The recent senate report on torture has brought the issue to the forefront of late. Once again people line up, mostly according to party affiliation. I see plenty of bull shit coming from both camps.
To begin, there’s nothing conservative about torturing people. And there’s nothing liberal about covering up these acts when they do […]
Washington Post, By Adam Goldman, December 7
Six detainees held at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were finally transferred to Uruguay over the weekend, months after the South American country had agreed to accept the men, the Pentagon announced Sunday.
The detainees included a Tunisian, a Palestinian and four Syrians who […]
AFP, December 5
France said Friday its fighter jets were conducting a “major” raid in Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group, days after members said the strikes were having effect.
“At the moment, a major raid is taking place,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFMTV, refusing to […]
I have no idea of the veracity of the following. It is almost as long a read as War and Peace. If legitimate, a fascinating look at Russia’s’ world view.
They’re back! John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney – the people who pushed the U.S. into the devastating mistake that was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, have discovered yet another existential threat ready and able to destroy the world. Back then it was Saddam Hussein and his mythical cache of Weapons of Mass […]
h/t Steve H.
Guardian -The British government’s problems with missing files deepened on Wednesday when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK’s role in a CIA global abduction operation had been accidentally destroyed when they became soaked with water.
In a statement that human rights groups said smacked of a cover-up, the department maintained […]
Al Jazeera, By Jason Leopold, July 8
The former warden of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility should not be hauled into court to “defend against our enemies’ legal challenges” because it could lead to low morale among soldiers under his command who may question his leadership skills, the Justice Department argued in court documents.
People are allowed to think, say, and yes, even tweet whatever the hell they want, so long as their actions do not contravene the law. They are still American citizens:
Since Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2009, his father had become an expert on Guantanamo Bay’s detainees. […]
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom.
Even in the first hours of Bergdahl’s handoff to U.S. special forces in eastern Afghanistan, it was […]
Bureau of Investigative Journalism, By Alice K Ross & Jack Serle, May 23
Domestic buildings have been hit by drone strikes more than any other type of target in the CIA’s 10-year campaign in the tribal regions of northern Pakistan, new research reveals.
By way of contrast, since 2008, in neighbouring Afghanistan drone strikes on […]
Reuters, May 17 . Updated in comments, May 23
A U.S. federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the military from force-feeding a Syrian prisoner on hunger striker at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
It was the first time a judge ordered a halt to force-feeding of a prisoner in Guantanamo, where last year during a […]
Democracy Now!, May 21
Interview with Scott Horton.
In one of the great mysteries of the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, three prisoners, two from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen, died the night of June 9, 2006. Authorities at Guantánamo said the three men — Yasser Talal al-Zahrani, Salah Ahmed al-Salami and Mani […]
A sergeant in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department compared the experiment to Big Brother, even though he went ahead with it willingly. Is your city next?
The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, April 21
This is the future if nothing is done to stop it.
In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles […]
McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, April 30
Washington — Even as al Qaida’s central Pakistan-based leadership has been severely weakened, the terrorist network’s regional offshoots have become more aggressive and threatening, driving a 40 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide between 2012 and 2013, the State Department said Wednesday.
“While the international community has severely […]
Bill had called for disclosure of ‘noncombatant civilians’ killed – Director of national intelligence gives assurances to Senate – Read James Clapper’s letter to the key senators
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, April 28
At the behest of the director of national intelligence, US senators have removed a provision from a major intelligence bill that […]