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The constitutional distance between what President Obama is doing and "The Enterprise," which was the Reagan administration's term for the foolishness from El Salvador's death squads all the way through Iran-Contra, is not vast. Photos by Gamma-Keystone via Getty (top); Alex Wong/Getty (left) On Sunday, I went to early Mass at Gesu Church, the baronial old Jesuit pile on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, and the place I would go on Sundays during college to ask the Lord for forgiveness for whatever several commandments I may have left in the shebeen the night before. During what we used to call The Prayer of the Faithful, which comes immediately after the Homily, we prayed for the souls of Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, four Catholic missionaries who were beaten, raped, and murdered by a death squad in El Salvador in 1980. The Cost of America's Secret Wars, Then and Now
"So, You Ever Kill Anybody?" Very few screenwriters get kidnapped. In Hollywood, where most of them live and work, they're considered low-value targets. But moments after arriving in Beirut in 2002, Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning writer of Traffic, found himself in what seemed to be a hostage situation. His cell phone rang, and the voice on the other end said, "I've got something really special you can do, but you have to do it right now and I can't tell you what it is." Gaghan walked out of the airport and got into a car with a stranger. As they drove, he was stripped of his backpack, pens and belt, and was blindfolded, hooded and thrown into the back of another car.
In quotes: Excerpts from Nato report on Taliban 1 February 2012 Last updated at 08:52 GMT The quotations are reflections from fighters detained by Isaf in Afghanistan A secret Nato report seen by the BBC suggests the Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly helped by the Pakistani security service (ISI). Here are excerpts from the report, based on interrogations of more than 4,000 captured Taliban, al-Qaeda, foreign fighters and civilians. "Reflections from detainees indicate that Pakistan's manipulation of Taliban senior leadership continues unabatedly."