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This week’s prompt is …it was 50 years ago… plus 100 words.
“Birdie.” Monika halts, hands clasped and eyes narrowed. “Birdie.”
“Huh?” The blonde’s hand snakes to her throat and squeezes the skin. “What?”
“Where were you sweetie?” Monika touches her sister’s shoulder.
“What?” She chews her bottom lip and continues staring through the canopied window.
“Tell me. Please. Why are you tied up in knots?”
Birdie twists around, a smile quivers on her lined face. “It was 50 years ago…”
Monika blinks, and blinks again. “Oh, sweetie. I’m—”
“Mike jilted me and now he wants to meet for coffee. I despise Facebook.”
“Will you go?”
“You’re kidding, right?”
“The problem’s you want to—don’t you?”
“In the eyes of history, President Barack Obama’s legacy will be tainted by his 2009 decision that the Justice Department would ‘look forward, not backward’ on torture. This denied justice and attempted to cover up a dark chapter in American history, putting us at risk for repeating this immorality in the future. It also allowed people like Rodriguez and his former minions to go to the press and repeat their lies over and over again.
This is not to say that the Justice Department has done nothing. After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, I became the subject of a selective and vindictive FBI investigation that lasted more than four years. In 2012, the Justice Department charged me with “disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert CIA officer and revealing the role of another CIA employee in classified activities.” What I…
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And I’m bored to tears.
Maybe I’m getting old, or too jaded from compiling lists like these for the Times for many a season, but nothing seems to spell tedium or wasted time more than the lists that media outlets want you to use to fill up your vacation time.
To borrow from another myth, I’d rather roll a boulder up a hill and down again, and then up again and … you get the idea.
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