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September 03, 2010


Sidney Gendin

You may refer to Addington as an "aide" but the reality is that he was the ruthless boss of bosses, the man who loved waterboarding and determined that presidents have almost unlimited powers in times of war. The latter doctrine actually meant he would be the person with unlimited powers. He is well exposed in Jane Mayer's excellent book, "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals."

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