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We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association

This month, the APA released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



Psychologists Who Concealed U.S. Torture Program May Face Charges

The country’s largest professional organization of psychologists faces a crisis after a damning independent review alleging post-9/11 “collusion.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer on How Yesterday’s Allies Became Today’s Terrorists (Part 9 of 10)

In this installment of The Real News Network’s interview series “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells host Paul Jay about the role the U.S. played in creating its current terrorist enemies—and on a broader scale, why history matters.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Why a U.S. Alliance With al-Qaida Is a Crazy Idea

With U.S. Middle East strategy in tatters, some experts are advocating that the U.S. ally with al-Qaida against Islamic State. Here’s why such a cold-blooded plan is pure folly—and what we should call for instead.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Cyberwarfare Is ‘Where the Real Money Is’ (Part 1 of 10)

Just how and when did the military-industrial complex become the military-intelligence complex? And what’s the link between Amazon and the Pentagon?

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



The New York Times Vows to Do Better on National Security

Nearly 14 years after its uncritical reporting helped enable the “war on terror,” the paper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan admits to a mixed performance on its coverage of all things related to war and security.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Memo to the Media: Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Story Isn’t About Seymour Hersh

How did the veteran journalist’s recent investigation into how the Obama administration might not have shot straight with its account of how Osama bin Laden met his end in 2011 turn into another tedious attempt to shoot the messenger by certain members of the U.S. media?

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



A Tale of Two Terrorists: Both Convicted, One Condemned to Die

The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists whose acts were far more destructive, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



House Votes to Change Patriot Act by Stopping Bulk Phone Data Collection

The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a big reason to crank up his hustle if he wants to hang on to the part of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



So Much for Liberté: France May Beef Up Domestic Spying Program

The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris last January drew comparisons to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and now the French government appears to be responding in a similar manner to its American counterpart by doubling down on surveillance.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Call for Reparations Rises Again

In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive “40 acres and a mule” to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves’ descendants is coming back to life.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

Someday, at an official U.S. torture museum, our children may wonder how we ever adopted the worst traditions of terror in the Age of Barbarism Lite.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE



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We Kill Our Revolutionaries

Siddique Hasan, who never committed murder, is on death row in Ohio not for what he did but for who he is.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



Close Guantanamo—Then Give It Back to Cuba

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



The Last Days of Tomas Young

The maimed veteran died last week after a desperate battle with the VA, which callously had reduced his pain medication. His crucible is familiar to the many other Americans who have become the fodder of our wars.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



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The U.S. Is Backing Out of Afghanistan and Taking Its Military Housing With It

After 13 years in Afghanistan, a belligerent period considered to be “America’s longest war,” combat troops are coming home. But they’re not the only ones packing up in the country.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE



The Ordeal of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce

The government campaign to imprison the few activist attorneys who defend those defined as America’s enemies is exemplified by the persecution of Stanley L. Cohen.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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9/11, ISIS and the New Politics of Foreign Policy

Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE


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President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Here Comes Dick Cheney to Beat the Drums of War in Iraq (Again)

In what is hopefully not one of the seven signs of imminent apocalypse, former Vice President Dick Cheney once again darkened the halls of Congress on Tuesday, huddling with House Republicans to strategize about the simmering war zone that is Iraq. Yes, it is 2014 and not 2004.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



How America Made ISIS: Their Videos and Ours, Their ‘Caliphate’ and Ours

Minus a couple of invasions, the steps being considered or already in effect to deal with “the threat of ISIS” are a reasonable summary of the last 13 years of what was once called the Global War on Terror and now has no name at all.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE


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The Path to a New 1914? How America Chose War After 9/11

The analogy between 1914 and 2001, like all measurements of the present with yardsticks from the past, is useful only for querying events, not for predicting them. There are equally important differences between the two moments, some of them obvious, others less so.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



The Future Is Not Ours (and Neither Is the Past)

The famed fog of war is nothing compared to the fog of the future or, as I’ve often said, I’d be regularly riding my jetpack in traffic through the spired city of New York, as I was promised in my childhood. Our urge to predict the future is unsurpassed. Our ability to see it as it will be: next to nil.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for his reporting on the U.S. surveillance state, told me that in the year since he first met whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he went back and re-read Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



What We’ve Lost Since 9/11

America has entered its third great era: the post-constitutional one. Deeper, darker waters lie ahead. And we seem drawn down into them.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



Before and After: Reflections on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, form a pivot point in our history and collective imagination, separating what we recall, however naively, as the relative quiet of the late 20th century from the endless war on terror that still grips and shapes the 21st.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



Dear Sen. McCain: The Taliban Prisoners Didn’t Carry Out 9/11, but You Supported Muslim Radicals

Sen. John McCain on Sunday maintained that President Obama, in releasing the five officials who had served in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the 1990s and until 2001, had released people who were “hard core al-Qaida who were responsible for 9/11.”

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE


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Did the GOP Obsession With Monica Lewinsky Contribute to 9/11? Is the Benghazi Hysteria Deja Vu?

The re-emergence in the news of Monica Lewinsky is also a reminder of one of the lowest deeds in modern politics, the impeachment of Bill Clinton by House Republicans in December 1998.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



Clandestine FBI Inquiry Rattles 9/11 Tribunals

A visit by FBI agents to a member of the team defending one of the men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks is a reminder that, “no matter how much the proceedings” at Guantanamo Bay “resemble a familiar American trial, the invisible hand of the United States government is at work there in ways unlike anything seen in typical courtrooms.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Qaida After 9/11: ‘The Most Powerful Military Force in an Area the Size of Britain’

In a report that seemed to escape everyone’s notice, Independent writer Patrick Cockburn describes the “spectacular resurgence of al-Qa’ida and its offshoots… despite the huge expansion of American and British intelligence services and their budgets after 9/11.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



How Many Watch Lists Fit on the Head of a Pin?

No one knows how many names are on the no-fly list. According to one source, 21,000 people, including some 500 Americans, are blacklisted; another puts the figure at 44,000. The actual number is classified.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



Senate Committee Votes to Release Details of CIA Torture Methods

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s recent alarm about the CIA’s interrogation methods since 9/11 spurred the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs, to vote Thursday in favor of releasing key details from a lengthy report about the CIA’s activities.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Found Guilty on U.S. Terror Charges

A New York jury on Tuesday found Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists over his role as al-Qaida spokesman in 2001-2002.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Counters Karzai With Troop Withdrawal Move in Security Pact Standoff

President Obama put the squeeze on Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, attempting to break down Karzai’s resistance to signing a new security agreement by suggesting in a phone call that all remaining U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan by year-end if the stalemate persists. 

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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The Deep State Is Vulnerable to People Power

Mike Lofgren’s long experience on the Hill has given him a small window, he might say only an aperture, into a vast network of unaccountable governmental and private institutions he calls the “Deep State.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Privacy Board Finds NSA Phone Data Surveillance System Illegal ... and a Dud

A five-member board tasked with evaluating the National Security Agency’s telephone data surveillance program has come away with a distinctly different take on the matter from that of the president.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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The U.S. Government Is Using Fear to Consolidate Power and It’s Working

Rather than diminish the fear that inspires humans to act in irrational violent ways, philosophy professor Peter Ludlow writes that so-called democracies are using it as a weapon to “control the rabble.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can’t Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked

Instead of a careful examination of what the NSA does, the legality of its actions, and how effective it has been in its stated mission of protecting Americans, we increasingly have government officials or retired versions of the same demanding—quite literally—Edward Snowden’s head and engaging in the usual fear-mongering over 9/11.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, but It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts say the NSA could have avoided the pre-9/11 failure even without the metadata surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE


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