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Friday Nite Videos | November 15, 2019

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Billionaires Freak Out About Warren and Sanders. The Report | Movie. Bernie, AOC Unveil $180 Billion Green New Deal for Public Housing. Why It’s So Hard to Get Mental Health Care | Hasan Minhaj. Understanding the Science of Climate Change.

The Report | Movie

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it

U.S. Judges Admit Enhanced Interrogation Is Torture

Joseph Margulies Boston Review
They also acknowledged, for the first time, that the grounds for torturing Abu Zubaydah—the Saudi Arabian citizen detained in the wake of September 11, still languishing in Guantánamo—were mistaken.

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Damn It All: A Meditation on Hell

Stephen Greenblatt New York Review of Books
Charting the origins of the Christian idea of a vast underground realm where the souls of sinners were hauled to suffer eternal punishments by fiends, the author walks readers through a panoply of sadistic fantasies long considered revealed truths.

The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders

John Feffer Foreign Policy In Focus
Saudi Arabia's apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi might have taken inspiration from Russia and North Korea - or Israel and the United States. State-sponsored assassination is a ruthless gamble. But other countries have gotten away with it.

Neil Gorsuch Helped Defend Bush Torture Policies

Charlie Savage The New York Times
After visiting Guantanamo, Judge Gorsuch offered the prison operation commander a glowing review. "Being able to see first hand all that you have managed to accomplish with such a difficult and sensitive mission makes my job of helping explain and defend it before the courts all the easier.”
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