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Bush Clarifies Official Position on Torture (Kind of)

Were the CIA to potentially, maybe, have a detention and interrogation program it would now have to adhere to President Bush’s new executive order prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment of detainees. It’s still unclear whether water-boarding remains on the menu.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


Kandahar District Falls Briefly to Taliban

Afghan forces retook a district in Kandahar province that had been captured by the Taliban. The Afghan forces said they had made a tactical decision to withdraw, but the Taliban said it captured the district outright after days of battle. Either way, the former ruling fundamentalists of Afghanistan appear less than beaten.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


He’ll Always Have Albania

George W. Bush, Hero of Albania! At least there’s one place in the world where they show the Decider some love.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


It Can Happen Here

Thirty-nine individuals held in U.S. custody at one time or another are unaccounted for—missing or disappeared in the style of a Third World dictatorship. What have we become?

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Gitmo Detainee Commits Suicide

A Saudi prisoner at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay has apparently committed suicide, the U.S. military said in a statement. Human rights organizations have repeatedly warned that indefinite detentions—some now longer than five years—combined with harsh “interrogation techniques” and unfair trials could drive detainees to take their own lives.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


5 Suspected Militants Captured in Baghdad

American and Iraqi troops raided houses and buildings in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood on Wednesday to arrest five suspected members of a Shiite terror cell following Tuesday’s brazen kidnapping of a British computer expert and his four bodyguards from a government building in the capital city.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


Germany Issues Warrants for CIA Agents

Germany has issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents for their roles in the “extraordinary rendition” of Khaled al-Masri. Meanwhile, as public outrage in Europe over the abduction and torture of terror suspects grows more intense, court proceedings in Italy could lead to the indictment of 25 alleged CIA agents.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Terrorist Detector

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Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE    


Padilla
nytimes.com

Padilla Video Exposes Detainment Practices

Recently released video footage of Jose Padilla for the first time reveals life as an “enemy combatant” in U.S. custody.  The footage shows Padilla, manacled and deprived of vision and hearing, en route to a dental appointment.  Padilla was denied access to a lawyer for 21 months, testing the extent of the Bush administration’s executive power.

Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


EU Rules Financial Spying Program Illegal

A European Union oversight committee has concluded that the data sharing program between the U.S. and a European financial consortium broke the law by violating the civil liberties of European citizens.  The decision may prompt the EU’s ruling body to sue Belgium for allowing the program to continue.

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


CIA Wants to Keep Interrogation Methods Secret

The CIA has argued that allowing detainees to publicly describe interrogation techniques used against them would endanger national security.

Posted on Nov 4, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Frist
slate.com

Frist Asks the Impossible

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said if Republican candidates want to win in November, they should get voters to focus on issues other than the Iraq war. (h/t: AMERICAblog)

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


FBI Unable to Attract Arabic Speakers

According to new FBI statistics, of the bureau’s 12,000 agents, only 33 speak even minimally functional Arabic.  It gets worse: Of the 33, none work on international terrorism.
(h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


Sex Scandal Stalls Bush’s Anti-Terror Talk

The Mark Foley imbroglio is drowning out Bush’s cut-and-run rhetoric and even Bob Woodward’s revelations, say many analysts.
Again, we think this is a completely unsatisfactory way for the Democrats to win in November, but que sera, sera.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Mumbai train bombing
thestandard.com.hk

India Blames Pakistan for Train Bombings

Indian police have accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of planning the July train bombings in Mumbai, which killed 186 people.  According to Mumbai’s police commissioner: “We have solved the 11 July bombings case. The whole attack was planned by Pakistan’s ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba and their operatives in India….”

Posted on Sep 30, 2006 READ MORE


Left, Right and Center

Left, Right and Center

Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, along with Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller, for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: The war over the war: has Iraq made global terror worse? Bob Woodward’s latest revelations. Clinton versus Fox and what’s it all means for the midterm elections.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


To Our National Shame, America Codifies Torture

As expected, the Senate sent the despicable detainee interrogation bill to the president’s desk last night. See its horrifying provisions here.
As long as this law stands, we too shall stand in forfeit of the moral high ground in this struggle. It’s a sad day for our once-proud republic.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Pervez Musharraf

Tea and Twinkies With Musharraf

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf stopped by “The Daily Show” on Tuesday for some American delicacies and a candid discussion of the war on terror, including the Bush administration’s strong-arm diplomacy and his contemplation of war with America.

When Jon Stewart asked Musharraf who would win a Pakistani election, George Bush or Osama Bin Laden, the general shot back: “They’ll both lose miserably.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: A War on Intelligence

All 16 U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Bush’s war in Iraq “has become the ‘cause celebre’ for jihadists” worldwide, but that won’t deter a president who puts no stock in intelligence.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Jim Webb

Pithy Eloquence From Allen’s Rival on Iraq and Terror

The man challenging Sen. George “Macaca” Allen in the Virginia Senate race gave one of the most concise and well-put descriptions of the supposed Iraq-terror connection that we’ve ever heard. Watch it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer

Video Podcast: Scheer on 9/11

Join Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer for a conversation related to his Dig “Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative,” in which he addresses conspiracy theories, Iraq, and the folly of the Bush administration. Watch it.

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Airport police
scotsman.com

The Cash Cost of London?s Airline Scare

BAA, which operates London?s Heathrow Airport, is set to announce losses of 20 million pounds due to the recent terror alert.  British Airways has already announced 40 million pounds in losses, following the cancellation of flights?thousands at Heathrow alone?and restrictive security measures.

Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


Rush

Limbaugh Brings His Claptrap to CBS

Rush Limbaugh said something stupid again, only this time on CBS? nightly ?Free Speech? segment, where the radio show host railed against those evil people who are ?more interested in punishing this country over a few incidents of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay than they are in defeating those who want to kill us.? (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


Couric and Bush
White House photo (via CBS)

Holy Truth-Telling, Batman!

Quote of the week: Bush, in an Oval Office interview with Katie Couric, “The hardest part of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror….” (video and transcript)

  • Why should that be so tough? Sure, Iraq didn’t have WMD, wasn’t harboring terrorists, and had nothing to do with 9/11, but…. OK, maybe it should be kind of tough.

  • Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Ben-Veniste

    9/11 Panelist Slams ABC?s Fib-U-Drama

    On Wednesday?s ?Countdown,? 9/11 commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, above,  added his voice to those criticizing ABC?s credibility-challenged 9/11 ?docudrama,? saying: ?It was quite clear, as the 9/11 commission report states, that Clinton authorized the CIA and the American forces to get Bin Laden?capture or kill?and this miniseries does not depict it accurately.?

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    White House: U.S. Safer but Not Yet Safe

    The Bush administration released an assessment of its terrorism-combatting efforts to date. It takes credit for thwarting several attacks, but acknowledges many challenges, including an Al Qaeda network far more decentralized and media-savvy than pre-Sept. 11—and thus much more elusive and dangerous.

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Elizabteh Dole

    Dole in the Headlights

    Elizabeth Dole was asked by Fox News to name a Democrat who was appeasing terrorists.  She couldn?t, but instead launched into a nonsensical yarn, loosely linking opposition to the long-ineffective missile defense program and the Patriot Act to appeasement.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Times Withholds Article in Britain

    The New York Times blocked UK readers from accessing an online article about new details in the British terror case. Instead, readers in England saw this explanation, “British law ... prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial.?

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Who’s Serious Now?

    Conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan sparked a lot of debate by writing recently that Dems aren’t offering any alternatives to the GOP’s failed method of fighting the so-called war on terror. Oh yeah? Some Dems beg to differ:

  • A dead-on, serious response
  • A wickedly satirical response

  • Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: The Pols Who Cried Wolf

    “The administration has put itself in the position of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. If, God forbid, a serious terrorist conspiracy is uncovered, there will be a tendency to dismiss it in a backlash to these over-hyped ‘plots.’ ”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Darth Cheney
    From Daniel Kurtzman

    Is Dick Cheney a Sith Lord?

    That’s the undertone of Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin’s article about the widespread criticism of Dick Cheney’s suggestion that those who voted for Ned Lamont are aiding and abetting terrorists. Froomkin: “Cheney ... may have crossed the line that separates legitimate political discourse from hysteria.”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Borat

    Ali G’s Borat Tackles the ‘War of Terror’

    The movie trailer is out for Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” Watch an American rodeo crowd roar in approval (and then disgust) as Cohen’s Borat mocks America’s “war of terror” and arrogance.

    Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Pakistan Called ?Hub? of Airline Terror Plot

    U.S. and European officials have traced major support for the recently foiled aircraft terror plot to Pakistan, though they praised the Pakistani government for its ?vital? role in unraveling the scheme.  Investigators said the operation drew financial and logistical support from Karachi and Lahore, and at least 17 of those in British custody are said to have ties to Pakistan.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Warns India of Terror Threats

    The U.S. Embassy has told India that it has information suggesting that terror attacks might occur in the political and economic capitals—Delhi and Mumbai.  The Indian government has yet to receive any specific information.  The warning comes only a month after more than 180 people were killed when a series of bombs exploded on a commuter train in Mumbai. 

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    The White House
    From cs.umn.edu

    Bush Staffer on Terror Plots: ‘This Is Going to Play Big’

    In the wake of the foiled terrorist plots to explode passenger jets in midair, a White House official told an AFP reporter on Thursday, “Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big” as a political opportunity for the GOP. The AFP reporter was merciless in his reporting, noting that Bush & Co. have been tarring Democrats as soft on terrorism the past few days—knowing full well that news of the terror plot could break at any moment.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Why We Don’t Know Our Enemy

    A new book by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 commission tells the inside story of how the White House has systematically endeavored to squelch any real examination of the enemy whose actions kicked off the so-called war on terror.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Stalinesque Terror Detainee Bill Proposed by Bush

    From the AP: “U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration.”

  • This is apparently an attempted end run around the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision, which barred Bush’s military tribunals.

  • Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    American Flags
    Left: From the Bergen County Record; right: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

    Waving the American Flag

    Phew!
    What a past few years it has been for the American flag ... embraced throughout the world after the Sept. 11 attacks; denounced throughout the world not long after; subject to a Republican attempt to make it fireproof during the last two national election cycles….
    So with flags waving high during this Fourth of July, Truthdig invites its readers to reflect in the comments box on the nature of patriotism and nationalism. Here are some primers from E.J. Dionne, Howard Zinn and John Kerry (more)

    Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Muslims Address Silence on Europe Attacks

    Why haven’t we seen huge, deafening condemnations of the terror attacks that have wracked Europe in recent years? The AP poses that question to Europe’s Muslims. Many say they’re so well integrated into Western society that they shouldn’t have to apologize for the radicals.

    Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Dick Cheney

    ‘Frontline’ Profiles the Dark Side of Cheney

    Watch the PBS documentary on the vice president’s post-9/11 actions that has the progressive blogosphere buzzing.

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Swift and the CIA
    Swift: swift.org / CIA: fas.org

    Feds Secretly Reviewed Bank Data to Fight Terror

    Under a post 9/11 Bush administration program, CIA agents officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database called SWIFT, examining banking transactions involving thousands of Americans without specific warrants in each case. (This program is working in parallel with the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping system)

  • The N.Y. Times has the scoop
  • The Washington Post has government officials confirming the story
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    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Officials Seeing New Home-Grown Terror Cells

    This is according to Scott Redd, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. These groups of Islamic radicals are made up of disaffected men in their teens and 20s who draw moral inspiration from Al Qaeda and use the Internet to organize and plan potential attacks.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Amnesty Int’l: Principles, Rights Sacrificed in Terror War

    In its annual report, Amnesty International writes that Western governments have “paralysed international institutions and squandered public resources in pursuit of narrow security interests.”

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Report: Extremists Push for Terror Haven in Iraq

    The U.S. State Department’s annual report on worldwide terrorism said Sunni and Shiite extremists groups are working inside Iraq to create a terrorist haven. Also, the report names Iran as the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush is 'The Decider'

    ‘I’m the Decider and I Decide What Is Best’

    Watch the president utter the remark that became a classic the moment it left his lips.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Katrina and Terror Coverage Win Pulitzers

    Two Gulf Coast newspapers took home the big award for their hurricane reportage; Risen and Lichtblau of the N.Y. Times won for their stories on Bush’s eavesdropping; and Dana Priest of the Washington Post earned a Pulitzer for reporting on secret CIA prisons. Full list of winners.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Rice Iraq Desperation
    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Desperation in Iraq

    “The United States, in its hubris, helped bring all this to pass,” says a Sunday New York Times editorial about the mounting horrors in Iraq…(more)

    Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE


    stephen_colbert
    From Crooks and Liars

    Colbert Gives Us the Word on the War

    Stephen Colbert continues to gain ground on Jon Stewart with his blistering satires of U.S. policy. This time he riffs on a new name that the Pentagon is using for the war on terror.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Doctors Attack US Over Guantanamo

    Over 250 medical experts sign a letter condemning the U.S. for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


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