What's Really Happened in the War on Terror?
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A new book called The Dark Side compiles evidence that "enhanced interrogation" has made America more vulnerable, rather than safer. Is it torture? Did those who ordered it commit war crimes? Was it counter-productive to the war on terror? Also, rising inflation, and facts and perceptions about the economy.
Inflation Surges, Adding to Economic Woes ()
On top of concerns about the mortgage market and banking, there's a new reason to worry. Today it's reported that inflation rose last month at the fastest rate since Hurricane Katrina. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke warned Congress about inflation for the second day in a row. Greg Robb reports for MarketWatch.com.
- Greg Robb: Reporter, MarketWatch.com
The Dark Side of America's War on Terror ()
Lawyers, military figures and Bush Administration insiders believed that so-called "enhanced" interrogation techniques really were torture. But Vice President Cheney insisted they were the only way to head off another September 11, despite warnings about prosecution for war crimes. A new book, The Dark Side, also reports that dissenters lost their jobs, even as "enhanced" interrogation produced false information that derailed the war on terror. Will there be a call to accountability?
- Jane Mayer: Investigative Reporter, The New Yorker
- Clifford May: President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
- Noel Francisco: former Associate Counsel to President Bush
- Scott Horton: Visiting Professor, Hofstra Law School
Deleterious Effects of Lines outside IndyMac ()
Last week, IndyMac bank in Pasadena, California, was taken over by the FDIC. It re-opened Monday, with police called to calm depositors standing in line. The run on deposits apparently was triggered when Charles Schumer (D-NY) raised questions about its solvency. The Senator blames the bank for its own problems, saying it engaged in "poor and loose lending practices" for years. Gretchen Morgenson, Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist and reporter for the New York Times, has more on perceptions, realities and consumer confidence.
- Gretchen Morgenson: Business Columnist, New York Times
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