The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18
James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’
The psychologist [...]
Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF’s 17th Reconnaissance Squadron
The Guardian, By Chris Woods, April 14
A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.
The Full Five-Part Series Our foreign correspondent’s investigation into the Jihadi resurgence
The Independent, By Patrick Cockburn, March 21
Twelve and a half years after 9/11, al-Qa’ida-type organisations control an area the size of Britain in western Iraq and eastern Syria. Include Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia and the territory they rule is larger in size [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, February 20
A U.S. drone strike in December that killed at least a dozen people in Yemen failed to comply with rules imposed by President Obama last year to protect civilians, according to an investigation by a human rights organization released Thursday.
The report by Human Rights Watch concluded that [...]
To understand Afghanistan, it helps to understand a little economics:
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, December 31, 2013
Washington – Twelve years of detention without trial have ended for three Uighur men who have left Guantánamo Bay for Slovakia, the US Department of Defense announced on Tuesday, ending a clear mistake of the 9/11 era.
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.