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The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

The fall of Mosul to the radical, extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a set of historical indictments.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart on CIA Torture Report: ‘We Are a Moral People ... in Hindsight’

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently declassified documents on CIA torture during the Bush administration, inspiring the “Daily Show” host to take us on a “stroll down ‘things we’d like to erase from our memory’ lane.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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When It Is Feinstein Being Spied On, Suddenly She Squawks

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s speech Tuesday was a chess move in a contest with the CIA, which has played hardball with the California Democrat’s staff.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

So When Will Dick Cheney Be Charged With Espionage?

What the former vice president did in ordering his aides Scooter Libby and Karl Rove to release the information about Valerie Plame’s identity was no different from Edward Snowden’s decision to contact the press about the NSA surveillance program. And yet, Cheney mysteriously has not been charged with espionage.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



What the Benghazi Emails Reveal, Rove Blames Obama for Scandals, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest sign that Anthony Weiner will enter the New York City mayoral race and televangelist Pat Robertson’s dubious marital advice for women.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Slams Hypocrites Cheney and Rumsfeld

Jon Stewart tells the former Bush administration officials that no, after the atrocities they committed while in office, they don’t get to question anyone’s credibility or weigh in about President Obama’s handling of the fatal Benghazi, Libya, attacks.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


How Dick Cheney’s Son-in-Law Helped Deregulate Chemical Plants

MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained on his program Thursday how the Bush administration—and specifically the former vice president’s son-in-law—played a critical role in defeating regulations that would have strengthened federal oversight of chemical plants like the one that exploded and killed 15 people in West, Texas, last week.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE


Tomas Young Says He’s Not Angry at George W. Bush

A month after penning a scathing open letter condemning the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq, anti-war activist Tomas Young is making yet another powerful statement.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Terror Campaign

The president maintains a “global system of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder” to demoralize and coerce those who would oppose the American-led neoliberal empire, political economist Rob Urie writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



Poison Sent to Senator’s Office, Erik Rush’s Incendiary Tweet, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of a post-9/11 torture report that lays the blame squarely at the feet of the nation’s highest officeholders and the unveiling of a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



The Terror Courts

The details about the courts at Guantanamo Bay have remained sketchy. Until now, as a new book explains how a small group of Bush-era political appointees developed a parallel justice system designed to ensure a specific outcome.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE


Public Indictment May Shed Light on CIA Black Sites, Subcontracting of Torture

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment last week charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with six terrorism-related counts, which could give us a glimpse into one of the most secretive aspects of U.S. counterterrorism operations during the Bush administration.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE


Democrats Also to Blame for Iraq War, Journalist Scahill Says

Nation writer Jeremy Scahill ripped into Republicans and Democrats on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, claiming that both parties are to blame for the war during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Limbaugh Disses RNC’s ‘Autopsy Report,’ Bachmann Tells Big Lie at CPAC, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why the assault weapons ban has already failed and Vice President Joe Biden meets Pope Francis.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?

After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency. Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Fox News President Offered Bush Administration ‘Off The Record Help’

A handwritten note from Fox News President Roger Ailes to George W. Bush’s secretary of state in 2005 reveals that the man who runs the cable news channel that touts itself as “fair and balanced” offered to help the administration.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Robert Scheer: Why We Don’t Know Our Enemy

“Without Precedent” (2006), a book by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, tells the inside story of how the White House endeavored to squelch any real examination of the enemy whose actions kicked off the so-called war on terror. Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Truthdig in August 2006.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Blasts Fox’s Judith Miller for Hypocrisy

If it’s a case of hypocrisy involving a Fox News personality, Jon Stewart is on the case.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads an essay first published in 2007, in which the author and iconoclast suggested that perhaps there was a more sinister explanation for President Bush’s fiascoes than mere incompetence: He was out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE


Senate Aims to Advance Government Surveillance Rules

The Senate is moving to renew the soon-to-expire 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorized the U.S. government to monitor American citizens’ emails and telephone calls without a warrant. Former National Security Agency Director William Binney has warned that its vast data mining program, which operates under the amendments, could “create an Orwellian state.”

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Bureaucrat Torpedoes Plea for a Presidential Pardon

The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron’s sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Bush Official Warned About Torture in Secret Memo

Months before al-Qaida operative Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is set to stand trial for his alleged role in the 9/11 attacks, a draft of a secret memo written in 2006 by a senior adviser to Condoleezza Rice warning that the “enhanced interrogation” techniques used by the Bush administration in the “war on terror” violated U.S. law has surfaced at the U.S. State Department.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Holder Says WikiLeaks’ Gitmo Documents Won’t Affect Prosecutions

Attorney General Eric Holder said Guantanamo documents recently released by WikiLeaks will not impact military tribunals for terror suspects. The documents reveal flaws in the U.S. detention program at the facility.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

22 Million Bush-Era E-Mails Found

How exactly does an administration lose millions of e-mails? However it happened, 22 million Bush-era White House e-mails have been recovered, and more may be found. The content, however, probably won’t be made public for years.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Do the ‘Brad Pitt Houses’ Help New Orleans?

Does Brad Pitt’s housing development project in New Orleans’ Katrina-ravished Ninth Ward represent a much-needed boost to the neighborhood, no matter from whence it came? Or do his efforts amount to yet another example of a Hollywood do-gooder’s personal crusade ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Federal Judge Finds Army Corps Liable for Katrina Damage

Over four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a federal judge has ruled in favor of four plaintiffs from the vicinity of the city’s Ninth Ward, finding that the Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for some of the damage incurred by the storm and awarding each plaintiff over $700,000.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


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AG to Appoint Torture Prosecutor

Although President Obama and others who were privy to information about alleged prisoner abuse by CIA employees and contractors previously passed on the possibility of prosecution, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has taken a different tack after reviewing the cases. Updated

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Ridge: Bushies Manipulated Terror Threat System

One sinister li’l tidbit from former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s upcoming tell-all won’t do much to change the Bush administration’s reputation for string-pulling on as many governmental fronts as possible: According to teasers released by his publisher, Ridge was pushed by Bush & Co. to raise the terrorist threat level on the eve of W.’s second electoral victory in 2004.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


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No Big Surprise: Torture Yields Bogus Info

New declassified information reveals that the CIA’s torture programs produced false information. September 11th mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted he made up stories under torture, refuting a long-standing and still-used Bush administration argument that harsh interrogation yields highly valuable information. Rachel Maddow provides the details.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE


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White House photo by David Bohrer

Cheney Disavows 9/11-Iraq Link

On Monday, former Veep Dick Cheney admitted at long last that there was no link between the Sept. 11 attacks and Iraq, contrary to what the Bush administration had led the nation to believe in 2003 in order to justify waging a war on a country rich in history, culture ... and oil. Tens of thousands of Iraqi and American casualties later, we thank you, Dick.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Orders Review of Government Secrecy

Seeking to break with eight interminable years of information lockdown, President Obama ordered two studies on Wednesday that would review the government’s procedures of classifying state secrets and the degree to which information is being held from the public. National Security Adviser James Jones, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have been assigned to head the investigations.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Guantanamo Appeasement Plan

Two days after his inauguration, President Obama pledged to close Guantanamo within one year. The Republicans, led by Sens. John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts, immediately launched a concerted campaign to assail the new president. 

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Defends Gitmo’s Closure, Cheney Rebukes It

President Obama spoke on Thursday to clean up the “mess” that Guantanamo Bay has become and stood firmly by his decision to close the detention center. The speech came after the Senate voted 90-6 to block $80 million for shutting down Gitmo. Meanwhile, across town, former Vice President Dick Cheney gave a speech harshly criticizing Obama’s actions and defending the anti-terrorism policies of the Bush administration.

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Inside Rummy’s Crusade

An GQ expose reveals Donald Rumsfeld’s alarming penchant for melding scripture and foreign policy during his time as secretary of defense in the Bush administration. The report also discloses how disliked Rummy was by his peers. “There was exasperation,” one former Bush aide said.“How much more are we going to have to endure? Why are we keeping this guy?”

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Cheney’s Chains to Torture

As new information leaks out on the Bush administration’s torture program and as Dick Cheney pumps up his role as the poster child for waterboarding, we can slowly start connecting the dots on the previous administration’s criminal practices. Rachel Maddow and guest author Jane Mayer break down the shaky legal justifications behind the invasion of Iraq and the use of waterboarding—a method now known to produce false confessions—to try to force detainees to reveal a link between al-Qaida and Iraq.

Posted on May 16, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Cheney Denied by the CIA

The CIA has denied the lovable Dick Cheney’s request to release memos that, in the ex-veep’s eyes, would prove the effectiveness of torture administered under Bush’s reign. “I’m convinced, absolutely convinced, that we saved thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of lives,” he said last week. The documents in question will not be declassified, as they are the subject of pending litigation.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


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House Speaker Speaks Up

Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi stammered her way through a statement at a tense news conference on Thursday, acknowledging she had learned as early as February 2003 of the CIA’s waterboarding practices. She defended her position on the grounds of being “misled”  by the CIA and she accused Republicans of scapegoating her to divert attention away from those actually responsible for the acts.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Old Faithful of Nonsense

Can’t we send Dick Cheney back to Wyoming? Shouldn’t we chip in and buy him a home where the buffalo roam and there’s always room for one more crazy old coot down at the general store? For the final act of his too-long public career, Cheney seems to have decided to become an Old Faithful of self-serving nonsense.

Posted on May 12, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Shakh Aivazov

Protesters Push for Georgian President to Step Down

During last summer’s war, Mikhail Saakashvili was beseeching the international community to help his country fend off “Russian aggression,” but now the biggest problem of the Georgian president is rising from within his nation’s own borders.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Room for Improvement ... Even at Home

In announcing her department’s annual human rights report, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made multiple references to the elephant in the room—the United States’ own tarnished record, saying “America must first be an exemplar of our own ideals.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Karim Kadim

President Bush and the Flying Shoes: A Cautionary Tale

The shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist is now a venerated celebrity throughout the Mideast, and his words to the president—“this is the farewell kiss, you dog”—will stand as the enduring epitaph in the region on Bush’s folly, which is the reality of his claimed legacy of success in the war on terror.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Closing Guantanamo

The U.S. government’s failure to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center for alleged terrorists continues to haunt and color our standing in the world.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush’s Farewell Gala

As if there was no better way to conclude the past eight years of the current administration, President Bush will host his own personalized going-away party: the world’s first “global financial summit,” where leaders will discuss the current global economic troubles and hopefully ways to prevent such crises from recurring.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


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All’s Quiet at the Bush White House

Following his paradigm-shifting endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” which also inevitably represented a slap to the Bush administration he once served, Colin Powell’s announcement has (thus far) been met with resounding silence from his former White House colleagues.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Gingrich: Bailout Plan ‘Un-American’

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson certainly has his Democratic detractors, but they aren’t the only ones who have some serious doubts about his controversial $700-billion bailout plan. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous” on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Paulson’s plan, calling it “un-American” and even opining that Paulson should have resigned.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Paulson in negotiations
AP photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

Bailout Deal (Almost) Done

Early Sunday morning brought word that the end of the drawn-out bailout negotiations between warring factions of the federal government might finally be at hand, although the House and Senate had not yet officially approved terms of the proposed plan. Updated

Posted on Sep 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Hersh: Cheney & Co. Discussed How to Trigger War With Iran

You may have already seen this, but it bears re-posting far and wide: The inimitable Seymour Hersh gave truly disturbing details, during the Campus Progress journalism conference in July, expounding upon his article from that month’s New Yorker about the Bush administration’s attempts to find a cause for war against Iran in late 2007.

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


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