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Bill Ayers: Try Obama, Bush for War Crimes

“Every president in this century should be put on trial,” the professor and former Weather Underground member said. “Every one of them goes into an office dripping with blood and then adds to it. And, yes, I think that these are war crimes. I think that they’re acts of terror.”

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The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden

Almost universally, the government officials, pundits and reporters who comprise Permanent Washington have derided Snowden and those who helped him disseminate his disclosures.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Guilty Until Proved Innocent

A four-month hunger strike, mass force-feedings, and widespread media coverage have brought Guantanamo back into American consciousness. Still unnoticed and out of the news, however, is a comparable situation in the U.S. itself, involving a pattern of controversial terrorism trials that result in devastating prison sentences involving the harshest forms of solitary confinement.

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AP/Kin Cheung

One American Who Isn’t for Sale

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden worked for a private company that got 98 percent of its $5.8 billion last year from the taxpayers, who are the same folks being spied upon.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Is the Surveillance State Constitutional?

Despite constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure, the Supreme Court and Congress have given the other branch of American government extraordinary power.

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The End of the Right of Privacy?

Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Administration Has ‘Lost All Credibility,’ New York Times Admonishes

In a scathing editorial, the Gray Lady says Barack Obama’s presidency, which once promised unprecedented transparency, is instead “proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Naming Our Nameless War

Upon succeeding to the presidency in 2009, Barack Obama junked Bush’s formulation of the “Global War on Terror” without fanfare. Yet if the appellation went away, the conflict itself, shorn of identifying marks, continued.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Declaring the 9/11 Era Over

President Obama wisely avoided the phrase “mission accomplished” in his major speech last week about the “war on terror,” but columnists aren’t obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Three Questions Left Unanswered by Obama’s Counterterrorism Speech

The president’s address Thursday left at least three core issues in the war on terror entirely unsettled: when Guantanamo will close, who will oversee future drone attacks and when surveillance of the press will end.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


Scahill on Obama’s Admitted Killings of Americans

The Obama administration’s unprecedented acknowledgement that four Americans were killed in U.S. drone strikes overseas—including one whose death was not previously reported—“raises more questions than it answers,” Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation and author of the new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Bizarre, Apparently Jihadist Slaying in London (Video)

Officials are calling a fatal knife attack Wednesday on an unidentified man in southeast London an act of terrorism. Footage surfaced of one of the alleged assailants with blood-stained hands holding a meat cleaver and a knife and telling viewers to “remove” their government.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Real American Boy: How Our Byzantine Immigration System and Failed Economy May Have Made a Terrorist

It’s likely Tamerlan Tsarnaev was just another angry young man in our brave new America, a burgeoning dystopia where mass murder suddenly seems like a weekly occurrence.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King was the lone voice of sanity at a hearing where Pentagon officials said the war on terror could last up to 20 more years—or however long the president deems fit.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Karim Kadim

Flaring Violence Kills 130 People in Iraq in Three Days

Gunmen killed an anti-terrorism policeman and his family in Baghdad on Saturday; kidnappers abducted eight policemen on a highway to Jordan and Syria; and attackers shot dead a Sunni cleric in the country’s Shiite-majority south.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: The ‘Terrifying’ State Assault on Press Freedom

“We are now in the last moments of an effort to, in essence, effectively extinguish press freedom,” the Truthdig columnist told “Democracy Now!” in a conversation Wednesday about revelations of the Justice Department’s seizure of work, home and cellphone records of up to 100 reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE


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What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE


What’s Going on With Obama and Drug Policy?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With marijuana, alone, the administration has adopted multiple, contrary positions. Also: The past and future FCC, why we don’t execute terrorists, and baby books for kids.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration

Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Weighs Syrian Intervention, Despite the Consequences

The present debate in the United States over making policy for a Middle East that has been profoundly changed by the events of the past three years unhappily echoes past policies that failed.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Terror Suspect Database Grows

The number of names on a highly classified U.S. database used to track suspected terrorists has jumped from 540,000 to 875,000 in just five years, a U.S. official said.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos

Drone Killings Used as Alternative to Prison, Attorney Says

The lawyer who authored the White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of using them when it didn’t want to capture prisoners who would otherwise go to Guantanamo Bay.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE


Victims in Perspective

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Obama Says Guantanamo Prison ‘Hurts Us’

The president failed the first time he promised to close America’s island gulag, but heading into the fourth month of a hunger strike by prisoners there, Obama renewed his commitment Tuesday to shuttering the facility.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Google’s Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

There is a growing acceptance and indeed a demand for additional surveillance cameras, cellphone eavesdropping, location checks and biometric identifiers.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


World Wide Terror Web

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Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE


Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE


Drones

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A Cronkite Moment for the Blowback Era

You are not allowed to honestly discuss the Central Intelligence Agency’s concept of “blowback” without putting yourself at risk of being deemed a traitor to country.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE


Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Don’t Ignore How Others See Us

What must the others in the Middle East theater of the American Empire think of a great city in total lockdown from an attack by primitive explosives when Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis and Yemenis experience far greater casualties and terror attacks several times a week?

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE


Your Naeem Here

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Terror in the West, Texas, Night

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE


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Resolute, but With an Asterisk

The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists—and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



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277 Million Boston Bombings

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


Running the Gauntlet

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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the USA, Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the U.S.A., Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Protecting the ‘Second Amendment Rights’ of Thugs and Terrorists

The gun lobby and its legislative servants are “soft on crime”—although they routinely pretend to be tough on criminals.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Catastrophe and the Value of Silence

After an explosion like those in Boston, it is indeed hard to hear one’s own internal monologue, much less meditate on such horrific events.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism

Erik Rush and others who hastened to scapegoat Muslims for the Boston Marathon bombings are ignorant of the religion. I can’t understand why people who have never so much as read a book about a subject appoint themselves experts on it.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Krupa

Stop Assuming the Boston Bomber Is a Muslim

The first tweet I saw when I checked my Twitter account Monday afternoon was a one-line plea: “Please don’t let it be a ‘Muslim.’”

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE


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