Still Hidden in Plain Sight, a Reminder of Old Times

Two news stories — an “exclusive” in The Guardian (“Revealed: Pentagon’s link to Iraqi torture centres”) and a front-pager in The New York Times (“C.I.A.’s History Poses Hurdles for an Obama Nominee”) — are reminders that more than seven years ago Straight Up’s staff of thousands was onto the story about the American strategy to (democratize) Salvadorize Iraq with death squads and torture chambers. Have a look at our blogpost “Hidden in Plain Sight” of Dec. 20, 2005. Today’s tie-in to the top U.S. military brass, particularly to retired Gen. David Petraeus and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — which The Guardian makes plainer than ever with no little help from Wikileaks — is stunning. And don’t miss the 51-minute The Guardian/BBC Arabic video posted with the British paper’s news story. It is about mystery man James Steele, the counterinsurgency operative at the center of the allegations.

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