee interrogation bill to the president’s desk last night. See its horrifying provisions here.
    As long as this law stands, we too shall stand in forfeit of the moral high ground in this struggle. It’s a sad day for our once-proud republic.

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    More Iraq Disclosures From Woodward’s Book

    Among them: Bush ignored calls from a top Iraqi advisor in 2003 to send more troops to fight the insurgency; Rumsfeld wouldn’t return Rice’s calls until Bush made him do so; the top U.S. general in the Middle East told visitors in 2005 that Rumsfeld has no credibility to defend the war publicly….

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    Be Careful What You Type On

    The largest recall in consumer electronics history just got bigger, with both Toshiba and Lenovo (ThinkPad) announcing the recall of products containing a potentially explosive Sony-made battery.  With Dell, Apple and Sony recalls already underway, this latest announcement brings the total number of affected laptops to 7 million.

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    Quote of the Day

    Reuters reports: Donald Rumsfeld, “asked about the N.I.E. report that concluded the Iraq war had spread Islamic radicalism, said intelligence could be faulty and sometimes ‘flat wrong.’ ”

  • Really!?!? How enlightening to hear that—three years after we went to war based on faulty and manipulated intelligence.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


  • Bush’s Torture Bill: Worse Than You Think

    The interrogation bill headed for Bush’s desk would allow him to detain anyone indefinitely and decide (privately) what constitutes torture; it eliminates habeas corpus and judicial review, and it permits coerced evidence. The N.Y. Times calls it “our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.”

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