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Knight Ridder reports (via Kevin Drum) that:

Military interrogators posing as FBI agents at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrapped terrorism suspects in an Israeli flag and forced them to watch homosexual pornography under strobe lights during interrogation sessions that lasted as long as 18 hours, according to one of a batch of FBI memos released Thursday.

Who are these people? That is considered an interrogation technique? Where did they learn this — at the frat house in college, for hell’s sakes, before the faculty shut it down for hazing?

Larry Johnson has had a lot to say about this subject, including this op-ed from the LATimes. So have a lot of other former CIA and other intel officers. Would that the Bush Administration had listened to them.

I missed this somehow, and found it this morning doing a search on something else. Just wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention because it is worth noting again that Gen. Miller still works at the Pentagon, with his stars intact on his collar. I’m just sayin’.

(Photo is a still from an episode of Jeremiah, a series written and produced by J. Michael Straczynski for Showtime. Joe was also responsible for B5, for the sf fans who read here. Great stuff, and exceptional story and character development.)

NOTE: Oops, forgot to move the Air America note up from the previous thread and I got an e-mail telling me that made it inconvenient to find, so here you go — ease for our readers is, of course, our primary objective. *g*

I’ve been asked to be a guest on the Al Franken Show on Air America this afternoon. Sam Seder is guest hosting for Al. You can listen live to Air America at this link. I’ll be on the show a little after 2 pm ET.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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