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Our First Line of Defense

The system worked. Authorities responded to the attempted Times Square bombing about as well as anyone possibly could.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The World Prefers Obama’s America

As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



"Scars of a Whipped Slave" / National Archives

The Confederacy Isn’t Something to Be Proud Of

Slavery wasn’t just “a bad thing,” as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently said in dismissing it. Littering is a bad thing. Slavery was this nation’s Original Sin, and the revisionists behind Confederate History Month should be ashamed.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Says ‘We’re at a Ground Zero Moment to Save Real Journalism’

The winner of the second annual Izzy Award, named after muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, discusses independent media and this critical moment in journalism.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



Fox.com and Flickr

Time’s Up for ‘24’

Friday marked a sad day for American exceptionalism. Jack Bauer, the heart-throbby, knows-no-rules lead character in “24,” will no longer appear on TV. Fox announced its decision to cancel the series at the end of its current, eighth season. But fear not, torture fans: Producers are looking to turn “24” into a feature film.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


Pakistani boy
AP / Muhammed Muheisen

The Terrifying World of Pakistan’s ‘Disappeared’

If you want to know how brutally Pakistan treats its people, you should meet Amina Janjua. An intelligent painter and interior designer, she sits on the vast sofa of her living room in Rawalpindi—a room that somehow accentuates her loneliness—scarf wound tightly round her head, serving tea and biscuits like the middle-class woman she is.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


5 Americans Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Pakistan

Five young Muslim American men who went missing from Virginia in November and were arrested the following month in Pakistan were indicted on terrorism charges Wednesday. The accused claim they were tortured in custody and deny that they were trying to align themselves with al-Qaida-affiliated groups, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot

The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


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imdb.com

The End Is Nigh for ‘24’

Jack Bauer made a good run of it, but it’s looking like this eighth season of “24” will be the last for one of the top TV relics of the Bush era. Variety reported Tuesday that “20th Century Fox TV and Fox appear ready” to pull the plug on the show, but according to James Poniewozik of Time, “24” might morph into a movie franchise.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Zazi Case Vindicates Traditional Methods

Before Najibullah Zazi is finally dispatched to a secure cellblock for good, it is important to remember how the taxi-driver-turned-terrorist was brought to justice—and why the critics who jeered his civilian prosecution were dead wrong.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


John Yoo
Wikimedia Commons / YooTube

John Yoo Takes Credit for ‘Saving’ Obama Presidency

John Yoo’s Op-Ed in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, in which he says he helped save Barack Obama’s presidency by “winning a drawn-out fight to protect his powers as commander in chief to wage war and keep Americans safe,” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then this is the dingbat who gave the legal thumbs up to torture.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / YooTube

Waterboard Memo Authors Won’t Be Investigated

Officially closing the hotly contested chapter on how the Bush administration conducted its war on terror, the Justice Department has rejected calls for ethics investigations against the two lawyers who wrote and signed off on the memos justifying the waterboarding of detainees.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


Rogues Gone Wild

We’ve so idealized cowboy-style rebellion in matters of war and law enforcement that the DEA can refuse to follow explicit orders from the president and attorney general and get away with it.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


Is the History Channel Smearing the Kennedys?

Is the conservative creator of torture-evangelist “24” really the right person to helm a miniseries about the Kennedys? On the basis of a draft of the script, some scholars say “no.” Above is one of those scholars, Theodore C. Sorensen, an adviser to President John F. Kennedy.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

Cheney’s Dose of Reality

Do you believe in miracles? I do, and here’s the proof: Dick Cheney said something reasonable.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Sang Tan

Britain Reveals ‘Inhuman’ Treatment of U.S. Prisoner

Against the wishes of the U.S. government, British authorities released information Wednesday about the “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment of former Guantá namo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed. The abuse allegedly took place in 2002 in Pakistan, following Mohamed’s capture and prior to his internment at Gitmo.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / AndYaDontStop

Soldier Accused of Waterboarding 4-Year-Old Daughter

Police have charged an American soldier with assaulting his young daughter. Specifically, Joshua Tabor of Tacoma, Wash., is reported to have waterboarded his 4-year-old three or four times because she was afraid of water and had trouble with her ABCs.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Fareed Khan

The Terror-Industrial Complex

The conviction of the Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui in New York last week of trying to kill American military officers and FBI agents illustrates that the greatest danger to our security comes not from al-Qaida but the thousands of shadowy mercenaries, kidnappers, killers and torturers our government employs around the globe.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elaine Thompson

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s First State of the Union—Full Remarks

It was his third address to a joint session of Congress in less than a year, and it had all the usual gestures toward bipartisanship, but Barack Obama’s big speech was not without sizzle. The president shamed Republicans for obstructing, Democrats for giving up and the Supreme Court for auctioning off our democracy.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


Three Nagging Questions About Barack Obama

Since the start of his presidency, I’ve been wrestling with three questions about Barack Obama: Did he take on too much? Is he too hands-off in his dealings with Congress? And the biggest, which puzzled me throughout the campaign as well—where is he, exactly, on the political spectrum?

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Arnulfo Franco

From Coup-Lite to Truth-Lite: 10 Ways the U.S. Fought Democracy in Honduras

Andrés Thomas Conteris, reporting from within the besieged embassy where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken shelter, outlines 10 ways the United States has supported the coup and undermined democracy in Honduras.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE



The 20 Best Socially Conscious Movies of the Decade

The last 10 years were abundant with films that pushed limits and attacked real issues in real time. Here are 20 of the best socially conscious, topical, progressive movies from a crazy decade.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


John Yoo
Wikimedia Commons / YooTube

Torture’s Best Friend: An Interview With John Yoo

The New York Times picks the brain of John Yoo, who compares George W. Bush to Abraham Lincoln and says “It was my job” to write the memos that sought to legalize torture. Yoo now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, of which he says: “I remind myself of West Berlin ... surrounded by East Germany during the Cold War.” (continued)

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Christmas Cheer, at Last

Last Christmas we were staring into the economic abyss. A year later, there’s reason to smile—but no telling where we’ll be a year from now.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Christmas Eve Edition

Twas the night before Christmas, and ... eh, screw it. Enough of Christmas. Here are the newsy bits you’ve been craving more than that pumpkin pie: The Simpsons, torture, gay marriage, crime-fighting music and more.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy

Moving Day for Some at Guantanamo

While President Barack Obama will miss his goal of shutting down Guantanamo by January, the U.S. has returned 12 detainees from the notorious prison to their respective homelands. That leaves more than 100 detainees awaiting repatriation.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Tanya N

CIA Working With Palestinian Security

Even after the hoopla of President Barack Obama’s executive order barring torture, evidence is surfacing that CIA agents are cooperating with, and potentially supervising, Palestinian security agents who are detaining and allegedly torturing Hamas supporters in the West Bank.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE



Collage: Gravel photo from Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War

Few voices in American politics have been as consistent, as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel, on a chilly December morning, is in front of the White House, not inside it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Squaring Idealism and Realism

Europeans are coming to terms with the fact that President Barack Obama is not a miracle worker, and with the reality that everything he does is not magic.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

What Obama Really Thinks About the Surge

The president believes his Afghanistan surge will most likely create the conditions to bring the greatest number of U.S. troops home at the earliest possible date, a senior official said.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Peace Prize Speech

Accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday, President Barack Obama acknowledged the controversy of his award, as “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.” He spoke of one of those wars, Afghanistan, in terms of self-defense and shared his thoughts on the concept of “just war.” (full remarks inside)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jens Meyer

Liberals Are Useless

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. David J. Marshall

We ‘Support’ the Troops by Burdening Them More

By escalating an unnecessary conflict, President Barack Obama runs the risk of damaging many more Americans through PTSD and other human consequences of warfare. We are heaping upon members of the military more responsibility, more work, more war, more physical and psychological trauma.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE



The Guantanamo Lawyers: Shipwrecked

This important new book tells the story of the world’s most famous prison from the perspective of the lawyers who toiled under notoriously difficult conditions on behalf of the detainees.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE


What Is So Patriotic About Hysteria?

The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots, but when did fear-mongering in a time of war become an act of patriotism?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



thisislondon.co.uk

U.K. Probes Alleged Abuse of Iraqis by Soldiers

The British Defense Ministry is investigating 33 cases of alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians by its soldiers. Many of the allegations, which include sexual attacks and torture, reflect U.S. soldiers’ acts depicted in photos from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

Happy Birthday, Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman’s birthday is Nov. 6, and we wish to commemorate his life by republishing Truthdig’s most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by Pat’s brother, Kevin Tillman.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / lightmatter

Italy Convicts CIA Agents for Rendition

Twenty-three CIA agents are going to have to think twice about leaving the U.S. now that an Italian court has convicted them in absentia for snatching an imam in Milan and sending him to Egypt, where the cleric says he was tortured. (continued)

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


The Tortured Logic Continues

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Record You Can Believe In

It’s been a year since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Which is precisely what he’s doing.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


R.E.M.
remhq.com

R.E.M. and Their Musical Friends Push to Shut Down Guantanamo Bay

The veteran alt-rockers of R.E.M. are joining forces with other musical acts such as Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Roseanne Cash in a bid to close Guantanamo Bay. Their group effort, the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, sprung in part from their joint outrage about their music reportedly being blared at high volumes to upset prisoners held at the detention center in Cuba.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

White House Lawyer in Trouble for Doing His Job

The gossipy schoolchildren who make up Washington’s power elite have sunk their claws into White House counsel Greg Craig. The president’s top lawyer has had one of the toughest jobs in the building—reversing George W. Bush’s torture policies, finding a Supreme Court justice and vetting some of the nation’s most complex legislation—and he has the scars to prove it.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Unintended Consequences in Nuclear Pakistan

The Obama administration has already begun to escalate the fighting in Pakistan, a policy that could make even the Nixon-Kissinger destruction of Cambodia seem like a pleasant memory.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


Tortured Law

A new short film by the group Alliance for Justice examines the role that lawyers played in authorizing and legitimizing torture under the Bush administration. It calls on the attorney general to investigate not just CIA operatives but the authors of torture memos in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE



White House photo

The Torture Memos

Georgetown University law professor David Cole’s new book, “The Torture Memos,” investigates how key members of the U.S. Office of Legal Counsel rewrote the law to make torture legal.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Lynne Sladky

Washington Plays the Idiot With Guantanamo

With the arrest of Najbullah Zazi, the man allegedly behind the biggest terror plot since 9/11, the truth is clearer than ever: Law enforcement stops terrorism. Not secret island prisons.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


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