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Justice Dept. Memos’ Careful Legalese Obscured Harsh Reality

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 19th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

Justice Dept. Memos’ Careful Legalese Obscured Harsh Reality
The four Justice Department memos to the CIA’s top lawyer that were released last week reflect an effort by Bush administration appointees to create finely tuned justifications for harsh interrogation techniques, all under a blanket of secrecy covering the agency’s prisons and the questioning.

High Court Poised To Closely Weigh Civil Rights Laws
The Supreme Court has an opportunity to reaffirm or reshape the nation’s civil rights laws as it faces a rare confluence of cases over the next two weeks, including a high-profile challenge brought by white firefighters who claim they lost out on promotions because of the “color of their skin.”

Carol Shull: Pushing to Preserve History, One Landmark at a Time
There is an old saying that all politics are local. As chief of Heritage Education Services for the National Park Service, Carol Shull might tweak that and say: All history is local.

For GOP, Tea Protests Offer An Alluring, but Risky, Lifeline
The tea bag protests that marked tax day on Wednesday represented an opportunity and a risk for the Republican Party. Opportunity because they offered a jolt of energy for a battered party after two dismal elections. Risk because they supplied at best only a partial answer to what ails the GOP….

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