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from January 5, 2009-present that were linked to from outside sources.

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The NYT Finally Prints "Torture"
by Andrew Sullivan 
Government Could Destroy Records in Hundreds of Guantanamo Cases
by Chisun Lee
"A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some written by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a little-known provision of a federal court order the Bush administration obtained in 2004."
Pa. must disbar war criminal John Yoo -- NOW!
by Attytood
Obama Needs to End Silence on Biggest Civil Rights Move of Our Time
by Steve Clemons
"Same sex marriages are now a real part of the scene too -- something allowed in the enormous state of California for a short time until the day that Barack Obama himself was elected nationally and won the California vote."
Words Designed to Kill Health Care Reform
by Sen. Jeff Merkley
Obama can't fix the military commissions
The president won't be able to tweak the unlawful and inconsistent system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees. He has to scrap it entirely.

by Denny LeBoeuf
Why this tolerance for torture?
by LEONARD PITTS JR.
"It turns out the religiously unaffiliated are the least likely (40 percent) to support torture, but that the more you attend church, the more likely you are to condone it."
US Senate Stiffs the People, Cheers Wall Street
by Jim Hightower
"Yet, the very idea of allowing bankrupt families to get a small break in bankruptcy courts has caused Wall Street elites to squawk like a banty rooster choking on a peach pit."
CIA Refuses To Turn Over Torture Tape Documents To ACLU
by Jason Leopold
Stop Whining About Populist Anger!
by Matt Taibbi
"Of all the truly revolting political developments of the financial crisis age -- and there have been a lot of them -- probably nothing is more disgusting than the weirdly intense media backlash against "populist anger," anger that is inevitably described by media sages like Hiltzik as irrational, unfounded, and pointedly unhelpful."
The Bush Administration Homicides
by John Sifton
"A simple fact is being overlooked in the Bush-era torture scandal: the number of cases in which detainees have been tortured to death."
Justice Department Probe Slams Bush Lawyers Over Torture Ethics
by Scott Horton
"A new Justice Department report about Bush lawyers who legitimized torture techniques is "devastating," ...and contrary to The New York Times, criminal charges aren't off the table--Attorney General Eric Holder just has to make up his mind."
Obama v. the Justice Department
by Scott Horton
"The Daily Beast has learned that department lawyers are "incensed" at the White House for waging a frontal assault on their independence to prosecute over torture."
Cheney Learned Iran-Contra Lessons
by Jonathan Schwarz
"The Iran-Contra Affair of the 1980s was the “missing link” connecting Watergate and the national security scandals of the 1970s to the restoration of the imperial presidency under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney this decade."
Good Torture
Some torturers are born; the best are made

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Neo-Absurdists
They love America and hate the United States

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
What "oversight" means in Washington
by Glenn Greenwald
Stanford Antiwar Alums Call for War Crimes Investigation of Condoleezza Rice
by Marjorie Cohn 
Loss of nuclear monoply - an Israeli nightmare
by Yossi Melman
"It is unclear whether the U.S. assistant secretary of state's call to Israel to sign on to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty indicates a change in Washington's policy toward Israel's nuclear program, or even if the move was anticipated by the White House. It is clear, however, that where there's smoke, there's fire."
America's Shame
by Paul Craig Roberts
"Driving people off their land is strictly illegal under international law, but Israel has been getting away with it for decades."
Pentagon denies the awful truth, gets BUSTED!
by Mark Crispin Miller
"And so it is with Al Jazeera's video of the military's top chaplain in Afghanistan instructing US troops to 'hunt people for Jesus' in that Muslim land. The Pentagon's spokesman quickly charged that that explosive moment 'grossly misrepresent[ed] the truth,' as it was mostly 'taken out of context.'"
Top Cia Officials Were Given Daily Torture Updates Of Zubaydah
by Jason Leopold
Torture? Rudman to the Rescue
by Ray McGovern
"Why let everyone off the hook? Because congressional leaders, Republican and Democratic alike, were informed of the Bush/Cheney administration plans for torture -- perhaps not chapter and verse, but enough to be complicit in their silence. Both parties have amply soiled the dirty linen that could be hung out."
The reluctant enablers of torture
by Sheri Fink
"A Senate report shows that during the Bush administration's War on Terror, mental health professionals raised questions about harsh interrogations -- but helped design interrogation programs anyway."
The "best and the brightest"? Spare me
by Michael Lind
"Some are arguing that if we prosecute Bush officials for torture, or reregulate the financial industry, talented people won't enter government or become bankers. No, they're not kidding."
Corruption Is Dangerous to Your Health
by Robert L. Borosage
"But it isn't just the banks. Agribusiness is protecting its obscene subsidies. The insurance companies are deploying legions of lobbyists to gut the public plan in health care reform, the heart of the Obama plan. The utilities are carving out exceptions for coal plants. Multinationals are clearly on way to disemboweling Obama tax proposals. The military industrial lobby is a good bet to frustrate DOD Secretary Gates modest procurement reforms."
Whither the reptilian Arlen Specter?
by P.M. Carpenter
The faux defense of Western liberties from the anti-Muslim, Mark Steyn Right
by Glen Greenwald
Don't Rule Out Prosecutions
by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Ten Terrible Truths About The CIA Torture Memos (Part Two)
by Andy Worthington
Rebranding Will Not Be Enough For These Republicans
by Lincoln Mitchell
The Stress Tests Fail The Smell Test
by Arianna Huffington
Someone needs to give Jane Harman an award for this
by Glenn Greenwald
Defeating Homeowners: A Pyrrhic Victory for the Bankers
by Ann Pettifor
"As if to prove my point, the banks used their power over 12 Democratic members of the Senate to defeat Senator Durbin's "Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy" amendment. And they financed the lobbying of taxpayer representatives with some of the billions of bail-out dollars provided by - taxpayers."
Reviving Pecora's Ghost
by Robert Kuttner
"The original Pecora committee was not a commission, but the Senate Banking committee operating in investigative mode."
Condi’s Really Bad Day
by Scott Horton
"In a meeting with Stanford students at a dormitory reception on April 27, the school’s former provost got off to a shaky start and ended in a train wreck. She may in fact have her last words in the exchange quoted back to her some day in a law court."
One More Bubble!'
by Robert Parry
"Now, as the housing bubble has burst and taken with it trillions of dollars in wealth, President Barack Obama may be right that the future U.S. economy cannot be built on another bubble, that America must get back to manufacturing products that people need."
Torturing for America
by Thomas Darnstädt
"Barack Obama has released memos detailing torture methods approved by the Bush administration but has stopped short of punishing the perpetrators. His decision puts the US to the kind of test it has not seen since Vietnam or Watergate."
U.N. report warns of widespread human rights abuses in Iraq
by William Fisher
Obama Has Missed His Moment
by Chris Hedges
"The sums he has doled out to Wall Street could have been used to force companies to keep workers on the job or create new banks to open up credit."
Scahill: Spain Launches Wide-Ranging Criminal Investigation into US Torture, When Will Obama?
by Rady Ananda 
It Just Doesn't Matter
by William Rivers Pitt
"Down by double digits in the polls, Specter did the simple math, figured his chances of re-election were far stronger if he campaigned under the Democratic banner, and ran into the waiting arms of his colleagues across the ideological aisle."
Obama's 100 Days
The Mad Men Did Well

by John Pilger
Why Thomas Friedman is wrong about the National Ignition Facility
by HUGH GUSTERSON
"It's not clear whether Friedman knows about the NIF's weapons connection and decided to leave it out, or whether he cut so many corners in writing his piece that he wasn't aware of it."
Torture at Abu Ghraib: "The Man Behind the Hood"
Full Transcript of Ali Shalal's Testimony

by Prof. Ali Shalal
'We Could Have Done This the Right Way'
How Ali Soufan, an FBI agent, got Abu Zubaydah to talk without torture.

by Michael Isikoff
What if Instead of the Nuremberg Trials There Was Only a Truth Commission?
by Jeremy Scahill
"The lawyers who fought for the release of the torture memo explain why prosecutions, not a truth commission, are the only right thing."
Torture and Lies
by François Brousseau
European Nations May Investigate Bush Officials Over Prisoner Treatment
by Craig Whitlock
Our Obligation to Investigate
by Sen. Robert Byrd
"The rule of law is not just a lofty concept to which we should aspire only when convenient. It is a fundamental principal upon which our Republic was founded, and it is the foundation of our free society."
Obama's pretty words on secrecy and torture last night
by Glenn Greenwald
The State-Secrets Privilege, Tamed
NYT editorial
Fbi E-Mail Says Bush Authorized Abuse Of Iraqis
by Jason Leopold
"Senior FBI agents stationed in Iraq in 2004 claimed in an e-mail that President George W. Bush signed an executive order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other harsh tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees."
Did the NYT Help Bush Win the 2004 Election by Sitting on the Illegal NSA Wiretapping Story at the Request of Jane Harman?
by Christine Bowman
The Stomach-Turning Truth About Bush's Torture Programs
by Scott Horton
"The impulse to torture had a clear motivation: Cheney and Rumsfeld were increasingly desperate to find evidence that would support their decision to invade and occupy Iraq."
Cheney's painful war for torture
President Obama must fight back against the former vice president by launching investigations into the Bush administration's interrogation policies.

by Gene Lyons
Ronald Reagan: vengeful, score-settling, Hard Left ideologue
by Glenn Greenwald
"This is a perfect illustration of how severely our political spectrum has shifted in the last two decades and how depraved and extremist our political and media classes have become"
Senate Panel's Report Links Detainees' Murders To Bush's Torture Policy
by Jason Leopold
Gun Control Without Gun Laws
How Obama can use government procurement regulations to limit gun violence.

by Eliot Spitzer
"This prompts a simple question: Why do we buy guns from companies that permit their products to be sold to bad guys...why can't the government use its weight as the largest purchaser of guns from major manufacturers to reward companies that work to keep their products out of criminals' hands?"
US: Culture of Unpunished Sexual Assault in Military
by Dahr Jamail
Who Betrayed 'Objective' Journalism?
by Robert Parry
"But one could argue that the U.S. mainstream press has inflicted the severest damage to the concept of objective journalism by routinely ignoring those principles, which demand that a reporter set aside personal prejudices (as best one can) and approach each story with a common standard of fairness."
In Their Own Words: Why Dem Senators Screwed Homeowners
by Ryan Grim
The Cowardice of American Journalism: Fear of the T-word
by Norman Kelley
'Nothing better shows the utter cowardice of American journalism than Washington Post reporters refusing to call a spade a spade. In other a word, calling 'enhanced interrogation' torture."
Farewell to the American Century
Americans have perpetuated a mythic version of the past that never even approximated reality and today has become downright malignant.

by ndrew Bacevich
America's necessary dark night of the soul
We need to investigate the Bush years, even if it means tearing the country -- and ourselves -- apart.

by Gary Kamiya
The Democrats have no more excuses
With Arlen Specter and Al Franken, the Democrats will have 60 votes in the Senate. They can no longer blame Republicans for standing in the way of a progressive agenda.

by David Sirota
One Nation, Two Systems of Justice: Why Bush Must Go to Prison
by Ted Rall
"Until America's official mass murderers are treated as harshly as its freelance psychos, Americans will view their justice system as something to be feared rather than respected."
The Right goes insane
Evil overlords to flaccid clowns in the blink of Jesus' eye. Adorable!

by Mark Morford
"Because as the GOP wallows in juvenile spectacle, Obama and the Dems are leaping headlong into one of the most ambitious, invigorating, nation-altering agendas in American history."
Torture Advocates will Set the Military Back for Generations
by Brandon Friedman
"No Taliban fighter, no starving North Korean soldier in his right mind will surrender willingly if he thinks he's going to be tortured or beaten to death. Instead, he'll prefer a fight to the death, even as he becomes cornered. And this will get Americans killed."
Memo to President Obama on Torture
by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Obama Must Not Waver On A Souter Replacement
by Oliver Willis
Torturing for America Pt. 2: Obama Doesn't Know How to Deal with the Past
by Thomas Darnstädt. Also Part 1.
How a Supreme Court Case Tore the Republican Party in Two
by MARCI A. HAMILTON
"Thus, the Supreme Court can be credited with this current division within the Party, but that does not mean that Roe was necessarily wrongly decided."
Q & A Session on Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers In The War On Terror
by John W, Dean
UAE "torture" scandal and cover-up sparks outrage in the U.S.
by Glenn Greenwald
"As more videotapes emerge documenting the torture inflicted on numerous victims by Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a prince of the United Arab Emirates, the controversy is beginning to jeopardize the UAE's relationship with the United States, a country that absolutely loathes torture and demands real accountability for those who do it."
The Official End of Obama's Honeymoon
by Matt Taibbi
"So I guess that $45,000 speaking fee from Merrill Lynch wasn’t technically a bribe because Summers wasn’t named to Obama’s Economic Transition Team until November 24 -- a full twelve days later."
What Specter's switch says about him, the Democrats and our political spectrum
by Glenn Greenwald
"The idea that Specter is a  "liberal" Republican or even a "moderate" reflects how far to the Right both the GOP and our overall political spectrum has shifted."
The peasant mentality lives on in America
by Matt Taibbi
"It requires serious mental gymnastics to describe the Obama administration -- particularly the Obama administration of recent weeks, which has given away billions to Wall Street and bent over backwards to avoid nationalization and pursue a policy that preserves the private for-profit status of the bailed-out banks -- as a militaristic dictatorship of anti-wealth, anti-private property forces."
Top Senate Democrat: bankers "own" the U.S. Congress
by Glenn Greenwald
"The blunt acknowledgment that the same banks that caused the financial crisis "own" the U.S. Congress -- according to one of that institution's most powerful members -- demonstrates just how extreme this institutional corruption is."
Naomi Klein: 'The Wall Street Bailout Is the Greatest Heist in Monetary History'
interview with Joan Juliet Buck
H1N1
If the bug doesn't get you, the PTK will

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Obama's First 100 Days: The Good, The Bad, and the Geithner
by Arianna Huffington
Obama's First 100 Days and the Politics of Transformation
by Gary Hart 
Prosecution of Bush Six Back On
by Scott Horton
"In a ruling in Madrid today, Judge Baltasar Garzón has announced that an inquiry into the Bush administration’s torture policy makers now will proceed into a formal criminal investigation."
We are all torturers in America
The sudden clamour to prosecute the CIA operatives who carried out waterboarding is the height of hypocrisy

by Naomi Wolf
Goodbye! And thanks for all the fish!
by Mike Malloy
"The entire Party leadership had just peed its pants on hearing the news that Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter had switched caucuses and joined the Democrats."
Conyers, Nadler Formally Request DOJ Appoint Torture Special Prosecutor
by Jason Leopold
Major defeat for Bush/Obama position on secrecy
by Glenn Greenwald with transcript of interview of Ben Wizner of the ACLU here.
Myths Of The Torture Apologists
from Think Progress
Specter switches parties - don't count on 60 votes
by Jason Rosenbaum 
The Need to Roll Back Presidential Power Grabs
by Arlen Specter
New evidence of a secret torture prison
It has long been clear that the CIA used the Szymany military airbase in Poland for extraordinary renditions. Now there is new evidence of a secret torture prison nearby.

by John Goetz and Britta Sandberg
How Obama can succeed in the next 100 days and beyond
His first 100 days has been a sprint. But the success of his second 100 days -- and his presidency -- hinges on a series of tough decisions
.
by Robert Reich
The Siegelman Case
NYT editorial
Democrats' 'Battered Wife Syndrome'
by Robert Parry
"In recent years, the Washington political dynamic has often resembled an abusive marriage, in which the bullying husband (the Republicans) slaps the wife and kids around, and the battered wife (the Democrats) makes excuses and hides the ugly bruises from outsiders to keep the family together."
Appoint a Special Prosecutor: The Torture Commission Trap
by MICHAEL RATNER
'If we are  to stop torture in the future we need to send the clear message that if  an official tortures, prosecutions will follow."
Torturing detainee may have produced false terror alerts
by Muriel Kane
The GOP: divorced from reality
The Republican base is behaving like a guy who just got dumped by his wife.

by Bill Maher
Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization? The biggest threat to global stability is the potential for food crises in poor countries to cause government collapse
by Lester R. Brown
Ex-Cia Official: Agency Brass Lied To Congress About Interrogations
by Jason Leopold
Transcript: Interview with U.N. torture official Manfred Novak
from interview with Glenn
Greenwald
What Happened to the Ban on Assault Weapons?
by Jimmy Carter
David Broder and media culpability for Bush crimes
by Glenn Greenwald
Torture and truthiness
If Dick Cheney believes he can prove that torture saved us from terrorist attacks, why does he oppose a full investigation?

by Joe Conason
Why We Must Prosecute
Torture Is a Breach Of International Law

by Mark J. McKeon
Reagan's DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners
by Jason Leopold
Spanish Torture Indictments Dead?
by Steve Rendall
The Boy Scout of Baghdad
How Washington sabotaged Iraq's corruption cop.

by David Corn
Turley: 'God help us' if torture only gets a '9/11 commission'
by David Edwards and Muriel Kane
"According to Turley, Attorney General Eric Holder 'needs to appoint a special prosecutor and not limit it as to who committed the alleged war crimes.'"
Brian Ross spread the same falsehoods about the Khalid Sheik Mohammed interrogation
by Glenn Greenwald
The real reason for torture
by Steve Chapman
"The point of torture is torture. It is not a means to an end. It is the end itself."
Dick Cheney's Torture Hypocrisy
by Joseph C. Wilson IV
"Dick Cheney has called for declassifying memos he claims will vindicate the Bush administration’s torture policy. Now former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV urges the former vice president to extend his demand for transparency to his still-secret testimony in the Scooter Libby obstruction of justice case."
The Stomach-Turning Truth About Bush's Torture Programs
by Scott Horton
It's Official: Obama Will Not Prosecute CIA Torturers
Obama strikes a deal with CIA torturers not to prosecute them. This is a victory for Bush’s lawyers who justified torture.

by Jeremy Scahill
Connecting CIA Torture to Abu Ghraib
by Robert Parry
"By blurring the lines between terrorism and combat – and by linking the 9/11 rationale to groups only tangentially connected to al-Qaeda – the Bush administration spread the policy of harsh interrogations far beyond terror suspects who worked directly for Osama bin Laden, newly released Justice Department memos reveal."
How Bush's Torture Helped al-Qaeda
by Robert Parry
"Captured al-Qaeda operatives, facing the threat or reality of torture, appear to have fed the Bush administration’s obsession about Iraq, buying Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders time to rebuild their organization inside nuclear-armed Pakistan."
U.N. torture official on America's legal obligations to impose accountability
by Glenn Greenwald
Three key rules of media behavior shape their discussions of "the 'torture' debate"
by Glenn Greenwald
My Tortured Decision
by ALI SOUFAN
"But the release last week of four Justice Department memos on interrogations allows me to shed light on the story, and on some of the lessons to be learned."
The Intelligence Watchdogs Who Tried to Stop the NSA Story
by David Nather
"Lawmakers who were supposed to provide oversight of the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program reportedly tried to keep the public from knowing about it."
New Report: Bush Officials Tried to Shift Blame for Detainee Abuse to Low-Ranking Soldiers
by Sen. Carl Levin
Cuddlin' With Evil
Obama shakes hands with people we're supposed to hate. Are we all going to die?

by Mark Morford
Torture and the Problem of Constitutional Evil: The Way Forward
by Howard Schweber
What if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Had Died?
by Cenk Uygur
We Can't Save The Earth
by Bruce Tenenbaum
"For while the Earth's demise is a very long way off, ours may be just around the corner. We don't need to save the planet. We need to save the human race."
The Tortured Logic of the Torture Superfans
by Bob Cesca
Why Won't Gonzales Deny He Killed Harman-AIPAC Probe?
by David Corn
Torturing Binyam Mohamed
by BARBARA EHRENREICH
Follow the Evidence
by David Bromwich
"It is not a matter of looking back or looking forward but of looking at."
Democratic complicity and what "politicizing justice" really means
by Glenn Greenwald
"At some point they [Bush-defenders of torture] are going to figure out that for most of us, we don’t care if the person has a (R) or (D) behind their name when they were instituting a policy of torture."
Where 'Those Methods' Lead
by Eugene Robinson
"The many roads of inquiry into the Bush administration's abusive "interrogation techniques" all lead to one stubborn, inconvenient fact: Torture is not just immoral but also illegal. This means that once we learn the whole truth, the law will oblige us to act on it."
Killing Civilians
How Safe Do You Actually Want to Be?

by Tom Engelhardt
Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster
by Norman Solomon
"We should be hard at work at the grassroots to move that center of political gravity in progressive directions, which requires speaking truth about power - a far different endeavor than reflexively defending or vilifying Obama."
Never Again
by Trey Ellis
"What moral scale could the administration and Harry Reid possibly be using for not wanting to adequately and immediately determine which former government officials either sanctified or urged the CIA to torture?"
'Torture Works' is Not a Defense
by DAPHNE EVIATAR
"After you’ve tortured and humiliated someone, how can you possibly know what he would have told you if you’d gained his confidence instead?"
The Torture Timeline
by Annie Lowrey
The Torture Moment
by Arianna Huffington
"The way we respond -- or fail to respond -- to the revelations about the Bush administration's use of torture will delineate -- for ourselves and for the world -- the kind of country we are."
What?! Prosecution?! For War Crimes?!
by Mike Malloy
Dimon: Iraq War, Greed Contributed To Economic Collapse
by Ryan Grim
George McGovern urges pullout from Iraq this year
The former U.S. senator admires Obama but is puzzled by his adoption of the Bush administration's policy of dragging out the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

by George S. McGovern
Obama Love Letter To CIA Distorts Historical Record
by Sherwood Ross
Obama, Blair, and Panetta praise the moral cowards, ignore the true heroes
by Stephen Soldz 
Does Torture Work?
Former CIA Director Hayden and Bush's Attorney General Mukasey published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week that argued, in essence, that using torture works.

by Robert Creamer
"As a country, we need to emerge from this debate having placed the argument that "torture works" outside of the boundaries of acceptable political discourse once and for all."
Earth Day Atonement: 10 Environmental Disasters to Remember
Ten tragic lessons in our nation's environmental history that should never be forgotten.
And one climate destabilization tragedy in the making that needs our urgent help.

by Jeff Biggers
The Legal Case Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Et Al, is Murder One, Not Just War Crimes
by Mark Karlin
Jane Harman: Angry, partisan, civil liberties extremist
by Glenn Greenwal
Of Black Holes and Radio Silence
by Elizabeth de la Vega
"A former prosecutor examines the special prosecutor debate."
Justice after Bush:
Prosecuting an outlaw administration

by Scott Horton
Obama recognizes: whether to prosecute is not his decision
by Glenn Greenwald
Did Obama Flip Flop on Prosecuting Bush Officials?
by Holly Bailey
My Late Night Visits from the Ghosts of Financial Outrages Past, Present, and Future
by Arianna Huffington
Refuting the Self-Fulfilling Torture Prophecy: A Response to Hayden and Mukasey
by Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyists
by NEIL A. LEWIS and MARK MAZZETTI
This is the NYT expose on the Jane Harmon scandal.
Tortured Evidence and Terrorist Blacklists
by JOANNE MARINER
Credit Where Credit is Due, But What's This 'Enemies' BS?
by Dave Lindorff
QUESTIONS FOR SEYMOUR M. HERSH
In the April 6, 2009, issue of The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh writes about Syria and the Obama Administration’s involvement in the Middle East peace process.
Obama, Bush And The Rule Of Law
by Andrew Sullivan
"Because even if you believe that the president has the duty to torture terror suspects, under the constitution, he has no legal right to do so without Congress' passage of legislation repealing the laws and treaties governing such torture."
Meet the Press and the media's distortions of the prosecutions debate
by Glenn Greenwald
Annals Of Impeachment: Oust Bybee?
by Andrew Cohen
The Torture Debate -- It's About Time
by Harry Shearer
Reset Regulation: An Earth Day Focus on Sustainability
by Daniel C. Esty
GOP's Civil Liberties Hypocrisy
by Nat Parry
"Just as Republicans have refashioned themselves as fiscal conservatives in the age of Obama, apparently forgetting that they allowed a budget surplus to be transformed into a record deficit while George W. Bush was President, they now seem to be taking up the cause of civil liberties – at least as far as right-wing groups are concerned."
Impeach Bybee: The Growing Movement to Unseat Bush Torture Lawyer Turned Federal Judge
by Jeremy Scahill
Does the Afghanistan War Represent Graveyard Thinking?
by John W. Whitehead
Judging Bush era has just begun
by LEONARD PITTS JR.
How Bush's Tortured Legal Logic Won
by Robert Parry
"Almost as disturbing as reading the Bush administration’s approved menu of brutal interrogation techniques is recognizing how President George W. Bush successfully shopped for government attorneys willing to render American laws meaningless by turning words inside out."
Did Holder Know About the “Significant Misconduct” When DOJ Claimed Sovereign Immunity?
from emptywheel
Obama Protecting Bush from Spain?
by David Swanson
Jerrold Nadler Requests Special Prosecutor for Torture
by David Swanson
Teabagging Michelle Malkin
by Matt Taibbi
"The really irritating thing about these morons is that, guaranteed, not one of them has ever taken a serious look at the federal budget. Not one has ever bothered to read an actual detailed study of what their taxes pay for."
The Torturers’ Manifesto
NYT editorial
"Until Americans and their leaders fully understand the rules the Bush administration concocted to justify such abuses — and who set the rules and who approved them — there is no hope of fixing a profoundly broken system of justice and ensuring that that these acts are never repeated."
Were Democrats Aware About The Cia's Torture Program?
by Jason Leopold
Lawyers Group Targets Ex-Pentagon Counsel For Sanctioning Torture
by William Fisher
How Obama Excused Torture
by Bruce Fein
"In sweeping the Bush-Cheney lawlessness under the rug, Obama has set a precedent of whitewashing White House lawlessness in the name of national security that will lie around like a loaded weapon ready for resurrection by any commander in chief eager to appear “tough on terrorism” and to exploit popular fear."
Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC
by Glenn Greenwald
"Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington."
Impeach Jay Bybee, and ignore Rahm Emanuel
by Joan Walsh
Let's Have a Real Tea Party
by Brent Budowsky
"Progressives, workers, consumers, students and Middle Americans of all kinds should begin a real tea party to organize around this: Why are banks that were given trillions of dollars to increase lending raising credit card interest rates, cutting credit limits, increasing mortgage foreclosures and refusing to lend to tens of millions of credit-worthy consumers and businesses?"
They Are All Accountable For Torture
by Mary Shaw
Train Tracks
A look at the high speed train proposal

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
T-Ball
The Right puts its best feces forward

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Tortured Logic: Obama Writes Off Old Crimes While Promoting New Outrages
by Chris Floyd
"The more one considers Obama's remarks, the more offensive they become, and the more flagrantly they insult the intelligence. For the very memos that he has released give the lie to his own statement."
Eric Holder v. America's legal obligations
by Glenn Greenwald
"If, as Barack Obama proclaimed yesterday, "the United States is a nation of laws" and his 'Administration will always act in accordance with those laws,' isn't it the obligation of those opposing prosecution to justify that position in light of these legal mandates and long-standing principles of Western justice?  How can they be reconciled?"
The significance of Obama's decision to release the torture memos
by Glenn Greenwald
"I think the significance of Obama's decision to release those memos -- and the political courage it took -- shouldn't be minimized."
U.S. future depends on torture accountability
We cannot let mistakes of the past haunt our future

Special Comment by Keith Olbermann
"Mr. Obama deserves our praise and our thanks for that. And yet he has gone but half-way. And, in this case, in far too many respects, half the distance is worse than standing still."
Bush Officials Accused Iraqis Of Geneva Convention Violations
by Jason Leopold
The Five Strands of Conservatism: Why the GOP is Unraveling
by Drew Westen
Threats of Secession and Other Recent Republican Rhetoric
by Lincoln Mitchell
Israel’s Racist in Chief
by Chris Hedges
"Israel has changed. And the racist virus spread by Kahane, whose thugs were charged with the murders and beatings of dozens of unarmed Palestinians and whose members held rallies in Jerusalem where they chanted “Death to Arabs!” has returned to Israel in the figure of Israel’s powerful new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman."
Failures to Communicate
by Richard Cohen
"What commends the Bush presidency to further study was its sheer managerial ineptitude."
The Difficulty of New Thinking on Afghanistan
by Ralph Lopez
ACLU fears Obama Administration may destroy evidence at CIA 'black sites'
by Greg Fulton
Panetta's Defense of CIA Interrogators Undercut by New DoJ Disclosures
by Jason Leopold
At the White House, Joking about a Torture Investigation?
by David Corn
The NYT's predictable revelation: new FISA law enabled massive abuses
by Glenn Greenwald
Obama's Search For A Moral Compass
by Melvin A. Goodman
Where Were the Teabag Protests 8 Years Ago?
by Hale "Bonddad" Stewart
Obama's Bad Bank Plan Could Destroy His Promising Presidency -- How Do We Push Him in the Right Direction?
by Robert Kuttner
Faux News Pas
If the colonists had teabagged King George, would history be different?

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The great right-wing freak-out
Symptoms of the conservative crack-up were on full display after President Obama's trip abroad. Bill Kristol, take a bow.

by Juan Cole
Don't Flash the Yellow Light
Mixed Messages from Washington Could Lead to Catastrophe in Iran

by Roane Carey
Troops Stole Boxes of Iraq Reconstruction Cash ... Literally ... But There's a Lot More to the Story
by Liliana Segura
"A wave of prosecutions and some 25 "theft probes" are underway, but it's the inevitable result of a Pentagon policy that has bred rampant corruption."
Here's a Switch: Some Good News About Banking
by Arianna Huffington
Teabagging: Redux Anti-Intellectualism
by Stuart Whatley
The differing views of the "rule of law" in Spain and the U.S.
by Glenn Greenwald
"Scott Horton reports this morning that, in Spain, 'prosecutors have decided to press forward with a criminal investigation targeting former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five top associates [John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, Doug Feith and William Haynes] over their role in the torture of five Spanish citizens held at Guantánamo.'"
America is Simply Losing It, Folks
by Dave Lindorff
Obama and flawed logic on Cuba
by Bernd Debusmann
The Vermont Legislature, Inventor of the "Civil Union," Grants Full Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples: Why It Decided Civil Unions Were Not Sufficient to Ensure Equality
by JOANNA L. GROSSMAN
Will Obama Prosecute the Captured Somali 'Pirate' in a US Court?
by Jeremy Scahill
Why the Democrats Are Losing Ground As Obama Is Gaining It
by Drew Westen
The best investment money can buy
by David Sirota
"Feeling sorry for yourself? Struggling to get by? Wondering how you can get a bailout? Well, stop moping, because it's not too late!"
Dismissal for Stevens, but Question on 'Innocent'
by NEIL A. LEWIS
"The disclosures that prosecutors had withheld information from the defense did little to erase much of the evidence that Mr. Stevens, who had been a powerful and admired political figure in Alaska, regularly and willingly accepted valuable gifts from friends and favor-seekers that he did not report."
Is There Tea at Bagram?
by Kevin Jon Heller
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION APPEALS BATES RULING
from A. Serwer, American Prospect
The Next Guantánamo
NYT Editorial
"The Obama administration is basking in praise for its welcome commitment to shut down the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay. But it is acting far less nobly when it comes to prisoners held at a larger, more secretive military detention facility at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan."
An emerging progressive consensus on Obama's executive power and secrecy abuses
by Glenn Greenwald
How to End a War, Eisenhower’s Way
by JEAN EDWARD SMITH
"Bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq might require President Obama to be like Ike."
America, Torture and Hypocrisy
by Robert Parry
"The International Committee of the Red Cross’s torture report should be required reading for all Americans not just because its contents are shocking – which they are – but because it reveals that the United States is not the special nation that it often pretends to be, and won’t be as long as it chooses to look away from such crimes."
After Torture, Resurrection
by Ray McGovern
"Even if the administration of Barack Obama continues to shirk its duty to appoint a nonpartisan, independent prosecutor to launch an appropriate investigation, the former president and his accomplices cannot risk the possibility of being apprehended abroad, brought to The Hague, and tried for war crimes."
State Secrets Claims Test Democrats' Commitment to Oversight
by David Nather
Bush's CIA Suspected of More Torture
by Jason Leopold
Might the U.S. Finally Join World Criminal Court?
by Shawn Zeller, CQ Staff
Obama Really Wall Street CEO In Chief?
by Henry Blodget
"So far, I've laid the Obama administration's decision to keep propping up failed banks at Tim Geithner's feet. Obama, meanwhile, has so far avoided blame. I wonder how long that will last."
America's Cuba Policy is the "Edsel" of the US Foreign Policy Portfolio
by Steve Clemons
On 'State Secrets,' Meet Barack W. Obama
by Jake Tepper
More On President Obama's Bush-like 'State Secrets' Advocacy
by Jake Tepper
Czar Obama
The president's incredibly imperialist wielding of executive power.

by Bruce Fei
"President Barack Obama's claim to czarlike powers in a perpetual global war against international terrorism has been blunted by a judicial appointee of former President George W. Bush."
International Complicity in US Abuses, Part III
by JOANNE MARINER
"Today's column sets out a few more examples, underscoring the need for countries besides the UK to carry out a searching probe of their records."
Crimes That Deserve Punishment
Eugene Robinson, WAPO
"It's no longer possible to mince words, or pretend we didn't know. The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced" interrogation methods, used on "high-value" terrorism suspects, plainly constituted torture. The time for euphemisms is over, and the time for accountability has arrived."
Why Spain Can Actually Prosecute Bush and Co. for Their Crimes
by Marjorie Cohn
"They can use "universal jurisdiction," often used to prosecute foreign nationals for crimes that shock the conscience of the global community."
Getting a Death Grip on Memory
by Norman Solomon
Afghanistan's M.A.D.-ness: Mutually Assured Doom
by P.M. Carpenter
Obama and habeas corpus -- then and now
by Glenn Greenwald
"The Obama administration said Friday that it would appeal a district court ruling that granted some military prisoners in Afghanistan the right to file lawsuits seeking their release. The decision signaled that the administration was not backing down in its effort to maintain the power to imprison terrorism suspects for extended periods without judicial oversight. "
Obama and State Secrets? Shhh…
Silence breaking on key legal filing

by Clint Hendler
Should Obama Control the Internet?
by Steve Aquino
"Should President Obama have the power to shut down domestic Internet traffic during a state of emergency?"
Death By the Numbers: Pakistan Counts the Toll of the Bush-Obama Drone War
by Chris Floyd
Appomattox Again
by William Rivers Pitt
CIA Videos Predated Bush Legal Memo
by Jason Leopold
Expert Consensus: Obama Mimics Bush On State Secrets
by Zachary Roth
TPM: "Obama Mimics Bush on State Secrets"
by Glenn Greenwald
Democrats and War Escalation
by Norman Solomon
"Top Democrats and many prominent supporters -- with vocal agreement, tactical quibbles or total silence -- are assisting the escalation of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
Remembering Rwanda--and the Clinton Failure
by David Corn
Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009
from Project Censored
Shut Up: It's Still A Secret
by Marc Ambinder
"Yesterday, the Justice Department embraced the argument that the state secrets privilege - a fancy phrase denoting the executive branch's common law prerogative to protect classified information - should shut down any litigation against the National Security Agency for its arguably illegal warrantless surveillance program."
In Warrantless Wiretapping Case, Obama DOJ's New Arguments Are Worse Than Bush's
by Tim Jones
Olbermann Smacks Down Obama's Loss of Credibility
by TocqueDeville
Obama DOJ invents radical authoritarian theory to defend Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping
by CORY DOCTOROW
Obama's Bold Iran Move
by Jacob Heilbrunn
"The Obama administration's announcement today that it will directly participate in meetings with Iran about its nuclear program is not appeasement or capitulation or kowtowing or any other unflattering term that holdouts on the right will deploy."
The Past and Future of General Motors
by Clayton M. Christensen
Keith Olbermann's scathing criticism of Obama's
secrecy/immunity claims

by Glenn Greenwald
Resist or Become Serfs
by Chris Hedges
"America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate."
Another Bush Intelligence Failure
by Robert Parry
"Add to the list of President George W. Bush's failures his inability to straighten out what he regarded as one of the top national security needs, a more effective U.S. intelligence community."
Decoding Obama Law
by Marc Ambinder
"Seventy days in, however, we know very little about how Obama the President thinks. We can judge him by his actions; in response to a flurry of pre-cooked court decisions, Obama's national security lawyers have been very active."
Obama's Big Gamble
by William Fisher 
Spain investigates what America should
by Marjorie Cohn
Balancing Renewable Energy Projects & Public Lands Stewardship
by Robert Redford
Language, Greenberg, and the International Financial Collapse
by Alex Keyssar
The April Fools' Budget
GOP holds a feast of St. Swithins

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
A Soldier's Soul Screams 'Get Out'
by KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
Salon Radio: Binyam Mohamed lawyer Clive Stafford Smith
with Glenn Greenwald
New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ
by Glenn Greenwald
"In other words, beyond even the outrageously broad "state secrets" privilege invented by the Bush administration and now embraced fully by the Obama administration, the Obama DOJ has now invented a brand new claim of government immunity, one which literally asserts that the U.S. Government is free to intercept all of your communications (calls, emails and the like) and -- even if what they're doing is blatantly illegal and they know it's illegal -- you are barred from suing them unless they "willfully disclose" to the public what they have learned."
Obama, the ICRC Report and ongoing suppression
by Glenn Greenwald
"So candidate Obama unambiguously vowed to his supporters that he would work to ensure "full accountability" for "past offenses" in surveillance lawbreaking.  President Obama, however, has now become the prime impediment to precisely that accountability, repeatedly engaging in extraordinary legal maneuvers to ensure that "past offenses" -- both in the surveillance and torture/rendition realm -- remain secret and forever immunized from judicial review."
Joseph Stiglitz: "It's going to be bad, very bad"
In an interview, the Nobel Prize-winner and former chief economist at the World Bank talks about the Great Depression, Obama's stimulus package and today's financial crisis.
Have We Reached the Tipping Point on Guns?
by Cenk Uygur
The Geithner-Summers Plan is Even Worse Than We Thought
by Jeffrey Sachs
"Insiders can easily game the system created by Geithner and Summers to cost up to a trillion dollars or more to the taxpayers."
There are no excuses for ongoing concealment of torture memos
by Glenn Greenwald
Obama the Visionary: End Nukes, admit Turkey to EU [4/6]
by Juan Cole
Eric Holder and Colin Powell: Profiles in Cowardice
by Ray McGovern
Truth, Crimes, Commissions, and Hope
by David Swanson
Changing The Rules Of War
by George Bisharat
"The extent of Israel's brutality against Palestinian civilians in its 22-day pounding of the Gaza Strip is gradually surfacing."
Did They Miss the Memo?
by NY Times editors
"But Mr. Obama has set higher standards. If he wants to ensure that these horrors are never repeated, the public needs to know what went wrong and why."
The Strong Message Attorney General Eric Holder Sent to All Federal Prosecutors When He Dismissed the Indictment Against Senator Ted Stevens, and the Apparent Basis for the Dismissal
by JOHN W. DEAN
Could the GOP be assimilated by the Democratic Party? Will it come to that?
by P.M. Carpenter
"You know the right is in big, big trouble when even David Horowitz, one of the movement's leading intellectual charlatans and classic paranoids, begins to realize that so many around him are just plain nuts."
Are Republicans Blackmailing Obama?
by Scott Horton
"If the president releases the Bush torture memos, Republicans are promising to “go nuclear” and filibuster his legal appointments. Scott Horton reports on a serious threat to Obama’s transparency."
The Quiet Coup
by Simon Johnson
"The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time."
Who knew about the torture of Binyam Mohamed?
Binyam Mohamed's case needs not just a police investigation, but a public inquiry to establish who authorised his torture

by Clive Stafford Smith
Pope, extra ribbed
Benedict says condoms make AIDS worse. God recoils in shame

by Mark Morford
Larry Summers, Tim Geithner and Wall Street's ownership of government
by Glenn Greenwald
Why does Bush get pass?
by MARCIA KUNTZ
"The recent coverage of the AIG scandal exemplifies the media’s amnesia toward the Bush administration."
McCain lost -- but the media treat him like a winner
by Jamison Foser
"When Al Gore and John Kerry lost their presidential campaigns, the media had a clear message for them: Get out of the way and let George W. Bush govern."
Feith Dares Obama to Enforce the Law
by David Swanson
"Doug Feith is bluffing big time, and he's lifted Dick Cheney and George Bush onto the table as his bet. Now if only he could stop visibly sweating."
Moyers drops bailout bomb on Obama
by Tony Wikrent
"[William K.] Black, who supported the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, excoriated both President Obama, and former President Bush, and their Treasury Secretaries Timothy Geithner and Hank Paulson, respectively, for deliberately and consciously violating the law. Specifically, the Prompt Corrective Action Law, passed after the savings and loan crisis, which mandates that severely undercapitalized banks be promptly put into receivership (i.e., nationalized)."
'Astoundingly Flawed'
by NY Times editors
"In December, ignoring proper procedure and the risk to public safety, the Bush administration rushed through regulations allowing people to carry concealed, loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges."
The Nobelists vs. Obama and Geithner
by E.J. Dionne
"The great mystery of the Obama administration’s economic agenda is whether its signature marriage of boldness and caution will prove to be a Goldilocks recipe that gets things just right, or a Rube Goldberg approach of unimaginable complexity and uncertain purpose."
Salon Radio: ACLU on Obama, Bagram and secrecy
by Glenn Greenwald
And Then They Came for Koh ...
If mainstream America can't stand up for Harold Koh, we will get precisely the government lawyers we deserve.

by Dahlia Lithwick
'Torture Memo' May Finally Go Public
by Jason Leopold
Top Ten Ways the US is Turning Afghanistan into Iraq
by Juan Cole
Insane Republicans Reveal An Insane Budget Plan
by Bob Cesca
"It only makes sense that a party currently being wagged by fringe crazy people like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michele Bachmann would release its alternative budget on April Fools' Day."
The Canadian Club Scene
by Ryan Reynolds
"This month marks the beginning of the annual Canadian Seal Hunt."
The Woman Who Could Nail Bush: Are the Worst of the Torture Memos Still to Come?
by Scott Horton
John Brennan and the administration stalling on Bush torture memos
by Stephen Soldz 
Obstruction of Justice
by Chris Hedges
"U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema is scheduled to issue a ruling in the Eastern District of Virginia at the end of April in a case that will send a signal to the Muslim world and beyond whether the American judicial system has regained its independence after eight years of flagrant manipulation and intimidation by the Bush administration."
No More Refuge for Scoundrels
by Joe Conason
"While the leaders of the world’s largest economies debate stimulus and regulation in London, let us hope they do not forget the compelling questions of crime and punishment."
To the G-20: Do What We Must for Global Growth, But Regulate All Finance
by Nicolas Sarkozy
Detroit Dissonance
Tough Love for Carmakers, Pillows for Wall St.

by Eugene Robinson
"Through a series of logical decisions, the Obama administration has maneuvered itself into an illogical and uncomfortable place. The president is telling Detroit to shape up or die while at the same time politely asking Wall Street, whose recklessness and greed caused this economic crisis, if it would be so kind as to accept another heaping helping of taxpayer funds."
Beyond Here Lies Nothing: Surging Further Into the Abyss
by Chris Floyd
"The political class has failed us. At every level, they have failed us."
Why Can the Auto Industry CEOs but Spare Bank CEOs?
by David Sirota
Israel's Illegal Annexation of East Jerusalem
by Stephen Lendman
Don't Go There Mr. President!
by Tom Hayden
"The Obama plan instead will accelerate any plans Al Qaeda commanders have for attacking targets in the United States or Europe."
Why Is a Progressive Think Tank Telling Obama to Escalate the War in Afghanistan?
by Tom Hayden
W broke international laws; Obama should prosecute
by Winston
Millitary Commisions Act and Our Constitutional Rights
by Tara Woodruff 
Spot the difference?
When it comes to Israel's leaders there isn't one

by Ramzy Baroud
-Obamanomics Isn't About Big Government
The president's focus is on improving human capital.

by ROBERT B. REICH
The U.S. has 'no moral standing' to criticize Iran: Zunes
by Kourosh Ziabari 
"In accordance with many independent intellectuals and rhetoricians, Prof. Zunes believes that Iran has unfairly become a villain for the American corporate media and certain political lobbies; a "rogue" to be attacked on a regular basis."
Scared Cheney puts his head in the noose
The former vice-president fears being held to account on torture and is lashing out

by Andrew Sullivan
Bush Was 'Obsessed' With Alleged Al-Qaeda Operative Abu-Zubaydah
by Jason Leopold
"Bush was fixated on how to get Zubaydah to tell us the truth,” Suskind wrote. Bush questioned one CIA briefer, 'Do some of these harsh methods really work?'"
Why the War Crimes?
by Harry Shearer
Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots
Waterboarding, Rough Interrogation of Abu Zubaida Produced False Leads, Officials Say

by Peter Finn and Joby Warrick
Obama's domino theory
The president sounds like he's channeling Cheney or McCain -- or a Cold War hawk afraid of international communism -- when he talks about the war in Afghanistan.

by Juan Cole
"President Barack Obama may or may not be doing the right thing in Afghanistan, but the rationale he gave for it on Friday is almost certainly wrong...The U.S. is not, contrary to what the president said, mainly fighting "al-Qaida" in Afghanistan."
Do we still pretend that we abide by treaties?
by Glenn Greenwald
On the U.S. Duty to Prosecute War Crimes (Part I)
by valtinsblog
Fear and Anger in Michigan
by Jeffrey Feldman
"One question:  If asking Rick Wagoner to leave is good for GM---and by extension, good for the country--why is there so much fear in Gov. Granholm's (D-MI) voice?"
Geithner's Plan Will Tax Main Street to Make Wall Street Richer
by Dean Baker
"Oh, by the way, some people will get very rich off the Geithner plan. Some hedge and equity fund managers could make hundreds of millions or even billions off the Geithner plan. And, under current law, they will pay a lower tax rate on this money than a schoolteacher or firefighter. Are you sold yet?"
Democrats Duck Bush Torture Probe
by Jason Leopold
"Despite now overwhelming evidence that ex-President George W. Bush and many top aides engaged in a systematic policy of illegal torture, national Democrats appear to be shying away from their recommendation last year for a special prosecutor to investigate these apparent war crimes."
There is no 'cure' for a nation's hate
by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
"There are now 926 hate groups in this country."
From War Crimes to Fiscal Folly: Cheney's Lurid Legacy
by Bill Gallagher
A Government of Laws, Not of Men
by Peter Dyer
The Bush Lawbreakers Should be Criminally Prosecuted -- Commissions Don't Do It
by Martin Garbus
The Torture Apologists Have No Place Left To Hide
by Susie Madrak
Deficit Dodge Ball
Will Anyone Admit That Taxes Have to Rise?

by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"The debate on the budget is phony, the howling on deficits a charade. Few politicians want to acknowledge that if you really are concerned about long-term deficits, you have to support tax increases."
Torture and the American ruling class
wsws.org article
"The conclusions that flow from the Red Cross report are unequivocal: Officials in the US government are guilty of war crimes. The report is prima facie evidence—if more evidence were needed—for the immediate arrest and prosecution of top officials of the former Bush administration, including Bush himself."
The Global Impact of U.S. "War on Terror" Abuses, Part II
by JOANNE MARINER
Britain responds to the "rule of law" nuisance
by Glenn Greenwald
Jim Webb's courage v. the "pragmatism" excuse for politicians
by Glenn Greenwald
"There are few things rarer than a major politician doing something that is genuinely courageous and principled, but Jim Webb's impassioned commitment to fundamental prison reform is exactly that."
Enduring Freedom
by William Rivers Pitt
" Is the Obama administration simply working with the hand it was dealt by George W. Bush [in Afghanistan], or are the same Bush administration mistakes about to be committed all over again?"
Best Friend of George Soros and Billionaire Short-Sellers: The Republicans!
by Brent Budowsky 
Drugs, Guns and a Reality Check
by Eugene Robinson
"Our long-running "war on drugs," focusing on the supply side of the equation, has been an utter disaster."
Senate Report To Reveal New Details Of Bush Officials' Role In Torture
by Jason Leopold
AIG Exec Whines About Public Anger, and Now We're Supposed to Pity Him? Yeah, Right
by Matt Taibbi
Exclusive Interview with David Gewirtz, Author of Where Have All The Emails Gone?
by Joan Brunwasser 
SYRIA CALLING
The Obama Administration’s chance to engage in a Middle East peace

by Seymour M. Hersh
Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President
by Ray McGovern
Obama to Bring More Mercenaries to Afghanistan -- Sound Familiar?
by Jim Hightower
"The punch line of this joke is that DynCorp got another contract ($317 million) last August to 'continue training civilian police forces in Afghanistan.'"
Muchas Gracias Compadres
by David Swanson
"Spain has begun a criminal investigation into six of Bush and Cheney's torture lawyers, and our own Justice Department has got some 'splaining to do."
The right moves further and further out of touch
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
STICK YOUR DAMN HAND IN IT
20th Birthday of the Exxon Valdez Lie

by Greg Palast
Obama Got Afghanistan/Pakistan Right
by Jon Stoltz
Why Is Obama Backing Bank of America in Court?
The administration plans to side with the bailed-out bank against elderly consumers.
he administration plans to side with the bailed-out bank against elderly consumers.

by Stephanie Mencimer
Comparing the U.S. to Russia and Argentina
by Glenn Greenwald
Obama’s Plan to Save the World
by Scott Ritter
"The potential catastrophe that global climate change could unleash on America makes every other foreign policy crisis pale in comparison."
Open Letter to Republican Leader Eric Cantor, On Being an American Statesman
by Burt Hall
Prosecute or Perish
Why the survival of our Constitutional Democracy may hinge on factually justified criminal prosecutions of the Bush/Cheney cabal...

by Ernest A. Canning
Despite Obama’s Vow, Combat Brigades Will Stay in Iraq
by Gareth Porter
Cheney War Crimes: Just Look at the Statute
by Matthew Rothschild
"President Obama needs to tell Attorney General Eric Holder to indict Dick Cheney, right now, for war crimes."
How the U.S. Tried to Bribe a Gitmo Prisoner into Silence
by William Fisher
Do the Secret Bush Memos Amount to Treason? Top Constitutional Scholar Says Yes
by Naomi Wolf
Gitmo Lawyers Sue Obama Administration, Call for Sanctions Against Defense Secretary Gates
by Liliana Segura
"One lawsuit challenges Obama's position on indefinite detention, calling it merely a "partial retreat" from Bush-era policies."
Bush versus Galloway: Who is a Threat to Canada's Security? Double Standards and Canada’s Pro-War Government: How Bush Came to Canada In the Same Week That an Anti-War MP Was Barred
by Joshua Blakeney
With Friends Like Pelosi . . .
by Richard Cohen
Spitzer for Treasury?
by KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
-US Army Confirms Israeli Nukes
by Bryant Jordan
"Recent reports of atrocities committed by Israeli soldiers in the course of the intervention in Gaza have described the incitement of conscripts and reservists by military rabbis who characterized the battle as a holy war for the expulsion of non-Jews from Jewish land."
Three Scenarios for the Geithner Plan
by Alan Schram
Stop Bashing the Obama Economic Plan
by Jacob Heilbrunn
The Real Criminals Are Neither Lynndie England nor the AIG Traders
by Thom Hartmann
An Army of Extremists
How some military rabbis are trying to radicalize Israeli soldiers.

by Christopher Hitchens
One Way to Stop Bear Raids
Credit default swaps need much stricter regulation

by George Soros
"Peripheral care should be the central concern"
by George Soros
"The forthcoming Group of 20 meeting is a make-or-break event. Unless it comes up with practical measures to support the less developed countries, which are even more vulnerable than the developed ones, markets are going to suffer another sinking spell just as they did last month when Tim Geithner, Treasury secretary, failed to produce practical measures to recapitalise the US banking system."
Don't expect sympathy cards from crooks, corrupt politicians
by LEONARD PITTS JR.
Bad economy proves good for ducks
by CHRIS HOLBEIN
Obama Is No Socialist
by ALAN S. BLINDER

It's Time to 'Go to Strength' on Foreign Policy
by Leslie H. Gelb

My Plan for Bad Bank Assets
The private sector will set prices. Taxpayers will share in any upside.

by TIMOTHY GEITHNER

The Real AIG Scandal
It's not the bonuses. It's that AIG's counterparties are getting paid back in full.

by Eliot Spitzer

Geithner's Last Stand
by Robert Kuttner
"The indignation over AIG will serve a useful purpose if it focuses public attention on the much larger issue -- the failure of the entire approach that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and White House economic czar Larry Summers are using to rescue the banking system."

On the Question of One-Sided Boycotts
by Naomi Klein


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