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The Dissenter

25 Jul 2011

Reflecting on the Afghanistan War Logs Released by WikiLeaks One Year Ago

One year ago, WikiLeaks released the Afghanistan war logs. Around seventy-six thousand previously classified military reports were released in collaboration with the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel. The contents of the documents revealed several dark realities of the war. And, the release drew condemnation from the Washington establishment that made

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25 Jul 2011

Joshua E.S. Phillips on US Military’s Failure to Investigate Torture

For the past months, I have hosted a show called “This Week in WikiLeaks,” where I bring a guest on to talk about a WikiLeaks-related story or to talk about the latest news and updates on WikiLeaks, an organization that provides a lens for understanding so much about how the press, policy and politics, the national security state, etc. Sometimes, I don’t have guests on that are part of the WikiLeaks story. Sometimes they simply provide greater context for understanding the US government reaction and the players, who are a part of this story.

Joshua E.S. Phillips, a writer, journalist and author of None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture, is this week’s guest. The conversation was recorded after Phillips’ story in The Nation, “Inside the Detainee Abuse Task Force,” was published. We discuss this task force that was created after the Abu Ghraib scandal to, as he writes, investigate “abuse cases that occurred in and around Victory Base Complex—a huge area of responsibility that included the heaviest concentration of detainees.” In his story, he highlights a retired officer, who claims it was a “whitewash.”

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24 Jul 2011

Benjamin Wittes Responds: “Happy to be a government proxy”

In an an arrogant riposte to an earlier posting of mine, Lawfare blogger and member of the Hoover Institute Task Force on National Security and the Law, Benjamin Wittes, proclaimed he is “Happy to be a government proxy.” But what do you expect from an commentator who thinks stress positions, sensory deprivation, forced nudity and isolation are only “modestly coercive”?

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24 Jul 2011

This Week in WikiLeaks Podcast – Joshua E.S. Phillips on US Military’s Failure to Investigate Torture

Update: Link has been fixed. You should now be able to listen to the podcast. For the past months, I have hosted a show called “This Week in WikiLeaks,” where I bring a guest on to talk about a WikiLeaks-related story or to talk about the latest news and updates

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The Bullpen

28 Jul 2011

Boehner Plan Gets Tense Vote Today in House

John Boehner gets a major test of his leadership today when his plan to increase the debt limit gets a vote in the House. I think he’ll pass, as he’s designed the test and can give out the answer sheets, to use a pretty poor metaphor. I don’t believe Boehner

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28 Jul 2011

Standard and Poor’s Has Less Leverage Than the Political Class Thinks

Standard and Poor’s rogue actions violate the Securities and Exchange Act, by giving the impression to the political class that they must reduce the deficit by $4 trillion in the next 90 days to avoid a credit downgrade (S&P, mindful of this violation, is now saying that they’ve been misquoted).

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27 Jul 2011

Boehner’s Bill Gets Re-Score By CBO; Dems United Against It in the Senate

House Speaker John Boehner has retooled his bill and submitted it to CBO, and CBO responded by affirming that it would cut the deficit by $917 billion over the next decade, along with setting up a process for another $1.8 trillion through a Catfood Commission II. Boehner didn’t actually do

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27 Jul 2011

The Roundup for July 27, 2011

Here you are, people, with tonight’s roundup: • Jonathan Bernstein’s rah-rah for the Reid plan over the Boehner plan doesn’t say one thing different than what I’ve been saying – the only significant difference between the two plans is the timing of the debt limit increase (and as I’ve said,

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27 Jul 2011

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hints at Continued US Presence

I think we’re reaching a semantic game with respect to the US military presence in Iraq. The political community just won’t ask for an extension of military troops. But the leadership appears to be falling back to allowing trainers to work with Iraqi security forces. That’s what Iraqi Foreign Minister

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27 Jul 2011

Senate Doesn’t Have Enough Time to Increase Debt Limit By August 2

I think Nate Silver is basically correct that this debt limit debate is over, except for figuring out who has to endure the ritual humiliation in the end. But that does not mean that the debt limit will be increased before August 2. In fact, I think we’ve run out

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