Finally, A Torture Investigation (by the British.)
To pay for its far flung military adventures, the US has reneged on the social contract: pensions are an endangered species, healthcare coverage is shrinking, Republicans are attempting to downsize social security, privatized eldercare is obscenely expensive and often atrocious. The US is a country that no longer cares for its people: the sure sign of a failed state. It is a consequence of Republican self-serving tax avoidance, profligate spending on foreign wars, war profiteering, corporate welfare, and downright corruption. A severe decline in the US standard of living appears inevitable.
Human Rights and International Justice (McArthur Foundation)
The Dark Side, by investigative journalist Jane Mayer,
lays out the roles that Vice President Dick Cheney and his advisor,
David Addington, played in setting administration policies for
capturing and interrogating detainees. It is a beautifully
written, well-researched must-read for anyone who wants to
understand how the U.S. slipped from a nation that played an
essential role in the adoption of the Geneva Conventions to a
nation known to violate those conventions, how the administration's
secret adoption of torture as a policy contributed false evidence
of an Iraq connection to the terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda to
justify attacking Iraq, and much more.
While America Aged: Roger Lowenstein (video)