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The Story of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers and the CIA Just Got Creepier

The Oscar-winning film “Zero Dark Thirty” became a prestigious awards vehicle for its co-creators, journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. It also became a source of controversy—and all the more so after this latest news.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Slur Stokes Phony Republican Fury

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is “not a war hero” and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity’s gaffe around his neck.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer on How Yesterday’s Allies Became Today’s Terrorists (Part 9 of 10)

In this installment of The Real News Network’s interview series “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells host Paul Jay about the role the U.S. played in creating its current terrorist enemies—and on a broader scale, why history matters.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Scheer Article Found Among Reading Materials in Osama bin Laden’s Last Hideout

On Wednesday the White House released a list of English-language documents found among the al-Qaida founder’s belongings in 2011, after U.S. Navy SEALs killed him in a compound in Pakistan, to which he had been traced.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

Seymour Hersh Stands by His bin Laden Story, and His Sources

Of course the investigative reporter used anonymous sources in his exposé on the bin Laden raid. Only with anonymous sources can journalists get past the wall that the Obama administration has built by prosecuting whistleblowers.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Memo to the Media: Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Story Isn’t About Seymour Hersh

How did the veteran journalist’s recent investigation into how the Obama administration might not have shot straight with its account of how Osama bin Laden met his end in 2011 turn into another tedious attempt to shoot the messenger by certain members of the U.S. media?

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Seymour Hersh Accuses Obama of ‘High-Level Lying’ About Bin Laden Raid

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has put forth a series of explosive allegations about the Obama administration’s role in the 2011 killing of the al-Qaida founder.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

Killing Ragheads for Jesus

The movie “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—including the belief that Christians are called upon to exterminate “lesser breeds.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 READ MORE

Yemen’s Al-Qaida Outpost Releases Video Claiming Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Al-Qaida’s chapter in Yemen was officially behind the deadly shooting at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, at least according to al-Qaida’s chapter in Yemen.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE

ISIS—the New Israel

ISIS is employing the same brutal tactics used in the late 1940s to create the Jewish state. As the Zionist guerrillas did, it is swiftly and perhaps permanently redrawing the map of the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 15, 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.

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How America Made ISIS: Their Videos and Ours, Their ‘Caliphate’ and Ours

Minus a couple of invasions, the steps being considered or already in effect to deal with “the threat of ISIS” are a reasonable summary of the last 13 years of what was once called the Global War on Terror and now has no name at all.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

The Path to a New 1914? How America Chose War After 9/11

The analogy between 1914 and 2001, like all measurements of the present with yardsticks from the past, is useful only for querying events, not for predicting them. There are equally important differences between the two moments, some of them obvious, others less so.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

Did CIA’s Fake Polio Vaccination Program in Pakistan Help Fuel a Global Health Emergency?

The increase of polio in Pakistan is being linked to a secret CIA effort to hunt Osama bin Laden, in which the agency set up fake vaccination clinics in the city of Abbottabad in order to get DNA from the bin Laden family. The Taliban subsequently banned immunization efforts and carried out deadly attacks on medical workers.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE

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

September 11 Revisited

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Chile’s 9/11: 40 Years Since Pinochet’s U.S-Backed Coup

Sept. 11 is not just the anniversary of the fall of the twin towers in 2001. Decades before, despotic Gen. Augusto Pinochet led a coup against democratically elected Salvador Allende on the same date.

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9/11 Hope

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How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless Wars

Bradley Manning, the young Army intelligence analyst who leaked thousands of public documents and passed them on to WikiLeaks, has done far more for U.S. national security than SEAL Team 6.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE

Nation Books

Inside America’s Dirty Wars

The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE

Nation Books

Filling the Empty Battlefield

With “Blowback,” Chalmers Johnson aimed to paint a portrait of how America’s informal empire and its historically unprecedented garrisoning of the world looked to others, and so explain why animosity and blowback were building globally. Now we have a secret history of 21st-century American war in Jeremy Scahill’s latest book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE

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American Anniversaries From Hell

Consider the plethora of blood-soaked little anniversaries that Americans could observe, if they cared to, from a decade-plus of the former Global War on Terror.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Biswaranjan Rout

Bin Laden’s Influence Lives On After Him

A day will undoubtedly come when Osama bin Laden will occupy the same place in 21st century history books as Gavrilo Princip holds in the histories of the 20th century. Both committed acts that provoked great wars, brought down empires and profoundly altered their times.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE


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

U.S. Government

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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

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The American Lockdown State

This Inauguration Day, Washington was in a lockdown mode unmatched by any inauguration from another era—not even Lincoln’s second inaugural in the midst of the Civil War, or Franklin Roosevelt’s during World War II, or John F. Kennedy’s at the height of the Cold War. Yet the subject got remarkably little attention during the ensuing media blitz.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE

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How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

The Invisible Government, published by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross in 1964, was groundbreaking, shadow-removing, illuminating. It caused a fuss from its very first paragraph, which was then a shockeroo: “There are two governments in the United States today. One is visible. The other is invisible.”

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Sony - Columbia Pictures

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

Sony Pictures

Glenn Greenwald Condemns ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Torture Porn

“Zero Dark Thirty” is piling up rave reviews despite perpetuating the myth that torture helps combat terrorism. Glenn Greenwald objects to praise for a film that propagandizes war crimes as a necessary evil.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE


A Raid Without the Rush

Mark Bowden’s “The Finish” reveals something you might not have known about the plan to kill Osama bin Laden: The Obama administration had considered a third option for taking out the al-Qaida leader—a sniper drone still under development.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE

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When Democrats Demand War

Journalist Michael Tracey was disheartened on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where an arena full of liberals joined Vice President Joe Biden in cheering the extralegal killing of Osama bin Laden. Tracey sought the counsel of New York Times columnist David Brooks, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Barney Frank.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE

‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 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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Higher Education Comes at a High Cost

Students all over America are defaulting on their student loans, especially those who attended private, profit-making institutions; Democrats’ chants about Osama bin Laden’s death take us back to George W. Bush’s boasts about Saddam Hussein; meanwhile, new scientific studies prove organic produce contains fewer pesticides and bacteria. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE

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Swift Boat Reborn: Group Shames Obama for Bin Laden Bragging

It’s the biggest feather in the president’s re-election cap: the confirmed killing of America’s most wanted criminal. But a new group plans to air commercials diminishing the president’s role in Osama bin Laden’s assassination.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE

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Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE


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Obama the Dragonkiller

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE


Obama From Afghanistan: ‘This Is Where It Will End’ (Update: Video)

First the president spoke to the troops, then to the American people. In a live address from Afghanistan, Barack Obama echoed his predecessor: “I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security.”

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE

Scales of Justice

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Ready, Aim, Vote

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE

Former Sen. Feingold on the Loss of Liberties

After the release of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold’s new book, “While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era,” Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald spoke with him about the deliberate curtailment of American civil liberties over the last 10 years.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Mike Redwood

Al-Qaida Holding American Hostage in Pakistan

Claiming retaliation for American aggression in Pakistan, al-Qaida said Thursday that it was holding a U.S. citizen, 70-year-old aid worker Warren Weinstein, in that country after capturing him in Lahore four months ago. Al-Qaida boss Ayman al-Zawahiri announced Weinstein’s capture in a video demanding that the U.S. ...

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE

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