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White House to Release Memo About Drone Attacks on U.S. Citizens

The American public will soon get a look into the decision-making process that led to the Obama administration’s use of drones to target U.S. citizens suspected of conducting terrorist activities abroad.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



More Than 2,400 Killed in Obama’s Drone Wars

Since the president’s inauguration in 2009 the CIA has launched 330 attacks on Pakistan and begun a new secret war in Yemen.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



New York Post

‘Bride and Boom!’

The headline was spectacular, if you think killing people in distant lands is a blast and a half. Of course, you have to imagine that smirk line in giant black letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of the Murdoch-owned New York Post.

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone Next Door

Drones are wonderful, said almost all the Americans I have talked to in recent weeks.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Drone Strike Kills 15 Yemeni Wedding Guests

A presumed U.S. military drone strike hit a convoy of wedding guests, local authorities say, the second incident of drones killing civilians this week. The U.S. maintains its silence over the program, while a Yemeni activist says such errors only strengthen al-Qaida in the region.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Each Drone Strike in Yemen Makes as Many as 60 New U.S. Enemies

A former official of the U.S. State Department in Yemen says every drone killing by the American military there creates 40 to 60 new enemies of the United States.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Two Human Rights Groups Target U.S. Drone Policy as Illegal

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, in separate reports, accused the U.S. of committing likely war crimes through the drone killings of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Both also called for full investigations and more transparency from the U.S. on whom it kills, where and why—and to open itself to criminal investigations when those attacks violated international law.

Posted on Oct 22, 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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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Documentary filmmaker and government surveillance reporter Laura Poitras is a model for a new generation of investigative journalists bent on protecting their sources while uncovering government wrongdoing.

Posted on Aug 18, 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



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American Drones Kill a Dozen in Yemen

U.S. drones killed 12 people in Yemen who the government claims are al-Qaida suspects. Thursday’s action was the eighth such attack in less than two weeks amid warnings of terrorist assaults on Western outposts.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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How the GOP Libya Witch Hunt Made Us Close Our Mideast Embassies and Crippled U.S. Diplomacy

The GOP is inadvertently pushing the U.S. into a posture of dangerous diplomatic weakness. This weakness is clear in the unprecedented closing of 21 U.S. embassies in the Middle East this weekend because of a vague terrorist threat apparently emanating from “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” based in Yemen.

Posted on Aug 7, 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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Interpol Issues Global Alert

The international police force has issued a global security alert after worldwide travel warnings from the U.S. State Department regarding potential terrorist attacks and a series of al-Qaida-linked prison breakouts in which hundreds of alleged terrorists escaped.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Condemns President Obama

The investigative reporter slammed the Obama administration Thursday for the role he says it played in the continued detention of Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a prominent Yemeni journalist who was the first to expose an American cruise missile strike that killed dozens of civilians.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE


Escaped Child Bride Says She’d ‘Rather Die’ Than Be Forced to Marry

Take a moment to watch this chilling and heartbreaking video in which a brave 11-year-old girl from Yemen opens up about risking her life by escaping from her parents ahead of a forced marriage to an adult suitor.

Posted on Jul 22, 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



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America’s Newest Global War

Out of all the harrowing storylines in journalist Jeremy Scahill’s new film “Dirty Wars,” the one about Abdulelah Haider Shaye best spotlights the U.S. government’s new assault against press freedom.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Retired General Target of Inquiry Over Iran Leak

Retired Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former second-ranking officer in the U.S. military and influential adviser to President Obama on security matters, is the focus of an investigation into a leak of classified information about American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


Scahill on Obama’s Admitted Killings of Americans

The Obama administration’s unprecedented acknowledgement that four Americans were killed in U.S. drone strikes overseas—including one whose death was not previously reported—“raises more questions than it answers,” Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation and author of the new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Admits Drones Killed 4 Americans

In a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder formally acknowledged that four American citizens had been killed by U.S. drone strikes abroad, including al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Scahill

With his new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” Jeremy Scahill brings the last decade of the American government’s clandestine war making into the clearest possible focus.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE



Nation Books

Inside America’s Dirty Wars

The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Secret Story of Obama’s Assassination of Americans in Yemen

In an hourlong special on “Democracy Now!” on Tuesday, author and Nation magazine war correspondent Jeremy Scahill tells the story of the radicalization of Islamic cleric and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and the U.S. government’s subsequent pursuit and assassination of him and his son.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



Nation Books

Filling the Empty Battlefield

With “Blowback,” Chalmers Johnson aimed to paint a portrait of how America’s informal empire and its historically unprecedented garrisoning of the world looked to others, and so explain why animosity and blowback were building globally. Now we have a secret history of 21st-century American war in Jeremy Scahill’s latest book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.”

Posted on Apr 23, 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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Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia—a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security approach—remain shrouded in secrecy. Here’s a guide to what we know—and what we don’t know.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Washington Straitjacket

Dear President Obama: Nothing you don’t know, but let me just say it: the world’s a weird place. I mean, do you ever think about how you ended up where you are?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Drone Kills 4 in Yemen

An apparent U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida-linked militants in vehicles Thursday in the wilderness of south Yemen, an official and residents said.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE



Man Behind Controversial Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Protests Identified

Who is Sam Bacile? It appears major questions surrounding the identity of the man alleged to be behind “The Innocence of Muslims,” the controversial anti-Muhammad film that led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and spurred violent protests in Egypt and Yemen, have been answered.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Embassy Attacks Spread to Yemen

Hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film chanted “death to America” as they stormed the American Embassy compound in the Yemeni capital on Thursday. The attack follows Tuesday’s sacking of a U.S. consulate in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three others.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Puts Drones in Yemen in Overdrive

Ten civilians were slain in Yemen over the weekend by the Obama administration’s unmanned drones, weapons that have killed 29 people in a little over a week and nearly 200 this year. But you won’t hear about them or the government’s unofficial war in Yemen at the Democratic National Convention this week.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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‘There’s No Downside’ to Drones, Philosopher Says

A newly hired philosophy professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., has become the latest defender of President Obama’s deadly drone program.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE


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Would-Be Underwear Bomber Was CIA Double Agent

The recently uncovered al-Qaida plot to take down a U.S.-bound airliner took a dramatic turn Tuesday: It turns out that the would-be bomber who was chosen to carry out the mission was actually an informant for the CIA.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Report: Al-Qaida Bomb Plot Against Jet Thwarted

The CIA foiled an elaborate new underwear bomb plot by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen that was intended to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Drone Strike Kills an Al-Qaida Leader in Yemen

The CIA killed Fahd al-Quso, a high-profile al-Qaida leader wanted by the FBI for his role in the 2000 bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole, with a missile fired from a remote-controlled drone in Yemen on Sunday.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE


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U.S. Dept. of Justice

Holder: U.S. Can Kill Citizens in Overseas Terror Groups

According to Attorney General Eric Holder, it is within the government’s rights to kill American citizens implicated in anti-U.S. terrorist plots hatched abroad. Along with general human rights concerns, this raises some issues vis-à-vis the Constitution and the Fifth Amendment.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Yemen’s President Signs Off

After enduring a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign his power away, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally put pen to paper Wednesday, effectively ending his 33-year tenure after months of unrest and bloodshed in his home country. In exchange, he’ll reportedly be granted ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Syria Strikes Compromise With Help From Arab League

Remember the conflict in Syria? You know, the one involving President Bashar al-Assad and the protesters in his country clamoring for regime change? It’s still happening. Some 3,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the struggle, and ... (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Indian Summer for Arab Spring?

Thursday’s death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi represents different things to different people—long-awaited liberation, further evidence of American meddling on the world stage, or a powerful sign that the upheaval collectively known as the Arab Spring isn’t over yet. (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen’s President Vows to Give Up Power

After 33 years in power, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will step down in the coming days. Earlier, after returning from Saudi Arabia where he received medical treatment for injuries sustained in a June assassination attempt, Saleh called for early elections, a move that set off violent protests.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Drone Attack Kills Al-Qaida Leader

The CIA launched a drone attack Friday in northern Yemen that killed Anwal al-Awlaki, one of the most influential remaining leaders of al-Qaida wanted by the United States, authorities said.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE



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The DIY Internet Is on Its Way

The 2011 uprisings in the Arab world showed the Internet’s potential as a tool for both liberation and oppression. Protesters logged on to organize rallies that toppled dictators, while some leaders commandeered the Web to silence opposition. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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16 Killed in Latest Mass Protest in Yemen

At least 16 people were killed when troops opened fire with anti-aircraft guns on anti-government protesters peacefully massed around a state television building and government offices in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, according to witnesses. (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



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10 Warnings for Arab Democracies

Truthdig columnist Juan Cole has some sobering words of caution for those in the Arab world with a “once-in-a-century” shot at making their nations into thriving, functional democracies.  (more)

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Presses Covert Airstrikes in Yemen

Following Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s emergency departure for medical treatment last week, the U.S. government has taken advantage of the resulting power vacuum to resume covert fighter jet and drone attacks that have killed civilians and suspected terrorists alike. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen’s President Hit Hard by Rocket Attack

Friday’s attack on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s palace in his country’s capital city of Sanaa took a bigger toll than previously reported, as the news emerged Tuesday that it wasn’t clear when he’d be able to return to office given the gravity of his injuries.

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Yemen Celebrates as Saleh Leaves for Medical Treatment

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, nursing wounds from a rocket attack Friday on the presidential mosque, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for medical treatment as street celebrations and renewed violence erupted back home in the capital of Sanaa. (more)

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