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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 [...]

Obama signs law barring Iran U.N. envoy

Al Jazeera, April 18

Washington – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring entrance to the U.S. for any foreign diplomat seen as a threat to American security or who has engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure that effectively bans Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Washington said earlier this [...]

Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans

“This decision is a true travesty of justice for our constitutional democracy, and for all victims of the U.S. government’s unlawful killings.” – Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams, April 5 – A US federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s killing of three Americans in drone strokes, a decision slammed [...]

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 [...]

What happens when you put LBJ’s brain in Lindsey Graham’s body?

Just How Badly Do We Need Obama to Step Up On This?

Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:

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Koch World 2014

Politco, By Kenneth P. Vogel, January 14

If the Koch brothers’ political operation seemed ambitious in 2010 or 2012, wait for what’s in store for 2014 and beyond.

The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are convening some of the country’s richest Republican donors on Sunday at a resort near Palm Springs, Calif., to raise [...]

Huge ‘Super PAC’ Is Moving Early to Back Clinton

New York Times, By Nicholas Confessore, January 23

The Obama political operation that once buried Hillary Rodham Clinton’s White House ambitions is now rapidly converging around her possible 2016 presidential bid, conferring on Mrs. Clinton enormous early advantages in money, expertise and voter targeting techniques.

On Thursday, Priorities USA Action, a “super PAC” that played [...]

Putin On The Fritz

Well, we’re literally days away from the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics, and Vladimir Putin is starting to see his chickens come home to roost:

The Olympic teams of Germany, Hungary and Italy said Wednesday that they had received emails threatening attacks at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, adding to [...]

SCOTUS Overstepping?

That’s what I think in light of the flapdoodle at SCOTUS over recess appointments:

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seemed inclined to rein in the president’s power to make “recess appointments” when the Senate is out of town, as justices on Monday suggested the practice under both parties had exceeded constitutional limits.

The Constitution grants the president [...]

The misuse of American might, and the price it pays

The United States no longer knows how to win wars, but it continues to start them. (Andrew J. Bacevich – LATimes)-The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever. Here’s the guy you can count on to get the job [...]

Blustering to Sell Books

Here’s what’s really weird about Robert Gates’ new book:

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War, Mr Gates recounts how Mr Obama appeared to lack faith in a war strategy he had approved and the commander he named to lead it, General David Petraeus, and did not like Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to [...]

Obama To Cut Middle East Democracy Programs

The Daily Beast, By Jamie Dettmer, January 2

The administration has informed aid groups that it plans to decrease the budget for pro-democracy assistance in Arab Spring countries.

A planned decrease by the Obama administration in funding for democracy promotion and election support in the Middle East is prompting alarm among activists. They say cuts [...]

NYT: New Study Refines View of Sarin Attack in Syria

New York Times, By C. J. Chivers, December 28

A new analysis of rockets linked to the nerve-agent attack on Damascus, Syria, in August has concluded that the rockets were most likely fired by multiple launchers and had a range of about three kilometers, according to the two authors of the analysis.

The authors said [...]

NSA, GCHQ ‘planted agents’ into World of Warcraft, Second Life to spy on gamers

RT, December 9

The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed.

An NSA document from 2008, titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” [embedded PDF] was published [...]