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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.
Number of people who attended the World Grits Festival, held in St. George, South Carolina, last spring:
The brown bears of Greece continued chewing through telephone poles.
In Peru, a 51-year-old activist became the first former sex worker to run for the national legislature. “I’m going to put order,” she said, “in that big brothel which is Congress.”
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”