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  •  Bravo! (none)
    I support this modern day "Ellsberg" response to ultra secrecy that is designed to cover up and conceal from the American people the lengths the Bush Administration has gone to "win."
    We've managed, either in the years before I was born or in the 58 years I've been alive, to defeat or battle to a draw:
    Nazi Germany;
    Imperial Japan;
    The North Koreans;
    The Chinese;
    The North Vietnamese;
    the Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega;
    that military giant -- Grenada;
    through "proxy," the Russians in Afghanistan (although this one has led to our present predicament);
    crippled, then contributed to the demise of the Soviet Union;
    the Iraqi Army in the Gulf War;
    the Iraqi Army in THIS War;
    ALL
    without systematic, sanctioned torture.
    On the other hand, we have had a resurgence of collossal abuse by our intelligence agencies, as everyone predicted we would see, when Bush and Cheney pulled out the stops, and let the Hellhounds lose.
    We hopefully will suffer serious legal setbacks for our torture and misuse of the NSA.
    Cases may be lost, but there is no point in surrendering our civil liberties to people like Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, Rumsfeld, Feith, Cambone, Boykin and Wolfowitz, as well as Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and David Addington.
    Keep up the good work!
    I appreciate that Bloggers are working around the corners of mainstream media, to inform the public.
    If Bush wins on the NSA case, you can BELIEVE, he will order Bloggers to suffer pains and penalties for publishing this material.
    We have to stand together.
    •  US always has tortured (none)
      ALL without systematic, sanctioned torture?

      The extensively detailed CIA and School of the Americas torture manuals dating from 1963 onwards are found here
      Torture has been a tool of US foreign policy for many years, in almost all the military actions you mention.

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