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Obama refuses cooperation with Poland’s CIA ‘black site’ probe

News from Poland

The U.S. Department of Justice has rejected a request from prosecutors in Warsaw for assistance in the investigation into the alleged CIA prisons in Poland, where captives claim they were tortured. [Image: A giant billboard has appeared on Ulica Żydowska in Poznan, designed by the Abnormals.org artistic group.]

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The War Drones on

By Robert C. Koehler

“Complaints about civilian casualties have also stirred concern among human rights advocates.”

The problem is that a sentence like this — arguably a dead sentence, with a few quasi-facts entombed in an inert moral sensibility — parades as serious news. I mean, it’s lifted straight from the New York Times: from a story about drones, the CIA hit list and our cool new PlayStation way of killing bad dudes (and everyone else in the vicinity). Someone with an active conscience could come upon a sentence like that, in the middle of a painfully ill-focused story on the endless war, and think she must be going insane.

As an archeological find, it’s worth examining in closer detail, but first let me put it in context. The use of pilotless aircraft in Pakistan and Afghanistan to assassinate Taliban or al-Qaida leaders and other Islamic, America-hating insurgents — with missiles, no less — seems to have hit a snag of legal controversy lately because of the news that one of the people on the list of targets, Anwar al-Awlaki, was born in New Mexico. He’s an American citizen.

This is where my moral consternation begins, and immediately radiates in several directions:

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CIA Warns Obama Not to Investigate War Crimes of Previous Administration

Abu Ghraib photo

Abu Ghraib photo

By Rady Ananda

Seven former Central Intelligence Agency directors released a letter today warning President Obama to rein in Attorney General Eric Holder. The CIA does not want torture investigated, saying the case was already opened and shut by the previous attorney general. You know, the one who thinks the U.S. Constitution and Geneva Conventions are “quaint.”   Continue reading

Seven Points about Dick Cheney and Torture

cheney 09A response to Cheney’s pro-torture media blitz.

By Jeremy Scahill

First of all, Dick Cheney has all sorts of nerve purporting to speak in defense of the CIA. His administration outed a senior CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in retaliation for her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, exercising his freedom of speech (because he exercised it to criticize the Bush administration’s lie-filled, one-way propaganda train to the Iraq war).

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US Interrogators Back Torture Probe

evil-cheney-dick-190x300Bring it on!

By Jason Leopold

Last Thursday, at a panel discussion, Ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden said an investigation, “no matter how narrowly defined,” would undermine counterterrorism efforts. But two professional interrogators refute this, saying Hayden and lawmakers are sounding “false alarms” to keep serious crimes from being exposed. “What this is really about is cover your ass,” Jack Cloonan said.

Steve Kleinman agreed. “I’m a professional interrogator, I have 25 years of experience in this and I don’t have any concern whatsoever that an investigation into how we conducted ourselves since 9/11 would in any way undermine our ability to continue gathering intelligence.”

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US at Center of South Asian Arms Race

Kashmir_map_medBy Mustafa Qadri

The United States is fuelling the rivalry between India and Pakistan with increased military funding.

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Sodomized to Protect Our Freedoms

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By Allan UthmanBuffalo Beast

Just once, I’d like to hear one of these American Enterprise Institute psychos, the ones that always trot out to defend the neocons’ freakish obsessions, have to defend shoving a flashlight up a guy’s ass. I want to hear Frank Gaffney or Jonah Goldberg tell me why I shouldn’t be fucking mortified that raping prisoners was considered within tolerable interrogation practices by my country. I want Glenn Beck to justify butt-raping a suspect.

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