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She Said, CIA Said - Bob Graham

Bob Graham's diary doesn't say anything about the CIA briefing him on waterboarding.
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Moral Kombat

Barack Obama blocks the release of detainee photos, and refuses to intervene in the dismissal of a gay lieutenant.
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Why Do They Support Torture?

tip to Josh

A Brief History of Torture


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Why Did We Torture?

Torture, Does It Work?

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We Don't Torture

No one is upset about the fact that America tortures, they're just upset that they now know about it.

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Torture Lite?

I dont like the sound of this. Will we be getting change or more of the same?

Intelligence Policy to Stay Largely Intact
As a candidate, Mr. Obama said the CIA's interrogation program should adhere to the same rules that apply to the military, which would prohibit the use of techniques such as waterboarding. He has also said the program should be investigated.

Yet he more recently voted for a White House-backed law to expand eavesdropping powers for the National Security Agency. Mr. Obama said he opposed providing legal immunity to telecommunications companies that aided warrantless surveillance, but ultimately voted for the bill, which included an immunity provision.

The new president could take a similar approach to revising the rules for CIA interrogations, said one current government official familiar with the transition. Upon review, Mr. Obama may decide he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but with much greater oversight.

The Dark Side

Dave's guest is Jane Mayer author of The Dark Side. How did it happen that we abandoned our principles and chose the dark side. I liked Jane's answer, "it took special lawyers with special answers," and of course that evil fuck, Dick Cheney. Dick fits Dr. Gustav Gilbert's definition of evil to a tee. Gustav said, "Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy."




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  • Mythbusting Canadian Health Care -- Part I | OurFuture.org
    To that end, here's the first of a two-part series aimed at busting the common myths Americans routinely tell each other about Canadian health care. When the right-wing hysterics drag out these hoary old bogeymen, this time, we need to be armed and ready to blast them into straw. Because, mostly, straw is all they're made of.

    1. Canada's health care system is "socialized medicine."
    False. In socialized medical systems, the doctors work directly for the state. In Canada (and many other countries with universal care), doctors run their own private practices, just like they do in the US. The only difference is that every doctor deals with one insurer, instead of 150. And that insurer is the provincial government, which is accountable to the legislature and the voters if the quality of coverage is allowed to slide.

    The proper term for this is "single-payer insurance." In talking to Americans about it, the better phrase is "Medicare for all."


  • U.S. acknowledges use of waterboarding - Yahoo! News (shame on us.)

  • There's been no contest like it | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

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  • WMC Commentary: Goodbye To All That (#2) by Robin Morgan - February 2, 2008

    This is your must read of the day, and thanks to Katharine for the tip

    During my decades in civil-rights, anti-war, and contemporary women’s movements, I’ve avoided writing another specific “Goodbye . . .” But not since the suffrage struggle have two communities—joint conscience-keepers of this country—been so set in competition, as the contest between Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) and Barack Obama (BO) unfurls. So.


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Keith Olbermann - Special Comment

Now that was one hell of a 'Special Comment'. George W. Bush should be impeached, no skip that, he ought to be criminally prosecuted and serve some serious time in the Big House. I like it, from the White House to the Big House.




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The Torture President

"I don't think it, I know it" Breaking news Jimmy Carter is considering forgiving Dick Cheney.




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  • On Torture and American Values - New York Times
    Once upon a time, it was the United States that urged all nations to obey the letter and the spirit of international treaties and protect human rights and liberties. American leaders denounced secret prisons where people were held without charges, tortured and killed. And the people in much of the world, if not their governments, respected the United States for its values.

    The Bush administration has dishonored that history and squandered that respect. As an article on this newspaper’s front page last week laid out in disturbing detail, President Bush and his aides have not only condoned torture and abuse at secret prisons, but they have conducted a systematic campaign to mislead Congress, the American people and the world about those policies.

  • A Muse Unplugged - New York Times
    At the height of his bardic powers, Allen Ginsberg could terrify the authorities with the mere utterance of the syllable “om” as he led street throngs of citizens protesting the Vietnam War. Ginsberg reigned as the raucous poet of American hippiedom and as a literary pioneer whose freewheeling masterwork “Howl” prevailed against government censorship in a landmark obscenity trial 50 years ago.

    It is with a queasy feeling of history in retreat that poetry lovers discover that WBAI, long the radio flagship of cocky resistance to government excess, decided last week that it couldn’t risk a 50th anniversary broadcast of the late poet’s recording of “Howl.” The station retreated out of fear that the Federal Communications Commission would levy large obscenity fines that might bankrupt the small-budget station.
    Altogether now Fuck the FCC

  • THE TORTURE ADVICE COLUMN, by ‘DEVIL’S ADVOCATE’

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  • Scientists breed see-through frogs - Science - MSNBC.com
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  • '1996 Richard Dimbleby Lecture' by Richard Dawkins - RichardDawkins.net

  • Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations - The pusillanimous New York Times euphemistically calls torture 'Severe Interrogations' shame on the Times
    The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.

    Mr. Gonzales approved the legal memorandum on “combined effects” over the objections of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general, who was leaving his job after bruising clashes with the White House. Disagreeing with what he viewed as the opinion’s overreaching legal reasoning, Mr. Comey told colleagues at the department that they would all be “ashamed” when the world eventually learned of it
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Richard Dawkins: OnFaith

Logical Path from Religious Beliefs to Evil Deeds
Nobody is suggesting that all religious people are violent, intolerant, racist, bigoted, contemptuous of women and so on. It would be absurd to suggest such a thing: just as absurd as to generalize about all atheists. I am not even concerned with statistical generalizations about the majority of religious people (or atheists). My concern here is over whether there is any general reason why religion might be more or less likely to bias individuals towards all those unpleasant things in Christopher Hitchens’s list: to make them more likely to exhibit them than they would have been without religion. I think the answer is yes.

Religion changes, for people, the definition of good. Atheists and humanists tend to define good and bad deeds in terms of the welfare and suffering of others. Murder, torture, and cruelty are bad because they cause people to suffer. Most religious people think them bad, too, but some religions (for example the religion of the Taliban) sanction all of them under some circumstances. For non-religious people, the behavior of consenting adults in a private bedroom is the business of nobody else, and is not bad unless it causes suffering – for example by breaking up a happy family. But many religions arrogate to themselves the right to decide that certain kinds of sexual behavior, even if they do no harm to anyone, are wrong.

Speaking Truth to Power

Presidential Scholars tell Bush he should stop torturing people. Bush shrugs. Here's the transcript and here Amy Goodman's article I linked to earlier.




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  • Sex clothes anger Kenyan Muslims (tip to Tony)
    Prostitutes are known for their skimpy attire, but Kenya's coastal port of Mombasa is witnessing a controversial fashion makeover.

    The twilight ladies, as the city's residents refer to the sex workers, have traded their revealing outfits for the more austere buibui - a loose, floor-length gown and head covering favoured by Muslim women.
  • Presidential Scholars Tell the President ‘No’ on Torture
  • Muslims Out Of Australia (tip to Roger)
  • 180 Trillion Leisure Hours Lost To Work Last Year The Onion
  • A Little Epistemological Relativism
  • Red Queen Politics
    There's a lot of discussion today about Michael Chertoff's "gut feeling" that we are going to have a terrorist attack this summer and rightly so. This is particularly true in light of this article I talked about the other day. It's one thing for Uncle Dick to manipulate lame Duck Junior into thinking he made his own decisions with his gut, it's quite another for people like the Homeland Security Czar to be fear-mongering with his at this late date. "Gut feeling" can sometimes be a heuristic device for making complicated assessments of other people based on a complex set of subliminal observations, but when it comes to assessing something like terrorist threats, it's pretty much complete horseshit:

    Gut instinct isn't science
    If it were, the world really would be flat, wouldn't it?