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    Entries in CIA torture (8)

    Monday
    Dec152014

    Torture and the American way of doing business

    Torture-Lite was a by-word of the Bush era ... It turned out to be Torture-Gruesome ... CIA spinning frantically after getting bad marks from the Senate ... Slow trickle of Guantánamo releases ... Latest federal election saw woeful voter turnout ... The FBI can decode your DNA at warp speed ... From Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch 

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    Thursday
    Nov132014

    Dire consequences

    The fallout from the Supreme Court's "money talks" theory of participatory democracy ... US Supremes give green light to states' marriage equality laws ... Prosecuting a non-war crime with no connection to the US ... Senate report on CIA torture soon to be buried ... Useful revelations from presidential libraries ... Roger Fitch reports from Washington 

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    Thursday
    May222014

    The corn is as high as an elephant's eye

    The deep and rich jurisprudence of the US Supremes ... What a Catholic god-fearing majority can do to the law ... FBI caught meddling in Guantánamo commissions ... CIA weapons stash discovered ... Oklahama experiments with new execution drug ... From Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch 

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    Friday
    Apr252014

    Money speech

    US Supremes deregulate campaign funding and redefine corruption ... First Amendment to move into corporate religious liberty ... Remembering Ambassador Robert McCallum ... Senate and CIA clash over pending report into torture and black hole prisons ... From Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch

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    Tuesday
    Dec032013

    America's legal prostitution problem

    Breaking the filibuster stranglehold on judicial appointments ... David Hicks appeal assisted by incompetence of military prosecutors ... 136 people identified as victims of CIA torture programs - claims popping-up everywhere ... Right to vote under attack ... Roger Fitch, Our Man in Washington, files 

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    Wednesday
    Oct302013

    Terrorist haberdashers

    Rich pickings to be had from new season at the Supremes ... All aboard for questioning on the high seas ... NY trials for alleged embassy bombers ... What to do with all the evesdropped information? ... IT problems for defence counsel at Guantánamo ... Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch, reports 

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    Sunday
    Apr142013

    Glory, glory, hallelujah

    Old guard rallies to the cause of female CIA agent glorified fictionally in Zero Dark 30 ... Latest from US Supremes, including forthcoming important gene patent case ... Secret no-fly lists tested in court ... DoJ's sweetheart deals with badly behaved banks and bankers ... George W. Bush's Liberty and Freedom Institute opens for business ... Our Man in Washington

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    Friday
    Nov022012

    Supreme Court timebombs

    New term for US Supremes ... Certiorari petitions ... Critical mass theory of constitutional change ... Presidential election and the court ... Judicial techniques ... Conspiracy as a war crime ... The CIA agent who didn't torture winds-up in jail ... Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch, reports 

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