The Toll – 3/7/10 – There Was a Time…

by Dave McGill

There was a time when America stood for certain ideals. There was a time when these ideals were pursued with an unyielding consistancy. There was a time when these ideals – classically described by Superman as “truth, justice and the American way” – may have even served as an example for other nations to emulate.
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Liberty Has Been Lost

by Paul Craig Roberts

I had just finished reading the uncensored edition of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s book, In The First Circle (Harper Perennial, 2009), when I came across Chris Hedges article, “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists” (Truthdig, Dec. 28, 2009). In Hedges’ description of the US government’s treatment of American citizen Syed Fahad Hashmi, I recognized the Stalinist legal system as portrayed by Solzhenitsyn.
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The Toll – 11/8/09 – At Last A Conceivable Motive

by Dave McGill

For those of you who’ve been waiting 6 ½ years to find even the slightest semblance of a reason for our preemptive invasion of Iraq, your search may be over. But, instead of uncovering a WMD, you may be looking at an EMD, or “Exxon Mobil Development.”
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How Torture Worked to Sell the Iraq War

by Steve Weissman

Three cheers for Dick Cheney. The former vice president has urged, however rhetorically, that the Obama administration release more of the torture memos. “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn’t put out the memos that showed the success of the effort,” the former vice president told FoxNews. Continue reading

the contrarian – The Stench of Torture

by Dave McGill

As if we didn’t have enough on our minds just trying to survive, the news of the last few days has been particularly annoying.

The nasty subject of torture has suddenly created a very poorly orchestrated soap opera in which the wagons appear to be circling as never before.  President Obama’s release of some of the pertinent files, and his intended additional release of photos, have members of the Bush Continue reading