Category Archives: Torture Memo

The Day after Humiliation

It’s an odd thing. Concerned people – loved ones and family – will see your despair or panic and tell you things will look different in the morning – get some sleep. Things won’t seem so bad in the morning. … Continue reading

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There May be No Extraordinary Times Exemption

Sometimes all your lawyer friends are useless – they practice the wrong kind of law. As the Brits would say, they’re solicitors, not barristers. But it would nice to know if an effective defense for committing an egregious crime, when … Continue reading

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The Pinochet Gambit

For those of us born and raised in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 28, 2009, was a dark day. The chaps from the University of Pittsburgh, after coming so far and rising so high, were eliminated from the national basketball tournament by … Continue reading

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The Sermon on Good Intentions

If you’re really old, as some of us are, you might remember something that predated Monty Python – Beyond the Fringe, a British comedy revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. Most remember … 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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It Really Has Been a Long Strange Trip

What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been: The Best of the Grateful Dead – that’s that compilation album by the Dead, a two-record LP released in October, 1977. The title comes from Robert Hunter, a line from “Truckin’” – “Lately … Continue reading

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