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Last night I discuss John Yoo’s latest exercise in professional self-immolation with David Shuster on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann:
Of course, six minutes is not enough time even to enumerate the mistakes contained in Yoo’s Wall Street Journal piece. Consider, for instance, his argument that Franklin Delano Roosevelt proceeded to order national security surveillance without seeking warrants. Fascinating. Might the fact that the requirement of warrants was first imposed by statute in 1978 have something to do with that?
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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