Category Archives: CIA

Choosing Silence

There is such a thing as noble silence – refusing to give in and spill the beans. If captured by the enemy you give your name, rank and serial number – but no more, no matter what they do to … Continue reading

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War Crimes Not For Nuremberg and Not For The Hague and Certainly Not For DC

This may be simply a reference note – something that could have vast implications in a year, or fade into nothing. But it should be noted, for the record. The president and all key members his administration have committed what … Continue reading

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Debating the Wrong Things

Just a reminder – JUST ABOVE SUNSET will be blogging live tomorrow evening, January 31, from the Democratic primary debate at the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Press credentials are so cool.  But looking ahead is pointless. Who knows what … Continue reading

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Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore, Hallelujahs Optional

As for Michael rowing that boat ashore, see William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, and Lucy McKim Garrison, Slave Songs of the United States, for the history of that old spiritual. At one time, in the sixties with all its … Continue reading

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Careful Wording Only Defers Trouble

The senior senator from Massachusetts long ago became a self-referential joke, but sometimes Ted Kennedy gets things right – The President has said that American lives will be sacrificed if Congress does not change FISA. But he has also said … Continue reading

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The Daily Me

The dialog is probably in some droll movie, but if it isn’t, it should be –   –       Is it just me, or… –       No, it’s just you – no one else. –       No, no, no – that’s not what … Continue reading

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JUST ABOVE SUNSET on the BBC

Just a personal note –   Tuesday, December 11, late in the evening out here, I posted the column on the on the CIA torture tapes scandal, if a scandal is what that is – War Crimes Obviously.  Well, scandal … Continue reading

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