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(UPDATE) Once Again, Cheney Has Nothing To Say

For a couple of months, Dick Cheney wouldn’t shut up. My mother asked me yesterday what former Vice President Dick Cheney was trying to do with his new media blitz. Given how reticent Cheney was while in office, he can’t … Continue reading

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Not Another Bush

Obama made lots of progressives angry when he decided to keep the idea of military commissions. But his commissions will be a little different: WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has determined that detainees tried by military commissions in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Japan Apologizes for Bataan

From ABC: The Japanese ambassador to the United States apologized in person today to the 73 surviving POWs of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines in April 1942 during World War II. “We extend a heartfelt apology for our … Continue reading

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The Week In Torture (UPDATE)

Really, isn’t it time for a magazine yet? “Torture Weekly” could run competing op-eds on a different question every week: is torture justified? Should we investigate torture? And of course: is waterboarding torture? For one talk radio blowhard, the answer … Continue reading

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Every Word a Lie, Part 2

McClatchy newspapers might be the only real journalism left: WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s defense Thursday of the Bush administration‘s policies for interrogating suspected terrorists contained omissions, exaggerations and misstatements. Even if McClatchy is willing to print the … Continue reading

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Letter to the Times Daily

To the Editor, Times Daily: Torture is a great way to get a confession. It is not a good way to get information. If the difference is unclear, consider the example of John McCain. The Vietnamese never gained valuable information … Continue reading

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The Torture of Rush Limbaugh

My latest short story, The Torture of Rush Limbaugh, is up. As always, I do not make a pretense of being ‘neutral’ when I write fiction. My stories always have an agenda and I freely admit it. My agenda with … Continue reading

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Torture Serves Politics, not Intelligence

From McClatchy, via HuffPo: “There were two reasons why these interrogations were so persistent, and why extreme methods were used,” the former senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. “The main one is that … Continue reading

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The Smoking Memo

From HuffPo tonight: Philip Zelikow, a longtime diplomat who worked as counselor to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, has been forthright in his opposition to the harsh interrogation techniques used … Continue reading

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Tortured Logic

From HuffPo: Cheney pointedly questioned the president’s leadership, criticized Obama’s overseas trips as “disturbing,” said his handshake with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez was “not helpful,” and strongly disagreed with the release of the torture memos. [...] Describing the Bush administration’s policy … Continue reading

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Obama is Not Der Kommissar

There’s something of a mini-freak out going on over supposed backpedaling on torture by the Obama administration. The angst is entirely created by the MSM, which is promulgating the meme that Obama will just have to go back on this … Continue reading

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