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The Wonderful World of Outsourced Torture

The more we learn of the Bush administration’s pervasive outsourcing of torture, the more sensible it seems as a policy. Evidently, our intelligence people, tainted as they are by the squeamish morality of Western civilization, are just not fully up to the task of getting prisoners to tell us what the administration wants us to hear.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE
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Propaganda? What Propaganda?

“There is no U.S. footprint” is the proud boast of one of the Pentagon’s propaganda contractors, and it prompts the questions: Why not? What are they ashamed of? One thing is that most of us in this democracy did not know we were paying for this vast official propaganda operation until we read it in Jeff Gerth’s excellent investigative piece in The New York Times. A truly free press is our most valuable export, and its reputation should not be undermined by the Bushies’ addiction to government propaganda.

Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE

An Agnostic for President — and a Woman at That

How refreshing that there is one democratic nation — Chile — where a leading candidate has the courage to suggest that the impact of the clergy has not always added to enlightenment, particularly as to the place of women in society. Jefferson lives.

Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE

U.N. Agency That Found No WMD Gets Peace Prize

How telling that the Nobel Peace Prize has been granted to the United Nations agency that Bush kicked out of Iraq after it failed to find weapons of mass destruction that he just knew were there. See BBC story. Meanwhile, there are some Democrats who have some explaining to do….

Posted on Dec 10, 2005 READ MORE

Tonto’s Revenge

The outrageous rip-off of Native American tribes by a top Republican lobbyist is leading inexorably to a reckoning for the allegedly morally superior religious and political right.

Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE

Texas Roundup

No get-out-of-jail-free card for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.  A Texas court upheld a felony indictment for DeLay on charges of money laundering in connection with a 2002 Texas election. A separate indictment for criminal conspiracy was dismissed.

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Torture

Condi Rice is so tired of Old Europe and its human rights complaints. Big deal, so the CIA is using Soviet era torture camps in Eastern Europe to stash “war on terror” prisoners.  Don’t those fusspots in the EU understand that our use of torture is fundamentally different because we are the good guys and that Eastern Europe has been liberated?  That outmoded European slogan of “friends don’t let friends use torture” is so over.

Posted on Dec 4, 2005 READ MORE

Congress Should Probe U.S. Propaganda in Iraqi Press

Now that the Pentagon has admitted to subverting the fragile efforts to build democracy in Iraq, will Congress begin an investigation of how this happened? The first question should be who in the Pentagon decided that he or she had the right to put words in the mouth of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Who Will Rule After Bush’s ‘Victory’?

The big winners in Iraq will be Iran’s ayatollahs, sponsors of their fellow Shiite theocrats who are the main U.S. surrogates on the ground in Iraq.  To make sure, they’ve arranged a double whammy:

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What Are They Teaching in Journalism Schools?

The news that a Time magazine reporter plotted with the attorney for Karl Rove is a window into the den of iniquity that is Washington journalism. As the late great Washington journalist I.F. Stone once put it, “Better to stay in your bathtub reading reports than to have that sort of corrupting access.”

 

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