NYT – Assailing what it called double standards at the United Nations, Saudi Arabia took the surprising step Friday of declining an invitation to take a rotating seat on the Security Council just one day after it was chosen to join the body for a two-year term.
The protest, made known in a statement from [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, Julie Tate & Barton Gellman, October 16
It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband in the crosshairs [...]
Los Angeles Times, By David S. Cloud, October 5
Washington – Navy SEALs carried out a predawn raid Saturday against a suspected Shabab leader in Somalia who is believed to have planned the group’s deadly attack last month on a shopping mall in Kenya, two U.S. officials said.
Also Saturday, a Libyan Al Qaeda leader [...]
The siege at a shopping mall in Kenya is entering its third day today. While the government has responded forcefully, the attackers – presumed to be terrorists from a subsidiary of Al Qaeda, and who’d have thought even terrorism would be corporatized? – have dug in pretty deeply:
NAIROBI — Loud explosions and sporadic bursts [...]
White House Situation Room, 2007 grand opening – Wikipedia
Remember those happy days in 2008 when we all thought we had elected a rational, sane president? No more George W. Bush, uttering his bumbling if not idiotic Bushisms, lying to the country about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, trumpeting his [...]
CBS News, August 28
New York – The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends [...]
Foreign Policy, By John Reed, Noah Shachtman, August 22
Cluster bombs are banned by 83 nations. The world recoiled in horror when it learned that Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad’s forces have killed children with such weapons.
But that isn’t stopping the U.S. military from selling $640 million worth of American-made cluster bombs to Saudi [...]
…just to show who’s the boss, Greenwald’s partner detained.
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Maybe the FBI got lucky. Maybe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev carried his cell phone with him to his last hideout under a tarpaulin that covered a boat housed in someone’s backyard in Boston. Maybe Tsarnaev threw the cell phone away earlier, but the police found it. Maybe Tsarnaev [...]
Yemen appeared to back away from claims it had foiled a grandiose plot, and some terror experts wondered if the US, which launched three more drone strikes, had been duped by Al Qaeda into closing its embassies.
CSM -The US carried out three drone strikes in Yemen Thursday that killed 12 suspected Al Qaeda militants, [...]
The interesting dynamic that is the relationship between Obama and Putin has a new twist, and it’s one we should welcome:
On Wednesday evening, when U.S. President Obama cancelled his upcoming visit to Moscow, the Russian reaction was perhaps most clear in the way that Vesti, the state’s main propaganda TV channel, conveyed it on [...]
We all lie, to some degree. But not all lies are created equally.
My dad once said the worst kind of lie is when you lie to yourself.
We, collectively, the United States of America, are lying to ourselves on so many fronts, I don’t know where to begin.
I’ve found the saga of Edward Snowden to be useful for one reason: it’s forced us to think about how (or if) we strike a balance between privacy and security. It’s a conversation long overdue; as our lives become ever more digital and electronic, there’s an inevitable and corresponding loss of privacy. We’ve mutely acquiesced [...]
INFILTRATION. SABOTAGE. MAYHEM. FOR YEARS, FOUR-STAR GENERAL KEITH ALEXANDER HAS BEEN BUILDING A SECRET ARMY CAPABLE OF LAUNCHING DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS. NOW IT’S READY TO UNLEASH HELL.
Wired Threat Level, June 12
Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles. Tens of thousands of people move through more than 50 buildings—the city has its own post [...]