Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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SCOTUS rules Bush admin. can't use military tribunals on Gitmo detainees

This is a breaking story, folks. Here's the Washington Post's story.

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'No repeat over CIA flights urged'

On Tuesday, the Council of Europe issued its report on the CIA rendition flights in Europe. Here's the BBC news story, an FAQ and some analysis by Beeb European Editor Mark Mardell.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali gets to keep Dutch citizenship

This June 27 BBC story says that The Netherlands' Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has found a loophole in the Ayaan Hirsi Ali case. Thus, the ex-MP won't be stripped of her Dutch citizenship.

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'President v press: Rumbling row'

This Beeb piece is a competent overview of the decision by some U.S. newspapers to publish stories about the existence of a program to track the finances of suspected terrorists. A good starter if you're new to this story.

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'Patriotism and the Press'

An NYT editorial on the Bush administration's heated reaction to the revealing of its program for monitoring the financial transactions of suspected terrorists: An excerpt: Our news colleagues work under the assumption that they should let the people know anything important that the reporters learn, unless there is some grave and overriding reason for withholding […]

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Oh, to be a court reporter again! (aka The Penis Pump Chronicles)

This has got to rank as the most bizarre case ever: An ex-judge in Oklahoma is on trial for indecent exposure — He allegedly used a penis pump on himself while court was in session! More from the AP story on Yahoo! News: Over the past few days, the jurors have watched a defense attorney […]

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