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A Parable Comes to Life in Washington DC, Elizabeth Warren Edition

There are a lot of members of Congress who say they love a certain old storyteller, but after watching them at work these last few days, they sure don't act like they love him -- or hist stories.

Former CIA Director’s Barbaric Defense of Using Rectal Rehydration Against Detainees

A released summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, contained the shocking revelation that at least five detainees had been subjected to “rectal rehydration” or rectal feeding. Show More Summary

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Mayan Tradition In Today’s World

Today the Mayan cultural centers are visited not by those observing ritual as they were originally intended, but students of the Mayan civilization and many general travelers and tourists. Their traditions, however, continue in many ways. In the Museum of the Americas, above, artworks depict the traditionsdescendants still teach and represent in their culture.

Late Late Night: The Roundup

Hey folks, how are you this Friday? Thankfully the weekend is here, right? International Politics Overall - As a result of new nuclear power plants to be constructed in Turkey, Russia’s relationship with Turkey will be strengthened; Yemen is another country Russia would like to improve ties with - A former president of OPEC said the organization was [...]

Late Night FDL: Say What!

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Say What! Why isn't Stevie already inducted into the HoF...?

Debra Jean Milke is free after spending 22 years on death row

Debra Jean Milke is finally free after spending 22 years on death row in Arizona for a murder she did not commit: the murder of her 4-year-old son Christopher. The cause of this wrongful conviction was egregious misconduct by an obsessed police detective who played God and a prosecutor who covered up for him. Show More Summary

D.C. Marijuana Reform Offers a Real Test of Obama’s Principles

It is time for Obama to put his money where is mouth is. Obama has often publicly claimed to care about the principles like democracy, minority voting rights, and D.C. Statehood; but has failed to fight for them when it matters. Now he faces a clear and simple test to prove if his word means anything. Show More Summary

Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

Can We Sue the Government over Torture? Yes. But not really. Anyone can sue the government; Van Buren v. Barack Obama. I just need to file the papers in Federal court. Oh, a couple of issues. Torts Torture is a crime but it is arguably also a tort. Torts are civil wrongs recognized as grounds [...]

The Roundup

Hey there folks, how are you? It’s been 14 years since Bush v. Gore International Politics Overall - Germany announced it would send 100 troops to the Kurdish region of Iraq to train those fighters against the Islamic State; NATO, meanwhile, said they...Show More Summary

Over Easy: The Torture Report

What did we learn on Tuesday that we didn't already know? We received details that we previously did not have, but it has been common knowledge for a long time that we "tortured some folks" with impunity, and with the approval of all three branches of the United States government.

It’s never a good sign when you start paraphrasing Judy Miller

Shorter CIA: “We were fucking right!” Well, right if you mean, gave Dick Cheney a chance to get his shriveled possibly mechanical, definitely metaphorical, rocks off. CIA Director John Brennan has defended the agency’s post-9/11 interrogation methods but admitted some techniques were “harsh” and “abhorrent”. I’m sure there will never be bad thing that ever [...]

Late Night FDL: Take Me To Church

Hozier - Take Me To Church 2014 has been a great year for Andrew Hozier-Byrne...

Palestinian American Activist Rasmea Odeh Bonds Out of Jail After Government Fails to Block Release

Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted of immigration fraud by a jury in Detroit in November, was released from a county jail on $50,000 bond this afternoon after the United States Justice Department failed to block her release by trying to challenge the source of the bond money. She returned to her home [...]

There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

If the Supreme Court rules against providing tax credits they will be playing Calvinball. They will be acting as an unelected and unaccountable third legislature branch and not as a Constitutional court. There is no preparing for Calvinball.

Senate Report Reveals CIA Torture Program Originated in Same Department as MKULTRA

The release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) executive summary (PDF) to their report, “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” has rightly gotten a wide amount of press coverage. The sheer brutality of the program’s use of torture is overwhelming, from the use of forced enemas on detainees — [...]

In Bungled Covert Operation, USAID Contractor Recruited Hip-Hop Artists to Help Topple Cuban Government

From the United States government contractor, which brought you “Cuban Twitter” and a band of untrained young Latin Americans sent to infiltrate Cuban society through the organization of an HIV workshop, comes another bungled covert operation against Raul Castro’s government: an operation to recruit notorious Cuban rappers and co-opt the country’s hip-hop music scene in [...]

Torture and the Myth of Never Again: The Persecution of John Kiriakou

No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]

Over Easy

Brazil's Truth Commission released its report today on the abuses its military dictatorship committed during its years in power, 1964 - 1985, including the killing of at least 400 citizens and the torture of thousands. A 1979 amnesty law passed by the military regime prevents those responsible from being tried and punished for their crimes. Show More Summary

The good stewards…

Earth, humanities gigantic dumping ground. More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found. Data collected by scientists from the US, France, Chile, Australia and New Zealand suggests a minimum of 5.25tn plastic particles in the [...]

Late Night FDL: I Wanna Rule The World

10cc - I Wanna Rule The World 40 years along and 10cc is still going strong...

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