Iraq: How Many Turning Points and Milestones Until We Win?

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 8:02 am

Secretary of State John Kerry said on September 8 that the formation of a new Iraqi government was “a major milestone” for the country. Kerry told reporters at the State Department that the government formed on Monday in Baghdad had “the potential to unite all of Iraq’s diverse communities for a strong Iraq, a united [...]

Navy Continues to Persecute Nurse Who Refused to Force-feed Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 12:45 am

One medical professional, protesting use of torturous forced-feeding of hunger-strikers, is persecuted by the Navy, while another one, working closely with Guantanamo authorities and interrogators who tortured prisoners, is rewarded with a top job at the Navy’s main hospital. These two facts speak volumes about how low the nation has fallen in relation to acceptance of torture.

The Justice Department’s Scandalous Decision to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ & Protect an Anti-Iran Group

By: Monday September 15, 2014 8:10 pm

In an unprecedented move, the United States government has moved to invoke the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit, which does not appear to hinge upon any government activity. The government has also called for the court hearing the case to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of [...]

Court Challenges US Navy’s Dragnet Surveillance of Civilian Computers & Suppresses Evidence in Criminal Case

By: Monday September 15, 2014 10:55 am

A federal appeals court issued a decision suppressing evidence found by a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent and used to prosecute a civilian for child pornography. The NCIS special agent had conducted dragnet surveillance of all civilians in an entire state. The “extraordinary nature of the surveillance” demonstrated “a need to deter future violations” [...]

Hearts, Minds and Dead Sunnis in Iraq

By: Monday September 15, 2014 8:12 am

A critical part of America’s plan to resolve all issues left unresolved after nine years of war and occupation is to divide the indigenous Sunnis from the “foreign” Sunnis, i.e., ISIS, and “unite” Iraq. As counter-insurgency theory teaches, bad guys can only thrive when they have local support, what Mao called the “water we swim [...]

Podcast: ‘Urban Shield’ & the Ramping Up of Police Militarization in the United States

By: Sunday September 14, 2014 11:13 am

One week ago, Alameda County in California hosted an annual major police gathering supported by corporations and law enforcement and security agencies from the local, state and federal level. Corporations displayed their military-grade equipment available for police departments to purchase, and training exercises or competitions played out in the San Francisco Bay Area. Anyone observing [...]

Lawyer for Edward Snowden: Positive Developments in Switzerland But Issues Still Remain

By: Friday September 12, 2014 8:35 pm

The attorney general of Switzerland did a review of whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden would have to be extradited to the United States if he came to the country to testify as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance. He concluded that Snowden would be safe from extradition, however, “upper-level government commitments” might [...]

American Held in Incommunicado Detention in Yemen Calls Family, Says He’s Being Beaten & Gassed

By: Friday September 12, 2014 5:15 pm

An American citizen in Yemeni custody who his lawyers say has been disappeared for over 180 days has surfaced. One of his lawyers reports he was apparently allowed to make two calls to his wife and mother last night and a guard said he is being held in the Central Security Forces base in central [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Recounts How Prison Gave Him Wrong Medication in New Letter From Loretto

By: Friday September 12, 2014 11:46 am

In a letter from CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania for over a year, he recounts how he had a medical emergency in the prison and received virtually none of the appropriate care or treatment that a person should typically receive. The [...]

Obama Should Go to Tehran

By: Friday September 12, 2014 7:44 am

President Obama left out the most important word of all in his speech outlining a strategy for Iraq: Iran. For if Iran is the 500 pound gorilla in the room with Iraq, it is the 800 pound monster in the Middle East. No real stability can be achieved without Iran. It is time for the [...]

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