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On Wednesday the Washington Post published a crucial story in the unfolding drama of Guantanamo Bay and detainees in the War on Terror.  Judge Susan J. Crawford refused to prosecute Mohammed al-Qahtani or refer his case to another court because of the extensive torture he was put through at the hands of the US military at Guantanamo Bay.

Emptywheel at Firedoglake has a great post with video from Keith Olberman’s Countdown with an interview with Cmdr. Jonathan Swift, who represented Salim Hamdan in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the case whose review by the Supreme Court declared the Bush administration’s military commisions unconstitutional in their then present form.

A useful tool via NYT:


Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes have an analysis of the deficit surge during the Bush years at Harper’s.

“… had Clinton-era policies been kept in place the past eight years, the CBO estimates, the overall national debt actually would have significantly decreased.”

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National Debt Clock

On May 3, 2009, the National debt was $11,236,997,227,054. Click here to see the most current figure.

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