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What Is Real and What Is Reality

If Calvin Coolidge of Vermont were alive and awake now—he was noted for taking long naps—he might want to change it to, "The business of America is show business."

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U.S. Army/Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller

Continued American Presence in Afghanistan a Recipe for More Disaster

Not all of the world—certainly not the Islamic world—wants America’s version of global security, which has required repeated American military interventions abroad, provoking guerrilla and terrorist resistance.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s CIA Pick Stinks of Torture, Targeted Killings

John Brennan has spent the last four years as President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and the “architect” of the administration’s expansive drone assassination program. Some time before that, he was a deputy executive director of the CIA when that agency pioneered the use of extradition and torture under President George W. Bush.

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Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

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Rendition Persists Despite Due Process Concerns

The Obama administration continues to embrace rendition—“the [controversial] practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process”—as it remains at odds with Congress over how to apprehend and try such suspects overseas, The Washington Post reports.

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Secret Docs: The FBI vs. Occupy

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the woman who obtained records showing the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days as a potential terrorist threat, talks about how agents conducted the effort to track the movement.

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Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

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Glenn Greenwald Condemns ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Torture Porn

“Zero Dark Thirty” is piling up rave reviews despite perpetuating the myth that torture helps combat terrorism. Glenn Greenwald objects to praise for a film that propagandizes war crimes as a necessary evil.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



David Orban (CC-BY)

Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

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White House/Pete Souza

In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

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Mike Licht (CC-BY)

Obama Rushed Rules for Drone Assassinations in Case Romney Won

The New York Times reports that there is internal strife within the administration about the willy-nilly use of drones to kill people abroad (2,500 since President Obama took office) and, fearing defeat at the polls, the Obama administration was working overtime to lay down a set of rules governing robotic assassination.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

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Israel Reruns

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Hanging On to Rice

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Drone Warfare: An Illegal Tactic Sure to Perpetuate U.S.-Muslim War Indefinitely

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end the American war with the Muslim world that began on September 11 in 2001.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



Democracy Now!

NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ is an ‘Undisciplined Slaughter’

Former National Security Agency official and whistle-blower William Binney is appalled but unsurprised by last week’s revelation that President Obama has institutionalized a mechanism for generating targets for his secretive assassination list.

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U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

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Swamibu (CC-BY)

Drone Wars: From ‘Kill Lists’ to the ‘Disposition Matrix’

The “conventional wars” the U.S. is waging may be winding down, but the implementation of a new phase in drone attacks means that the war on terror is far from over.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Elizabeth Williams

Bombing Suspect in FBI Sting Is Charged

A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man could face life in prison after attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning with a fake 1,000-pound bomb supplied by federal agents, authorities said.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Punches Back

Not a close call. President Obama won the second presidential debate as clearly and decisively as he lost the first. For anyone who disagrees, three simple words: “Please proceed, Governor.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



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France’s Terrorist Threat Isn’t in Afghanistan

There’s a certain bitter irony in this week’s headlines in France about an Islamic terrorist network being rounded up in Strasbourg, Paris, Nice and Cannes, at the same time as the TV news shows French forces beginning their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Hearing an Echo on Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney claims to disagree with President Obama on many aspects of foreign policy. We’re still waiting to hear what those differences might be.

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AP/Steve Miller

What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us

A disturbing pattern of gross infringements on basic civil liberties, put in place in the name of national security, has poisoned our legal system.

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

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Campaigns Pause for 9/11, Zadroga Act Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings on the 11th anniversary of the September terrorist attacks, including what President Obama and Mitt Romney did to remember the day.

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From 9/11 Commission report

Robert Scheer: Why We Don’t Know Our Enemy

“Without Precedent” (2006), a book by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, tells the inside story of how the White House endeavored to squelch any real examination of the enemy whose actions kicked off the so-called war on terror. Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Truthdig in August 2006.

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Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

For those who never knew, the Bush White House received numerous warnings from the counterterrorism desk at the CIA of an imminent attack by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida on the United States. Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald tells of the still-classified briefs issued to the Bush administration in the months leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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AP/Shaam News Network

Syria: The Kurdish Wild Card

Armed Kurds could be a powerful force in the Syrian uprising, but their participation is anything but simple.

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Why Did The Guardian Hire Josh Trevino?

Readers of The Guardian are up in arms over the addition of former George W. Bush speechwriter Joshua Trevino to the historically liberal newspaper’s American staff.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The War in the Shadows

There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Criminalizing Dissent

The very name of the law itself—the Homeland Battlefield Bill—suggests the totalitarian credo of endless war waged against enemies within “the homeland” as well as those abroad.

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GOP Congressman Defends Comparison of 9/11, Free Birth Control

Instead of doing the right thing—i.e., apologizing—for his insensitive and outrageous claim that President Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide contraception without a co-pay is just like the 9/11 terrorists and Pearl Harbor, GOP freshman Rep. Mike Kelly is doing the opposite: doubling down on his remarks.

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Republican Conference

GOP Congressman Compares Free Birth Control to 9/11

Caution: Rep. Mike Kelly has made a statement so ridiculous it might make your head spin. To see the Pennsylvania Republican’s remark, click below.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP

Israel Blames Iran for Deadly Bus Attack

Israel is blaming Iran, its longtime adversary, for the deaths of seven Israeli tourists in a bomb attack on a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bus was carrying 40 members of an Israeli group from the airport to their hotels when the blast occurred.

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The Privacy War Just Got Biological

In as little as one year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have a mobile, long-range, laser-based molecular scanner that can identify any chemical substance in or on your body—including gunpowder, flecks of cocaine on your sleeve and the half-digested Pop-Tart in your gut.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up

Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



"Democracy Now!"

NDAA Update: Another Legal Victory

A federal judge on Wednesday said that her earlier ruling on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act applied to everyone, not just the plaintiffs in the case. She made the clarification in upholding a preliminary injunction that would block the military from indefinitely detaining American citizens it accused of supporting terrorists. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges (above) is among the plaintiffs.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE


The War on Whistle-Blowers

You would think that even the most flaccid, rubber-stamp Congress might ask a few questions about the president’s “kill list,” but Congress is instead focused on making sure those who blew the whistle on it are punished.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


FBI Works to Taint the Occupy Movement

Two recently foiled “terrorist plots” that the U.S. government and mainstream media connected to the Occupy movement turned out to have been facilitated by federal agents. But that fact has “not stopped many from branding Occupy with an unfavorable stain,” RT reports.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Who Will the President Kill Next? It’s a Secret

The revelation that President Barack Obama is personally selecting names for a kill list of suspected al-Qaida terrorists is a striking illustration of what actually occurs behind the White House’s closed doors.

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U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

The Age of Drones

Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in.

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Pete Souza/The White House

The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

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