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U.S. Navy / Matthew Bash

Somali Terror Suspect to Be Tried on U.S. Soil

A suspected Somali terrorist who was captured and secretly interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy ship for two months while a terror case was built against him was flown from the Gulf of Aden to New York earlier this week to be tried in civilian court. (more)

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Bachar

Ex-Israeli Soldier Admits Leaking Secrets

In a plea deal with Israeli authorities, former soldier Anat Kamm has admitted to leaking more than 2,000 classified military documents to the Haaretz newspaper, including information on an Israeli operation aimed at killing West Bank Palestinian militants.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE


wikileaks icon
wikileaks.org

U.S. Braces for Another WikiLeak

U.S. officials are warning foreign governments that the WikiLeaks website is about to let fly with another batch of sensitive diplomatic documents that will be “harmful to the U.S. and our interests.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

For Sale: Weapons-Grade Uranium

Are you in the market for some highly enriched uranium? If so, then look no further than the exquisite black markets of Georgia, where evidence in a secret trial has shed light on smuggled uranium that is allegedly for sale in the former Soviet satellite state.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE


Netanyahu
World Economic Forum

Netanyahu: The U.S. Is ‘Easy’

The U.S. is easy—or so says Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was recorded in 2001, apparently without his knowledge, claiming that the U.S. was “easy” to manipulate and that Israel should launch a broad attack against the Palestinian Authority that would be “so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE



Courtesy of crossed-flag-pins.com

They’re Talking Turkey

Secret talks between Turkey’s foreign minister and Israel’s cabinet minister have occurred in an attempt to remedy relations between the two countries in the wake of Israel’s bloody raid on a Turk-led aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip in June.

Posted on Jul 3, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Good

U.S. Still Running Secret Jails

Human rights researchers and former detainees agree: Despite its stated goal of improving detention conditions, the U.S. continues to run a secret prison in Afghanistan, a site that holds inmates, sometimes for weeks at a time, without access to outside groups such as the Red Cross. Another such U.S. jail is said to exist in Iraq.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 READ MORE


Iran uranium plant
AP / Vahid Salemi

U.N. Gets a Look at 2nd Iranian Uranium Plant

The continuing drama surrounding Iran’s nuclear program took a daring turn earlier this month when the U.S. revealed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment plant. Now U.N.  inspectors have checked out that plant, and will do so again in the next couple days.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

Secret Rumsfeld Order OK’d Raids in All Nations

Since 2004, U.S. operatives have been crossing the borders of friends and foes alike in a secret global hunt for al-Qaida. According to a bombshell report in The New York Times, a dozen or so raids have been conducted in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere since Donald Rumsfeld issued a secret order with the backing of the president.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE



collage: realclearpolitics.com / destination360.com

Florida Republicans Hold Secret Meeting

With several new polls showing Florida breaking for Barack Obama, the state’s GOP leadership convened a secret meeting of top party and campaign officials. Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer, who organized the powwow, said, “It was just to ensure the ship is on its proper course. ...”

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE


AfghanPak Border
guardian.co.uk

Secret Bush Order OKs Strikes Inside Pakistan

A secret executive order signed by President Bush grants U.S. military forces “carte blanche” to launch counterterrorist operations inside Pakistan. An attack last week under the auspices of the unprecedented July order is raising concerns: Pakistani officials declared the operation illegal, and international analysts fear an escalating conflict could start a regionwide war.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
commons.wikimedia.org

Still Secret After All These Years

A federal judge has ruled that the testimony of David Greenglass, who helped convict his sister in one of the most famous trials in American history, shall remain secret. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed 55 years ago for conspiracy to commit espionage. Greenglass has since recanted parts of his testimony.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


McClellan and Bush
White House / Eric Draper

Ex-Press Secretary Throws Bush Under the Bus

Scott McClellan was one of George W. Bush’s most loyal aides, so it is surprising to learn that he savages the president and his administration in his new memoir. Among other bombshells, McClellan refers to the administration’s “propaganda campaign” to sell the war and accuses Karl Rove and Scooter Libby of meeting in secret during the Plamegate scandal in order to get their stories straight.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Family Ties

I always thought that genealogy was for people whose blood ran blue. It was for folks who traced their ancestry to the Mayflower or the American Revolution, not those who came over in steerage one step ahead of the Cossacks.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Pickering
bbc.co.uk

Iran, U.S. in ‘Secret’ Nuke Talks

Diplomatic relations could be better between Iran and America, and judging by the tough-guy posturing of both nations’ presidents, neither side is likely to back down, especially when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.  But the secret “back channel” discussions going on between the U.S. and Iran for some five years present a slightly different story.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Capitol Closed Doors
boston.com

Congress Holds Sensory-Deprived Session

At the request of House Republicans, Congress on Thursday held a closed-door session to debate the FISA warrantless eavesdropping bill. The last time a closed-door session occurred was in 1983, when lawmakers convened in secret to discuss clandestine U.S. support of Contra paramilitaries in Nicaragua.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
news.bbc.co.uk

Inside a CIA Black Site

A Yemeni man has told Amnesty International that he was abducted and tortured and spent nearly three years in secret prisons at the hands of the CIA. Khaled al-Maqtari says that without charge, legal representation or even a word to his family he was shuttled from one prison to another and ultimately dumped into Yemeni custody, once the U.S. had finished with him.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


Supreme Court building
supremecourtus.gov

Top Court Sets Back the Foes of Bush’s Wiretaps

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal related to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretap program on Tuesday, offering no explanation. The American Civil Liberties Union and others have had a hard time proving the plaintiffs were spied on because the evidence they need is considered a government secret.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


There’s a Republican Under My Bed

It is insane to waste time and energy worrying that somewhere, doubtless in a high-tech subterranean lair, Republican masterminds are cackling over their diabolical plot: The use of reverse psychology to lure unsuspecting Democrats into nominating Barack Obama, an innocent lamb who will be chewed up by the attack machine in the fall. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Fear, Loathing and the Crisis of Confidence

A recent study found that one-third of Americans “believe in a broad smorgasbord of conspiracy theories,” which really isn’t that surprising considering we have a government that has gone out of its way to undermine the rule of law and public accountability.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Diego Garcia
guardian.co.uk

Britain to Investigate ‘CIA Black Site’

The British government’s Foreign Affairs Committee will look into charges by a number of sources, including human rights groups and a retired U.S. general, that sovereign British land has been used as a CIA “black site” prison. The island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, has been leased to the United States and is the site of an American military base but remains British territory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


robot spy
washingtonpost.com

Robot Insects Spying on Protesters?

It sounds far-fetched, but a number of protesters swear they’ve spotted robotic insects hovering around anti-war rallies. The government denies deploying robot spies, but it’s known that the U.S. military has had robotic flies, such as the one above, since World War II.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Secret Torture Memos Shame Justice Dept.

In 2005, the Justice Department issued two secret opinions on torture that endorsed and protected the administration’s desire to use physically and psychologically traumatizing interrogation techniques. Then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey reportedly warned his colleagues that they would be “ashamed” when their work became public.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


secret service agent
whitehouse.gov

Agents Interrogate Teen

Julia Wilson, a 14-year-old honor student, was removed from her class and interrogated by Secret Service agents for writing “kill Bush” on her MySpace page.  The teen said the agents’ “unnecessarily mean” questioning brought her to tears, but ultimately encouraged her activism against the Iraq war.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our selection of the best Truthdig-flavored videos contains Keith Olbermann’s iconic Ground Zero diatribe against President Bush; Matt Lauer’s harsh questioning of the president on torture and secret CIA prisons; and George Clooney’s impassioned plea to the U.N. to act against the looming threat of genocide in Darfur.

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Matt Lauer and President Bush

Lauer Challenges Bush on Torture, CIA Prisons

NBC host Matt Lauer confronts President Bush on a fundamental apparent inconsistency in his interrogation policy: If it’s legal, why are we doing it in secret CIA prisons abroad? Cornered, Bush doesn’t answer straight. Watch the fireworks.

Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


FBI vs CIA
Illustration by Peter Scheer

FBI and CIA Clash Over Interrogation Methods

In 2002 Abu Zubaydah, a captured Bin Laden henchman, experienced two radically different kinds of interrogation as the FBI and the CIA secretly engaged in a debate that continues today.  As one official put it: ?When you rough these guys up, all you do is fulfill their fantasies about what to expect from us.?

Posted on Sep 9, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Transfers High-Value Prisoners to Gitmo

The AP is reporting that the president is transferring 14 key terrorist leaders, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, above, from secret CIA custody to the U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be prepared for eventual trials. The prisoners will apparently be afforded some rights consistent with the Geneva conventions.

  • Yeah, well, Bush also signed a bill in December outlawing the torture of detainees, and then made a “signing statement” announcing his intention to flout that law. So excuse us for being cynical about the president’s motives and intentions here.
  • UPDATE: Former DOJ lawyer and law prof Marty Lederman says Bush’s new bill actually authorizes “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Mystery Senator at Capitol
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Mystery Senator Blocks Sunshine Bill

    A bipartisan Senate bill that would have created a public database of all government contracts has been blocked by an unknown senator.  The bill, which passed its committee unanimously, can now move forward only if the mysterious senator who placed it on “secret hold” removes the constraint.  (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Cola Wars
    digitalpicturesoncd.com

    The ‘Cola Wars’ Just Got Fun Again

    This tale of corporate theft is too good to miss: Insiders at Coca-Cola got nabbed in a sting operation when they tried to sell trade secrets about a new soft drink to the folks at Pepsi.

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Jimmy Carter: We Need Fewer Secrets

    The former president bemoans the current White House’s obsession with secrecy: “Increasingly, developed and developing nations are recognizing that a free flow of information is fundamental for democracy.”

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Secret Service Will Turn Over Abramoff Visit Logs

    The logs will show how often the convicted lobbyist met with Bush administration officials—and with whom he met.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: The Great Bush Reclassification Project

    It’s nice to know that the investigative reporter Jack Anderson is still under investigation, although seriously dead.

    Posted on Apr 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Saudi Group Alleges Wiretapping by U.S.

    This may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

    Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Did Cheney OK Libby’s Leak of Secret Info?

    Vice President Cheney’s indicted former top aide, Scooter Libby, has told a grand jury that his “superiors” granted him permission to give secret information to reporters to help bolster the White House’s case for war on Iraq. | story

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Dick Marty, a Swiss senator, at a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Jan. 24.
    Christian Lutz / AP

    Swiss Investigator Says U.S. ‘Outsourced’ Torture

    The charge comes from the head of a European probe into alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Most Want Court OK For Gov’t Wiretaps

    Fifty-six percent says government should get warrants to eavesdrop on U.S.-international calls | more

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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