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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Obama Signs NDAA, Maintaining Indefinite Detention Provision

In an odd juxtaposition, Obama signed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday while criticizing Congress for abridging the constitutional separation of powers, yet is unconcerned about the violation of individual constitutional rights contained in the law.

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Edward Snowden: ‘I Already Won’

Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase “mission accomplished” from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.

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Story of a Death Foretold

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Chomsky Corrects 9/11 Truther

In case you missed it, here’s Noam Chomsky addressing the assertion by members of the 9/11 Truth movement that the Bush administration was involved in the attacks and that the “facts” about Building 7 constitute the smoking gun.

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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

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Doctors Gave Advice on the Use of Torture After 9/11

A new report shows physicians and other medical professionals working for the CIA and U.S. military were directed to assist in the planning and infliction of torture in prisons such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and other secret “black sites” around the world.

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Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

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September 11 Revisited

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Chile’s 9/11: 40 Years Since Pinochet’s U.S-Backed Coup

Sept. 11 is not just the anniversary of the fall of the twin towers in 2001. Decades before, despotic Gen. Augusto Pinochet led a coup against democratically elected Salvador Allende on the same date.

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Martin Luther King and the Two 9/11s

So much has changed since that hot day in August 1963 when Martin Luther King delivered his famous words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. So much—and yet so little.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dictionary of the Global War on You (GWOY)

The language we use to describe the world of the national security state is still largely stuck in the pre-9/11 era. No wonder, for example, it’s hard to begin to grasp the staggering size and changing nature of the world of secret surveillance that Edward Snowden’s recent revelations have allowed us a peek at.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Fact Check: The NSA and Sept. 11

In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program had been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego.

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Guantanamo Prisoner’s Case Demonstrates Unfairness of Military Commissions

Guantanamo has become a symbol of U.S. hypocrisy on human rights. Lawyers handling the criminal case of Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri argued several pretrial motions last week. But just as they raised some fascinating legal issues, the hearings revealed the basic unfairness of the military commissions for adjudicating criminal cases.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE


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Homeland Insecurity

With a recent semi-victory, whistle-blower Robert MacLean may not only have given himself a shot at getting his old job back, but he may have also created a precedent for future federal whistle-blowers. In the post-9/11 world, people like him show us how deep the Washington rabbit hole really goes.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Filling the Empty Battlefield

With “Blowback,” Chalmers Johnson aimed to paint a portrait of how America’s informal empire and its historically unprecedented garrisoning of the world looked to others, and so explain why animosity and blowback were building globally. Now we have a secret history of 21st-century American war in Jeremy Scahill’s latest book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



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The Persecution of Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart, who as an attorney spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, is suffering from stage 4 cancer in a Texas prison. Her crime was to steadfastly fight for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE


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The Demons at Home

A short film about the Iraq invasion explores how the horror and threat that were forced upon the American people and the world were generated from within the White House, not by Iraq and Afghanistan.

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TSA to Lift Ban on Small Knives

The Transportation Security Administration will allow passengers to carry small pocketknives onboard commercial planes for the first time since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the agency announced Tuesday.

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America’s Global Torture Network

When it comes to torture in the post 9/11 era, the record of the United States is so appalling that one must question our claimed abhorrence of the barbarism of other nations. 

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The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

While the major energy-producing countries in the Middle East are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships, the Western-controlled dictatorial system is eroding. In fact, it’s been eroding for some time.

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The American Lockdown State

This Inauguration Day, Washington was in a lockdown mode unmatched by any inauguration from another era—not even Lincoln’s second inaugural in the midst of the Civil War, or Franklin Roosevelt’s during World War II, or John F. Kennedy’s at the height of the Cold War. Yet the subject got remarkably little attention during the ensuing media blitz.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



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9/11 Trial Lawyers Want to Be Locked Up

Attorneys defending the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four others accused of being involved have asked to be incarcerated “for two nights in the Guantanamo prison in order to understand the conditions in which their clients are held.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Another Word for Propaganda

Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning?

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How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

The Invisible Government, published by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross in 1964, was groundbreaking, shadow-removing, illuminating. It caused a fuss from its very first paragraph, which was then a shockeroo: “There are two governments in the United States today. One is visible. The other is invisible.”

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Do Americans Deserve to See These Secret Documents?

From the memo detailing the right to assassinate U.S. citizens worldwide to the paper negotiating the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, the U.S. government has kept many documents classified for dubious reasons. David Wallechinsky of AllGov looks at 11 of them.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Will the Apocalypse Arrive Online?

First the financial system collapses and it’s impossible to access one’s money. Then the power and water systems stop functioning.  Within days, the country finds itself fractured and fragmented—hardly recognizable. Think of it as 9/11/2015.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE


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