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Dick Cheney pays a call on John Howard and suddenly the path of a Guantánamo Military Commission case changes dramatically. A plea bargain is reached, and a man who was once described as a cold-blooded terrorist suddenly is considered to present no real menace. He receives a sentence which is the absolute minimum possible to enable his prompt return to Australia. So what happened in that fateful meeting between the American vice president and the Australian prime minister? Listeners downunder can hear Harper’s Scott Horton discuss the case this morning on ABC’s Radio National “Breakfast.” Check here for the ABC affiliate closest to you.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Hours per day that a death-row inmate in China wears hand and ankle restraints:
A multidisciplinary team detected cardiac arrhythmia in the works of Beethoven.
There was a run on cases of 5.56mm M855 green-tip rifle bullets, after the White House moved to ban their manufacture and sale because they can pierce police armor.
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