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If [torture] never worked at all, people would never use it…The problem is that you never know whether the information you’ve got through torture is reliable or not. But it is useful for other things as well. It’s useful for extracting confessions. Sometimes it’s even better than getting the truth because it means getting someone to admit to something you want them to admit to. -- Stephen Grey


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1//Arab News, Saudi Arabia

A senior Iranian diplomat called for strengthening relations between Riyadh and Tehran in order to boost political efforts to solve regional problems. The diplomat made his remarks following talks with Prince Naif, interior minister; and Prince Salman, Riyadh governor. The Iranian Ambassador, Mohammad Hosseini, said: "The present tension in states such as Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine make political efforts vital and necessary." ... Iran and Saudi Arabia signed a security cooperation accord during the visit made by Prince Naif to Tehran in 2001. ... On the commercial front, Riyadh and Tehran have forged closer relations. ... At the moment, there are 18 joint venture projects with a total capital of more than SR1.2 billion. This is in addition to the growing bilateral cooperation in oil sector. Iran has 7.5 percent of the total world's oil reserves and the two countries have already upgraded their relations substantially since bilateral ties were restored in 1991.

by Cindy Sheehan

As dissatisfaction with the occupation of Iraq soars and the carnage seemingly continues unabated, the new Democratic Congress is on board with staying the disastrous course that BushCo and the Republican dominated Congress set for our nation.

Monday, 18 December 2006 05:02

BuzzFlash Mailbag for December 18, 2006


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Subject: No Character. No Smarts.

I have theories about GW Bush’s resistance to set a timetable on Iraq and they are related to stupidity and lack of character.

Even though Bush privately knows he made a big mistake by invading Iraq, he refuses to admit it. He has a track record for never saying he made a mistake. Being under the influence/control of right-wing war hawks and their Project for the New American Century, GW knows the hawks were dead wrong, but lacks the character and backbone to say so.

by Ray Coughenour, Colonel (Ret)

The President now says in his newest “buzzword diplomacy” that we need to stay in Iraq until we finish the "Job." Well I have a question: Exactly what is this “Job” that we need to finish?


Conspiracy Theory To Really Annoy President Ahmendinejad

by Tony Peyser

That worldwide, anti-Jewish conference
Was something he was long engineering
But that Holocaust denier event didn't happen
Is the rumor that we have been hearing.


Note: Barbara is taking a holiday break with her family until January 3rd. She prepared the following for you on Friday.

Finally an optimistic outlook for Senator Tim Johnson. If indeed, accumulated blood can be evacuated before the pressure damages the brain, then chances for recovery are good!!! The fact that he was in surgery within hours after the first symptoms is a good sign. Our hearts go out to him and his family during this a most difficult time!!

by Dave Lindorff

The U.S. is holding hundreds of innocent people at its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Military authorities at Guantanamo have decided to tighten the screws on detainees because it has been determined that the U.S. has been too kind and accommodating to them.

Friday, 15 December 2006 08:29

No Mailbag Today

Sorry for the late notice, but our Mailbag Editor had jury duty today.

Mailbag returns on Monday. 


Senate Republican Leader Visits Tim Johnson In His Hospital Room

by Tony Peyser

Dr. Frist got rather pissed
Whirling around as someone said,
"I'm just an intern but doesn't
That pillow go UNDER his head?"

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