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  There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science.

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  —Anton Chekhov

words sometimes fail

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Army Pfc. Lynndie England cnn 5/2: “I had a choice, but I chose to do what my friends wanted me to,” she said. … “They did it for their own amusement.” Abu Ghraib was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of US human rights abuses. Investigations of numerous deaths while in US custody […]

voting for bush is voting for torture

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Michael Froomkin breaks it down: voting for Bush is voting for torture. [Linking to obsidian wings post on the new Republican plan that enables torture.] I said it before: repudiating the Bush administration policies on terror and treatment of prisoners and civilians is my most compelling reason for voting for Kerry. The Bush administration is […]

stories from iraq prisons

Friday, September 24th, 2004

after abu ghraib – the london guardian report on huda alazawi, who was arrested and abused with her family; see also talk left commentary on the incident

military command failed our soldiers in abu ghraib

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

And that’s the thing about the military. In loco parentis. They have an obligation to take our children and protect them, not only from land mines but from doing stupid things that could land them in jail. Salon.com News | Seymour Hersh’s alternative history of Bush’s war [2004-sept-18]

Torture: Kaplan thinks Hersh evades the question–but Kaplan misses the point

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Fred Kaplan in slate.com ostensibly reviews Sy Hersh’s new work on torture & Abu Ghraib in Does Torture Work? – Seymour Hersh evades the question. By Fred Kaplan. In reality he sets out once again, just in case anyone missed it the first 10,000 times that torture apologists made it, the argument we’ve all heard […]

voting for kerry

Monday, September 13th, 2004

i’m an anarchist, and i’m voting, and more than that, i’m voting for kerry.* here’s why: war on iraq: Will Kerry solve the iraq situation? Will he make it better? Folks might suggest that Kerry will not, or can not. Other folks might reasonably point out that the Democrats are not really better on iraq: […]

above the law

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

jack balkin had some important things to say on june 9 about arguments make you ashamed to be a lawyer, and about arguments for the imperial presidency.

Good commentary on torture memo justifications from fafblog!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

From Fafblog! the whole worlds only source for Fafblog., Saturday 12-June-2004: Torture: A last recourse we may require sooner and sooner The Medium Lobster has been disquieted of late at by the latest round of Iraq torture scandal news. There has been much uproar – among that irritating minority which have not been studiously scrutinizing […]

Bush claims we’re a nation of laws …

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

From a Bush press conference last week: Q: Mr. President, I wanted to return to the question of torture. What we’ve learned from these memos this week is that the Department of Justice lawyers and the Pentagon lawyers have essentially worked out a way that U.S. officials can torture detainees without running afoul of the […]

More blowback …

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

More reporting from Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker (2004-05-24 issue, posted 2004-05-15). This one begins by noting: The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret […]


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