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Rice defends treatment of terror suspects - Dec 5, 2005

CNN's report on the Secretary of State's diplomatic tour of Europe, reported in "Rice defends treatment of terror suspects", has some of the typical "renditions" of the Administration's policies and personnel. Rice herself, for example, is shown in a photo taken when her jaw was plainly set. Secretary Rice's use of the term "rendition", of course, is the real story.

Richard John Neuhaus on the Vatican instruction

RJN's commentary addresses some typical criticisms, and does so quite (IMHO) tellingly. It's worth a read. Check it out here.

Down's Syndrome testing

Rick Garnett's comment at Mirror of Justice on "Down's Syndrome testing" is, IMHO, spot on.

'Gay weddings' become law in UK

Technically, the title of the article, "'Gay weddings' become law in UK", is misleading. If you look in the body of the article, it's clear that the requirements of the new "Civil Partnerships Act" require only the licensing paperwork. No ceremony appears to be required by the act. On the other hand, the British bureaucracy may have other ideas.
Meg Munn, minister for equality, said the government expected 4,500 couples to get "partnered" in the first year. ...snip...

Rice 'to talk tough on CIA claim'

In essence, Secretary Rice is telling the heads of state in Europe, "Don't look for the smoking gun" of U.S. gulags in Eastern Europe. I'm not sure what the implied threat means, but according to the BBC article, "Rice 'to talk tough on CIA claim'", Rice will say
"The key point will be 'We're all in this together and you need to look at yourselves as much as us,' " one official said to the Washington Post, on condition of anonymity. "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."


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