US ‘set to launch air strikes’ on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria

White House will ‘take action’ against threats as Turkey comes under pressure to halt flow of jihadists across its border

The Observer, By Toby Helm & Martin Chulov, August 23

The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to [...]

Give Up Your Domestic Empire or Live Under It

AntiWar.com, By Dan Sanchez, August 20

In the recent film X-men: Days of Future Past, the “Sentinels” are robots programmed by non-mutant humans in the government to hunt and keep down the feared and marginalized population of “mutants.” Eventually, however, their programming undergoes major “mission creep,” and according to Wikipedia, the Sentinels, “expand their targets [...]

Beyond Torture: The CIA’s Shameful Kidnapping of a 12-Year-Old Girl

The U.S. and U.K. collaborated to snatch Khadija al-Saadi’s family in Hong Kong and deliver them into the custody of a murderous dictator.

The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, August 7

President Obama is letting the CIA play a major part in censoring a report on brutal human-rights abuses perpetrated by CIA employees. This has [...]

US launches airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq’s Kurdistan

Pentagon says strikes on Islamic State artillery positions came after group shelled Kurdish forces near US personnel

Al Jazeera, August 8

American warplanes carried out two separate airstrikes against advancing Islamic State (IS) positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire from the group fell near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said Friday.

In the first strike, [...]

Congress backs $225M bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

CBS/AP, August 1

Washington – Both the House and Senate on Friday rushed approved a $225 million bill to replenish Israel’s missile defense system.

The money will go to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Palestinian militants over three and a half weeks of [...]

Pentagon Wants to Send Troops to Ukraine for ‘Counterterrorism’ Training

No Decision Yet on Sending ‘Lethal Aid’

Antiwar.com, by Jason Ditz, August 1

The Pentagon today announced its intention, pending Congressional approval, to send troops to Ukraine [in 2015!] for “training exercises” designed to increase the Ukrainian military’s “capacity for internal defense” as it fights eastern rebels.

The plan seeks to use a contingency fund [...]

Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’

USA Today, August 1

President Obama said Friday that some CIA officials who interrogated suspects after the 9/11 attacks “crossed a line” into torture.

“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks,” Obama said while discussing a forthcoming Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques.

“We did some things [...]

Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia’s Ability to Tap Its Oil Reserves

New York Times, By Peter Baker, Alan Cowell and James Kanter, July 29

Washington — The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in [...]

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police

The Intercept, By Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain, July 25

The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide [...]

‘Freewheeling Militia Violence’ Forced US to Evacuate Embassy in Libya, Kerry Says

ABC News, By Ali Weinberg, July 26

The U.S. State Department was forced to suspend operations at its embassy in Libya because of “freewheeling militia violence” there, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

Kerry, who spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Turkish and Qatari foreign ministers about Gaza, made the comments after [...]

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Reuters, By Jon Herskovitz, July 21

Austin, TX – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.

Perry, seen as a possible [...]

Where’s Darrell Issa?

As we well know, TPP, TTIP and TISA (collectively named “T3” for this essay.) are being negotiated in secret, and while corporate lobbyists know contents of their relevant chapters of these agreements, both our elected representatives and the American public know little except rumors and leaks.

First some history, abstracted from Wikipedia, and a conclusion:

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Gitmo brass testifying on force-feeding would be bad for morale, US says

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.

Moreover, [...]

The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities

The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment.

The Nation, By Stephen F. Cohen, June 30

For weeks, the US-backed regime in Kiev has been committing atrocities against its own citizens in southeastern Ukraine, regions heavily populated [...]

Well, At Least Someone’s War Will Be Paid for With Iraq Oil…

Just not ours:

Sunni militants hung their black banners on watchtowers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting an ever-increasing stranglehold on the vital facility by insurgents who have seized vast [...]

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