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This evening Harper’s legal affairs contributor Scott Horton discusses the first court-martial case commenced against a civilian contractor, filed by the Marine Corps in Iraq on March 27, and the consequences it may have for contractor accountability, on the BBC’s World News Tonight (2100 hours London time, 5:00 p.m. on participating NPR stations across the United States).
Für mitteleuropäische Leser: In der übernächsten Sendung (voraussichtlich am Dienstag, den 15. April, 21 Uhr MEZ) von „Frontal 21“ (ZDF) bespricht Scott Horton (Harper’s Magazine) die Entwicklung der Foltermethode „Waterboarding“ und seine Einführung durch die Bush-Regierung seit 2002.
Harper’s legal affairs contributor Scott Horton will appear on Sunday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. PDT on Ian Masters’ Background Briefing on National Public Radio in Southern California, KPFK 90.7 FM, to discuss the decision to shut down the public integrity unit in the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office and Michael Mukasey’s recent speech before the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on public integrity and national security issues.
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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