This Week's Links: Torture and Community Reinvestment

19 December 2008

  • Former senior interrogator Matthew Alexander recounts how United States officials engaged in conduct that "often resulted in torture and abuse." Alexander, who "refused to participate in such practices," details his own successful methods. It's a good read. [The Washington Post]
  • I know that many people have written much on the topic, but this is still one of the most under-covered stories of the past decade: "A bipartisan Senate report released today says that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other top Bush administration officials are directly responsible for abuses of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and charges that decisions by those officials led to serious offenses against prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere." [The Washington Post]
  • Paul Krugman debunks some of the myths and falsehoods about Fannie and Freddie (back in July) [The New York Times]
  • Joseph Stiglitz doesn't care for Alan Greenspan. [Vanity Fair]
  • ABC News exaggerates the wages of United States auto workers. [F.A.I.R.]
  • Howard Kurtz is not a very good media critic. [Media Matters for America]
  • Have your conservative friends and family members been holding up the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 as the root of all our current economic problems? If so, you might want to give this one a read. [Media Matters for America]
  • Media Matters debunks some of the common myths about the Community Reinvestment Act. [Media Matters for America]
  • Eric Boehlert debunks the $70/hour autoworker myth. [Media Matters for America]
  • The New York Times debunks the $70/hour autoworker myth. [The New York Times]
  • Bob Somerby suggests a better headline for the previous New York Times article. [The Daily Howler]
  • Michelle Malkin is still a reflexive partisan hack. [ThinkProgress]
  • Barry Ritholtz debunks the "intellectually silly argument" that the Community Reinvestment Act is the root of all our economic problems. [The Big Picture]
  • Slate thinks that it is "not merely offensive, but entirely wrong" to blame our current economic woes on the Community Reinvestment Act. [Slate]
  • The Westboro Baptist Church now wants to take advantage of Olympia's open forum to put up a religious display of their own, saying "Santa Claus Will Take You To Hell." [Seattle Post Intelligencer]
  • Newsweek writes up the whistleblower who revealed the warrantless wiretap program. [Newsweek]

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