Saturday, December 20, 2008


Third director of national intelligence

Retired Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair, Blair, a Rhodes scholar, will oversee the operation of secret CIA prisons overseas, and the ongoing wiretapping of e-mails and calls that pass through the United States according to government officials familiar with the selection process.

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Monday, December 15, 2008


No brave new world

John A Rizzo
New York Times on 14 Dec. 08:
Mr. Obama will soon face the same awful choices that confronted George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and he could well be forced to accept a central feature of their anti-terrorist methods: extraordinary rendition. If the choice is between non-deniable aggressive questioning conducted by Americans and deniable torturous interrogations by foreigners acting on behalf of the United States, it is almost certain that as president Mr. Obama will choose the latter.

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