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The CIA’s Torture Gardens

  • December 11, 2014
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America, perhaps more than any other country, has a striking ability to turn even the grimmest evidence of moral failure into a testament to its exalted moral status, and the response to the Senate Intelligence Select Committee Report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program is no exception.

As heavily-redacted as it is,   the report nevertheless constitutes the most complete account so far of the disgusting practices that were adopted by the CIA during the Bush administration’s terrorwars, from ‘waterboarding’ and ‘rectal feeding’ to the full range of ‘enhanced interrogations’ adopted from...

A Plague of Violent Cops

  • December 05, 2014
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Police have long been a indispensable feature of popular entertainment.     Cops and detectives pour through our cinemas and tv screens in a seemingly endless stream of films and tv cop dramas and police procedurals routinely take their viewer into   dark, sleazy and dangerous places that other dramas cannot reach.     The...

Remembering Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’

  • December 01, 2014
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It has passed virtually unnoticed in the UK, but this year is the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of one of the most famous military campaigns in history:   William Tecumseh Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ from Atlanta to Savannah.     I have a particular interest in this anniversary, having written a book on...

National security: a concept in search of a meaning?

  • November 26, 2014
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Good morning folks.     It’s National Counter Terrorism Awareness week, and the government and police forces across the country are doing their best to remind the public of the gravity of the threats we face from terrorism, radicalization and extremism.     The UK ‘terror threat’ has been raised to ‘ severe’ and the...

Saint Tony Ascends to Heaven

  • November 21, 2014
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It’s been a good year for that jetsetting businessman, philanthropist and peace envoy Tony Blair.   In September GQ Magazine voted him ‘philanthropist of the year.’     Now Save the Children have given him its ‘Global Legacy Award’ at a ‘gala dinner’ in New York attended by various A-List film stars, celebrities, and the...

Adam Hochschild’s War Resisters

  • October 23, 2014
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Last night I was lucky enough to catch a talk in Derby from Adam Hochschild based on his book   To End All Wars: How the First World War Divided Britain.     Hochschild once declared his interest in ‘ writing about times and places when people felt a moral imperative to confront evil’,  ...

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