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Israel's oldest daily newspaper, Haaretz, condemns the Netanyahu government's "farce" of an inquiry into the deadly flotilla raid: "The conclusions of an ostensible probe are intended to justify retroactively the decision to blockade Gaza and to use deadly force on the deck of the Mavi Marmara".

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for Israel to accept international participation in an investigation of the deadly flotilla assault that killed nine activists in international waters. Israeli authorities have rejected the idea of an international tribunal and maintained they will conduct an internal investigation.

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The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating memos and opinions rendered by the department that endorsed the practice of waterboarding, which many consider to be torture. The inquiry is unrelated to the FBI's criminal investigation of the CIA, which destroyed video recordings of the waterboarding of suspects.

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A spokesman for Tony Blair said the prime minister opposes an inquiry into the Iraq war because "We have troops who are operating in the field of combat. We have an enemy who is looking for any sign of weakness at all, any sign of a loss of resolution or determination." Sound like anyone you know?

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The president may be urging algebra and chemistry on high-schoolers, but his administration can't run away from the chilling effect it has had on scientific inquiry For example, a young presidential appointee at NASA ordered Web designers to append the word "theory" after every mention of the Big Bang (scroll half-way down the article)
Wanna know what it takes to become a NASA spokesman? Well, it doesn't hurt to write columns linking Saddam to Al Qaeda, or insisting that Rumsfeld had nothing to do with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandals.

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The president has removed the chief prosecutor investigating the Jack Abramoff case. How? By nominating him to a federal judgeship. | story
Democrats find the move so suspicious that they are calling for a special prosecutor in the corruption case.

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