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Redaction Faction

Maybe the Bush administration has a taste for the literary after all. Jessica Azulay’s article in this morning’s New Standard News reported Senator Carl Levin’s recent success in getting the Pentagon to unredact a bit more of its censored literature on Guantanamo. Under pressure from Senator Levin, the Justice department penciled in a few more (previously hidden) words on the Guantanamo reports, making them look more like a complex crossword puzzle or a high-stakes game of madlibs than FBI memos protected under the Freedom of Information Act. Par for the course, really. Michael Ratner warned us a year ago that hard-won clues to the reality of Guantanmo will appear one by one, over time. Levin’s pushing for more… >>In a press statement about the newly released memo, Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan), who was responsible for pushing the Justice Department for the revised version, vowed to keep pressing for more revelations. “The facts related to interrogation practices used against some detainees are slowly being forced to the surface and we will keep pushing for more,” Levin said. “Today we were able to obtain some information that had previously been blacked out in an FBI document critical of DOD interrogation practices. As I suspected, the previously withheld information had nothing to do with protecting intelligence sources or methods, and everything to do with protecting DOD from embarrassment.”(New Standard) Meanwhile, take a look at Ratner’s interview in the new issue of Mother Jones


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Author David Stroh: First Steps to Becoming a Systems Thinker

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