Organizers Who Met With Obama See Meeting as Affirmation That Movement Against Police Violence is Working

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 5:14 pm

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with seven black and Latino organizers yesterday to discuss police violence in not just Ferguson, Missouri, but throughout the country. Following the meeting, Obama announced some steps his administration would be taking to address some of the issues raised. Organizers who participated [...]

Obama Administration Releases First Yemeni Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in Years

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 11:39 pm

Five prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay prison were released and resettled in Georgia and Slovakia. The released prisoners included four Yemenis, marking the first time since 2010 that Yemenis cleared for release were set free. Salah Muhammad Salih Al Dhabi, Abdul Khaled al Baidani, and Abd Al Hakim Ghalib Ahmad Alhag, who are each Yemeni, were [...]

Congressman Criticizes ‘Selective Prosecution’ of CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Calls for Pardon

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 3:07 pm

On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.” Kiriakou was the first member of [...]

A 2014 Midterm Election Post-Mortem: The Democratic Party Will Not Solve Our Problems

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:20 pm

The Democratic Party was totally demolished in the midterm election last night. Where I live, in Illinois, a pension fund raider and Job Creator of the 1% named Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. But, in the morning, when I woke up I was largely dispassionate about the outcome of the election. After previous [...]

Kuwaiti Prisoner Cleared by Periodic Review Board Is Released from Guantanamo in Spite of Republican Fear Mongering

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:51 pm

Kuwaiti prisoner Fawzi Al Odah was released from Guantanamo Bay prison and transferred to Kuwait. Odah was cleared for release by a periodic review board in July and is the first prisoner cleared by the board to be released. During Odah’s detention, he was a high-profile prisoner whose attorneys fought for rights for all prisoners, [...]

Guantanamo Prisoner’s Attorneys Argue Government Appeal to Stop Release of Forced-Feeding Videos Would Fail

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 11:45 am

Attorneys for a Guantanamo Bay prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has pursued a lawsuit against the United States government’s forced-feeding of prisoners, have asserted a federal court has all the authority it needs to release videos of Dhiab being force-fed and forcibly removed from his cell. The attorneys maintain the government is “seeking secrecy to [...]

CIA Agents Reportedly Impersonated Senate Staffers While Torture Report Was Being Produced

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 5:39 pm

CIA agents “impersonated Senate staffers” while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was producing its report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, according to Huffington Post. “According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials,” journalists Ali Watkins and Ryan Grim reported, “CIA agents [...]

Podcast: Obama the ‘Reluctant Warrior’ & Other Myths in Media Coverage of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 10:56 am

US news media were excited this past week. US-led military forces began to launch air strikes in Syria, which is what they had been anxiously waiting to see happen for weeks. But with that eagerness to get on with another US war, there have been a set of myths. One fundamental myth involves President Barack [...]

Obama Administration Invents Language to Conceal Reality of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 1:48 pm

One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans. The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of [...]

Obama Administration’s Game of Geopolitical Terrorist Whack-a-Mole Expands with Strikes in Syria

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 2:20 pm

The United States bombed targets in Syria, drastically expanding the warfront in the Middle East. America’s military forces attacked Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets, as President Barack Obama had suggested would happen during his speech nearly two weeks ago. What came as a surprise was the fact that unilateral attacks also targeted [...]

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