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West Point Professor Says U.S. Military Should Target Legal Critics of War on Terror

An assistant professor of law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism should be attacked as “treasonous” enemy combatants.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 READ MORE



In His Own Words: The Invisible Sentence Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou

Getting hassled during international travel is an “unseen addition” to the 30-month prison sentence and the loss of his federal pension that the CIA whistleblower has discovered in the wake of confirming that the U.S. government tortured terrorism suspects post-9/11.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Got War: Poverty, Drugs, the Middle East and Terror

When you define something as war, you dictate the use of militarized or coercive forces as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser or even a traitor.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Islamic State Advances

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss who is responsible for allowing Islamic State to renew its offensive in Iraq and Syria. Sen. Rand Paul blames hawkish Republicans, while Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says Iraqis lack the will to fight.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE



The New York Times Vows to Do Better on National Security

Nearly 14 years after its uncritical reporting helped enable the “war on terror,” the paper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan admits to a mixed performance on its coverage of all things related to war and security.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, here are my top nine American repeat headlines, each a surefire news story guaranteed to appear sometime, possibly many times, between June 2015 and the unknown future.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE


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U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al-Jazeera Journalist a ‘Member of al-Qaida’

A top-secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that the U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist a member of al-Qaida and put him on a watch list of suspected terrorists.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



Body Counts, Drones and ‘Collateral Damage’ (aka ‘Bug Splat’)

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Critics of the American Psychological Association Role in Torture Program

Health care professionals and human rights experts have blown the whistle on the American Psychological Association for providing the U.S. with ethical and legal cover for torture of terrorism suspects.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE



Assassination as Washington Policy and How It Failed, 1990-2015

The strangest part of the story is that a strategy that achieved the very opposite of its intended goal in the drug wars would later be applied full scale to the war on terror—with exactly the same results.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



Guantanamo’s Ex-Detainees Find Little Solace in Uruguay

Release from the Guantanamo Bay prison to the South American country has not amounted to freedom for many of the men whom the U.S. government previously regarded as “high threat” members of al-Qaida’s global terrorist network.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE



Ten Commandments for a Better American World

My suspicion is that what’s right and moral is also what’s practical and realistic. In that light, let me offer Ten Commandments for a better world in general.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Saying No to Torture

Why was it again that, as President Obama said, “we tortured some folks” after the 9/11 attacks? Oh, right, because we were terrified.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap

The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist. But most of what pundits and officials claim about it simply isn’t true.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE



War Is the New Normal

Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch on the seven reasons why America can’t stop making war. More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here’s a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Guantanamo Diary Reveals Horrors of U.S. Torture Program

A harrowing memoir by a current Guantanamo detainee illuminates the U.S. rendition and torture program from the perspective of one of its victims. The author’s advocates struggled for six years to get the manuscript declassified.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Imagine yourself in January 1963, alive and chastened by a world in which you could be obliterated at any moment. Imagine as well that someone from our time suddenly invited you into the American future some 52 Januaries hence.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



Unmasked: The CIA’s ‘Unidentified Queen of Torture’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass have revealed the identity of a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program, an official whom multiple news outlets have described as responsible for “a long string of significant errors and malfeasance” that put her “competence and integrity” in doubt, even by some within the agency.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars was finally released. Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, and said…

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE



‘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



AP/Kin Cheung

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



IMAP/OSF

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



AP/Jessica Rinaldi

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



U.S. Army/Sgt. Derec Pierson

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



Shutterstock illustration of a drone.

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



White House/Pete Souza

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


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