GuantanamoThe picture that emerges from 51 pages of recently declassified documents about detention at Guantanamo is one of persistent torture approved directly by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, combined with administrative incompetence on the ground at Guantanamo and a flagrant White House betrayal of military brass in charge of interrogations. 

gunsAt the behest of the Mexican government, federal agents are scouring the streets of Houston in search of guns and information. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently sent 100 agents from around the country to do the job. The plan is part of the ATF’s project Gunrunner, the agency’s battle plan to slow the flow of American guns into Mexico.

courtroom sketch of Ahmed GhailaniDefense lawyers for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee have won a partial victory in opening up the torture at secret CIA prisons around the world during the Bush administration.

criminalI wasn’t surprised to see one of my local newspapers, the Brockton Enterprise, publish a story about a 36-year-old career criminal being arraigned on his 143rd charge in court this week.

A major battle over censorship is igniting. Since October 2007, United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has been trying to kill a book that paints him in an unfavorable light. A new edition of TRIPLE CROSS: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI by Peter Lance is due to be released on June 16, at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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