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The Water Torture--Facsimile of a woodcut in J. Damhoudre's "Praxis Rerum Criminalium:"

CIA Blogger Fired for Anti-Torture Post

Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, was fired when she posted a blog entry to the agency’s closed network stating her opposition to torture. The post started like this: “Waterboarding is Torture and Torture is Wrong.” Such a sad confirmation of our government’s dismal human rights policies that so obvious a statement qualifies as grounds for termination.

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Judge OK’s Wiretap Lawsuit

A federal judge has denied the government?s request to dismiss a lawsuit against AT&T.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing AT&T for its involvement in the NSA?s wiretapping program.

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Blogging the Middle East Conflict

Both Wired News and boingboing.net have featured excellent links to blogs from Lebanon and Israel. Check out a collection of links to blogs from both sides of the border.

  • Mazen Kerbaj comicblogging from Lebanon
  • Melly blogging from northern Israel
  • Mana: Manamania blog from Beirut
  • More links on the story pages (Wired, BB)

  • Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanese Border
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    Israel Will Call Reservists for Possible Expansion of Ground Ops

    Reservists called for duty will most likely be sent to Gaza in order to free soldiers in compulsory service for deployment in Lebanon. This is definitely not a good sign of things to come. Hezbollah continued to fire Katyusha rockets while Israel rained down missiles on cities in southern Lebanon. 

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    Spy Chief Reportedly Blocking Iraq Report

    Harper’s reports that John Negroponte, the administration’s director of national intelligence, has been “stonewalling” a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq because, the magazine claims, he “knows that any honest take on the situation would produce an NIE even more pessimistic than the 2004 version.”

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    Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia

    The Ethiopian army has crossed into Somalia as tensions build between the transitional Somali government and the Islamic militia that controls Mogadishu.

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    Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

    Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

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    Election Protection

    What good is a democracy without fair and clean elections?  In this piece for Tom Paine, Art Levine looks ahead to the November vote, and explains ways concerned Americans can protect it.

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    Brits and Bush Divided on Lebanon

    According to The Times (of London), British officials dispute the effectiveness of Israel?s bombing campaign and warn of a potential backlash.

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    Some Religious Fanatics Joyous Over Middle East Violence

    Apparently some religious fanatics see the Rapture as a silver lining to the current turmoil in the Middle East and can barely contain their joy. Read some truly frightening messages posted to a Rapture Ready/End Times message board. (Harpers via BoingBoing.net)

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


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