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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Is the Central Intelligence Agency finally out of the torture business?

HEADLINE HEADLINE!!!  (NOT!!!)  READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!

President Obama chose a nearly dead moment in the news cycle--the Wednesday before Thanksgiving--to sign into law the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA included a provision authored by Senator McCain and Senator Feinstein that makes permanent the Executive ban on CIA torture!  

The Obama Administration, which recently gave public praise to the jaw-dropping placement of Saudi Arabia on the United Nations Human Rights Committee, chose not to make a big public fuss about this legislation--which requires the CIA to allow Red Cross visits to prisoners held by CIA officers.

Perhaps the CIA's good friends--the beheading-happy, women-oppressing, petroleum-pumping Saudis--will be happy to take over torture interrogation duties in the "war on terror"?

Too bad neither CIA torture nor NSA spying has actually done anything to end the bloodshed.

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