Washington Post, By Karen DeYoung & Peter Finn, May 22
The Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday that it has killed four Americans in overseas counterterrorism operations since 2009, the first time it has publicly taken responsibility for the deaths.
Although the acknowledgment, contained in a letter from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to Congress, does [...]
Online project uncovers details of way in which CIA carried out kidnaps and secret detentions following September 11 attacks
The Guardian, By Ian Cobain & James Ball, May 22
A groundbreaking research project has mapped the US government’s global kidnap and secret detention programme, shedding unprecedented light on one of the most controversial secret operations [...]
Chris Hedges’ article on his recent meeting with Assange is a mix of interview and essay, Assange’s statements and Hedges’ thoughts and expansion thereon are well worth reading – and thinking about.
(Excerpts of the audio here).
You had to know it was just a matter of time before someone demanded that the sale of pressure cookers be controlled. Yep, that’s right; when pressure cookers are outlawed, only outlaws (and Grandma) will have pressure cookers.
I suppose it makes sense in a perverse sort of way; given some of the silliness TSA [...]
McClatchy/Miami Herald, By Carol Rosenberg, April 27
International Red Cross delegates began inspecting conditions at the Guantánamo prison camps on Saturday, as the U.S. military said the number of hunger strikers had reached 100.
One-fifth of the hunger strikers were being force fed nutritional supplements through feeding tubes, said Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, a [...]
We are beginning to see significant concern expressed in the non-MSM concerning the legal aspects of police behavior when alleged criminals are apprehended. While the events in Boston are the latest trigger, the concern applies to all law enforcement activity, at both federal and local levels and dating much further back and to [...]
I’ve remained silent on the Boston Marathon bombing for a couple of reasons. The first is simply out of respect for the victims and their families and loved ones. I see nothing positive that could emerge from me opinionizing on the cause of and/or reason for such a monstrous and unimaginable tragedy. Besides, there’s already [...]
In the wake of the national focus on the Boston bombings, you may have missed the other act of terror that was committed this week:
WASHINGTON – Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said.
“The person [...]
Some random thoughts on the Boston bombing yesterday:
- Road running is about as egalitarian a sport as there is. All you need is — well, I was going to say a pair of sneakers, but you don’t even need that. Or feet. But most people can do it for free, with minimal equipment. That [...]
Neal Stephenson is what most bloggers would wish to be, able to describe the shape that people want of things to come. His Snow Crash divined the natural result of computers, aging, inter-networking, combined with a decaying post-industrial and service economy. People would root themselves in imaginative virtual worlds, and seek to hit human nerves [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung, March 6
A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to the organization responsible for the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. [...]
Air Force Times, By Brian Everstine & Aaron Mehta, March 8
As scrutiny and debate over the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the American military increased last month, the Air Force reversed a policy of sharing the number of airstrikes launched from RPAs in Afghanistan and quietly scrubbed those statistics from previous releases [...]
Exclusive: General David Petraeus and ‘dirty wars’ veteran behind commando units implicated in detainee abuse
The Guardian, By Mona Mahmood, Maggie O’Kane, Chavala Madlena & Teresa Smith, March 6
The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the “dirty wars” in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention [...]
Still, a sex offender with encrypted files was suspicious enough to search. A criminal history and password-protected files create “reasonable suspicion”
Ars Technica, By Joe Mullin, March 8
Citizens’ rights to be free from searches don’t hold everywhere. At border crossings, as in airports, people can be searched by authorities as a matter of routine [...]