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Damning documentary evidence unveiled.  Dissident bloggers in coordinated exposé of UK government lies over torture.  —  Help us beat the British government's gagging order by mirroring this information on your own site or blog! … - Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, election hustings, Blackburn, April 2005
Ringverse / Blairwatch:
Calling All Bloggers: These Documents need publishing  —  Background:  —  The UK government has been quick to deny that we practice, or tolerate the practice of Torture.  So it is perhaps not suprising that they are determined that you should not see the following documents:
Marc Schulman / AMERICAN FUTURE:
Is There an International Community?  —  The first thing that came to my mind when Dr. Demarche posed the question that's the title of this post is Bill Clinton's most famous words: "it depends on what the meaning of is, is."  In this case, of course, it depends on the meaning of "community."
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The Experience Tdaxp / tdaxp:   The Majestic International Community
Mark / ZenPundit:
THE GLOBAL UNCOMMUNITY  —  Dr. Demarche at The American Future posed …
Discussion: Booker Rising
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
CIA couple outed by 5-year-old son  —  HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Washington couple at the heart of the CIA leak investigation had their cover blown by their small son as they tried to sneak away on vacation on Thursday.  —  "My daddy's famous, my mommy's a secret spy," declared the 5-year-old of his parents …
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Linda Chavez /
Leak double-standards  —  Within days of the leak of former …
New York Times:
Spy Agency Removes Illegal Tracking Files  —  By The Associated Press The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most files of that type.
Associated Press:
NSA's Lamest Spy Tool: Cookies
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kos-Eye View  —  The creator of the left's favorite political blog, The Daily Kos, handicaps the 2006 elections and shares his advice for the Democratic Party.  —  Photos (from left): Keith Srakocic / AP; J.D. Cavrich / AP; David J. Phillip / AP; Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images; Steve Nesius / AP; Matt Stroshane / Getty Images
Joe Kot /
Brit Jew marries dolphin  —  Unusual wedding: British woman marries her beloved dolphin in Eilat ceremony  —  Till death do us part?  An unusual wedding ceremony was held in the southern resort town of Eilat on Wednesday, as Sharon Tendler, a 41-years-old Jewish millionaire from London married …
Washington Post:
Bush Team Rethinks Its Plan for Recovery  —  President Bush shifted his rhetoric on Iraq in recent weeks after an intense debate among advisers about how to pull out of his political free fall, with senior adviser Karl Rove urging a campaign-style attack on critics while younger aides pushed …
Kevin Anderson / BBC:
Blogs offer taste of war in Iraq  —  The war in Vietnam is often referred to as the first war on television, and the wars in Afghanistan and now in Iraq will be known as the first wars to be blogged.  —  A new generation of soldier bloggers in the US, known as milbloggers …
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for December 28  —  Read the transcript to the Wednesday show  —  Guest: Edward MacMahon; John Zwerling; Ron Christie; Nick Callio; Gary  —  NORAH O'DONNELL, MSNBC ANCHOR: Tonight, defense attorneys for a terror suspect plan to challenge the Bush administration …
The Most Important Economic News of the Year  —  Discuss This Story!  Bookmark … — William Lewis  —  Politicians and pundits re-assess the state of the economy often.  They look at many short-term indicators and statistics.  They follow statistics, such as the unemployment rate and inflation, which come out monthly.
Matthew Yglesias / TAPPED:
THE LIBERAL HAWKS' LAMENT.  On a related note, I find the sort of self-pity of hawkish Democrats reflected in this post from Marshall Wittman a bit baffling: … That's absurd.  Progressive Iraq hawks are hardly some beleaguered minority.  They compose maybe ten percent of the population at most …
Discussion: Bull Moose, NewsHog and Hullabaloo
John Crewdson / Wichita Eagle:
Al-Qaida operative became fountain of information for U.S.  —  Moral and legal aspects aside, conventional wisdom is that torture simply isn't practical: that someone who is being tortured will say anything to make the torture stop, and that information gleaned through torture is therefore not reliable.
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
The Hollywood Mythspiracy  —  This is a guest-post.  One of our underused media assets is Hollywood.  I asked my brother Nick, who co-wrote 'Fun with Dick and Jane', to chime in.  I just saw it, and it's a very good smart film with a strongly liberal narrative.  —  Firstly, let's get the important stuff out of the way.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Supreme Court Is Asked to Rule on Terror Trial  —  WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 - The Bush administration asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to allow for the immediate transfer of Jose Padilla from a military brig to civilian custody to stand trial on terrorism charges, a move that came in response …
Discussion: Hit and Run

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