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Bush Would “Do It Again”

June 3, 2010

Sometimes I miss Dubya.  Yeah, his speech delivery made me wince a lot, and yes his “compassionate conservatism” sounded a lot like watered-down liberalism in retrospect, and yes the “Ownership Society” of universal home-ownership contributed to (he wasn’t alone in all that) the biggest economic bubble in human history, but I do miss the other [...]

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What Did She Know and When Did She Remember It

May 10, 2009

An important story worth watching last week was that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and when she knew about the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) used on Gitmo detainees.  At first, she knew nothing about the EITs being used until the general public did:  “We were not, I repeat, we were not told that waterboarding or [...]

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Released CIA Memo Details Interrogation Techniques

April 17, 2009

Water-boarding, bugs, leashes, loud music, diapers, sleep deprivation:  all techniques used in the interrogation of really bad people at Club Gitmo.  All of them were used with the intent not to do permanent harm, but to leave that impression with the prisoner; hence, skirting any potential claims of torture from a legal stand-point — the [...]

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Wants Martyrdom

June 5, 2008

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the effectively waterboarded 9/11 mastermind sitting in a cell at Club Gitmo, wants to be “martyred.”  He said so in front of a Military Tribunal today, along with a few of his co-defendants. Our legal system will eventually sentence KSM to death – he’s admitted his part in the 9/11 attacks, is getting his day in court to [...]

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