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insurgent
telegraph.co.uk

Secret Report Says Insurgency Is Self-Sustaining

A classified U.S. government report leaked to The New York Times says the insurgency in Iraq has funds to sustain itself annually, thanks to oil smuggling, kidnapping and other nefarious activities.  What’s more, the report finds insurgents may have enough money left over to finance terrorist activity outside Iraq—all while spending less in a year than the U.S. spends per day.

Posted on Nov 26, 2006 READ MORE


Triple Cross
Huffington Post

‘The Most Dangerous Man Alive’

Read an excerpt of the explosive new book “Triple Cross,” which tells the story of Ali Abdel Saoud Mohamed, Osama bin Laden’s most trusted security adviser, who infiltrated the U.S. Army Special Forces and served as an FBI informant—all the while overseeing some of the most infamous Al Qaeda terror strikes of the last decade. (Excerpt, and more info).

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


Terrorists Allegedly Bribed on Behalf of Fox News

Conservative website WorldNetDaily claims someone paid Palestinian terrorist organizations $2 million for the release of two Fox News reporters.  The payment was then allegedly used to buy weapons, meaning—if the claim is accurate—that someone financed terrorists on behalf of Fox News. (h/t: Americablog)

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Even in Defeat, Bush Is Myopic

Bush still doesn’t seem to realize that millions of Americans voted to signal their displeasure with the GOP for abandoning the poor and middle class.

Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


Most Voters Disapprove of Iraq, Want Troops Out

ENTER_ALT_TEXT The majority of voters disapprove of the war in Iraq ... “and believe the U.S. should withdraw some or all troops,” according to New York Times exit polls. The economy was the No. 1 concern, followed closely by terrorism and the Iraq war. In congressional decisions, corruption and scandal were also highly important.

Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Campaign ‘06—Goodbye and Good Riddance

A few things from this season that I will miss: Katherine Harris wearing less and less blue eye shadow as she went through her Senate race; waking up each morning to a new GOP indictment; and the head of the House’s exploited children panel being revealed as a child exploiter.

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


Boarding pass
nwa.com

Website Exposes Airline Security Flaw

Christopher Soghoian created a boarding pass generator, allowing visitors to his website to sneak through airport security with fake documents.  Though the FBI has shut down Soghoian’s site, the flaw that enabled it remains a security threat.

Posted on Nov 2, 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


Condi & George

Condi Denies Woodward Claim

The Secretary of State strongly denied Bob Woodward’s claim that she had been warned in July, 2001 of an imminent attack on the U.S.

Posted on Oct 1, 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


Torture Bill Nears Bush’s Desk

A provision that would grant President Bush the discretion of deciding what is and isn’t torture is likely to land on his desk by the weekend unless there’s a legislative miracle.
We can only hope that the Supreme Court will toss out this travesty.

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Memo Proves Condi Made False Statements to Press

A terrorism memo sent from Richard Clarke to Condoleezza Rice in 2001 directly contradicts what the secretary of state told reporters Monday. Raw Story has the details.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton and Chris Wallace

Bill Clinton’s ‘American President’ Moment

Remember the scene toward the end of “The American President” in which Michael Douglas, playing President Andrew Shepherd, delivers a stand-up-and-cheer tongue-lashing of his critics? Watch as Bill Clinton demolishes Fox News’ Chris Wallace in a similar manner.

Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq War Responsible for Increased Terror Threat

The latest National Intelligence Estimate blames the Iraq War for the expansion of terrorist threats.  According to the consensus gathered from 16 intelligence agencies, “jihadism” has increased since Sept. 11, 2001, due especially to the war in Iraq.

Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert

Colbert Nails Docu-Farce

Stephen Colbert sank his teeth into the “Path to 9/11” controversy on Monday, shaming ABC’s truth-challenged drama: “What better way to commemorate a national tragedy than turning it into a miniseries?”

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney and Condi
Illustration: Peter Scheer/Photos: Wikipedia.org/artlex.com

Cheney and Condi Defend Their Debacles

Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice each went on TV Sunday to perform CPR on the administration?s legacy.  Though both admitted to more dogged resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan than expected, the pair defended the administration?s decision-making and claimed we are safer now thanks to Bush?s policies.

Posted on Sep 10, 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


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


Administration Seeks to Protect ?Interrogation? Methods

Legislation put forward by the Bush administration this week would legalize the same torture techniques recently banned by the Army.  By selectively interpreting the Geneva Conventions, the legislation would allow CIA operatives and even the Army, should it decide to revert to previous rules, to conduct interrogations using unsavory methods.

Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Failures of Imagination

Here is something I never imagined five years ago: that America would lose its status as the good guy in the struggle against terrorism.

Posted on Sep 6, 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


file peeping
smh.com.au

Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


Another European Airline Scare

Dutch authorities detained 12 passengers on a flight headed to Mumbai, India, after the plane was turned around under fighter escort.  The passengers were reported to have behaved suspiciously?using and exchanging cellphones midflight.  Later, authorities said the incident probably had nothing to do with terrorism and that the 12 passengers would be released today.

Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


Americans Favor Dems on Iraq War, Says Poll

In a reversal of the national sentiment of 2003, Americans now favor Democrats over Republicans on the Iraq war by 47% to 41%, according to a CNN poll. On the issue of terrorism, however, Republicans come out on top, 48 to 38.

Posted on Aug 22, 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


British police
AP / Matt Dunham

Brits Foil Terror Plot

Scotland Yard has upset a terrorist plot to explode planes in mid-flight from the UK to the U.S.  As part of an operation lasting several months, authorities arrested 18 people and raised the threat level in the UK to critical, the highest possible.
Update: Bush raised America’s threat level to red—the highest. It’s a first for America.

Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Terror Targets: Petting Zoo and Flea Market?

The official anti-terrorism database is so flawed that it lists 8,591 potential terrorism targets in Indiana—50% more than in New York and twice as many as in California. Examples: “Old MacDonaldÂ’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory and the Mule Day Parade.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


David Addington
From MSNBC

Cheney’s Legal Hit Man

He’s been described as “the most powerful person you’ve never heard of,” and “Cheney’s Cheney.” He’s David Addington, the vice president’s chief of staff, and he’s behind the legal arguments to support presidential-sanctioned torture, the attempt to discredit Joe Wilson, and the bogus Niger uranium story. The New Yorker has a must-read profile.

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


EU Court Blocks Airline Data-Sharing Agreement

Post 9/11, the U.S. penned a deal demanding that airlines submit 34 pieces of passenger information including names, addresses and credit card info. The EU Parliament has opposed the deal from the beginning, arguing that it does not guarantee adequate data protection, and now the European Court of Justice has annulled it.  Washington has threatened big fines for noncompliance in the past. Privacy? Data protection? How un-American!

Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


approval polls
From the N.Y. Times

Bush at New Low in N.Y. Times/CBS Poll

Bush’s 31% rating (which echoes a USA Today/Gallup poll) equals the low-water mark of his father’s presidency, and is the third-lowest approval rating of any president in the last 50 years.

Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


Homeland Security Graphics
From theboxset.com

Homeland Security Scaremongering Graphics Are Unintentionally Hilarious

We laughed so hard that tears welled up as we scanned the suggested meanings behind these new emergency info-graphics. (Check out the source of the graphics at the U.S. Dept. of H.S.)
This is the same agency that brought us the roundly mocked color-coded terrorist threat advisory system.

Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Flag
Karen Spector

Nuke Expert: Some U.S. Officials Set on Hitting Iran

A growing number of high level American officials have already decided they want to attack Iran, according to one of the world’s leading nuclear proliferations experts.

Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


Chris_Mattews
From ThinkProgress

Matthews: I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore

NBC host Chris Matthews—whom many feel is a closet conservative—slams Bush & Co. for telling falsehoods every step of the way on Iraq.

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


Bush: I Won’t Pay Attention to Patriot Act Requirement

You may want to swallow your food before reading this….
Just as he did with the anti-torture law, Bush placed an addendum on the Patriot Act saying he doesn’t have to obey parts of the law.

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Reaffirms Preemptive War Doctrine

In an updated version of his national security strategy, the president gives no ground on the policy that led us into Iraq, and identifies Iran as being the country that poses the biggest challenge to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


Condeleezza Rice
From pravda.ru

The Making of the Boogeyman, 2006

As part of Bush & Co.‘s campaign to turn Iran into the next imminent threat, Condoleezza Rice calls Tehran a “central banker for terrorism.”
So, just to get this straight: Iran is the new Iraq, which was the new Afghanistan, which was the new Russia?

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Is Called ‘Despicable’ for Smearing L.A. Times

The American Prospect’s Greg Sargent calls Bush “truly despicable” for saying in a speech— disingenuously —that an L.A. Times article had tipped off Iraqi enemies to some of our anti-insurgent technology.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


iran_nuclear
Karen Spector

Fishing for a Pretext to Squeeze Iran

Truthdig’s Middle Eastern affairs expert argues that the Iranian nuclear issue “has not reached the point of crisis, and therefore other motivations must be sought for the Bush administration’s breathless rhetoric.”
UPDATE: Cole says that Bush’s recent linking of Iran to Iraqi roadside bombs is “wholly implausible.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2006 READ MORE


Death Urged For Yemeni Editor in Cartoons Case

Just when we thought the Muhammad cartoon-related madness had faded….

Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
Zuade Kaufman

‘This Place Is Broken’: The Gore Vidal Interview Part II

Gore Vidal on fascism, terrorism and wartime propaganda. Part II of Truthdig’s interview with the award-winning novelist. (earlier: part I)

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
Zuade Kaufman

‘This Place Is Broken’

Gore Vidal on fascism, terrorism and wartime propaganda. Part II of Truthdig’s interview with the award-winning novelist. (earlier: part I)

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


Patriot Act Renewal Passes by Two Votes

The cliffhanger vote caught Republican leaders by surprise. The president is expected to sign the legislation into law before Friday.
With the nation’s attention trained squarely on the Dubai Ports fiasco (not that it’s an unimportant issue), Congress has passed the most sweeping abridgement of American freedoms in a generation—with barely a peep from the public.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


UAE Port Deal
Ken Catalino

Dubai: Great Theater

It’s the season’s big hit, a zany farce with pompous officials in the Bush administration and their hysterical courtiers in the mass media asserting positions that are patently absurd but hilarious to watch.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


Ehab_Elmaghraby
From Barry Iverson / The New York Times

U.S. to Pay $300,000 to Ex-Detainee

The federal government is settling a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who claims he was abused in a Brooklyn detention center and then deported on suspicion of having links to terrorism.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


It’s the Corporation, Stupid

Regarding the UAE port deal: The people running this country are perfectly willing to outsource American jobs, wages, and health and safety standards for the sake of free trade. Why would it surprise us that national security is ditto?

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Teeters Toward Civil War

After insurgents bomb one of the holiest Shiite shrines in Iraq, at least 138 die in reprisal battles —marking the worst Shiite-on-Sunni violence since the outbreak of the Iraq war. University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole calls the day “apocalyptic.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


chertoff_ports
From CNN via ThinkProgress

Chertoff Goes Mum on Portgate

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff on the proposed deal to cede control of six U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates: “The discussions are classified. I can’t get into the specifics here.”
Truthdig doesn’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of port ownership logistics, but we are troubled by Think Progress’ revelation that a country linked with international terrorism is going to have dominion over 40% of the U.S. cargo bound for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Budget Terror
Illustration by Karen Spector

Take From the Poor, Give to the Military

Where would the Bush administration be without terrorism?  The sweeping rationale for irrational governance has wrought yet another outrage: the $2.77-trillion budget the president proposed to Congress on Monday.

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


Andrew Sullivan on the Cartoon Furor

Sullivan, whose N.Y. Times Magazine essay on the connection between Islam and 9/11 was perhaps the best ever mainstream treatment on the subject, now takes on the Islamic cartoon controversy. | essay
Also, a German journalist talks about his mixed feelings about running the cartoons in his paper. | Op-Ed

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


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