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Truthdigger of the Week: Bradley Manning

After a three year court-martial ended in a conviction on 17 counts of theft, espionage and other alleged crimes against the interests of the American public, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the admitted source of the largest classified leak in U.S. history, is still free.

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Blame the Midas Touch

If one tries to draw an urgently contemporary lesson from Greek myth, the story of Midas is irresistible. It provides a commentary on our global economic and financial crisis, in which the pursuit of wealth has ruined us.

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Interrogator: Torture Endangers America

Former FBI interrogator Jack Cloonan spills the beans to Foreign Policy Magazine about the techniques he used on top al-Qaida operatives. Cloonan explains that the ticking-time-bomb scenario often used to rationalize torture is a myth and that waterboarding only motivates the enemy to get revenge—even if it takes a generation.

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Discovery Resurrects Rome’s Founding Myth

The revered myth holds that Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus, rescued and raised as infants by a she-wolf.  Now, scientists say they have discovered an ornate cave that ancient Romans believed to be the wolf’s lair.

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Faludi on 9/11 and American Mythology

Journalist and author Susan Faludi is back with another book, “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America,” an ambitious look into the formative mythology, driving forces and fears of the U.S.‘s national psyche. 

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