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Unmasked: The CIA’s ‘Unidentified Queen of Torture’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass have revealed the identity of a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program, an official whom multiple news outlets have described as responsible for “a long string of significant errors and malfeasance” that put her “competence and integrity” in doubt, even by some within the agency.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE


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


Airstrikes Will Not Defeat ISIS, Scholar Says

“It’s very unlikely that U.S. airstrikes will be able to stop” the Sunni fundamentalist group’s march across Syria and Iraq, professor Vijay Prashad tells “Democracy Now!” on Monday. A coalition of regional militaries and even militias is needed.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE


Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials

Harper’s Magazine Washington editor Andrew Cockburn comments on the mounting pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form a less sectarian government or resign—and the meeting between the U.S. State Department’s top official in Iraq and a potential candidate to replace al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



Prisoner Swap Brings Obama Closer to Closing Gitmo

President Obama’s decision to release five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay has been attacked by some as illegal or reckless, but could bring him closer to his goal of closing the prison camp.

Posted on Jun 3, 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



Drone Killings Case Thrown Out of U.S. Court

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday filed by the families of three American citizens killed in drone strikes in Yemen, saying senior officials could not be held responsible for financial damages incurred in an act of war.

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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.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



The Menace of the Military Mind

The suggestion of the U.S. intelligence director, a retired general, that some reporters are Edward Snowden’s “accomplices” points up the military’s antipathy to a free press.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



Cairo Blasts Kill Six People

Hundreds were wounded in addition to the half-dozen killed by a series of explosions outside police headquarters in central Cairo on Friday morning.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Americans’ Isolationist Instincts Are Sound

The Washington Post and the International New York Times had the same front-page headlines today. Both had to do (as the Times put it) with the “Power Void” in the Mideast, deploring that America’s decade of attempting to create a new order in the region now is blowing up in its face.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

NSA, Benghazi and the Monsters of Our Own Creation

“We know everything but learn nothing” would be an honest slogan for the NSA, CIA and lesser-known spy agencies that specialize in leading us so dangerously astray.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistan Says Drone Assassination Will Thwart Taliban Peace Talks

Members of the Pakistani Taliban vowed revenge by a wave of suicide bombings for the killing of their leader Friday by a U.S. drone.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Matt Daniels

U.S. Military Strikes Where It Wants, When It Wants

Separate raids over the weekend in Libya and Somalia call into question the meaning of sovereignty as the U.S. pursues suspected terrorists irrespective of borders.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Pivot to Africa

From the Middle East to South America, the Pentagon is increasingly engaged in shadowy operations whose details emerge piecemeal and are rarely examined in a comprehensive way. Nowhere is this truer than in Africa.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Alone and Delusional on Planet Earth

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Is There Really a Terrorist Threat?

“It is more plausible to look upon the embassy closures and the official accounts thereof as political theater and insulting, cynical manipulation than it is to accept them at face value,” author Patrick Smith writes at Salon.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Security Threat Clears U.S. Diplomatic Staff From Lahore

The U.S. all but shut down its diplomatic office in Lahore, Pakistan, ordering nonessential staff to move to the capital Islamabad while citing a specific threat amid soaring terrorist violence in the country.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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American Drones Kill a Dozen in Yemen

U.S. drones killed 12 people in Yemen who the government claims are al-Qaida suspects. Thursday’s action was the eighth such attack in less than two weeks amid warnings of terrorist assaults on Western outposts.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



State Department

The New Al-Qaida Menace

If the new, decentralized al-Qaeda is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Interpol Issues Global Alert

The international police force has issued a global security alert after worldwide travel warnings from the U.S. State Department regarding potential terrorist attacks and a series of al-Qaida-linked prison breakouts in which hundreds of alleged terrorists escaped.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert Based on Terror Threat

If the State Department wanted our attention, it has it.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Jail Break: 500 Detainees Escape Abu Ghraib

Hundreds of inmates are still free in Iraq after they escaped from two jails, including the infamous Abu Ghraib, following a series of military-style attacks that left at least 20 dead. A senior Iraqi official says that many of the 500 prisoners who escaped from Abu Ghraib were senior members of al-Qaida and had been sentenced to death.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Manning Judge Won’t Drop Charge of Aiding the Enemy

The military judge presiding over the trial of Bradley Manning decided Thursday to retain a charge accusing the Army private of “aiding the enemy.” Manning’s defenders sought to have the charge dismissed earlier in the week.

Posted on Jul 18, 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


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Ends the War on Terror

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Barack Obama’s announcement of the end of the decade-and-counting-long war on terror while Gitmo remains open for business. Is the Obama administration all over the map when it comes to terror?

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


Scahill on Obama’s Admitted Killings of Americans

The Obama administration’s unprecedented acknowledgement that four Americans were killed in U.S. drone strikes overseas—including one whose death was not previously reported—“raises more questions than it answers,” Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation and author of the new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



The Guardian

Bizarre, Apparently Jihadist Slaying in London (Video)

Officials are calling a fatal knife attack Wednesday on an unidentified man in southeast London an act of terrorism. Footage surfaced of one of the alleged assailants with blood-stained hands holding a meat cleaver and a knife and telling viewers to “remove” their government.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King was the lone voice of sanity at a hearing where Pentagon officials said the war on terror could last up to 20 more years—or however long the president deems fit.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



AP

The History That Birthed the Tsarnaev Boys

Chechen scholar Thomas Goltz gives a historical primer on the centuries old culture and struggle that shaped the Tsarnaev brothers, suspects in the bombings of the Boston Marathon.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: The ‘Terrifying’ State Assault on Press Freedom

“We are now in the last moments of an effort to, in essence, effectively extinguish press freedom,” the Truthdig columnist told “Democracy Now!” in a conversation Wednesday about revelations of the Justice Department’s seizure of work, home and cellphone records of up to 100 reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistani Court: U.S. Drone Strikes Are War Crimes

The Peshawar High Court declared U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt illegal Thursday and ordered the government to initiate a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos

Drone Killings Used as Alternative to Prison, Attorney Says

The lawyer who authored the White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of using them when it didn’t want to capture prisoners who would otherwise go to Guantanamo Bay.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Enemy-Industrial Complex

If you opened the American door marked “Enemy,” what would you find? As a start, scattered hundreds or, as the years have gone by, thousands of jihadis, mostly in the poorest backlands of the planet and with little ability to do anything to the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 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.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The Shooting Gallery: Obama and the Vanishing Point of Democracy

We live at a time in the United States when the notion of political enemies has become a euphemism for dismantling prohibitions against targeted assassinations, torture, abductions and indefinite detention.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Rendition Persists Despite Due Process Concerns

The Obama administration continues to embrace rendition—“the [controversial] practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process”—as it remains at odds with Congress over how to apprehend and try such suspects overseas, The Washington Post reports.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Hollywood’s Raid on Convention

So far, I have not seen any negative reviews of “Zero Dark Thirty” and it is with some reluctance that I’m about to write one.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE



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The Washington Straitjacket

Dear President Obama: Nothing you don’t know, but let me just say it: the world’s a weird place. I mean, do you ever think about how you ended up where you are?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


Limbaugh: Al-Qaida ‘Gave Up’ bin Laden to Help Obama Re-Election (Listen)

The conservative radio icon is no stranger to saying controversial and outlandish things, but he might have outdone himself with his latest conspiracy theory.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

For those who never knew, the Bush White House received numerous warnings from the counterterrorism desk at the CIA of an imminent attack by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida on the United States. Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald tells of the still-classified briefs issued to the Bush administration in the months leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Government Says Manning Knew He Was ‘Aiding the Enemy’

The U.S. government claims it has proof that Pfc. Bradley Manning knew state secrets would fall into the hands of enemies of the United States after he allegedly passed thousands of documents to the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up

Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J.P. Karas

Report: Al-Qaida Bomb Plot Against Jet Thwarted

The CIA foiled an elaborate new underwear bomb plot by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen that was intended to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Chomsky 10 Years After 9/11

This Thursday, Seven Stories Press will release a 10th anniversary reissue of Noam Chomsky’s book on the World Trade Center attacks titled “9-11: Was There an Alternative?” and TomDispatch has an exclusive excerpt from the new preface. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Bin Laden Was Planning 9/11 Anniversary Attack

Documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound indicate that the head of al-Qaida was plotting an attack to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The records contained names of possible operatives, but little else that was useful, according to Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Be Alert, Department of Homeland Security Says

Now that some of the mob giddiness that followed the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death has dissipated, fear is once again thick in the air as U.S. officials warn state and local law enforcement agencies of possible retaliation attacks by a vengeful al-Qaida.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE


President Obama on the Death of Osama bin Laden

As he announced the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, President Barack Obama gave a nod to nationalism, remarking that “today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.” Packaging aside, what apparently happened is that the elusive al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. forces, who “took custody of his body,” according to Obama.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE


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Osama bin Laden Is Dead (Updated)

President Obama has confirmed that a U.S.-led operation has killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, and his body is in U.S. custody. Update: In a related development, early Monday the State Department issued a worldwide warning to American travelers.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


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