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Extraordinary rendition in Italy: Inside details revealed in 2003 CIA Milan abduction of Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr

See Jonathan S. Landay (McClatchy Washington Bureau), “U.S. allowed Italian kidnap prosecution to shield higher-ups, ex-CIA officer says,” McClatchy, July 27, 2013. Greg Miller, “Ex-CIA operative convicted in Italy of kidnapping Muslim cleric is detained,”…

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“The Disposition Matrix”: Is Obama laying the foundations of a future totalitarian state? (Updated July 27, 2013)

A recent article in The Guardian on Obama’s kill lists and the now highly bureacratized killing machine used to extirpate individuals on the lists, highlights for those who missed it that the kill lists and…


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What difference does it make if John Brennan is confirmed?

In the end, what difference does it make if John Brennan is confirmed as CIA Director by the Senate? 1. Well, for one thing, it may be the last chance for the Senate to get control…


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Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945

There is nothing inevitable about international order. The lessons of two world wars which informed the creation of the United Nations in 1945, and the maintenance of international peace and security for over 60 years,…


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European court of human rights condemns Macedonia for “extraordinary rendition” to cooperating CIA officials, in Khaled el-Masri case

News to Note See Nicholas Kulish, “Court Finds Rights Violation in C.I.A. Rendition Case,” New York Times, December 13, 2012. Amrit Singh, “European court of human rights finds against CIA abuse of Khaled el-Masri; America…


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The Baltasar Garzón Case: In Spain, justice itself is on trial

“The Supreme Court of Spain should deserve our respect. What we now appear to see is a court populated by kangaroos, full of malicious and evil intent. But then the law, and the demand for…


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Background Reading for the Nobel Acceptance Speech in Oslo: The U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

As President Obama Prepares to receive his Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2009, and to offer his “lecture” or acceptance speech, it would be well worth his while, and ours, to read carefully the…