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Rudy Cross-Dresses for Votes

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Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Intelligence Test

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Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE    


Tenet
smh.com.au

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


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Send In the Clergy!

KSLA News of Shreveport, La., is standing by its report on “Clergy Response Teams,” trained by the federal government to pacify an angry citizenry in the event of martial law. The idea being, as far as we can tell, that religious leaders are ideally suited to the task of explaining to people why they should give up their freedom for the “better good.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Padilla
thewe.cc

Padilla Convicted

After suffering three years of isolation, alleged torture and constitutionally suspect detainment, Jose Padilla has been convicted of terrorism conspiracy charges. The government’s key piece of evidence was an al-Qaida application, which Padilla was accused of filling out in Arabic, using an alias.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Punt on National Security

Some lawmakers were furious over the administration’s actions regarding a surveillance bill, but in the end members of the majority party in Congress caved in under political pressure.

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


Pervez
abc.net.au

Musharraf Fires Back

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


An Ode to Privacy

It wasn’t so long ago that thinking the government was reading your mail, listening to your phone calls, tracking your movements and snapping photos along the way meant you were just paranoid. Ah, the good old days.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


America Foils Bin Laden

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Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


Osama Bin Lobster

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Freedom vs. Fear: Truthdig Podcast With Robert Higgs

In case you missed it, this week’s original podcast features Robert Higgs, author of “Neither Liberty nor Safety.” He speaks with Truthdig’s James Harris and Joshua Scheer about how political opportunists and fear mongerers are gobbling up our individual liberties.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


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


Meet the New Professor of Dark Arts

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Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE    


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AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Report:  Al-Qaida Looming Large

A new report about terrorism issued by U.S. intelligence agencies brought the sobering news that, while groups like al-Qaida may be somewhat constrained in terms of their ability to attack American targets at home, the threat they pose will continue to be significant in coming years.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Robert Higgs on The Perils of Trading Freedom for Safety

Robert Higgs author of “Neither Liberty Nor Safety” speaks with Truthdig’s James Harris and Joshua Scheer about how political opportunists and fear mongerers are gobbling up our individual liberties.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Save the (Republican) Senators

Iraq has, for years since our supposed victory, been in a spiral of death and political despair that the American military cannot stop. Despite the daily reports of carnage, Republican senators pushed to stay the course.  Now with re-election campaigns underway, suddenly even Republicans are seeing the light ... kind of.

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


Six Years and Counting

Why is it that since 9/11 the U.S. hasn’t seen terrorist bombing attempts such as the ones that fizzled last week in Britain?  The reason may rest in America’s genius for manufacturing possibility.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Car on fire
news.bbc.co.uk

Second Terror Plot in Two Days for UK

Two men have been detained for allegedly attempting to drive a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal at Glasgow Airport. Only a day before, two cars were found in London packed with explosives and nails. Britain’s national terrorism threat level remains “critical,” the highest possible.

Posted on Jun 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Ann Coulter Still Hates John Edwards

What is Ann Coulter’s beef with John Edwards? The human scandal factory who once referred to the candidate as a “faggot” has re-emerged from hate radio silence to suggest that she should have said she hoped Edwards would be killed by terrorists. We already know nothing she says should be taken seriously, so why is “Good Morning America” giving her a soapbox?

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE



9/11 Model Backs Up Tower Collapse Theory

A two-year study of the World Trade Center Towers’ collapse by Purdue University has reaffirmed the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which suggested that the buildings crashed under their own weight after crucial support columns and fireproofing were damaged or destroyed. The research team released an animation of the first plane’s collision to show how heat and flame eventually brought the towers down.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


Improvisational Justice

Now we’ve bungled our own kangaroo courts. Two military judges, acting separately in the cases of two alleged terrorists, have dismissed war crimes charges against both. The legal reasoning is technical. But this breakdown is no technicality—it is farce.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Foils JFK Bomb Plot

Four men, including a former cabinet minister from Guyana, have been arrested for plotting to bomb the jet fuel pipeline at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. They never got beyond the planning and research stage, but the FBI was able to gather fairly incriminating evidence. Once again, investigation and police work have managed to thwart terrorism where stealth bombers and tanks have failed.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Jeff Pflueger

Lebanon’s Antiheroes

Israel’s 2006 military campaign in Lebanon was meant to injure and embarrass Hezbollah, but in the months since, the militant organization has only grown in popularity and prestige among many Lebanese.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


CNN’s Martin Defends Ron Paul

Rudy Giuliani was widely praised for his demagogic smackdown of Ron Paul during the second Republican debate, feigning shock and outrage at Paul’s explanation of “blowback.” But Giuliani’s performance, while a crowd-pleaser, exposed the superficiality of his terror-fighting credentials. As CNN’s Roland Martin writes: “Giuliani must be an idiot to not have heard Paul’s rationale before.”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Giuliani Still Thinks ‘They Hate Us for Our Freedom’

While speaking with Fox News about his debate confrontation with Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani trotted out that tired old slogan that utterly fails to explain anything. Also, Giuliani tells Sean Hannity, “If you can’t face reality, you can’t lead.” We couldn’t agree more.

Posted on May 17, 2007 READ MORE


Are You Wagging at Me?

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Global Terrorism Surges; Iraq Leads the List

Despite fighting them “over there,” terrorism has grown more frequent and bloody. According to the State Department’s latest assessment of terrorist activity, Iraq contained nearly half of all attacks in 2006. The number of attacks worldwide went up 28.5 percent from the previous year, claiming 40.2 percent more lives.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Cleared Detainees Stuck in Gitmo Limbo

Imagine enduring five years of imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, finally winning your release and then learning you had no place to go. Eighty-two detainees have been cleared for release by the U.S., but remain at the facility, either because their home countries refuse to take them or they would face torture if repatriated. What’s worse, the U.S., Europe and other allies have all but washed their hands of the situation.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Angry Iraqis Attack Police After Karbala Bombing

A car bomb explosion in the holy city of Karbala has killed 68 people. After the attack, an angry crowd gathered and began attacking Iraqi police, accusing them of failing to protect the population. Elsewhere in Iraq, nine U.S. soldiers have been killed in the last two days.

Posted on Apr 28, 2007 READ MORE


Saudis Arrest 172 in Anti-Terror Sweep

Saudi Arabian authorities say they have captured 172 militants who were planning a series of attacks around the country. The royal family began a more aggressive approach toward extremists, which it calls a “deviant group,” four years ago after attacks targeted the nation’s oil industry.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bin There, Done That

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Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Shutting Down Guantanamo

Jumana Musa, advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice at Amnesty International, speaks with Truthdig about the war on human rights, why conditions at Guantanamo have only gotten worse and why she has hope for the future.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Frees International Terrorist

A terrorist lives in Miami. He is not in hiding, or part of some sleeper cell. He’s an escaped convict, wanted internationally for blowing up a jetliner. His name is Luis Posada Carriles. As the nation was focused on the Virginia Tech shooting, the Bush administration quietly allowed Posada’s release from a federal immigration detention center.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


French Intelligence Warned of Airline Terror Plot in 2001

Months before 9/11, French intelligence warned the CIA that al-Qaida was planning an attack involving airplanes, according to classified documents and former French intelligence officials. The information was vague and possibly misleading, but it speaks to the intelligence community’s inability to coalesce fragmentary warnings into something concrete and comprehensive.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Brits Nix ‘War on Terror’

The British government has officially quit using the term “war on terror,” arguing that Bush’s slogan has backfired and, instead of weakening the world’s polyglot bands of terrorists, has in fact strengthened them.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Imus Moves to Al-Qaida Network

The satirist says the embattled shock jock has found the perfect venue for his hate-filled rhetoric.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


Bridge, Parliament Bombings Rock Baghdad

A bomb killed two Iraqi government officials and six other people and injured at least 23 when it exploded in the Iraqi parliament building’s cafeteria inside Baghdad’s Green Zone. This first bombing of the government building came just after the speaker of parliament condemned the bombing of Baghdad’s Sarafiya bridge, which partially collapsed into the Tigris River on Thursday, killing at least eight people. So much for the “surge.”

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Closing Time for Torture Island

Like a terminally ill animal, the Guantanamo prison is soon to be put to death. It will be an ugly execution, played out against the sophomoric non sequiturs that are the unofficial soundtrack of the war on terror.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Gitmo Legal Process Questioned After Hicks Trial

The handling of Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks’ war-crimes trial has triggered widespread criticism and speculation about politically motivated maneuverings that could undermine the entire legal operation at the Cuban prison camp. 

Posted on Apr 1, 2007 READ MORE


They Hate Us for Our Apples

A growing number of experts and analysts now agree that George W. Bush’s war on terror has been nothing short of a disaster, and not just for the obvious reasons. For instance, one might question the wisdom of designating a Midwestern apple festival a potential terrorism target.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Gates
usip.org

Defense Secretary Asks Congress to Close Gitmo

Robert Gates urged Congress on Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, acknowledging that the international community was likely to doubt the credibility of tribunals held there: “My own view is that because of things that happened earlier at Guantanamo there is a taint about it.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


American Kangaroo Court Claims Its First Victim

David Hicks pleaded guilty Monday to supporting terrorism, probably to escape the living hell of Guantanamo Bay, with its show trials and “interrogation” chambers that continue to shame America at home and abroad.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

The culture of fear is like a genie that has been let out of its bottle. It acquires a life of its own—and can become demoralizing.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bin Laden Strikes Again

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Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE    


Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal

What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Olmert

But Is It Good for the Jews?

J.J. Goldberg, editor in chief of the venerable progressive Jewish daily the Forward, joins the podcast this week to talk about the complexity of Zionism, the misguided intentions of neoconservatism and why AIPAC isn’t quite as sinister as you might think.  Above, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with President Bush.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Still Confessing

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Weekly Video Roundup

Our collection of favorite videos this week includes Sen. Chuck Schumer nailing the Bush administration on the firing of U.S. attorneys, the Discovery Channel drooling over a weapon that kills Americans, and “The Simpsons” dressing down Fox News.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


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