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Zazi Case Vindicates Traditional Methods

Before Najibullah Zazi is finally dispatched to a secure cellblock for good, it is important to remember how the taxi-driver-turned-terrorist was brought to justice—and why the critics who jeered his civilian prosecution were dead wrong.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
washingtonpost.com

Obama Slams Intel Agencies for Christmas Day Attack Attempt

Barack Obama gave U.S. intelligence agencies the presidential equivalent of a knuckle-rapping Tuesday for their failure to connect the dots and nab Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before a fellow passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was forced to foil his underwear bomb plot the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / alancleaver_2000

Crime, Murder Rate Drop

Despite staggering unemployment and a poor economic climate, the nation’s crime rate fell 4.4 percent in the first six months of 2009. The national murder rate also fell 10 percent—a decline that is being called one of the more significant in decades.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Freedom’s Fight: Part II

Truthdig is pleased to present the second excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


Jyllands-Posten
sitemaker.umich.edu

Two Arrested for Alleged Plot on Danish Paper

Two men from Chicago were arrested recently for allegedly plotting to attack overseas targets, including the Danish newspaper that sparked a huge controversy in 2006 by running the now-infamous cartoon of the prophet Mohammed sporting an explosive turban.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE


Innocence Lost arrest
fbi.gov

52 Children Rescued in Countrywide Prostitution Crackdown

Federal authorities nabbed nearly 700 people—60 pimps among them—during a three-day nationwide sting operation targeting child prostitution. The sting, dubbed Operation Cross Country, saved 52 children from further sexual exploitation at the hands of adults.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE



nydailynews.com

Billionaire Arrested for Alleged Insider Trading

Billionaire hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam was arrested Friday and charged  with running the largest hedge fund insider-trading scheme in history. Charged with Rajaratnam, founder of Galleon Group, were executives of several prestigious U.S. companies.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Torture
rebelreports.com

What Torture Never Told Us

Many intelligence professionals have categorically disapproved of torture, claiming it both ineffective and counterproductive. Former FBI agent Ali H. Soufan writes of the mountains of good information uncovered with traditional interrogation procedures in contrast to the erroneous and unproductive intelligence gleaned from torture.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


waterboarding cartoon
Wikimedia Commons / tales-of-iraq-war.blogspot.com

Obama Aims to Improve America’s Interrogation Record

Monday saw more than one move on the part of Team Obama to deal with U.S. intelligence agencies’ treatment of terror suspects: In addition to Attorney General Eric Holder’s bid to take a second look into certain CIA-related cases from years past, President Obama has approved the formation of an integrated interrogation central command called the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE



Original: Flickr / kiwanja

Bush’s Wiretaps Now Even More Warrantless

It turns out George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretap program wasn’t just illegal, it was pretty useless. A new report by the inspectors general of the agencies charged with catching the evildoers determined that many agents were flummoxed by the vague information coming out of the overly secretive program, and those who weren’t couldn’t demonstrate how it was helpful.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Dr. George Tiller Didn’t Have to Die

He was assassinated while in church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, targeted for legally performing abortions. His death might have been prevented simply through enforcement of existing laws.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


Richard Nixon
White House / Archives

The New York Times’ Watergate Blunder

Back in 1972 the FBI’s acting director gave a New York Times reporter the impression that the president was personally involved in Watergate, but the tip died a quick and historic death in the Times’ Washington Bureau, according to the reporter and editor involved. One went on to law school, the other took a long vacation and no one bothered to follow up.

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Cheney and the Iraq-Torture Link

Defending their record in office these past eight years, figures from the last administration seem especially touchy on the subject of torture. Led by the former vice president, Dick Cheney, they have argued that there was no torture, preferring more vague and delicate terms such as “enhanced interrogation” or simply “the program.”

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


SCOTUS
Flickr / NCinDC

High Court Lets Ashcroft, Mueller Off the Hook

The nation’s top court decided on Monday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI honcho Robert Mueller aren’t directly accountable for the abuses that Pakistani detainee Javaid Iqbal, a Muslim, says he endured as a result of his race and religion in a New York prison in 2002.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE



Jacob Heilbrunn on Alger Hiss

Susan Jacoby’s lucid new book reminds us that the Hiss case offered a vengeful postwar right a golden opportunity to tar the New Deal as a crypto-communist conspiracy—and why it still matters.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE


Maybe the Only Crime Was by Blago’s Barber

Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about to be impeached on grounds of loopiness, obnoxiousness and a bad haircut? It is unclear to me what else Blagojevich has done that a duly constituted jury would find illegal.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Bush farewell address

President Bush Signs Off

George W. Bush gave his last presidential speech to the American public in a farewell address Thursday night that offered him a platform to have the (first) last word on his time in office. True to form, Bush stayed the course, giving little if any ground when it came to defending even the most contested aspects of his legacy.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE



abc.go.com

‘Homeland Security USA’: The Outtakes

The inaugural episode of ABC’s newest reality television series did exactly as producer Arnold Shapiro told viewers it would: unabashedly celebrated the Department of Homeland Security. It also failed in every conceivable way to critically examine the largest reorganization of the federal government since World War II.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


AirTran plane
yelp.com

Airline Apologizes to Detained Muslim Passengers

AirTran Airways was in damage control mode Friday after forcing nine Muslim passengers off an Orlando-bound flight at Reagan International Airport in Arlington, Va., the previous day.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Mukasey collapses

Attorney General Mukasey Collapses During Speech

On Thursday night, Attorney General Michael Mukasey suddenly collapsed while making a speech at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was rushed to George Washington University Hospital for treatment.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


Halberstam
nndb.com

FBI Tracked Halberstam for Over Two Decades

This is spooky: A group of journalism students from the City University of New York filed a Freedom of Information request and discovered that the FBI tracked the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam for more than two decades.

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE


Eliot Spitzer
diggersrealm.com

Spitzer Avoids Prosecution

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has avoided criminal charges for his well-publicized escapades with sex workers while in office. Largely responsible for the development was a decision by federal prosecutors to investigate Spitzer on questionable financial transactions—where they found no evidence of misuse—rather than the more titillating accusation of “transporting prostitutes across state lines.”

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE



gizmodo.com

Here We COINTELPRO Again: FBI Changes the Rules

With everybody’s eyeballs and earlobes focused on the economy and the election, the Justice Department pushed through rule changes that allow the FBI to go back to the bad old days of spying more aggressively on Americans. Civil libertarians and even some lawmakers are in an uproar. The Center for Investigative Reporting has a must-read report that explains why.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


book cover

John Holmes on ‘The Lost Spy’

Former Time correspondent Andrew Meier presents a riveting exhumation of the previously unknown story of Cy Oggins, an early American-Jewish communist who spied for the Soviets and was killed by them in 1947.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE



gawker.com

Palin’s Hacked E-Mail Gets a ‘G’ Rating

Anonymous, an Internet-based group best known for pranking and protesting the Church of Scientology, apparently hacked Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mail account and posted images of her inbox and correspondence on the Web. The McCain campaign condemned the “shocking invasion,” which turned up nothing of substantial juiciness.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


FBI seal
fbi.gov

FBI Coming to a Public Location Near You

The Justice Department was dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on Friday on a new set of rules designed to help FBI agents zero in on potential national security threats within the U.S., allowing them to gather information in public places—and even conduct interviews—without identifying themselves. 

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE


Arrests Made in Alleged Obama Assassination Plot

A possible plot to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention was foiled in Denver on Monday night when at least three suspects were arrested, authorities reported.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


Anthrax Evidence Released

The government on Wednesday released some of the evidence collected against biological weapons researcher Bruce E. Ivins, who died of suicide July 29. Anonymous sources peppered media reports earlier in the week, saying that much of the case relied on circumstantial evidence. So far, those reports appear to have been correct.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


Anthrax Researcher Threatened Co-Workers as FBI Closed In

Friends’ and relatives’ memories of microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins, who apparently committed suicide last week as he became a top suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, differ greatly from the image of him invoked by the stories that have emerged about his threatening behavior in recent months.

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


Hamilton post office
AP file photo / Brian Branch-Price

Scientist Targeted in Anthrax Probe Dies in Apparent Suicide

The apparent suicide of 62-year-old scientist Bruce E. Ivins on Tuesday shook up his co-workers at the military biodefense labs in Maryland where he’d worked for nearly two decades. But the significance of his death extended beyond personal tragedy when it emerged that Ivins was about to be prosecuted by the Justice Department for alleged involvement in the anthrax attacks of 2001.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


FBI Considers Racial Profiling

If new rule changes go through, the FBI will be allowed to open national security investigations without evidence of wrongdoing. Instead, the agency could pursue cases based on profiles of Americans it deems likelier to commit crimes such as terrorism. The policy would be in keeping with the Bush administration’s dragnet, fact-phobic approach to terrorism; the president himself has been critical of profiling.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


Guantanamo protest
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

Where Is the Outrage?

Are we Americans truly savages or merely tone-deaf in matters of morality, and therefore more guilty of terminal indifference than venality? It’s a question demanding an answer in response to the publication of a 370-page report on U.S. complicity in torture.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Blackwater helicopter
flickr.com

Blackwater Bounces Back

Over the last year, Blackwater Worldwide has been under fire from critics at home and abroad, but that hasn’t stopped the private security firm. In fact, the State Department has just re-upped Blackwater’s Iraq contract, thanks in part to the magic of lobbying. Also, State Department officials don’t seem to think they have much choice.

 

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


LA Times building
Flickr / Mr. Littlehand

Oops!: News That Was Not Fit to Print

In an extraordinary 633-word retraction, The Los Angeles Times has renounced an article it published last month that claimed to have new information about an attack in 1994 on rap artist Tupac Shakur, who later was killed.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Eliot Spitzer
diggersrealm.com

Eliot Spitzer Unmasked as ‘Client-9’ in Prostitution Ring

His rise in New York politics was meteoric, and now Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace looks to be just as spectacular: On Monday, The New York Times reported that Spitzer had been a client of an international prostitution ring called the Emperors Club, in which he was known by the alias “Client-9.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


jail
flickr.com

1 in 100 American Adults in Jail

So much for the “war on crime”: According to a new report from the Pew Center on the States, 1 in 100 American adults is now in jail. The report states that “current prison growth is not driven primarily by a parallel increase in crime, or a corresponding surge in the population at large”; instead, “it flows principally from a wave of policy choices that are sending more lawbreakers to prison and ... keeping them there longer.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Cloonan

Interrogator: Torture Endangers America

Former FBI interrogator Jack Cloonan spills the beans to Foreign Policy Magazine about the techniques he used on top al-Qaida operatives. Cloonan explains that the ticking-time-bomb scenario often used to rationalize torture is a myth and that waterboarding only motivates the enemy to get revenge—even if it takes a generation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


Lawmaker Quits Amid Child Porn Investigation

A Republican member of the Maryland Legislature has resigned after authorities raided his home and took several items, including his computer, during a child pornography investigation. According to the Baltimore Examiner, state Delegate Robert McKee had been a sponsor of the Child Protection From Predators Act.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


FBI to Investigate Mortgage Crisis

The FBI has announced an investigation into the practices of more than a dozen companies related to the subprime mortgage crisis that has destabilized the American and global economies. The Securities and Exchange Commission has already launched investigations of its own, and though it’s nice to see the authorities crack down on improper practices, it would be nice to have some oversight before there was a crisis.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


George Piro
cbsnews.com

Saddam’s Interrogator Speaks

George Piro, the FBI agent who spent nearly seven months interrogating Saddam Hussein, tells “60 Minutes” that the late Iraqi leader didn’t think the U.S. would actually invade and didn’t deny having weapons of mass destruction in order to intimidate Iran. “He told me he initially miscalculated ... President Bush’s intentions,” Piro revealed in the interview, which airs this Sunday.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Ellsberg
uiowa.edu

Ellsberg Hits U.S. Media, Congress for Ignoring Nuclear Secrets Story

Legendary whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg has written an Op-Ed shaming the American media for failing to report the shocking story of Sibel Edmonds. A former FBI translator who was recruited after 9/11, Edmonds has accused the agency of covering up evidence of a complex web of foreign governments, U.S. officials and nuclear secrets.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Hoover’s Secret Plan to Jail ‘Dangerous’ Americans

According to recently declassified documents, infamous FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover presented President Harry Truman with a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 people, mostly Americans, of whom he disapproved. The year was 1950 and the occasion was the start of the Korean War, but Hoover had apparently been building his list of the “potentially dangerous” for years.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


Nisour square
nytimes.com

FBI Blames Blackwater in 14 Civilian Deaths

The FBI, which is still investigating Blackwater’s Sept. 16 killing rampage in Baghdad, has determined that at least 14 of the 17 shootings were unjustified and in violation of deadly-force rules. The Justice Department is looking into whether to press charges, if it even has the authority, which means that Blackwater could very well get away with murder.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


Kott
AP photo / Al Grillo

Corruption Scandal Rocks Alaska Politics

The federal corruption probe that first blew the lid off the Alaskan political scene a year ago with the discovery of $32,200 in cash stashed away in the home of Republican Pete Kott, former speaker of the Alaskan House of Representatives, has since spread like an oil slick, leaving precious few prominent lawmakers unstained.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


mercenaries
chinadaily.com.cn

State Dept. Gave Blackwater Shooters Immunity

Three senior law enforcement officials have revealed to the Associated Press that the State Department gave all of the Blackwater guards involved in the Sept. 16 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians immunity from prosecution.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Imagine Peace—A Ray of Light in Dark Times

John Lennon would have turned 67 years old last week had he not been murdered in 1980 by a mentally disturbed fan. On his birthday, Oct. 9, his widow, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono, realized a dream they shared.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Coretta Scott King
AP Images / John Bazemore

Coretta Scott King Closely Tracked by FBI

Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI kept close tabs on Martin Luther King Jr.‘s wife, Coretta Scott King—which isn’t exactly startling news, except for the detail that the agency’s surveillance intensified after her husband’s assassination in 1968.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


eavesdropper
itpsites.com

The FBI, Wiretapping and You

Not to be deterred by new developments in digital technology, the FBI laid the groundwork for its current DCSNet (Digital Collection System Network) wiretapping system during the Clinton years, allowing agents to just point ‘n’ click their way into the nation’s land lines, cell phones and Internet telephony networks. 

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Chief’s Notes Tell of Ashcroft Hospital Scene

Corroborating an account by former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III detailed the dramatic events that occurred in then-Attorney General John Ashcroft’s hospital room in March 2004 when his successor, Alberto Gonzales, attempted to persuade a convalescing Ashcroft to sign off on a domestic wiretapping program he opposed.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


Sen. Stevens’ Home Raided by FBI

The FBI has raided the home of Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate’s history, who famously described the Internet as “a series of tubes.” Agents were apparently searching for documents related to a contracting company that may have profited from relationships with prominent lawmakers.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


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