2005

Of a Financial Times online >poll about torture, Alice Marshall asks “ How did this even get to be part of the conversation?” Meanwhile, the BBC reports on the investigation of a Swiss Senator in “CIA abduction claims ‘credible:’” He went on: “Legal proceedings in progress in certain countries seemed to indicate that individuals had…

Read More Torturing The Norms

Via USA Today: Days after the Sept. 11 attacks, the head of the National Security Agency met his workforce at the nation’s eavesdropping and code-breaking headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., near Washington, for a pep talk. “I told them that free people always had to decide where to draw the line between their liberty and…

Read More " L'état c'est moi"

The other day on “On Point,” I heard some astoundingly clear exposition of executive management, in the words of Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former CEO of the Red Cross. The program, Examining The Red Cross was promoted as: When 9/11 came, the Red Cross was there — with mountains of Americans’ donations and support for…

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[Adam updates: The reporter has recanted his story, “Federal agents’ visit was a hoax .”] Apparently, the Staasi are watching what we read. A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s tome on Communism called “The Little Red Book.” Two history professors…

Read More The shame of it all

From Crain’s Chicago Business: LaSalle Bank Corp. says a computer tape bearing confidential information on about 2 million residential mortgage customers disappeared last month as it was being transported to a consumer credit company in Texas. The Chicago bank has alerted law enforcement authorities and is also monitoring transactions closely to detect any unusual or…

Read More Lasalle Bank, 2 million mortgagees, SSNs, acct #s, "lost" tape