Reuters, by Mohammed Mukhashaf & Angus McDowall, Jun 1
Aden, Yemen – Two drone strikes killed seven suspected al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen on Saturday, a local official said, nine days after U.S. President Barack Obama said he would only use such strikes when a threat was “continuing and imminent”.
In two separate attacks, [...]
Hm. Maybe we should start profiling gun owners, too.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the latest high-profile target of poison-tainted letters sent though the mail, police revealed yesterday.The leader of the nation’s largest city was threatened anonymously in two letters sent to Bloomberg’s offices in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne [...]
AP – After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn’t answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings and refused time and again [...]
BBC, May 29
Up to 90 Afghans held at Camp Bastion are set to be returned to the Afghan authorities, the Ministry of Defence has said, after lawyers argued that their detention could be unlawful.
British lawyers acting for eight of the men said that they had been held for up to 14 months without [...]
McClatchy, By Lesley Clark and Jonathan S. Landay, May 22
Washington — President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his administration’s use of drone strikes to kill terrorists as effective, lawful and “heavily constrained,” but he also appeared to be laying groundwork for an expansion of the controversial targeted killings.
In remarks at the National Defense [...]
Washington Post, By Karen DeYoung & Peter Finn, May 22
The Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday that it has killed four Americans in overseas counterterrorism operations since 2009, the first time it has publicly taken responsibility for the deaths.
Although the acknowledgment, contained in a letter from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to Congress, does [...]
Online project uncovers details of way in which CIA carried out kidnaps and secret detentions following September 11 attacks
The Guardian, By Ian Cobain & James Ball, May 22
A groundbreaking research project has mapped the US government’s global kidnap and secret detention programme, shedding unprecedented light on one of the most controversial secret operations [...]
The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria. Of course, it has already begun. Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for “communications” (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort. For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country. [...]
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a vibrant and growing community on the Internet composed of allegedly lucid people who are unshakably convinced that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being framed for the Boston Marathon bombing. Despite the growing mountain of evidence against Tsarnaev and his late brother, and despite the fact that Tsarnaev has [...]
I’ve remained silent on the Boston Marathon bombing for a couple of reasons. The first is simply out of respect for the victims and their families and loved ones. I see nothing positive that could emerge from me opinionizing on the cause of and/or reason for such a monstrous and unimaginable tragedy. Besides, there’s already [...]
In the wake of the national focus on the Boston bombings, you may have missed the other act of terror that was committed this week:
WASHINGTON – Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said.
“The person [...]
(NYT) – A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.
Read the report here
The Agonist found an audience during the build-up to the Iraq War of 2003. There were not too many places people could turn to if they had questioning and doubtful thoughts about the wisdom of invading Iraq. For those of us who lurked about or posted on the Agonist, there were even fewer sources of [...]
Some random thoughts on the Boston bombing yesterday:
- Road running is about as egalitarian a sport as there is. All you need is — well, I was going to say a pair of sneakers, but you don’t even need that. Or feet. But most people can do it for free, with minimal equipment. That [...]