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The American Civil Liberties Union has announced that it is commencing a suit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing, on the grounds that it provided “substantial support” to the Central Intelligence Agency’s illegal torture-by-proxy scheme. The ACLU suit links the company to three separate episodes in which individuals were “disappeared,” tortured and mistreated. The lawsuit is reported in today’s Los Angeles Times. Jeppesen Dataplan had previously been described by The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer as the “CIA’s travel agent.” In her report, Mayer said that the company managed logistical arrangements associated with the CIA’s extraordinary renditions program. More than two dozen CIA agents and contractors now stand under criminal indictment in connection with implementation of the program, and criminal authorities in Germany, Italy, and Spain are now studying the operations of Jeppesen Dataplan as they relate to the overall criminal enterprise.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”