Obama’s State of the Union: Afghanistan Drawdown & the Covert Drone War

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 1:01 am

President Barack Obama delivered his “State of the Union” address on Tuesday night. And though he suggested there may be minimal reductions to wartime spending, he jingoistically declared, “We will maintain the best military the world has ever known.” The speech renewed the US government’s commitment to a permanent war on terrorism. While it signaled [...]

A Comprehensive Look at the CIA’s Rendition, Detention & Torture Program

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 6:26 pm

A major report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program was released today by the Open Society Justice Initiative. It is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the program to date. From “credible public sources and¬†information provided by reputable human rights organizations,” the organization was able to figure out that “as many [...]

Obama’s Embrace of Rendition & the Appearance of Three Men with Somali Roots in Federal Court

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 12:09 pm

(update below) The Washington Post has published a story that spotlights how the administration of President Barack Obama has embraced the practice of extraordinary rendition, highlighting the rendition of two Swedish men and one British-Somali man who had his British citizenship revoked. It details what is known about the men who had been missing and [...]

Interview with Truthout’s Jeffrey Kaye on Alleged Drugging of Detainees in US Military Custody

By: Friday July 13, 2012 6:42 pm

On Wednesday, Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold of Truthout published an exclusive on a Defense Department (DoD) report on the alleged drugging of prisoners in the custody of the US military that had been declassified. The report put together by the DoD inspector general acknowledged that “powerful antipsychotic and other medications ‘could impair an individual’s [...]

Obama Administration’s Tenuous Commitment to Human Rights

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 1:01 pm

(photo: Barack Obama) The Obama Administration recently announced that it would begin an “interagency process” to implement commitments made on human rights before the UN Human Rights Council just over a year ago. Coinciding with the announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) put out a report on how the administration has done so far. [...]

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