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The Jehoshua Novels


CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

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 [...]

CIA’s Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

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.

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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa

TomDispatch, By Nick Turse, April 13

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military [...]

Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans

“This decision is a true travesty of justice for our constitutional democracy, and for all victims of the U.S. government’s unlawful killings.” – Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams, April 5 – A US federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s killing of three Americans in drone strokes, a decision slammed [...]

Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level

NYT – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war [...]

Report: Deadly drone strike in Yemen failed to comply with Obama’s rules to protect civilians

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 [...]

Afgoneistan

To understand Afghanistan, it helps to understand a little economics:

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U.S. has ‘failed’ narcotics fight in Afghanistan, says inspector general

CNN, By Mick Krever, February 3

Despite spending $10 billion in reconstruction money fighting narcotics in Afghanistan, the U.S. has “failed,” the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, John Sopko, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“If you look at production, if you look at cultivation, if you look at breaking the tie between [...]

The misuse of American might, and the price it pays

The United States no longer knows how to win wars, but it continues to start them. (Andrew J. Bacevich – LATimes)-The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever. Here’s the guy you can count on to get the job [...]

Blustering to Sell Books

Here’s what’s really weird about Robert Gates’ new book:

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War, Mr Gates recounts how Mr Obama appeared to lack faith in a war strategy he had approved and the commander he named to lead it, General David Petraeus, and did not like Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to [...]

Why Are US Special Operations Forces Deployed in Over 100 Countries?

That’s over 60 percent of the nations on the planet.

The Nation, By Nick Turse, January 7

“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.” With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.

More than a month before, I had called US Special Operations Command [...]

Drone malfunctions, hits Navy ship during training

AP – The Navy says an aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck a guided missile cruiser during training off Southern California, causing two minor injuries.

Lt. Lenaya (luh-NEY-yah) Rotklein of the U.S. Third Fleet said the accident on the USS Chancellorsville happened Saturday afternoon while the ship was testing its combat weapons system off Point [...]

NSA director Keith Alexander and deputy expected to depart in early 2014

Alexander, who was rocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations, has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, officials say.

Reuters, October 16

The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a [...]

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

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 [...]

FBI has been using drones since 2006, watchdog agency says

Los Angeles Times, By Brian Bennett, September 26

Washington – Operating with almost no public notice, the FBI has spent more than $3 million to operate a fleet of small drone aircraft in domestic investigations, according to a report released Thursday by a federal watchdog agency.

The unmanned surveillance planes have helped FBI agents storm [...]