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Don’t Expect Supreme Court Action on the Senate’s Torture Report

The anticipated litigation about the CIA’s interrogation tactics will soon land in the lap of the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court, as issues of critical national importance invariably do. How the high court will rule, however, remains a disturbingly open question.

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Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!)

After 13 years of doing its damnedest, the U.S. has overseen the rise of the dominant narco-state on the planet with monopoly control over up to 90 percent of the global opium supply and 75 percent of the heroin. It’s also been complicit in the creation of the first terrorist mini-oil state in history, a post-al-Qaeda triumph of extreme jihadism.

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IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

Laura Poitras’ lens wordlessly captured the shock of the journalists, the youthful sincerity of the whistle-blower, and the unfolding tension that mounted as the stories started to get published and Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source to the entire world.

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Will the War on Terror Be the Template for the Ebola Crisis?

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that, while President Obama was sending at least 1,600 military personnel to fight ISIS, his first response to the Ebola crisis was also to send 3,000 troops into Liberia in what the media has been calling an “Ebola surge.”

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How America Made ISIS: Their Videos and Ours, Their ‘Caliphate’ and Ours

Minus a couple of invasions, the steps being considered or already in effect to deal with “the threat of ISIS” are a reasonable summary of the last 13 years of what was once called the Global War on Terror and now has no name at all.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

Thanks to a much contested, recently released but significantly redacted Justice Department white paper providing the basis for the extrajudicial killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, we finally know the president in post-constitutional America is officially judge, jury and executioner.

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The Path to a New 1914? How America Chose War After 9/11

The analogy between 1914 and 2001, like all measurements of the present with yardsticks from the past, is useful only for querying events, not for predicting them. There are equally important differences between the two moments, some of them obvious, others less so.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



How the U.S. Created the Afghan War—and Then Lost It

To understand how America’s battle in Afghanistan went so wrong for so long, a hidden history lesson is in order. The story of Jalaluddin Haqqani, who turned from America’s potential ally into its greatest foe, is the paradigmatic case of how the war on terror created the very enemies it sought to eradicate.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



Supreme Court Won’t Hear Chris Hedges’ Indefinite Detention Case

In a major decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and other plaintiffs the right to challenge a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain people alleged or suspected to have helped al-Qaida or the Taliban.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Qaida After 9/11: ‘The Most Powerful Military Force in an Area the Size of Britain’

In a report that seemed to escape everyone’s notice, Independent writer Patrick Cockburn describes the “spectacular resurgence of al-Qa’ida and its offshoots… despite the huge expansion of American and British intelligence services and their budgets after 9/11.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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The War on Terror Jumps the Shark as Everyone in the Mideast Accuses Everyone Else of Terrorism

In early December, Lebanese Shiite leader Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbullah accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut—i.e., charged Riyadh with terrorism.

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‘Obama Administration Calmly Debates Killing More Americans’

Readers could be forgiven for thinking they stepped into a parallel universe while reading The New York Times on Monday, Jason Hirthler writes at CounterPunch, as the paper reported that “the U.S. was debating slaughtering another American by drone strike. And that this ‘debate’ was occurring in the hallowed halls of justice.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Lynne Stewart

Early in the Bush administration, six months after the attacks of Sept. 11, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced he would prosecute attorney Lynne Stewart on the grounds that she had materially aided a terrorist organization.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Shooting the Messenger

The misguided attempts to justify Edward Snowden’s leaks by casting aspersions on those of Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and Hammond play into the hands of the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Hollywood Without the Happy Ending

Plea bargaining or persuading criminals to snitch on their associates—a tactic frowned upon by international legal experts—is widely used in the U.S. police and legal system. Over the last year or so, however, a trickle of information about the other secret program has come to light, and it opens an astonishing new window into the privatization of U.S. intelligence.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Doctors Gave Advice on the Use of Torture After 9/11

A new report shows physicians and other medical professionals working for the CIA and U.S. military were directed to assist in the planning and infliction of torture in prisons such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and other secret “black sites” around the world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Yousafzai Confronts President Obama

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani campaigner for education rights who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, told President Obama on Friday that his drone wars are creating terrorists.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Italian Job

The Pentagon is using your tax dollars to turn Italy into a launching pad for the wars of today and tomorrow.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Alone and Delusional on Planet Earth

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Endless War on Terror Far From Noble Cause

George Bush’s overwrought and misdirected war against global terror, conceived as a war of the Righteous to destroy Evil, having failed wherever it was launched, has now been reconceived under Barack Obama as a war against political dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

After years in absentia, retired CIA operative Robert Seldon Lady reappeared out of nowhere on the border between Panama and Costa Rica. And then—poof!—he vanished a second time. Not another news story was heard here in the U.S.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dictionary of the Global War on You (GWOY)

The language we use to describe the world of the national security state is still largely stuck in the pre-9/11 era. No wonder, for example, it’s hard to begin to grasp the staggering size and changing nature of the world of secret surveillance that Edward Snowden’s recent revelations have allowed us a peek at.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Child’s Death in Drone Strike Tests Obama’s Transparency Pledge

Despite Obama’s pledge in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al-Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan, the administration won’t respond to the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since the president delivered his major speech.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE


Rumsfeld Says He ‘Can’t Tell’ What Side Obama is on in War on Terror

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a gathering of conservatives in Los Angeles late last month that he “didn’t feel competent” to answer a question about whether President Obama had switched sides in the war on terror, a newly uncovered video reveals.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistani Taliban Replaces Leader Killed by Drone

Less than 24 hours after the announcement of the death of Pakistani Taliban deputy commander Wali ur-Rehman in a U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan region Wednesday, the group is said to have chosen a new No. 2.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE



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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


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Ends the War on Terror

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Barack Obama’s announcement of the end of the decade-and-counting-long war on terror while Gitmo remains open for business. Is the Obama administration all over the map when it comes to terror?

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



Another Memorial Day in This Endless War

Nearly 12 years after it was first enacted, the Authorization for Use of Military Force remains in force, giving the Obama administration and the Pentagon carte blanche to wage war, to occupy nations, to kill people with drone “signature strikes,” based not on guilt but on a remote analysis of a suspect’s “patterns of life.”

Posted on May 22, 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


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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



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The Persecution of Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart, who as an attorney spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, is suffering from stage 4 cancer in a Texas prison. Her crime was to steadfastly fight for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



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A Lesson in Empathy From Glenn Greenwald

“I’m up for us ‘All Being Bostonians Today’. But then can we all be Yemenis tomorrow & Pakistanis the day after?” Greenwald’s Guardian colleague Gary Younge wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Enemy-Industrial Complex

If you opened the American door marked “Enemy,” what would you find? As a start, scattered hundreds or, as the years have gone by, thousands of jihadis, mostly in the poorest backlands of the planet and with little ability to do anything to the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Gitmo Is Killing Me’: Detainee Gives Chilling Account of Hunger Strike

“I’ve been detained at Guantanamo for 11 years and three months,” Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel says. “I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



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American Anniversaries From Hell

Consider the plethora of blood-soaked little anniversaries that Americans could observe, if they cared to, from a decade-plus of the former Global War on Terror.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


Public Indictment May Shed Light on CIA Black Sites, Subcontracting of Torture

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment last week charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with six terrorism-related counts, which could give us a glimpse into one of the most secretive aspects of U.S. counterterrorism operations during the Bush administration.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Judge Rules National Security Letters Unconstitutional

A federal judge Friday ordered the U.S. government to stop issuing “national security letters”—secret demands made of telecommunications companies for their customers’ private data that forbid recipients from discussing the orders with most anyone.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Crucifixion of Tomas Young

After being paralyzed in Iraq, the Army veteran went on to become a leading anti-war activist. Now, under hospice care, he is waiting to die. This is the face of war they do not want you to see.

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Shadow Lives

In the last decade, I didn’t travel to distant refugee camps in Pakistan or destroyed villages in Afghanistan to see my government’s war against Islam. I stayed in Great Britain, where by a series of chance events, I found myself inside it, spending time with families transformed into enemies.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


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How the U.S. Decides to Kill People With Drones When It Doesn’t Know Who They Are

Although Obama administration officials have framed the drone program as targeting particular members of Al Qaeda, attacks against unknown militants reportedly may account for the majority of strikes.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



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‘I Begged for Them to Stop’

Try to remain calm—even as you begin to feel your chest tighten and your heart race. Try not to panic as water starts flowing into your nose and mouth, while you attempt to constrict your throat and slow your breathing and keep some air in your lungs and fight that growing feeling of suffocation.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Targeted Killings: A Legal History

Assassinations have long been regarded as a basic element of foreign relations that largely remained in the dark, unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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An Interview With Marjorie Cohn About Targeted Killings

We have a global battlefield, where if there is someone, anywhere, who might be associated with Al-Qaida, according to a high government official, then Obama can authorize on Terror Tuesday who he is going to kill after consulting with counterterrorism guru John Brennan.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Wrong on Drone Hits

If George W. Bush had told us that the “war on terror” gave him the right to execute an American citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I’d have gone ballistic. It makes no difference that the president making this chilling claim is Barack Obama. What’s wrong is wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Slams Obama Over Drone Strike Memo

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart criticized President Obama for the government document recently obtained by NBC News that details the administration’s legal argument for supporting drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida members, including those who are U.S. citizens.

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