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Pope and French Muslims Try Muslim-Christian Outreach Instead of ‘War on Terror’ Polarization

Pope Francis said four things about Islam in the wake of the brutal murder of an elderly priest by two teenagers of North African heritage in Normandy last Tuesday, and his remarks will be unwelcome to right-wing politicians in Europe and North America.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE


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An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance

However they are achieved, the United States has now embraced extrajudicial executions on foreign soil. And most of the discussion has focused more on the new instrument—drone technology—than on its purpose: assassination.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Delays U.S. Withdrawal From ‘Precarious’ Afghanistan (Video)

The president surprised observers Wednesday when he announced a plan for 8,400 U.S. troops to remain in the country when he leaves office in January.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE


When Robert Scheer and John Kiriakou Talked Government Double Standards (Audio)

By John Kiriakou

Now that Hillary Clinton will not be prosecuted for using a private email server as secretary of state, it raises the question: Does the government hold a double standard on matters of classification? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discussed the issue with former CIA officer John Kiriakou on a past episode of “Scheer Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Garrison Keillor’s Prophecy and Apostasy

The radio host’s decision to retire from his show “A Prairie Home Companion” on the Fourth of July weekend was likely calculated to extenuate his presumed ties to all things Americana, but it also highlighted his hypocrisies and contradictions.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Administration Drone Death Tally Falls Short, Critics Say

“It’s hard to credit this death count, which is lower than all independent assessments,” says Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Declassified CIA Report Shows Barbaric Conditions That Led to a Detainee’s Death

Gul Rahman, a 34-four-year-old suspected al-Qaida operative, froze to death in November 2002 after being beaten, doused with cold water and left half-naked while chained to the floor of his cell.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



A Multitrillion-Dollar Bridge to Nowhere in the Greater Middle East

The assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan is the latest item on a long list of milestones briefly heralded as significant achievements only to prove much less than advertised.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

The human rights lawyer “knew that when you sue the powerful, you will often lose,” The Nation wrote. “But he also understood that such suits could prompt political action, and that … was often more important in achieving justice than the litigation itself.”

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



Washington Just Can’t Help Itself

It’s as if every time our representatives look into the closet marked “solutions,” the only thing they see is a hulking, over-armed soldier whom they obsessively let loose.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



Michael Ratner, Pioneering Civil Rights and Constitutional Lawyer, Dies at 72

Ratner, who led the charge against excesses in the war on terror, died of complications of cancer Wednesday.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Costs of Violence: Masters of Mankind (Part 2)

Returning to the opening question “Who rules the world?” we might also want to pose another question: “What principles and values rule the world?”

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



French Authorities Announce Plans to Set Up Deradicalization Centers

The French government on Monday said it would set up a dozen such facilities across the country for the purpose of identifying, housing and reforming would-be terrorists.

Posted on May 9, 2016 READ MORE



Exhibit One in Any Future American War Crimes Trial

Even if the accusations against Abu Zubaydah had been true, what the CIA did to him—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials such as Dick Cheney, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called global war on terror.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



What Should Left-Wing Foreign Policy Look Like?

Perhaps what’s missing from the 2016 presidential race “isn’t the anti-imperialist [Bernie] Sanders” but “the antiwar movement he was once part of, and which no longer exists.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



In Washington’s Drone Wars, Collateral Damage Comes Home

American drones not only terrorize the populations living under their constant surveillance, they also psychologically wound their own operators, leaving victims with post-traumatic stress disorder on opposite sides of the globe.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



What Really Stands in the Way of Closing Gitmo

With nine months left until a new president is inaugurated, it has to be asked: Can the U.S.’ signature war-on-terror prison at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay ever be closed?

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



Military and Intelligence Officials Deem Many Guantanamo Prisoners Fit for Release

Contrary to widespread concern, a U.S. security panel has decided that many of the detainees at Gitmo are not “too dangerous” to be freed.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE



5 Questions That Are Unlikely to Be Asked During the 2016 Presidential Election

In October 2012, I considered five critical foreign policy questions that were not being discussed by then-candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sadly, those questions remain as pertinent and unraised today as they were four years ago. Unlike then, however, answers may be at hand, and believe me, that’s not good news.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Obama Presents Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

President Obama on Tuesday proposed to “once and for all” close the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 779 people have been detained over the years since the 9/11 attacks.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



2015 in Review: Marriage Equality, Mass Shootings, Pope Francis and Islamic State

Despite conservative backlash against same-sex weddings in 2015, ministers who support them can now fully practice their religions. Meanwhile, hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump and others means patriotic and law-abiding Muslims face a rising tide of hate crimes.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



Navy SEAL Command Accused of Covering Up a Beating Death

American soldiers say Navy SEALs and members of the Afghan Local Police physically abused detainees, an offense The New York Times calls “among the most serious” that “an American service member can commit.” And instead of disciplining the offenders, the military promoted three of them.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Former Air Force Pilots Who Blew the Whistle on U.S. Drone Program

In an open letter to President Obama, the four accuse him of creating and carrying out “one of the most devastating forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” And for speaking this important truth, they have suffered greatly.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



Washington to Whomever: Please Fight Islamic State for Us

The United States will send in planes, advisers and special-ops guys if the Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Sunnis and/or Shiites will please step in soon and get America off the hook.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Reckless War Against Evil

After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama called Islamic State “the face of evil.” The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America rings with calls to ramp up its war machine.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Two Dead in Raid Targeting Suspects of Paris Attacks

At least two people have been killed and seven arrested in a police operation targeting the alleged mastermind of last week’s terror attacks on Paris, France’s interior minister said.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Demobilization of the American People and the Spectacle of Election 2016

At the center of the 2016 election is Donald Trump. For a historical equivalent, you would have to imagine P.T. Barnum running for president. And strangely enough, it all started with 9/11.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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


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