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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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