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I had an opportunity to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum since June 2012. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations, although he has never been charged. Assange believes that if sent to Sweden, he would be put into prison and then sent to the United States, where he is already being investigated for espionage for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic and military memos on the WikiLeaks website. George W. Bush’s new presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Texas has opened with great fanfare, including the attendance of Presidents Obama and former Presidents Carter, Bush Sr. and Clinton. George Bush has said that the library is “a place to lay out facts.”
The following is the foreword to the classic " Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free " by Esquire columnist Charles P. Pierce. Completed toward the end of the second Bush administration and published in the first year of the Obama era, it remains a defining - and wry - look at how culturally and politically much of the United States has come to value ignorance over knowledge. As Pierce observes in the book excerpt following this introduction,"The rise of Idiot America, though, is essentially a war on expertise ...
Most readers probably know the outline of this story: beginning in the 1970s the incarceration rate in America, the proportion of the population sent to prison, started to rise exponentially.
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his program sets out to look at the Cold War not as a political conflict but as a clash between two intelligence services which, because of their very nature, often had more in common with each other than with the governments that employed them. The story of this deadly battle can now be told because the collapse of communism has brought KGB files into the public domain and some senior KGB officers out of the shadows.
Online voting for Human Rights Hero 2011 closed one month early, and result censored, after Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi took clear lead AM NASTY INTERNATIONALLY Amnesty International Closes Online Poll, Hides Human Rights Hero Winner Posted by Marklar on February 3, 2012 at 10:33pm Online voting for Human Rights Hero 2011 closed one month early, and result censored, after Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi took clear lead along with Nabeel Rajab of Bahrain and Michael Jackson.