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Senate Votes to Outlaw Waterboarding

The House of Representatives and Senate have now both signaled their disapproval of the CIA’s use of waterboarding by voting for a ban on any techniques but the 19 officially approved by the Army, but President Bush has already, in turn, signaled his intent to veto any legislation that would rule out harsh interrogation methods.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg: Climate Threat Deadlier Than Terrorism

Although some politicians and media pundits who lean toward the right of the political spectrum regard global warming as an overhyped pet issue that mostly gets liberals hot under the collar, New York City mayor and media baron Mike Bloomberg (who’s moved around quite a bit on said spectrum) suggests that it is potentially much worse than the threat of terrorism. He made the comment Monday at a U.N. climate change conference.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
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Six 9/11 Suspects May Face Death Penalty

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the purported mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay are facing official charges from the Pentagon that could result in the death penalty.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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The War Against Tolerance

Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani are the three stooges of the Christian right. These self-described former Muslim terrorists are regularly trotted out at Christian colleges—a few days ago they were at the Air Force Academy—to spew racist filth about Islam on behalf of groups such as Focus on the Family. It is a clever tactic.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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EU Leaders Balk at Bush’s New Flight Plan

The skies won’t seem so friendly to Europeans looking to travel to the U.S. soon if President Bush’s list of new security demands is implemented despite the resistance and outrage it has sparked among EU officials, whose countrymen will encounter additional headaches if their leaders don’t get with Bush’s program.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


What Will McCain Do Now?

The revival of John McCain’s presidential candidacy, now expected to carry him through to his party’s nomination, can be interpreted as either proof of the judgment of Republican primary voters or evidence of the paucity of alternative choices.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Milton Viorst on Israel’s Tragic Predicament

Can decent Israelis, caught between complacency and conscience, save their beleaguered country from the corruptions of power, religious fanaticism and crippling hubris?

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


The End of Privacy

It’s not enough for George W. Bush’s government to eavesdrop on phone calls, monitor financial transactions and sneak a peek at other people’s e-mails. Now the administration says it needs to monitor all Internet activity in the United States. That means you and everything you do online.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


The Invisible War

It’s the deadliest conflict since World War II. More than 5 million people have died in the past decade, yet it goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in the United States.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


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The Pakistan Conundrum

Pervez Musharraf’s recent actions remind us, Ritter argues, that America’s special relationship with Pakistan serves neither country’s best interests.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Fox Presses Its Attack on Obama

When Barack Obama first started running for the White House, Fox News tried to paint him with the terrorism brush. Rather than play games with the network, the Obama campaign simply blackballed Fox. Robert Greenwald’s “Fox Attacks” brings us up to date after Bill O’Reilly’s manhandling of an Obama staffer last weekend.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf Still Stands

Benazir Bhutto and her supporters who died with her during the suicide attack Dec. 27 are the latest victims of decades of dangerous U.S. support for Pakistan’s military regime.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


Surviving a CIA ‘Black Site’

The kidnap and torture program of the Bush administration, with its secret CIA “black site” prisons and “torture taxi” flights on private jets, saw a little light of day this week.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


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We’ll Always Have Paris

For former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando, Moammar Gadhafi’s recent visit to France raised some important questions about the West’s attitudes toward tyrants. Just whom should we embrace and whom should we flatten with a bit of shock and awe?

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Waterboarding Our Democracy

When the CIA destroyed those prisoner interrogation videotapes, was it also destroying the truth about 9/11?  After all, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, the basic narrative of what happened on that day comes from the CIA’s account of what those prisoners told their torturers.  And what about those congressional leaders, including Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, who were briefed on the torture program as early as 2002? 

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Waterboarding Was OK With Top Dems

A bipartisan group of top lawmakers, including current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was briefed on the details of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques as early as 2002. According to several U.S. officials, over the course of roughly 30 private briefings only one objection to the practice was raised.

Posted on Dec 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Calling on Congress to Stop a War

The former chief weapons inspector argues that the Bush administration isn’t going to let facts get in the way of its eagerly sought war with Iran. If there’s any hope of avoiding such a conflict, Ritter writes, Congress will have to rouse from its slumber and act, rather than continuing to wait for the White House to make the first move.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


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America’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Agencies

“Spying Blind” author Amy Zegart gives Truthdig a status report on America’s intelligence agencies and explains why our intelligence system is so broken and why our democracy may be to blame.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


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villagevoice.com

An Anti-Terror Hero’s Dubious Ties

Rudy Giuliani likes to pretend that he’s the world’s greatest terrorism fighter, but it turns out that his business empire has contracted with a Qatari sheik who once helped Khalid Sheikh Muhammad escape the FBI. The Village Voice has the goods.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Terrorism? What Terrorism?

All but two of the nation’s 43 “fusion centers,” information-sharing offices set up after 9/11 to help uncover terrorist activity, have been distracted by local crime and other distinctly non-terrorist intrigue, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by the Associated Press. The problem, like so many facing our nation, apparently stems from the lack of funding and oversight by the Bush administration.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

Giuliani ‘Even More Certain’ Now About Iraq War

Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani clearly shares a particular personality trait with President Bush:  the kind of unassailable certainty that even evidence to the contrary can’t uproot.  Take his position on the Iraq war, for example, which he still believes—even more so, now—was the right move for the U.S. to have made.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Rudy Pimps 9/11

Just in case anyone forgot that Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York on Sept. 11, 2001, or wondered why a former mayor thinks he’s qualified to be president, the candidate has developed something of a “9/11” tick. It turns out he might not be entirely conscious of it.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush Stands by His Dictator

“The war on terror” made me do it. That’s the excuse that works for George W. Bush to rationalize his assaults on the rule of law, from arbitrary arrest to torture. So why not try some war-on-terror obfuscation to bail out his president-dictator buddy over in Pakistan?

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Secret 9/11 Testimony

In Rudolph Giuliani’s narrative of his own life, as confided to rapt Republican voters along the presidential primary trail, he has been fighting the lonely twilight struggle against “Islamic terrorism” since sometime in the 1970s.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Cashing In on Terror

Not to stoke any of the inane conspiracy theories running wild on the Internet, but if Osama bin Laden wasn’t on the payroll of Lockheed-Martin or some other large defense contractor, he deserves to have been. What a boondoggle 9/11 has been for the merchants of war, who this week announced yet another quarter of whopping profits made possible by George Bush’s pretending to fight terrorism by throwing money at outdated Cold War-style weapons systems.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


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America Is Watching You

The “Last Days of Democracy” author warns that Congress is about to aid the Bush administration with its Orwellian plans by granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications giants for helping the government spy on Americans.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


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The American Police State

A Dallas jury, a week ago, caused a mistrial in the government case against this country’s largest Islamic charity. The action raises a defiant fist on the sinking ship of American democracy.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Don’t Give Mukasey a Pass

The nominee for attorney general doesn’t know “what is involved” in waterboarding, and he appears to back Bush’s usurpation of power.  Isn’t it time for the Democrats to grow some spine?

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
politico.com

A Chink in Clinton’s Armor?

Hillary Clinton may be the front-runner, but her campaign has been doing a bit of damage control in Iowa over the senator’s vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a move critics believe is a prelude to war with Iran. Clinton sent out a mass mailing explaining her vote and insisting that she opposes military action “without full Congressional approval.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Deadly Bombings Mar Bhutto’s Return

More than a hundred Pakistanis were killed Thursday by two bomb blasts as a crowd of 200,000 gathered to witness the return of exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.  Bhutto herself escaped unscathed and was rushed to her home.

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


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nydailynews.com

Stressed Kids Fret About the World

A study of 7-to-11-year-old Brits found that the climate crisis and terrorism have added to the usual pressures of school and friendships to drive kids batty. Luckily, schools that engaged world-weary children with lessons and activities related to global catastrophe managed to alleviate some of the tension.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
israellobbybook.com

Breaking the Taboo: Why We Took On the Israel Lobby

The editor of the provocative new bestseller by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt asks the authors (pictured above) whether their book is good for the Jews and good for America. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


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foreignpolicy.com

Pakistan ‘Losing War’  With Insurgents

The Washington Post has it on good authority that Pakistan is losing its war against Taliban and al-Qaida forces operating within its borders, due in no small part to Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s tenuous hold on power.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Israel’s Toy Soldiers

If you are a young Muslim American and head off to the Middle East for a spell in a fundamentalist “madrassa,” or religious school, Homeland Security will probably greet you at the airport when you return.  But if you are an American Jew and you join hundreds of teenagers from Europe and Mexico for an eight-week training course run by the Israel Defense Forces, you can post your picture wearing an Israeli army uniform and holding an automatic weapon on MySpace.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Iraq Will Have to Wait

If you think the Iraq war is a disaster, just wait until we start bombing Iran. The countdown to another war is both real and terrifying, Ritter argues, and, distasteful though it may seem, it won’t be stopped so long as Iraq holds on to the spotlight.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

In his book “Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia,” John Gray warns that as the era of liberal intervention in international affairs wanes, it is being replaced with “primitive versions of religion” that will be used to fuel apocalyptic violence.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


American Exceptionalism Meets Team Jesus

There’s a lot of talk about religious fundamentalism these days, but how much do we really know about the brand of Christian fundamentalism that has developed in America since, and in response to, the Enlightenment?  Author James Carroll holds forth on the subject in this interview with TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Help With Petraeus’ Testimony

Political comedian Will Durst provides the answers to some frequently asked (and vexing) questions about Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Family Guy’ on Bin Laden Videos

The recent glut of video communiques from Osama bin Laden reminded us of this classic “Family Guy” spoof.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


From Fear to Farce

After 9/11, my husband started each morning reaching for the remote and saying, “Let’s see if they caught Osama.” This greeting began as an expectation, evolved into a lingering hope, and finally deteriorated into irony.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


More Frightening Than Bin Laden

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Services Mark Sixth Anniversary of 9/11

Mourners, visitors and public figures converged in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania to observe the anniversary of Sept. 11 at or near the sites where the terrorist attacks took place six years ago.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


Fred Thompson
fred08.com

Fred Thompson Contorts Over Bin Laden

Fred Thompson has just barely entered the race, but he’s already stepped in it. First the candidate painted Osama bin Laden as an irrelevant figure, but later said he had to be “caught and killed.” Then, after more reflection, he said bin Laden should get due process, which an aide later defined as Gitmo-style interrogation.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Bin Laden Releases Tape

The newest video message from Osama bin Laden makes no threats, but calls for Americans to reject war and convert to Islam. This excerpt shows the al-Qaida chief bragging about his impact on Bush’s rhetoric and foreign policy.

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Season’s Greetings From Osama Bin Laden

The word on the street, also known as the news media, is that Osama bin Laden plans to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with one of his famous YouTube-caliber videos. Expect anti-American vitriol, terror alerts and long lines at the airport—as long as our government is still paying attention to these things, that is. Update: video released.

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy Cross-Dresses for Votes

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Intelligence Test

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CIA Report Blames Tenet for 9/11 Failure

A newly released internal CIA report lays the “ultimate blame” for a lack of strategy to combat al-Qaida before 9/11 on former Director George Tenet, who calls the charge “flat wrong.” Congress ordered the declassification of the scathing document, which was completed in 2005.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


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