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The Importance of Polks and Pulitzers
Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, two of the journalists whose reporting just won their organizations Pulitzers based on the Snowden revelations , have been reluctant to return to America because of various official calls for their arrest ; the refusal of ...
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When it Comes to Torture and Assassinations, Life Imitates Art
If you've read my 2009 novel Inside Out , you know that at the heart of the story were the "Caspers," imprisoned war-on-terror suspects the government decided were too problematic to be dealt with even within president Obama's new-fangled three-tier system ...
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The Torture Report America Won't Be Allowed to See
Last week a reporter with DW, an English-language German publication, contacted me with some questions for an article she was writing about the Senate’s CIA torture report .  Here’s the full text of what we discussed. DW:  On Thursday we're expecting a deci...
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"Parts of the report are now in the hands of Senate staffers, White House officials, State Department employees, CIA spooks and soon maybe more. It would not come without great personal risk, but the American people may only be served well if someone with a conscience is brave enough to leak the full report and hold the CIA accountable for its crimes once and for all."

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/05/leak-cia-report-torture-redacted-transparency?CMP=twt_gu
Unless, of course, you think spies redacting 6,300 pages of their own sins is transparency. Look how much leaks told us this week
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The Real Purpose of the CIA Torture Report
Overall, I'm guess you could say it's good that the Senate intelligence committee has voted to declassify portions of its report on the CIA's torture program.  Certainly the public has the right, as well as the need, to know more about government criminalit...
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If you've read my 2009 novel Inside Out, you know that at the heart of the story were the "Caspers," imprisoned war-on-terror suspects the government decided were too problematic to be dealt with even within president Obama's new-fangled three-tier system of justice, and who were therefore emulsified, instead.

Today, we have Jason Leopold's latest report in Al Jazeera, which includes the following...

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"For some reason, Americans are incredibly resilient — or call it blasé — in the face of 500,000 annual deaths from tobacco, 34,000 annual deaths from car accidents, and 32,000 annual deaths from firearms.  But even the remotest chance — and statistically, it is the remotest chance — of death from a terror attack turns us into petrified children, unable to think, incapable of reason, desperate for Daddy to do whatever it takes to protect us.  Welcome to the 21st century in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."

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Be as it may, the current system does not allow it. I might have my thoughts about the treatment of certain serial criminals, but that doesn't allow me to go vigilante on them.
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So many great points by Amy Davidson on the bullshit notion that opposition to torture is somehow weak and illegitimately emotional...

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2014/04/dianne-feinstein-emotions-and-the-cia.html
There are two issues here: dismissing a woman politician and ascribing femininity to the opposition of torture.
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"The primary, saddest, most pernicious effect of the release of some portions of the report is that the release will solidify America’s prevailing narrative on torture, which is that the appropriate question to ask about torture is, “did it work.”  CIA critics will point to evidence that torture didn’t work; CIA defenders will counter with evidence that it did.  The public will be left with a powerful metamessage that what really matters is..."

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To paraphrase Kurtz... "The bullshit! The bullshit!" Who talks like this except someone torturing the English language to death to avoid saying, "We spy on American Citizens"?

“There have been queries, using US person identifiers, of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targeting non-US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States... These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/01/nsa-surveillance-loophole-americans-data
NSA used 'back door' to search Americans' communicationsDirector of national intelligence confirms use of new legal ruleData collected under 'Prism' and 'Upstream' programs
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