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Defense Department Turns Down My FOIA Request for Mohamed Al Hanashi’s Autopsy Report

You may recall that in June of last year, I was in Guantanamo when the detainees’ representative, Mohamed al Hanashi, was found dead in his cell, “an aparent suicide” according to the Gitmo press office. To recap, there was plenty wrong with that picture: al Hanashi had been taken out of his cell shortly after having been elected the detainees’ representative — he had been, according to relatives, in sound mind and feeling helpful because he had just been assigned a lawyer after seven years — and he was taken to a meeting with the Admiral and the head of the Guard force. He never was returned to his cell after that meeting — taken straight to the psych ward, though now family members and two sources, including Binyam Mohamed, have confirmed that he was not mentally ill.

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Letter from Zagreb: Croatia is us

I spent four magical days in the avant-garde heart of the new Croatia — speaking about the “Ten Steps” to a closed society, and about what a citizens’ democracy movement can do to reopen such a society, in the perfect test case for this thesis — Zagreb, the magical, medieval-hearted, yet avant-garde capital of Croatia. […]

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Dear World, Please Confront America

Is it possible to fall out of love with your own country? For two years, I, like many Americans, have been focused intently on documenting, exposing, and alerting the nation to the Bush administration’s criminality and its assault on the Constitution and the rule of law – a story often marginalized at home. I was […]

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White House Sex Crimes

NEW YORK – Sex crime has a telltale signature, even when those directing the outrages are some of the most powerful men and women in the United States. How extraordinary, then, to learn that one of the perpetrators of these crimes, Condoleezza Rice, has just led the debate in a special session of the United […]

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