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FBI and CIA Clash Over Interrogation Methods

In 2002 Abu Zubaydah, a captured Bin Laden henchman, experienced two radically different kinds of interrogation as the FBI and the CIA secretly engaged in a debate that continues today.  As one official put it: ?When you rough these guys up, all you do is fulfill their fantasies about what to expect from us.?

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So That’s Why the Death Toll Figure Was Low…

It appeared for a while that the death toll had dropped drastically in Iraq in August, but then word leaked out that the initial numbers were two-thirds too low. We didn’t know why. But it appears we do now: The Pentagon isn’t counting those killed in car bombs or mortar attacks—and it has no good excuse. (h/t: Huff Po)

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Bill Maher: The Difference Between Sunni and Suri

The HBO talk show host delivers President Bush a primer on Sunni Muslims and Suri Cruise. Cute.

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Bush’s Wiretapping Bill Stalls in Congress

Phew! President Bush’s attempt to provide legal support for his warrantless wiretapping program appears dead—for now—in the Senate.

  • Quote of the day (from Sen. Russ Feingold): “The president has basically said: I’ll agree to let a court decide if I’m breaking the law if you pass a law first that says I’m not breaking the law.”

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  • Just Another Measly Bombshell Report

    A Senate report on prewar intelligence has concluded that there was no evidence Saddam had ties with Al Qaeda. This is yet another confirmation of what we all, sadly, already know—not only about the realities of Mideast tyrants, but about the realities of liars in the Bush administration. Also, there are new tidbits inside.

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    Bolton Confirmation Is Dead, Says Political Insider

    Ding Dong, Bolton’s tenure is dead! The man who showed utter contempt for the U.N. will probably be America’s ambassador to the world no longer, reports The Washington Note’s well-placed Steve Clemons.

  • It’s time for everyone who cares about international diplomacy to strut—like John Travolta, above.

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    Arnie
    From Alternet

    Schwarzenegger Muses About ‘Hot’-Blooded Latina Lawmaker

    A tape (not yet available) has surfaced in which Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the “hot” and racially mixed blood of a legislator. But there’s no hay to be made here: The legislator says she embraces the label.

  • Above: screenshot from a promotional video that Schwarzenegger made about Rio’s Carnival in which he expressed an early interest in mixed-race women.

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    ABC Mulls Yanking 9/11 Miniseries, Says Variety

    Under growing pressure from politicians, bloggers, pundits and letter-writing concerned citizens, ABC/Disney is considering pulling its historically flawed Sept. 11 miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” according to Variety. Go, net roots!
    Updates:

  • Scholastic withdraws support, won’t distribute movie materials to schools
  • The Senate leadership threatens Disney with legal sanctions
  • Watch conservative pundit Bill Bennett denounce the film
  • Watch a conservative 9/11 book author slam the miniseries’ inaccuracies, too

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    U.N.: Gaza at the Breaking Point

    Sealed borders, regular military incursions and poor quality of life have brought Gaza to the breaking point, a U.N. official has said.  Karen Abuzayd, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, also warned that current tactics for dealing with Gaza have failed to inspire a spirit of compromise among Palestinians, and instead foster anger and resentment.

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    Administration Seeks to Protect ?Interrogation? Methods

    Legislation put forward by the Bush administration this week would legalize the same torture techniques recently banned by the Army.  By selectively interpreting the Geneva Conventions, the legislation would allow CIA operatives and even the Army, should it decide to revert to previous rules, to conduct interrogations using unsavory methods.

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