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The Dissenter

08 Aug 2011

Rumsfeld Loses Attempt to Have Torture Suit Filed Against Him By Two Contractors Dismissed

A federal court has rejected former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s attempt to have a lawsuit dismissed that alleges he is responsible for authorizing the torture of two military contractors. The case, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel v. Donald Rumsfeld, et al is one of two cases out of more than a dozen that allege Rumsfeld allowed torture to take place against US citizens in Iraq.

The dismissal means Rumsfeld has now lost two appeals against torture suits filed against him. Last week, a federal court in Washington, DC, released an opinion that upheld the other lawsuit moving forward against Rumsfeld, John Doe v. Donald Rumsfeld, et al, a case that alleges the former defense secretary had a role in the torture and illegal detention of a US citizen that was working in Iraq as a translator.

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08 Aug 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for August 8

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@shadowproof.wpengine.com. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals Justice Department made special “emergency” claim to get ISPs to turn over info

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08 Aug 2011

Rumsfeld Loses Attempt to Have Torture Suit Filed Against Him By Two Contractors Dismissed

Fmr. Sec. Donald Rumsfeld (photo: Gage Skidmore) A federal court has rejected former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s attempt to have a lawsuit dismissed that alleges he is responsible for authorizing the torture of two military contractors. The case, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel v. Donald Rumsfeld, et al is one

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08 Aug 2011

US Lacks Credibility to Help Syrian Protesters

What continues to unfold in Syria is a massive crime against humanity. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the violations against human rights and use force against civilians by President Bashar al Assad’s regime. But sending a US envoy to open lines of communication with the Syrian people and the Syrian government could further aggravate the situation in Syria.

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The Bullpen

29 Jul 2011

The Roundup Open Thread for July 29, 2011

Waiting to see what the Senate will do. The floor is yours.

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29 Jul 2011

Boehner Debt Limit Bill Passes, DOA in Senate

John Boehner got his wish. After a day of tweaking following a bad CBO score, a day of browbeating his members to little effect, and a day of adding back in a balanced budget amendment tied to the increase in the debt limit, his bill finally passed by the close

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29 Jul 2011

Senate Hunting for Republican Votes on Reid Debt Limit Bill

The President’s address this morning wasn’t entirely useful, though he did lay out the compromise that everyone expects to get out of this unless John Boehner just lights himself on fire on the House floor while yelling “Wolverine!” He basically outlined the Reid plan, with Mitch McConnell’s resolution of disapproval

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29 Jul 2011

Austerity Goolsbee Ignores Own Statistics to Make Case for Deficit Reduction

Austan Goolsbee of the Council of Economic Advisers responds to today’s horrendous GDP numbers. The downward revision in the first quarter to 0.4 percent further reflects the slowdown of economic growth due to substantial headwinds faced in the first half of this year. Additionally, the annual revision to GDP showed

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29 Jul 2011

Boehner Bill Will Get One Minute of Debate Before Passage

The amendment for the Boehner bill, which yokes a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to the passage of a second round of debt limit increase, is available here. It’s just a page long – the BBA is the only change. The Pell grant stuff was just grumbling. This is

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29 Jul 2011

Inside the Obama Deal on Fuel Economy

The President will announce a deal on fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks today, boosting the average fuel economy to 54.5 MPG by 2025. The agreement would require U.S. vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon or 163 grams per mile of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025,

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