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Death Photo Kerfuffle Handled the Right Way by Gates and AP

In a teaser for an article this morning, Politico declares that Defense Secretary Robert Gates “says the AP’s transmission of a photograph showing a mortally wounded Marine is out of line.” That teaser upset me; I don’t believe it is the job of a government to declare photographs “in line” or “out of line,” and [...]

Did Barack Obama Apply to Occidental College as a Foreigner Named Barry Soetero? Is New Jersey a Portal for the Flaxxian Alliance Starfleet?

There’s a real doozy of a “news story” making the rounds through e-mails and on right-wing websites. It claims that an Occidental College shows proof that Barack Obama registered there as an undergraduate under the name “Barry Soetoro,” and as a foreign student. Aha! Here is the smoking gun proof, the posts declare, that Barack [...]

Associated Press Papers Over Huge Spying Abuses

Consider the text of the FISA Amendments Act that the Associated Press article doesn’t actually include. The “emergencies” that the Associated Press refers to are not classic states of emergency. Rather, they are only declarations by the Attorney General of the United States that some unnamed person in some unnamed place might come to some unspecified kind of harm if the spying doesn’t take place. [...]

Bush Administration Asserts Right to Seize Citizens Indefinitely Without Charge or Evidence

The Associated Press points me to a website of the New York University School of Law, which has archived a transcript of arguments made by lawyers for the Bush administration before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Halloween of 2007. That’s an appropriately ghoulish day for the Bush administration to assert, as AP puts [...]