Between 2nd and 22nd of November 2005 we were made aware that on 16th April 2005 the President of the USA (democratic republic thereof) had planned to destroy the headquarters of a fairly reputable news organisation, al-Jazeera; and also that for legal reasons the CIA has been torturing people in its European detention centres. Barely a ripple on the US political agenda. I am Douglas Ayling and this is being done on my behalf. An excellent rendition. [Your name here] is grateful to those involved in this difficult and often enjoyable work. Now after much European harrumphing, it's not just The Washington Post that's taking an interest stateside.