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The Key Words the Government Monitors Online

A government manual obtained by a privacy watchdog group reveals that the Department of Homeland Security has compiled a list of hundreds of key words used to detect possible terrorist and other threats on social media sites.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE


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Bogdan Migulski (CC-BY)

Homeland Security Doesn’t Get British Humor

It seems some tweets about plans to “destroy” America, British slang for drinking and drugging too much, and a repeat of a “Family Guy” joke, convinced U.S. officials that a pair of visiting tourists were actually terrorists who flew to L.A. in order to exhume Marilyn Monroe.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges

Late last year, President Obama pulled a fast one by changing his stance on the National Defense Authorization Act so suddenly and drastically that Americans were left with a bad case of legislative whiplash—and a very serious state of affairs with regard to our civil liberties.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dusan Vranic

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

On my behalf, attorneys have challenged a law that allows imprisonment of U.S. citizens without trial.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Brennan Linsley

A Decade of Guantanamo

The indefinite detention center that has undermined American justice since the first prisoners arrived from Afghanistan 10 years ago Wednesday is still open for business in Cuba. (more)

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bassem Tellawi

More Killed in Syria as Country Buries Dead

At least 27 people were killed in violence across Syria on Saturday as thousands mourned at a government-organized funeral for those killed in Friday’s bomb attack in the capital city of Damascus. Anti-Assad forces suspect the president’s sympathizers ordered the bombing to lend credence to the claim that the government is battling terrorists rather than suppressing dissent.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Ishtayeh

Israeli Settler ‘Terrorists’ Put a ‘Price Tag’ on Eviction

Even Israel’s pro-settlement conservative government is unnerved by extremist settler gangs (Defense Minister Ehud Barak prefers to call them terrorists) who have attacked targets including mosques and Israel Defense Forces officers. (more)

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Clay Junell (CC-BY-SA)

Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the West to Fixate on the Mideast

There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Riedel

Marginalizing Ron Paul

Paul is being denigrated as a presidential contender even though on the vital issues of the economy, war and peace, and civil liberties, he has made the most sense of the Republican candidates.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Centers for Disease Control

Scientists Make Killer Flu Virus Even Deadlier

More than half of the people infected with H5N1—the bird flu virus—are dead, so it’s a damned good thing the virus isn’t airborne. That is, until now. U.S.-funded researchers in the Netherlands have successfully engineered a viral H5N1 strain that can spread through the air, realizing fears of a potentially weaponized germ that infects easily and kills half its victims.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Washington Funds Militarization of Police Departments

With newly purchased assault rifles, body armor and armored vehicles, “many officers look more and more like combat troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” finds the Center for Investigative Reporting, which has arguably done a better job than Washington of tracking what precincts around the country have bought with $34 billion in federal grants.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Keystone / Peter Schneider

On to the Next ‘Bubble Fantasy’

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s tortured obit this week on the official end of the neocolonialist disaster that has been the Iraq occupation reminds one that the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner often gets it wrong.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

There Goes the Republic

What’s alarming is the ease with which an otherwise deadlocked Congress that can’t manage minimal funding for job creation passes a bill that threatens the foundations of our republican form of government.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Human Rights Watch Says Obama Will Go Down in History—and Not in a Good Way

President Obama’s decision to not veto the defense authorization bill, which “would codify indefinite detention without trial into U.S. law for the first time since the McCarthy era,” is a “historic tragedy,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Drops Veto Threat, House Passes Defense Bill

The House passed the controversial National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday night, scarcely hours after President Obama caved to pressure from various factions in Congress and withdrew his veto threat. Let’s consider some of the scary tactics that would be permitted if the measure is signed into law.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



dynamosquito (CC-BY-SA)

Iran: A Dangerous Game

The downing of a sophisticated U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone over Iran is the latest ratcheting of tension among Washington, Tehran and Jerusalem.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



Preston Rhea (CC-BY-SA)

China Profits From U.S.-Pakistan Shipwreck

For several years now the Pakistanis have found China a very willing and increasingly powerful counterweight to the Americans and their often strident political demands.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Scrumshus

Senate Votes to Keep Detention Clauses in Military Bill

Pointing to the threat of terrorist groups like al-Qaida, Sen. Carl Levin and 60 of his colleagues voted Wednesday in favor of keeping provisions in the proposed National Defense Authorization Act that would grant the military the ability to detain terrorist suspects abroad and at home under controversial circumstances.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE


Defense Bill Proposes Indefinite Detention for American Citizens

Tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act, a Pentagon spending bill set to go before the Senate for a vote this week, is a truly scary provision that would give the military the ability to lock up terrorism suspects, or those so considered by the military, without trying or charging them. Americans included.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Why Are Police Treating Protesters Like Terrorists?

From Zuccotti Park to Nashville, counterterrorism cops and homeland security officials are spying on and intimidating Occupy protesters. It may have something to do with the way the Patriot Act can be read to classify civil disobedience as domestic terrorism.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



NATO

How Libya Plays Into NATO’s Identity Crisis

The enthusiasm that has been inspired in NATO circles by the organization’s success in overturning the Gadhafi regime in Libya provides a demonstration of how badly NATO still feels the need for a justification of its continued existence.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


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At a Loss for a World View

The demise of Moammar Gadhafi is big news around the world. Note to the Republican presidential candidates: This will come as a shock, but there are lots of other countries out there, and what happens in some of them is really important.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alvaro Barrientos

Basque Separatists Say Armed Conflict Is Over

After more than 40 years and 800 deaths, the Basque separatist terrorist organization ETA has “decided on the definitive cessation of its armed activity,” according to a statement published by the BBC. (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE


Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Clinton Denies Designs on Biden’s Throne

What’s a secretary of state to do in the face of international terrorism and domestic unrest? Why, she should set the record straight on the “Today” show, which is just what Hillary Clinton did Thursday to tackle cloak-and-dagger rumors that she might replace Vice President Joe Biden in 2012 ... (more)

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Wong

The Chinafication of America

A recent trip to China made me think about the way life can go on in a police state when people are much more preoccupied with economic survival than with civil liberties.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Wilfredo Lee

Suleiman’s Travels

A flight attendant’s voice had come over the loudspeaker, asking my husband and another guy with a common Muslim name to get off the Delta flight scheduled to depart from JFK. It is the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Adm. Mullen Says Pakistan Intelligence Supports Bombers

Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen was unusually harsh in his criticism of Pakistan on Thursday, saying an insurgent network behind several Afghanistan bombings, including the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy, “acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.” (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE


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10 Years Later, It’s Time to ‘Broaden the Context’

Ten years ago this week, I, like many living in Washington at the time, was fleeing my office building.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


Recognize That It’s Over

There never was a “war on terrorism.” There most definitely was a war against al-Qaeda, and we won.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by PZS from a photo by Dustin Ground (CC-BY-SA)

Sept. 11 and ‘A New Birth of Freedom’

After we honor the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we need to leave the day behind.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How Not to Commemorate 9/11

We fashionably compress our commemorations of 9/11 events into a neat triangle to include the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. But in accepting this, we terribly distort our history.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



Surian Soosay (CC-BY)

Bin Laden’s Unintended Legacy

Ten years on, Osama bin Laden, were he not at the bottom of the sea, could be reasonably satisfied with what he has accomplished.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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



Facebook.com/fbi

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 ENLARGE



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


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