Brodner’s Cartoon du Jour: Panetta, Cheney and Manadal al-Jamadi

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This week Jane Mayer interviewed CIA Chief Leon Panetta in The New Yorker. The mainstream press highlighted Panetta’s comment about Cheney’s dire predictions: “I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue,” he told me. “It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.

Buried on page 57 is the news about three prisoners who died in our hands, by our hand. And in particular, Manadel al-Jamadi, about whom we know nothing. Except that he was hung blindfolded, by his wrists, his ribs broken. He died that way, November 2, 2003, basically crucified. In my piece for the article I looked at the stressors on Panetta. You could also consider the stressors on the CIA: those between the moral voice of Obama and the pull of Cheney and those he left behind. And to then consider Manadal al-Jamadi and…how many others.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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