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Navy SEAL Who Killed bin Laden Says He’s Not Getting Government Help

The SEAL Team 6 member tells interviewer Phil Bronstein that he has received little assistance from the government since retiring from the Navy after serving 16 years. And because he left four years short of the 20 required to get retirement benefits, he says he won’t receive anything from the government or the Navy: no health insurance, no pension, no protection for himself or his family.

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Private Prison Corporations on a Shopping Spree

Private prison corporations are taking advantage of the economic crisis to buy state prisons; the French right wing is, unsurprisingly, falling apart; meanwhile, Obama goes back on his word and cracks down on medical marijuana dispensaries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Playing the Bin Laden Card

This week’s panelists discuss the U.S. economy hitting a molasses spring, Obama reminding voters that he killed bin Laden, Romney appearing to be the last Republican standing and Syria showing a tin ear for U.N. criticism.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE



AP / National Counterterrorism Center

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Leader Is Dead

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaida’s second in command and trusted confidant of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Waziristan, Pakistan’s tribal region, a U.S. government official announced Saturday. The State Department had placed a $1 million reward on his head. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Obama’s Assassination Machine

Fred Branfman was in Laos when the U.S. began covertly dropping bombs on the country’s civilian population in 1969 as part of its military operations in neighboring Vietnam. Today, he writes about the Obama administration’s international counterterrorism plan, which involves 60,000 Special Operations forces worldwide. (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Disney Grabs ‘SEAL Team 6’ Trademark

The entertainment giant, apparently preparing to launch a new franchise, filed trademark applications for the name SEAL Team 6 two days after the elite military unit stormed Osama bin Laden’s home in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (more)

Posted on May 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Bin Laden Holed Up in Pakistan Since 2003?

Pakistani security officials said Saturday that Osama bin Laden may have resided in the country’s northern urban areas for almost eight years before U.S. forces killed him. That information creates new pressure for President Asif Ali Zardari to explain what Pakistan’s leaders knew and when they knew it. (more)

Posted on May 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Pakistan Grasps for Credit in the Finding of bin Laden

Although a team of highly trained U.S. SEALs backed by months of careful CIA and military preparation executed Sunday’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the Pakistani military would like you to know that it was its unparalleled intelligence work that ultimately led to the takedown of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Bin Laden Sought Attacks on U.S. Railways Post-9/11

An initial inspection of the vast data trove recovered from Osama bin Laden’s personal belongings Sunday revealed that he was directly involved in planning terrorist attacks from his hideaway compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, officials said Thursday. Potential targets included U.S. railways.

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Gray Lady Catches Heat for Torture Terminology

Dan Kennedy of Media Nation used The Guardian to attack The New York Times for its squeamishness about calling “enhanced interrogation” what it is—torture. (more)

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No Waterboarding Used to Obtain bin Laden Intel, Rumsfeld Says

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has thrown cold water on the argument that extreme interrogation methods are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks, telling NewsMax that waterboarding was not used to identify Osama bin Laden’s courier.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


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McChrystal: Defeating Bin Laden, Taliban Key to Afghanistan Victory

This may sound more like a press release from Captain Obvious than incisive strategic commentary from one of our nation’s top military leaders, but lest it be overlooked, Gen. Stanley McChrystal recommends that the U.S. capture Osama Bin Laden and push back on the Taliban as two crucial action items on America’s to-do list for Afghanistan.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Holbrooke
AP photo / Mike Wintroath

The Wrong Man for the Job

The United States needs to contract the services of a U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan who is capable of visionary thinking, one who possesses the political courage to stand up to a president and a secretary of state and argue against bad policy. I do not believe Richard Holbrooke is such a man.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Back to the Future: U.S. to Arm Afghan Militias

Because it worked out so well the last time, the U.S. plans to arm Afghan militias in an effort to police the country. The Pentagon is presenting this plan—and the media are reporting it—as a spinoff of a successful strategy in Iraq, not a revival of the secret war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Keeping Track of Change

For anyone seeking real reform of America’s foreign and defense policies in the years ahead, the introduction of Barack Obama’s national security team last Monday was a mixed bag. Yet what these and other appointments really suggest about Obama’s broader prospects for reform requires vigilant public attention.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


He’s Evil

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Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Wins in Nashville

As was the case in the first presidential debate, Barack Obama emerged from Tuesday night’s confrontation with John McCain in Nashville, Tenn., in command of the situation. The Democratic nominee looked calm, confident and presidential as he won their second contest.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


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chinadaily.net

Report: Bush Making Pre-Election Push to Nab Bin Laden

Last week’s air attack in Pakistan by American Special Ops forces represented the first of a three-part strategy by the Bush administration to ramp up the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other key al-Qaida players during the last weeks before the November elections, according to government sources contacted for this report by NPR.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


Algeria attacks

The Algeria/al-Qaida Connection

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks into al-Qaida’s apparent interest in Algeria, which is evidenced by two deadly car bombings near the country’s capital of Algiers. Why would Osama bin Laden turn his focus to Algeria?

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Driving Mr. bin Laden

The end of the Bush presidency steadily approaches, and yet Osama bin Laden is still at large. Whatever is an outgoing administration to do? Well, how about a little legal sideshow starring bin Laden’s former chauffeur?

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama

Obama Blasts GOP Anti-Terror Tactics

Is someone soft on terror because he thinks the president shouldn’t be able to indefinitely imprison anyone, for any reason? John McCain and his surrogates seem to think so. Barack Obama fired back on Tuesday, blaming Osama bin Laden’s freedom on the failure of Republican strategies.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

The Middle East Never Tires of Threats

What is it about threats? What possesses half the Middle East to shout abuse all the time? First we have Ahmadinejad, one of the most crackpot presidents in the world, raving away about annihilating Israel. Then we have Shaul Mofaz, the deputy Israeli prime minister, telling the world that there would have to be attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


gas prices
AP photo / Lisa Poole

Paying for War at the Pump

What’s it got to do with the price of gas? Would some reporter with access to the Republican presidential candidate please ask John McCain why he wants to continue President Bush’s Mideast policy when it has proved so ruinous for American taxpayers?

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton on Olbermann

Clinton Talks Bin Laden, Scaife on Olbermann

Sen. Hillary Clinton paid a (virtual) visit Monday to Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown,” where she offered explanations for why she used an image of Osama bin Laden in her new campaign ad and why she accepted the support of Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh-based media mogul who was once considered a key figure in the “vast right-wing conspiracy” against the Clintons during Bill’s tenure in office.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf and Bush
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Our Man in Pakistan

So, Musharraf, treated ever so respectfully by George Bush throughout his administration, has turned out to be just another crummy dictator.  But he was our dictator, kind of a modern, even westernized one who could stand up to all those bearded Islamic terrorists. Well, not exactly.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’ Flashback:  Tea and Sympathy With Musharraf

What a difference a (little more than a) year makes!  Why, it was just last September when Jon Stewart sat down for tea and Twinkies with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for a pillowy-soft chat about Musharraf’s book, “In the Line of Fire.”

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bush on Code Pink

Bush: Code Pink, MoveOn.org Distracting Congress

Judging by these words of warning from President Bush to certain members of Congress, left-leaning activist groups like MoveOn.org and Code Pink are dangerously diverting lawmakers’ attentions away from important national concerns like Osama bin Laden’s continuing threat against America.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert Unleashes the Fearsome Power of Name-Calling

The take-away from the recent showdown between MoveOn.org and Bush administration members (not to mention the Senate) over the now-infamous “General Betray Us” ad should be, according to Stephen Colbert, that the full force of our nation’s military power can best be unleashed on the world stage in the form of ... deadly schoolyard taunts. 

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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hindu.com

Bin Laden Denounces Musharraf

A new audio recording attributed to Osama bin Laden has been released, in which the al-Qaida leader urges Pakistanis to revolt against President Pervez Musharraf (pictured) for ordering the raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque in July.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Bush’s Holy War

In this thought-provoking opinion piece from the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, writer Correlli Barnett points out how, in waging his own brand of holy war, Bush (and, by extension, former British PM Tony Blair) failed to comprehend crucial lessons about war that historical examples have repeatedly borne out. 

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


9/11 memorial
video.on.nytimes.com

Services Mark Sixth Anniversary of 9/11

Mourners, visitors and public figures converged in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania to observe the anniversary of Sept. 11 at or near the sites where the terrorist attacks took place six years ago.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


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cbsnews.com

Season’s Greetings From Osama Bin Laden

The word on the street, also known as the news media, is that Osama bin Laden plans to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with one of his famous YouTube-caliber videos. Expect anti-American vitriol, terror alerts and long lines at the airport—as long as our government is still paying attention to these things, that is. Update: video released.

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE


Fighting Someone Else’s War

Valuable sources of news and analysis about key nations and players on the current world stage (including our own) can often be found by looking beyond the western “MSM.” Here, prominent Pakistani columnist Ayaz Amir offers his forceful take on the U.S.‘s divisive impact on his country’s politics and future.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


America Foils Bin Laden

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Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


Osama Bin Lobster

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Bush Keeps Israel Close, Saudi Arabia Closer

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is busy shopping a recently unveiled arms package, totaling a staggering $63 billion in aid and first-rate weaponry, to America’s Mideast “allies” like Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia—but, as Scheer notes, there’s a discrepancy between the Bush administration’s official reasons for this show of goodwill and the real motives behind the deal.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Still Queasy After All These Years

Let’s hope that Michael Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that something bad will happen this summer is just the result of something he ate.  But what has the homeland security czar been doing, besides monitoring his belly?

Posted on Jul 12, 2007 READ MORE


Bin There, Done That

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Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


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The Great Bee Mystery

Whither the bees? An American bee-tracking group has noted an alarming drop in the nation’s honeybee count, apparently due to their losing their inborn homing instincts and thus their way back to their hives. Conspiracy theories abound, according to The New York Times, including one claiming that what’s going on here is actually “the rapture of the bees.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Bin Laden Strikes Again

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Andy Borowitz: Bin Laden’s State of the Jihad Address Short on Specifics

The satirist reports that critics are assailing the terrorist mastermind’s annual speech as being nothing more than a vague laundry list of terror targets.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


The Man Who Helped Bin Laden Escape

Former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a recent interview with Pakistani television that his forces led Osama Bin Laden from the mountains of Tora Bora to a “safe place” in late 2001, after U.S. troops had surrounded the area.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam and Osama

Saddam and Osama’s Wacky Adventures

This “Saturday Night Live” parody of Middle Eastern children’s television nails the cultural disconnect at the heart of America’s adventure in Iraq. Don’t miss the brilliant satirical commercials in this episode of “Saddam and Osama.” (h/t: Iraq Slogger)

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Triple Cross
Huffington Post

‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’

Read an excerpt of the explosive new book “Triple Cross,” which tells the story of Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s most trusted security adviser, who infiltrated the U.S. Army Special Forces and served as an FBI informant—all the while overseeing some of the most infamous Al Qaeda terror strikes of the last decade. (Excerpt, and more info).

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher Takes On ‘The Path to 9/11’

Maher, along with guests Rob Thomas, P.J. O’Rourke and Joan Walsh, ripped into ABC’s undocu-drama, which pins the blame for 9/11 on Bill Clinton. Maher reminds us: As president, Clinton had a meeting a week about bin Laden; George W. Bush, before 9/11, had zero. Watch it on the jump.

Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


Bin Laden Releases Another Tape

This time he’s railing against the U.S. for cutting off aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Posted on Apr 23, 2006 READ MORE


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