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Breaking News: 60 Americans Arrested On Torture-Related Charges

In a fast-breaking news development, federal law enforcement officials have arrested 60 Americans for their participation in torture-related activities.

Coming after months of assurances by President Barack Obama that no one would face criminal charges for their participation in U.S. government torture or the conspiracy by the U.S. government to commit torture, this news comes [...]

Does Jane Harman Care About Anyone But Herself?

Jane Harman hasn’t bothered to speak out against the abusive warrantless wiretapping done routinely against the American people. Today, however, Jane Harman has finally spoken out about warrantless wiretapping – because she says she was the victim. [...]

Under Obama Administration, NSA Spies on Americans, in America, Without Warrants

Under the authority of the FISA Amendments Act, the New York Times reveals, the National Security Agency of the Obama administration has been spying on Americans’ communications by phone and e-mail, doing it within the United States, and doing it without the warrants specifically required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United [...]

Magliocchetti Lobbying Investigation Namedrop Transparency Post

Yesterday’s New York Times reports on the cresting FBI investigation into coordinated campaign contributions and lobbyist favors to lawmakers on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. The Chicago Tribune and Associated Press deliver less recent background on the investigation, and Politico gives some legislative twists on implications for intra-Congressional dynamics. Were military contractors and militaristic [...]

Covering Christmas is Just Like Covering the Solstice, Isn’t It?

A Solstice Celebration, Shorter Than the Day’s Long By Cara Buckley

Sunday morning was a nasty time to be out and about in New York, with cold rain falling hard… and yet 17 people got out of bed anyway, all with the same thought: “I shall go stand in the middle of an intersection [...]

Covering Christmas is Just Like Covering the Solstice, Isn't It?

A Solstice Celebration, Shorter Than the Day’s Long By Cara Buckley

Sunday morning was a nasty time to be out and about in New York, with cold rain falling hard… and yet 17 people got out of bed anyway, all with the same thought: “I shall go stand in the middle of an intersection [...]

Woof, Aslan

“Narnia is a mongrel thing, and so is Christmas. As is often the case, this mongrelizing is the source of its strength.”

— Laura Miller

As Recycling Crashes, Consider Composting Paper and Cardboard

The New York Times reports today that the recycling market for materials like paper and cardboard has started to collapse. Recycling used to be profitable, but as municipalities and local recycling companies get reimbursed less for such materials, they have started to edge away from accepting them. And this dirty secret emerges: even the companies [...]

If You Can't Be Complicit in a System of Torture and be Promoted in the next Administration, then Really, What's the Use?

Oh, the poor, poor dears:

Mark M. Lowenthal, an intelligence veteran who left a senior post at the C.I.A. in 2005, said Mr. Obama’s decision to exclude Mr. Brennan from contention for the top job had sent a message that “if you worked in the C.I.A. [advocated for policies of waterboarding, rendition and unconstitutional surveillance] [...]

If You Can’t Be Complicit in a System of Torture and be Promoted in the next Administration, then Really, What’s the Use?

Oh, the poor, poor dears:

Mark M. Lowenthal, an intelligence veteran who left a senior post at the C.I.A. in 2005, said Mr. Obama’s decision to exclude Mr. Brennan from contention for the top job had sent a message that “if you worked in the C.I.A. [advocated for policies of waterboarding, rendition and unconstitutional surveillance] [...]

Inefficient Indefinite Detention and Torture. Be Thankful It's Not You.

Roger Cohen writes from Afghanistan:

Of the 770 detainees grabbed here and there and flown to Guantánamo, only 23 have ever been charged with a crime. Of the more than 500 so far released, many traumatized by those “enhanced” techniques, not one has received an apology or compensation for their season in hell.

Cohen’s source: [...]