The Great Expectancy

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Pax Americana continues to crumble before our eyes. The belief that the United States has a divinely-inspired obligation to police the entire world has always been most strongly held among Americans themselves; some of the beneficiaries of this largesse, such as the Vietnamese and most recently the Iraqis, never quite showed the gratitude America felt [...]

Obama Knew The CIA Was Spying On The Senate?

So Obama apparently knew the CIA (his agency, as he is the head of the executive branch) was spying on the Senate Committee (which is the legislative branch) that oversees the CIA?

You know, not that it is ever going to happen, but that pretty much fits my personal definition of high crimes and misdemeanors. [...]

It’s All Snowden’s Fault

You read that right. Them’s the talking points out of DC. Obama got caught flat-footed. Apparently the CIA/DIA/NSA/NSC all believed that Putin would not send troops in. (I wonder what this tells us about our drone intel?) And so now what we’re getting from DC is it’s all Snowden’s fault because apparently he gave the [...]

Military and intel-agency physicians and psychologists in abusive interrogation (aka torture)

Sometimes people forget who they are. The power to heal becomes the power to torture.

The following material is the first part of the Executive Summary of a just released report, Ethics Abandoned, on physician and allied health personnel engaging in cruel behavior towards detainees.. Do no harm became use harm as a [...]

The “Insider” View of the Snowden Leak

While I disagree with a great deal of what is said in tonight’s Nelson Report, I think it is extremely useful to read it to understand how the “insiders” see the leak. They have absolutely no conception of how Main Street sees it. How run of the mill people involved in small scale retail politics [...]

A Public Indictment Could Shed Light on CIA’s Secret Program

Agonist Newswire

By Cora Currier, ProPublica Creative Commons

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with six terrorism-related counts. (Image)

The announcement that Harun is in U.S. custody in New York may also shed light on a small part one of the most secretive aspects of U.S. [...]

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Director Kathryn Bigelow, Screenwriter Mark Boal Respond to Critics

THR:

The director and screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty accepted the best director and best picture awards at Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards and used the opportunity onstage to address simmering controversies: the debate over their film’s use of torture, as well as the impending Senate investigation into their sources in crafting [...]

Email Privacy and the Petraeus Scandal

Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute talks about the email privacy issues raised by the ongoing Petraeus sex scandal:

What Did Petraeus Know and When Did He Know It?

Michael Collins Creative Commons

(Washington, DC, 11/15) The bitterness of the neocons knows no limit. They’re still having tantrums after being denied the unchallenged ability to pillage and plunder at will (and at our expense). Never mind that the public doesn’t want to hear it. The Congressional Republicans are jumping up and down over [...]

Waiting For The Other Shoe re: Petraeus: “I’m Telling You There’s More To Do Than With Sex.”

Former CIA operative Robert Baer talks with Piers Morgan re: l’affaire de Petraeus:

I’m telling you there’s more to do than with sex. There’s something going on here which I can’t explain and I think we’re going to find out very soon.

WATCH:

h/t Michael J. Totten

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Code Pink, the Taliban and Malala Yousafzai

by Meredith Tax

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

The US antiwar group Code Pink, which describes itself as “a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations,” recently sent a delegation to Pakistsan to campaign against drones with Imran Khan. On October 9th, [...]

U.S. gathering data on suspects in consulate attack in Libya

Intelligence agencies are assembling dossiers in what officials describe as a first step toward bringing the killers of four Americans in Libya to justice.

Los Angeles Times, By David S. Cloud & Ken Dilanian, October 2

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon, CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are assembling dossiers on suspects in the assault on [...]