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vegatripy (CC-BY-ND)

Homeland Security Office Creates ‘Intelligence Spam,’ Insiders Say

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security was envisioned as the center of gravity in a new era of domestic security, but it has done little to improve the accuracy and quality of the nation’s intelligence data.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Libya: Here We Go Again

I know enough of Libya, a country I covered for many years as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, to assure you that the chaos and bloodletting have only begun.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE

The FBI’s Terrorism Factory

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: How the FBI uses its 15,000 informants to sucker and seduce angry Muslims, and the effort to amend the Constitution to dehumanize corporations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The FBI’s Terrorism Factory

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: How the FBI uses its 15,000 informants to sucker and seduce angry Muslims, and the effort to amend the Constitution to dehumanize corporations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE

Is the FBI Catching Terrorists, or Coaching Them?

A new investigation by Mother Jones reveals that the FBI has cultivated a huge network of informants and spies, many of whom are directed to seek out disgruntled Muslims. “And then, in case after case, the government provides the plot, the means, and the opportunity” to commit terrorist attacks, Trevor Aaronson writes. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE

Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE

Tony the Misfit (CC-BY)

The Bizarro FDR

Barack Obama is a lot of things—eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and above all, calm. But one thing he is not is weak.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE

Terror of the Crazy Brain

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE

Karl-Ludwig Poggemann (CC-BY)

The Difference Between Hacking and Attacking

In this age of terrorism and anxiety, we sometimes let loose a little too freely with loaded words like “attack.” Take the case of LulzSec, the humorous hacker collective that brought down the CIA’s World Factbook, penetrated PBS and resurrected Tupac. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / dogra

Right-Wing Press Ignores Terrorist Attack on Clinic

Did you hear that a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, was firebombed last Tuesday? If you read only the conservative press, then chances are you didn’t. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Frank Augstein

Fundamentalism Kills

I worry more about the Anders Breiviks than the Mohammed Attas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE

The Influence Industry of Rage

The monster who slaughtered at least 76 innocent victims in Norway was animated by the same blend of paranoia, xenophobia and alienation that fuels anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Yes, it could happen here.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / badjonni

Bin Laden Was Planning 9/11 Anniversary Attack

Documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound indicate that the head of al-Qaida was plotting an attack to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The records contained names of possible operatives, but little else that was useful, according to Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Murdochs Agree to Testify in U.K., FBI Launches Probe

The News Corp. scandal that has already claimed one major entity in the Murdochian media empire—that would be News of the World—isn’t showing signs of dropping from the headlines anytime soon. On Thursday, mogul Rupert Murdoch and scion James agreed to face members of Britain’s Parliament ...

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Assassination Machine

Fred Branfman was in Laos when the U.S. began covertly dropping bombs on the country’s civilian population in 1969 as part of its military operations in neighboring Vietnam. Today, he writes about the Obama administration’s international counterterrorism plan, which involves 60,000 Special Operations forces worldwide. (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Navy / MC2 Mark Logico

Over There With George M. Cohan

It occurred to me that it’s never going to be over, over there. We’re never coming back. We have more than 250,000 volunteer soldiers, sailors and airmen scattered (too thin) all over the globe.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Navy / Matthew Bash

Somali Terror Suspect to Be Tried on U.S. Soil

A suspected Somali terrorist who was captured and secretly interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy ship for two months while a terror case was built against him was flown from the Gulf of Aden to New York earlier this week to be tried in civilian court. (more)

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE

Eddy (CC-BY-ND)

WikiLeaks, Wimbledon and War

Last Saturday, Julian Assange joined me and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek for a public conversation about WikiLeaks, the power of information and the importance of transparency in democracies.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. James Harper

Our Robotic Assassins

The skies over at least six countries are patrolled by robotic aircraft, operated by the U.S. military or the CIA, that fire missiles to carry out targeted assassinations. I am convinced that this method of waging war is cost-effective but not that it is moral.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE

Ikayama (CC-BY-SA)

‘Food Terrorism’ Next Door to the Magic Kingdom

In the past few weeks, no fewer than 21 people have been arrested in Orlando, Fla., the home of Disney World, for handing out free food in a park.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Abode of Chaos

Ayatollah Turns the Terrorism Tables

U.S. leaders got a dose of their own medicine Saturday when Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called them out for supporting and practicing terrorism in the Middle East and beyond. (more)

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE

Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Bin Laden Thought About Re-Branding Al-Qaida

A letter found in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound details his concerns about the name al-Qaida and the organization’s ability to galvanize Muslims with a shorthand moniker that just means “the base” (originally it was “the base of holy war”). It is unknown to whom bin Laden’s public relations missive was directed.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith

Why Does the War Go On?

The many contradictions in President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Once Again, Obama Faces a Choice in Afghanistan

Back in 2009, President Obama was presented with two options for the war in Afghanistan: a troop surge favored by the military and a leaner counterterrorism strategy promoted by Vice President Joe Biden. He went with the surge, sending an additional 30,000 troops to fight in a war without purpose. (more)

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE

AP Television News

Meet the New Face of Al-Qaida

Ayman al-Zawahri is the new leader of al-Qaida, according to a statement attributed to the group’s leadership. Zawahri, the “obvious choice,” says the BBC, was a top lieutenant of Osama bin Laden. The 60-year-old native of Egypt is believed to be hiding out somewhere in the notorious Af-Pak hinterlands.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE

Jeff Schuler (CC-BY)

FBI Makes It Easier to Pry

The FBI is making it easier for agents to snoop on their fellow Americans without leaving a paper trail, raising disturbing questions outlined by The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer. A former agent quoted by Serwer says it may return the agency to the COINTELPRO era.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

No Justice in Kafka’s America

The draconian legal mechanisms that condemn Muslim Americans who speak out publicly about the outrages we commit in the Middle East have left many wasting away in supermax prisons.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.

Declare Victory—and Leave

Slender threads of hope are nice but do not constitute a plan. Nor do they justify continuing to pour American lives and resources into the bottomless pit of Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / lamantin

MI6: Make Cupcakes, Not Bombs

British intelligence operatives reportedly hacked the website of a new English-language magazine published by al-Qaida, replacing bomb-making instructions with a cupcake recipe. (more)

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr/ScruffyDan and Breanne

Four More Years of Wiretapping Fun

On Thursday, the Senate voted in favor of extending the part of the Patriot Act that allows U.S. law enforcement officials to legally eavesdrop on certain phone calls for the sake of—you guessed it—homeland security.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Javier Galeano

Whose War on Terror?

At a time when the White House is spending hundreds of billions and has dispatched killer teams to liquidate Osama bin Laden and lesser targets, imagine what the leaders of other countries—Cuba, for instance—might do if they declared their own war on terror.

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE

Queen Comes Close to Apology in Ireland

Speaking at a historic dinner in the castle that once headquartered Ireland’s British overseers, Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret over the two islands’ violent history: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.”

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE

NASA / Bill Ingalls

Queen to Visit the One That Got Away

The queen of England is headed to Ireland despite a bomb threat and other security concerns. She’ll be the first British monarch to visit the republic in 100 years, the first since the Irish—most of them, anyway—cast off British rule.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE

US-Pak Alliance

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The Death of the bin Laden Myth

With the 9/11 attacks, he not only killed thousands of people whose only crimes were to go to work, board airliners or rush to the scene of disaster as first-responders. Bin Laden also took 300 million prisoners: the rest of us.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Navy / MC2 Kyle D. Gahlau

SEALs, Grandma Obama Getting ‘Pumped Up’ Security

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says, “We are looking at what measures can be taken to pump up the security” of the mysterious Navy SEAL team that shot Osama bin Laden, after said SEALs expressed concerns. Over in Kenya, the government says it will inspect all visitors to the Obama compound.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE

FBI seal

Obama Wants FBI Chief to Stick Around

He’s been in charge since just before the 9/11 attacks, and if President Obama gets his way, FBI Director Robert Mueller will stay at his post for another two years—an unusual move aimed at keeping some aspects of Obama’s intelligence and security strategy consistent.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE

Osama at Sea

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE

Expert Marksman

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

A cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / BriYYZ

Muslims Say They Were Booted Off Plane

Two Muslim religious leaders said a Delta pilot refused to take off from Memphis, Tenn., to Charlotte, N.C., with them on board, removing the traditionally dressed men as they tried to get to a conference addressing prejudice against Muslims. (more)

Posted on May 7, 2011 READ MORE


Bin Laden Holed Up in Pakistan Since 2003?

Pakistani security officials said Saturday that Osama bin Laden may have resided in the country’s northern urban areas for almost eight years before U.S. forces killed him. That information creates new pressure for President Asif Ali Zardari to explain what Pakistan’s leaders knew and when they knew it. (more)

Posted on May 7, 2011 READ MORE

Tough Enough

The performance of the president and those around him should permanently dispel the perennial right-wing slur against Democratic leaders as deficient in the strength and courage to defend our security.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE

Spite Makes Right

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE

International Terrorism

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jason DeCrow

On Revenge and Jubilation

President Barack Obama’s gesture of closure at Ground Zero on Thursday was a formal and serious show of mourning—quite a contrast from the gleeful outbursts and street parties around the country earlier in the week.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE

Obama Pays Respects at Ground Zero

On Thursday, four days after the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama visited Ground Zero in lower Manhattan for a somber ceremony in remembrance of the lives lost at the World Trade Center on 9/11. 

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE

Picture This

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