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the Phoenix Program in Afghanistan

You know, a decade ago, if someone had told me that senior politicians would soon be openly boasting about carrying out torture (cf Dick Cheney’s latest interview), I’d have thought them a little overheated — even more so, if they’d suggested that Australia would be running an assassination program based on the Vietnam-era Phoenix Program. Well, welcome to 2009. My thing on Phoenix is now up at New Matilda.

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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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