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Late Night FDL: Juke Box Hero

Foreigner - Juke Box Hero Tuesday, Foreigner released their The Best of Foreigner 4 & More...

A Quick Whirl Around the Fracking World: 18 Dec 2014

Worldwide. As the climate conference closed in Lima, one single paragraph emerged, but two days later, an entire document was released. Environmentalists are particularly critical of the final product, here and here. Next year’s meeting in Paris is predicted to be rocky unless the countries most responsible for global warming are held to account—including the US.

To Improve Assassination Operations, CIA Studies Failures of Colonial Powers to Combat Resistance

WikiLeaks has released a copy of a secret CIA analysis, which reviewed the success of "High Value Target" (HVT) assassination programs used by governments to combat insurgencies. The review shows the CIA is learning lessons from colonial...Show More Summary

Why Act Now on Cuba

It is no accident that President Obama announced his decision to move forward with normalizing relations with Cuba yesterday. Four big factors made this the ideal moment. 1) Being a lame duck has its advantages – President Obama will never face an election again nor need to worry about how Congressional Democrats will do under [...]

Torture Report Shows Senate Staff Visited CIA’s Salt Pit Prison, Kept No Records at Agency’s Request

There are many aspects to the exploding torture scandal that are being spun by interested parties. That’s not necessarily bad, and in fact to be expected. But it’s hard to get to the actual truth. One problem is that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee (SSCI) has only released the executive summary [PDF] of their [...]

Torture and the Company Which Americans Keep

A new poll finds majority of Americans — 59 percent — believe torture was justified after the 9/11 attacks. Look around you at the company you keep. The people who support torture, six out of ten, are your neighbors, your co-workers, the people on the bus with you. If you live in Washington DC, they [...]

The Roundup

Hey folks. Since I have just one more final tomorrow, I’ve decided to abridge the Roundup for today. In addition, I was worried I’ve stacked the Roundup over the previous days so if feel it has been like that, I guess you could catch up with the previous days. Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning! International Politics [...]

The not so-great dictated to

Charlie Chaplin can parody Hitler in 1940 (shortly after The Three Stooges, no less!) but they guys who made Pineapple Express cannot parody Kim Jong-Un? We’ve really come a long way, huh?

Late Night FDL: Help Me

Van Morrison - Help Me Van the Man has just signed with RCA and already has plans for a new album early next year...

St.Louis County prosecutor should be investigated for conspiracy to suborn perjury

Witness 40, whom we now know to be Sandra McElroy, was the only grand jury witness who corroborated Darren Wilson's claim that Michael Brown grunted, lowered his head and bull-rushed him leaving him no alternative except to shoot him to death. Show More Summary

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

Voters are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has one very good number for Republicans. It found that an incredible 71 percent of voters want the next president to use a different approach for governing than President Obama. For the Republican party it is easy to cater to this disenchantment with Obama’s governing style. As the [...]

On the BBC Defending Not Torturing People

I joined fellow whistleblower and former chief Guantanamo prosecutor Colonel Morris Davis on the BBC’s World TV recently to speak out against torture. Because most “journalism” these days defines objectivity as having people from bizarrely opposite sides of an issue yell at each other until time is up, I found myself “rebutting” a handful of [...]

LIVE: President Obama Delivers Remarks on Shift in US Policy Toward Cuba

President Barack Obama is making a statement on a shift in United States policy toward Cuba. The shift comes after US Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross and three members of the “Cuban Five” were freed from Cuba and the US in a prisoner swap. The Associated Press reports, according to unnamed US officials [...]

The Roundup

What’s going on folks? Can you believe it’s less than 10 days until Christmas Day? International Politics Overall - The Physicians for Human Rights called for those physicians involved with the torture program in the U.S. to be investigated for war crimes - Juan Cole: “Enter the Dragon: China offers Iraq aerial strikes on the Islamic State” [...]

Over Easy: SCOTUS: Officer’s Reasonable Mistake of Law Not a Fourth Amendment Violation

On December 16, SCOTUS issued a ruling that says, "A police officer’s reasonable mistake of law gives rise to reasonable suspicion that justifies a traffic stop under the Fourth Amendment."

Still awaiting evidence for Steve King, however…

It’s not all darkness and cold. Well, I guess it is, but anyway. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up [...]

Late Night FDL: American Idiot

Green Day - American Idiot Today, the Rock & Roll HoF announced the latest inductees. Congrats to the inductees and Green Day...

CIA Health Professionals’ Role in Systematic Torture, Including ‘Human Subjects Research’

An organization of United States health professionals has put out a comprehensive analysis of the role US health professionals played in the CIA torture program. The analysis, stemming from the US Senate intelligence committee’s executive...Show More Summary

Anti-Pot Congressmen Indirectly Admit Obama Has a Way to Let DC Legalize Marijuana

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is the anti-pot crusader who has been working diligently to undermine democracy in the District of Columbia to try to stop local marijuana reform, but he may have accidentally validated arguments that President Obama has the power to easily undo his efforts.

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