FROM Stephen Grey
Italy Charges 26 Americans, Mostly CIA Officers, with Kidnapping Twenty-six US citizens, most of them in the CIA , have been ordered to stand trial in Italy. It's a case of "extraordinary rendition," in which an Egyptian cleric was seized on the streets of Milan and taken to Egypt, where he says he was tortured. The former head of Italy's secret service has also been charged. Stephen Grey is author of Ghost Plane : the True Story of the CIA Torture Program.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.