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“This is War”: How the CIA Justifies Torture
By Frank Smyth, December 12, 2014, The Progressive

A Defense Department spokesman, Marine Captain Jay C. Farrar, said it is “highly doubtful” that these courses of­fered instruction in abusive interrogation techniques. But according to U.S. Army Special Forces advisers formerly stationed in the region, small courses for selected Salvadoran soldiers regularly included training in “negative-incentive” methods.

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Six months after Sandy Hook, grassroot groups and the gun debate
By Frank Smyth, June 13, 2013, MSNBC

After the horror of the Newtown shooting, gun reform advocates expected to finally see a change. Yet Friday marks the six-month anniversary of the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and, largely due to the efforts of the gun lobby, none of the nation’s federal gun laws have changed. “The NRA and special interests

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Sequester trumps Sandy Hook: Why gun-control measures may falter
By Frank Smyth, March 15, 2013, MSNBC

Many Americans expected a real change in the nation’s gun laws after the killing of 20 first-graders in Newtown. But three months later, the outcome looks unclear. No fewer than four pieces of legislation have passed a Senate panel over the past two weeks to move to the Senate floor. “It’s a step forward,” Debra

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Glenn Beck returns to the NRA as group strengthens ties with gun manufacturers
By Frank Smyth, March 7, 2013, MSNBC

Any remaining doubt about where the gun lobby may be headed after the Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting seems over now. NRA leaders have endorsed America’s most profitable gunmaking CEO…

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Senate witness on weapons ban funded by gun lobby
By Frank Smyth, February 27, 2013, MSNBC

At the same time that the gun lobby is helping to fuel threatening language on the Internet, it is trying to keep secret its financial backing for key witnesses testifying about gun violence before the Senate Judiciary Committee…

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The gun at the heart of the assault weapons debate
By Frank Smyth, January 30, 2013, MSNBC

The firearm at the heart of the “assault weapons” debate is a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used last month in the Newtown, Conn. The NRA maintains it is good for hunting and home defense…

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How the NRA became the fringe
By Frank Smyth, January 28, 2013, MSNBC

Today’s NRA’s interpretation of the Second Amendment seems to put it to the right of not only most Americans, including most gun owners, but also the Roberts Supreme Court and even Justice Antonin Scalia…

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