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Of heroes, secrets, black sites — and us

Field Notes from a Battleground

Last time, I described Jack Goldsmith’s account of the publication of Dana Priest’s explosive article on the CIA black sites around the world, including in Eastern European democracies. This week, I will discuss hugely significant precedents that paved the way for Priest and her editors to publish her information notwithstanding its secrecy and pressure by the CIA and Bush not to do so.

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Of heroes, secrets, black sites — and us

Field Notes from a Battleground

Last time, I described Jack Goldsmith’s account of the publication of Dana Priest’s explosive article on the CIA black sites around the world, including in Eastern European democracies. This week, I will discuss hugely significant precedents that paved the way for Priest and her editors to publish her information notwithstanding its secrecy and pressure by the CIA and Bush not to do so.

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Memorial Day makes its mark

The Millerton News Editorial

On Monday, May 28, Harlem Valley communities joined the rest of the nation to remember and respect its war dead with parades and ceremonies, much as they have for generations. Carrying on these traditions is as important today as it was when they began at the end of the Civil War.

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"I don't Remember"

Editorial Cartoon

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A discussion of heroes, secrets, black sites — and us

Field Notes from a Battleground

Part 1 of 2
This column will tell of heroes. One was a high-ranking official in the Bush administration — people who know me might raise an eyebrow here — and the others are members of the Fourth Estate. Journalists.

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Letters to the Editor - May 24 2012

Pine Plains library in jeopardy

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The souls of my shoes

The Country Curmudgeon

By the time you read this we will have a new “Dancing with the Stars” champion. It is a mesmerizing production, much like “Dangerous Catch,” a show about crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. Similarly, we hold our breath while waiting for a disaster, then feign horror when it actually happens.

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Socialized industry

A View from the Edge

When the government — you, the taxpayer — pays for something, even if it is developed or invented by the private sector, it is, in effect, socialized industry and invention.

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Buckle your seat belt

The Millerton News Editorial

“I’ve never had to unbuckle a dead body.”
Blunt, but direct words spoken by North East town Supervisor John Merwin about the stark reality of those who use a seat belt and those who don’t. Merwin was speaking, specifically, about a statewide traffic safety program geared to get drivers and passengers buckled up, aptly named, Buckle Up New York.

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Wilderness areas may be opened to motorized vehicles

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I understand there is an effort underway to allow all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, motorboats and other motorized vehicles into wilderness areas, which would overturn a long-standing ban. What’s behind this?
Harry Schilling
Tempe, Ariz.

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