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From the NY Times

Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

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Court OKs Anti-Abortion License Plates

A federal appeals court allows the state of Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates that read, “Choose Life.” The court says that although the decision to offer the plates may be ill-advised, it does not contravene the First Amendment.
Of all the odd places for an abortion-rights battle to show up, state license plates has to be atop the list.

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From hollywoodinvestigator.com

NYPD Engaging in ‘Proactive’ Protester Arrests

The N.Y. Times examines internal police reports in which NYPD commanders discuss their use of “proactive arrests,” covert surveillance and psychological tactics at antiwar rallies in 2002.
The country that wages preemptive war now has a city police force making “proactive” arrests.

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About That Huge Air Attack? Never Mind.

The U.S. military announced Thursday that it had launched the “largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion” in 2003. As it turns out, however, it was little more than a photo op. According to Time magazine, “there were no airstrikes… no leading insurgents were nabbed… there were no shots fired at all,” and U.S. forces met no resistance.
Can anyone say Potemkin assault?
UPDATE: The L.A. Times is now reporting that the operation has yielded 48 arrests, including at least one major insurgent ringleader, along with seizures of weapons and training manuals.

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From aoqz76.dsl.pipex.com

House Votes ‘No’ on Ports—‘Yes’ Is Likely on Star Wars

The House just voted down an amendment that would have provided $1.25 billion for port inspections and disaster preparedness. Meanwhile, as Think Progress points out, the Bush budget contains an increase of $1.7 billion for a Star Wars-esque missile defense program—which doesn’t even work.
May the Force be with us.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


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From mundanesounds.com

New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

OK, OK, it’s not time to get hysterical yet. This one doesn’t look likely to pass, but…
Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days. GOP Sen. Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to “do whatever the hell it wants.”
Oh. Right. What a departure that would be.

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Going Deeper and Deeper Into Hock

Congress just raised our debt ceiling—the amount we’re allow to borrow—by $781 billion. It was either that or default on our treasury notes. This is the fourth debt-ceiling increase since Bush took office—some $3 trillion in total. Dick Cheney may have said that deficits don’t matter, but try telling that to the next generation of Americans, who are going to have one helluva credit card bill to pay off.

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Yahya Ahmed / AP

Kurds Riot and Turn Against Their Leaders

Remember Kurdistan, that semiautonomous northern part of Iraq that the U.S. always points to as a model of stable, quasi-democratic governance? Well, corruption up there is so systemic that thousands of people vented their anger by burning down a government museum. The horrible irony: The museum commemorates the thousands of Kurds who died in Saddam Hussein’s 1988 gas attack. It had become an emblem of government greed.
Another front just opened up in the Iraqi civil war that the Pentagon claims doesn’t exist.

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From Nic Paget-Clarke / inmotionmagazine.com

Frist Throws Immigration Debate Into Disarray

The Republican senator stunned both Democrats and the GOP alike by introducing an immigration bill that bypasses others now being debated. Bighearted guy that he is, Frist left out a guest-worker provision—which many conservatives view as amnesty for undocumented workers. (But which even Bush supported….)
Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper to strip away the myths surrounding this hotly debated issue.

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Iran Agrees to Talks With U.S.

An Iranian security official announced today that Iran has accepted our request to engage in a discussion of Iraq’s political future. It seems that the White House has turned, hat in hand,  to its latest “boogeyman” to save our bacon in Iraq.

  • See Juan Cole’s “Fishing for a Pretext to Squeeze Iran”

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