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October 11, 2009

Recent Focus — Your Thoughts?


In recent weeks, we’ve been featuring two projects in addition to the 9/11 project: the Prisoner Abuse and the US Health Care projects. The Prisoner Abuse project is currently focusing on issues centering around the recent Justice Department documents released by the Obama administration and the Senate Armed Service Committee’s recent report. The US Health Care, in conjunction with the Domestic Propaganda project, is focusing on the recent health care debate. (We’re also moving forward with other projects as well, particularly the War in Afghanistan and Kosovar Albanian projects.)

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see more extensive coverage of these topics? Would you rather see other projects focused on and these given less attention? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Update: I’m “stickying” this post to the top of the page. I see this as a key element of the evolution towards HC 2.0. So folks, let your voice be heard.

April 23, 2009

The Usefulness of KSM’s Interrogations: Very Low


Emptywheel has a post analysing the effectiveness of detainee interrogations based on references in the 9/11 Commission report to interrogations of Abu Zubaida. She says she plans to extend this method to KSM’s interrogations cited in the commission’s report, and gives an example of one of his alleged statements as possible evidence of him giving up new information to interrogators. However, in the example she uses the US already knew most (at least) of what the commission attributes to him.

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