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It was waterboarding wot done it

  • May 04, 2011
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Clearly miffed at being left out of the bin Laden killfest, the ideological knuckledraggers of the Bush years are somewhat bizarrely attempting to take credit for it.   Shambling out of stage right comes Donald Rumsfeld, the inept buffoon with the folksy grin who once urged the US to ‘go massive, sweep it all up’ the day after the 9/11 attacks, shamelessly arguing that ‘All of this was made possible by the relentless, sustained pressure on al Qaeda that the Bush administration initiated after 9/11.’

That would be the sustained pressure which allowed Osama...

(Don’t) Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

  • May 02, 2011
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So Osama bin Laden has exited the world in which he wrought so much mayhem. Initial versions suggested that bin Laden was killed ‘resisting’ a Special Forces team, but Reuters has since claimed that the operation was intended to be a ‘kill operation’.   The Stars and Stripes are waving outside the White House,...

Priorities

  • April 19, 2011
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Those cynics out there who were puerile and cheap enough to believe that the invasion  of Iraq had anything to do with oil, or who doubted the noble and high-minded aspirations of its architects to remove the threat of weapons of mass destruction, save the Iraqi people from an evil dictator, spread peace and...

We killed you – but not intentionally

  • April 09, 2011
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Pity Richard Goldstone.  Relentlessly and ruthlessly pilloried by Israeli politicians and the Zionist propaganda machine for his UN investigation which had the temerity to find Israel – and Hamas – guilty of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, he is now having second thoughts.

Needless to say Netanyahu and Israel’s supporters...

Cowards’ justice

  • April 08, 2011
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The Obama administration’s announcement that the alleged ‘9/11 mastermind’ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators will be tried by a military commission in Guantanamo Bay rather than in a New York federal court is not good news, but nor is it very surprising  Obama’s Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr has blamed the Republican-dominated...

Feasting in the torture gardens

  • April 04, 2011
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In the torture gardens

Posted on  April 2, 2011 by  Matt

In a  fine piece for TomDispatch, Karen Greenberg, director of  the Center for Law and Security at NYU analyses a recurring theme in post-9/11 rightwing discourse in the United States the idea that liberal “political correctness” and “excessive tolerance” of Islam have combined...

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