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Why Is the CIA Paying Amazon.com $600 Million?

Norman Solomon argues on AlterNet that if the United States kills a U.S. citizen in Pakistan, retail giant Amazon “would be an accessory to the assassination.”

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North Korean Dictator Reportedly Kills More of His Family

All blood relatives of the uncle whom North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed a month ago were ordered killed by the young megalomaniacal dictator, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency has reported.

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The CIA and NSA Helped Colombia Target and Kill FARC Leaders

A clandestine program that began under the Bush administration and continues under the Obama administration led to the killings of at least two dozen leaders of the rebel group, The Washington Post reports. How did the U.S. justify involving itself in assassinations by another government? The same Office of Legal Counsel that OK’d the use of torture said it could.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Second Opposition Leader Killed in Tunisia

Assassins shot and killed a Tunisian opposition party leader outside his home Thursday in the second such incident in the birthplace of the Arab Spring since February.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Redacted FBI Documents Show Plot to Kill Occupy Leaders If ‘Deemed Necessary’

“Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders?” asks journalist Dave Lindorff at WhoWhatWhy. “What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?”

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Power Killer

The deep-thinking moralist that we were told was in the White House might worry that in fighting terrorism we have resorted to engaging in terrorism.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Hands-On Approach to Dirty War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The journalist says the president takes a personal interest in dirty warfare. Also, the legality and privatization of mass surveillance.

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Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Hands-On Approach to Dirty War

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The journalist says the president takes a personal interest in dirty warfare. Also, the legality and privatization of mass surveillance.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Targeted Killings: A Legal History

Assassinations have long been regarded as a basic element of foreign relations that largely remained in the dark, unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE


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Kelly Branan

Remembering the Real Martin Luther King

More than 40 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr., one of the great prophets of American democracy, has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE



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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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Obama Rushed Rules for Drone Assassinations in Case Romney Won

The New York Times reports that there is internal strife within the administration about the willy-nilly use of drones to kill people abroad (2,500 since President Obama took office) and, fearing defeat at the polls, the Obama administration was working overtime to lay down a set of rules governing robotic assassination.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Behind the Twinkie Defense

News this week that Hostess will be shutting its doors brings back memories of psychiatrist Martin Blinder testifying that on the night before Dan White killed San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, White “just sat there in front of the TV set, binging on Twinkies.” Another psychiatrist stated, “If not for the aggravating fact of junk food, the homicides might not have taken place.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Was Yasser Arafat Poisoned?

A Swiss medical laboratory has found traces of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive metal, in the former Palestinian leader’s personal effects. Is that what killed the Nobel laureate?

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Peter Kramer

RFK Jr.’s Estranged Wife Found Dead

Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of prominent environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., became the Kennedy clan’s latest tragedy when she was found dead Wednesday in a barn behind their home in Bedford, N.Y. A medical examiner confirmed that the 52-year-old died from asphyxiation by hanging.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bilal Hussein

Syrian General Killed by Gunmen in Damascus

A Syrian military general and hospital director was killed in an attack by three gunmen in a residential street in Damascus on Saturday in an assassination that marks a move away from the anti-government uprising’s nonviolent roots. The killing came ahead of a meeting of Arab League members in Cairo to consider a new response to the violence in Syria.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE


Errol Morris: The Umbrella Man

Tuesday marked the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that would definitely qualify as a macro-level historical happening, as academic-turned-gumshoe Josiah “Tink” Thompson tells documentary whiz Errol Morris in this clip about the mysterious “Umbrella Man.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial

Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Gadhafi Is Reported Killed in Libya

After months of local turmoil and international military intervention, a major development has occurred that constitutes the end of an era in Libya, as official media in the North African nation reported Thursday that longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Updated (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Names Iranians in Alleged Assassination Plot

As if relations between Tehran and Washington weren’t troubled enough, Tuesday brought news of a purported plan by Iranian government operatives to kill one Adel al-Jubeir (above), Saudi ambassador to the United States. The alleged bomb plot was shut down by American authorities after two agents apparently recruited the wrong … (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



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President Karzai’s Half Brother Killed in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was fatally shot at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday by a local police official, Sardar Mohammad, whom Karzai had included in his inner circle. The Taliban took credit for the assassination ... (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. James Harper

Our Robotic Assassins

The skies over at least six countries are patrolled by robotic aircraft, operated by the U.S. military or the CIA, that fire missiles to carry out targeted assassinations. I am convinced that this method of waging war is cost-effective but not that it is moral.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Bin Laden Family Threatens to Go to International Criminal Court

A press statement attributed to Osama bin Laden’s fourth son, who, the BBC reports, “has repeatedly distanced himself from his father’s ideology,” demands to know “why our father was not arrested and tried but summarily executed without a court of law,” unlike Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic. (Full statement after the jump).

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


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Rep. Giffords Is Walking and Talking

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during an attack at an Arizona shopping center, is walking and talking, according to doctors, with her condition improving by “leaps and bounds.”

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



Loughner Trial Moves to San Diego

The trial of Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter who killed six people in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is being moved from Tucson to San Diego because of worries over pretrial publicity and heightened local sensitivities.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Arrest Warrant Issued for Musharraf

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. He is wanted in connection with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a candidate for the country’s presidency who was killed in a gun-and-suicide-bomb attack during a rally in 2007.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Loughner Pleads Not Guilty

After being wrestled down and arrested at the scene of the fatal shooting in Tucson earlier this month and after a number of witnesses said he was the shooter, Jared Loughner entered a not guilty plea in a brief appearance at a Phoenix federal court Monday.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Gabrielle Giffords’ Favorite Quote

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head Saturday, on Facebook lists her favorite quote as this line from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, ... let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ... to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Arizona Congresswoman Shot (Update 3)

A congresswoman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, six people are dead and 12 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire at an official event Saturday. ... (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Fradioon Pooya

Speaking Ill of ‘the Best and the Brightest’

One of “the best and the brightest” died last week, and in Richard Holbrooke we had a perfect example of the dark mischief to which David Halberstam referred when he authored that ironic label.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


‘Assangination’: From Character Assassination to the Real Thing

Despite being granted bail, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London. Politicians and commentators, meanwhile, have been repeatedly calling for Assange to be killed.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


Benazir Bhutto
AP / Mohammed Javed

Bhutto Case Reignited With Arrests

In news that may reopen the mystery surrounding Benazir Bhutto’s unsolved assassination, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has ordered the arrests of the former police chief and deputy of Rawalpindi, the city where Bhutto was killed.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 READ MORE



A Handbook for Killing Non-Jews

Today on the list: The guide to killing goyim, more evidence of Glenn Beck’s self-obsession, and proof that bears do not make the safest pets.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE


Keeping the United States From Assassinating Its Citizens

The ACLU has this crazy idea that the government should not be able to kill American citizens it doesn’t like without charge, trial or due process. Hippies.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Why Gen. Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / ISNA, Saman Aghvami

Iranian Gov’t: It Was Only a Firecracker

Something went off with a bang near Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s motorcade as it passed through the city of Hamadan on Wednesday, but the exact nature of the popping object was disputed in reports throughout the day.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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New Afghanistan Strategy Targets Insurgents

With the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and (we hope) the waning of the notion of counterinsurgency, the U.S. is looking toward another Afghanistan strategy—“counterterrorism”—one that focuses on targeted killing of insurgents, rather than the whole “hearts and minds” thing.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE


New Video Shows JFK on Eve of Assassination

Eight-millimeter footage of the 35th president taken the night before his assassination was just discovered in Texas.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Britain Blocks Mossad Replacement Over Passport Theft

The United Kingdom will not allow an official representative of Israel’s security services into the country, according to an Israeli report, until Israel promises, in writing, not to abuse British passports. Israel has so far refused, the report said.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Marion S. Trikosko

Malcolm X Shooter Set Free

Thomas Hagan, formerly known as Talmadge X Hayer, was the only one of the killers of Malcolm X (above) to cop to the crime. After spending 45 years in jail and on work-release, the contrite Hagan has been paroled.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


Benazir Bhutto
AP / Mohammed Javed

Pakistani Intelligence Gets an ‘F’ on Bhutto

A new report by the United Nations blames Pakistan’s intelligence services for not taking the proper security measures to protect Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister assassinated three years ago in an ongoing whodunit.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army

Spies Gone Wild: Afghanistan

A Defense Department official may have diverted millions from a Pentagon-funded research website to hire a rogue band of spies he reportedly called “my Jason Bournes” (as in the Matt Damon super assassin). These Jason Bournes, The New York Times reports, allegedly spent time running around both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border looking for militants to have killed.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Hanks to Take On JFK Murder Mystery

It seems that wherever Tom Hanks goes, a historical miniseries is soon to follow. There’s his latest foray into World War II storytelling, “The Pacific,” which airs this month on HBO, and then there’s the small matter of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which Hanks plans to tackle soon.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Israel Implicated in Hamas Leader’s Death

With “99 percent, if not 100 percent” certainty, Dubai police believe that the death of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month came at the hands of a hit squad from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Denies Blowing Up Iranian Scientist

An Iranian spokesman accused the “triangle of wickedness,” otherwise known as Israel, the U.S. and “their hired agents,” of carrying out the Tuesday bombing of Iranian scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi. The State Department said that was “absurd.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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