Bri­an Beut­ler is the Wash­ing­ton Cor­re­spon­dent for the Media Con­sor­tium, a net­work of pro­gres­sive media orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing In These Times.
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Avoiding the Torture Taint: Advice from Military Lawyers
Even as they worked out details of how interrogation techniques widely regarded as torture would be used on detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Pentagon officials sought to keep the blood off Defense Department hands
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‘If the Detainee Dies, You’re Doing it Wrong
When former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved the use of harsh techniques, he did so over the objections of senior military attorneys from all branches of the armed services
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The Friendship Offensive
Peace activists on Capitol Hill hope to stave off war with Iran through cross-cultural contact between ordinary citizens
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A General’s False Testimony
Will the Pentagon correct Major Gen. Jerome Johnson's tainted testimony on the contaminated water KBR provided to the troops?
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Byron Dorgan’s Contracting Fraud Crusade
The North Dakota senator has made investigating contractor corruption his mission, but will he succeed in creating a congressional committee devoted to it?
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Heat-Seeking Missives
A Senate Committee looks to rein in one of the FBI's favorite tools: the national security letter
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Getting the Strait Story
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Whats Next For FISA?
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No Talking to the Enemy
Both the U.S. and Iranian governments have been stopped dialogues between citizens seeking peaceful resolution
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The End of Impunity?
The Senate Judiciary Committee is trying to revive efforts to hold the Bush administration accountable
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The Accidental War
The Bush administration might not deliberately launch a war with Iran, heightened U.S.-Iran tensions could push some minor incident into a major conflict.
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Snoops Get A Direct Line
That Verizon readily opened its phone logs to the feds should come as no surprise: The firm is a shining example of the revolving door between government and the telecom industry.
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Crocker’s Kooky Economics
In his testimony to the House and Senate, even Ambassador Ryan Crocker's limited claims of economic success in Iraq were laughable
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Can Habeas Corpus Be Restored?
Congressional Dems are finding it hard to do
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Officially Contemptuous of Congress
A new GAO report confirms that Bush's signing statements have undermined the rule of law