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The Jehoshua Novels


CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18

James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’

The psychologist [...]

In a Shock to No One…

…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change:

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Portland’s Thought Police attack again

Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage…. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now [...]

In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

ProPublica, By Nina Martin, March 20

The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means [...]

White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help

McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins & Marisa Taylor, March 12/13

Washington – The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a [...]

Federal judge rules Tennessee must recognize same-sex marriage

Al Jazzera, March 14

The preliminary injunction bars the state from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of three marriages.

A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal [...]

Veto By Not Vetoing

Jan Brewer was really between a rock and a hard case this week, with the passage of SB1062, which I refer to as the Jim Peacock Law. I’m surprised how deftly she manuevered around it:

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Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, judge says

AP, February 27

Austin, TX — A federal judge declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional yesterday, but left it in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

Judge Orlando Garcia issued the preliminary injunction after two gay couples challenged a state constitutional amendment and a long-standing law. He said the couples [...]

In Other News, Dog Bites Man

North Korea is an oppressive, tyrannical, and genocidal regime. One can only hope that, between rehab and this report, Dennis Rodman will stop making an ass of himself:

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Massachusetts starts fingerprinting school employees to conduct national background checks

The Boston Globe, By James Vaznis, February 17

Boston – After months of delays, Massachusetts school districts have started fingerprinting teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and other employees and forwarding the information to the FBI for national background checks.

The effort officially began earlier this month in a handful of districts, with all school systems to [...]

Finland No. 1, US sinks to 46th in global press freedom rankings

Yahoo News, By Olivier Knox, February 12

The United States did not live up to the promise of the First Amendment last year, “far from it,” sinking to 46th in global press freedom rankings, a respected international nonprofit group said Wednesday.

The U.S. plummeted 13 slots to 46th overall “amid increased efforts to track down [...]

Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia

BBC, February 13

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

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Turkish lawmakers adopt ‘Orwellian’ Internet curbs

France24, February 6

Turkish lawmakers approved legislation late on Wednesday that will tighten government controls over the Internet, in a move roundly criticised as a fresh assault on freedom of expression, access to information and investigative journalism.

The text notably permits a government agency, the Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB), to block access to websites without [...]

Spain protesters rally against tougher abortion law

BBC, February 1

Thousands of Spaniards have protested in Madrid against a draft law backed by the government that would restrict the right to abortion.

Activists carried banners saying “Allow mothers to decide” and “Deciding makes us free”.

The law would limit abortion to cases of rape, and instances where the health of the mother [...]

Snowden leaks: Canada ‘spied on airport travellers’

BBC, January 31

Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.

The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.

The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.

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