Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who witnessed the waterboarding of top al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaida, has said that the practice is indeed torture and “a policy made at the White House, with concurrence from the National Security Council and the Justice Department.” Kiriakou added during an interview with NBC that the destruction of video evidence of the technique was “a terrible mistake.”
This is a home run for women’s reproductive rights. However, over-the-counter sales are available only to women 18 and older. And that restriction isn’t based on science. It’s based on the paranoid and unfounded fear that the drug would encourage promiscuity among teens.
The government agency will weigh whether to let the drug (Plan B) be sold over the counter—a move that conservative forces, inside the government and out, have long objected to as part of their proxy battle on abortion. This may be happening only because two senators have been blocking the appointment of the FDA’s new head until the agency makes a decision on the drug.