When CIA Tortured Detainees to Death — And Agents Escaped Accountability and Were Promoted

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:46 am

McClatchy Newspapers spoke with some sources for a story on the contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report and was apparently able to confirm that “the CIA’s own internal documents confirm the agency’s culpability in the hypothermia death of one Afghan captive.” The CIA has never had to publicly discuss the incident, even though in 2009 the Justice Department under President Barack Obama opened an investigation into what happened.

The Washington Post’s Series on Veterans Reinforces War Culture, Makes Iraqi and Afghan Suffering Invisible

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 11:42 am

A multi-part series on the effect of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on the millions of Americans who were deployed and fought is being published by The Washington Post. It is based on results from a poll the Post conducted with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into [...]

Iraq War Anniversary: Me and Colin Powell in the NYC

By: Monday March 24, 2014 9:45 am

I love New York. What other city in the United States has public art openly mocking former Secretary of State and Bush Lickspittle Toady Colin Powell? In the High Line Park, in the Meatpacking District, stands a bust of Colin Powell, his mighty frame bursting out of well-sculpted living rock. Held in his hand (see [...]

Eleven Years After US Invaded Iraq: Bloodshed, Rape, Torture & Executions in the Country Are Ignored

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 11:01 am

Kenneth Pollack, who has worked for the CIA and the National Security Council, was a prime advocate for the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq. He published a book called “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq” that was considered widely to be a very convincing case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of [...]

Podcast: ‘Shia Saddam’—Maliki’s Forces & the ‘Residual Effects’ of US Military Occupation in Iraq

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 9:58 am

Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government. The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting [...]

An Invitation to the State Department, and Defining “Dedicated Service to the United States”

By: Monday January 27, 2014 10:17 am

I spent 24 years working for the State Department, including one year in Iraq. Following that I wrote my first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, and the Department of State began proceedings against me. They sought to bully me, then failed [...]

Who ‘Lost’ Iraq? Bush? Obama? Military? State? Maliki? How About ‘All of the Above’?

By: Friday January 10, 2014 10:32 am

Who lost Iraq? All of the above. Supported by post-9/11 bloodlust among the American people, Congress and the media, the Bush administration invaded a relatively stable country amid the volatile Middle East. Procounsel Paul Bremer almost immediately disbanded the two elements that held Iraq together—the civil service, including the police, and the army. The U.S. [...]

If Not Now, When? Al Qaeda Resurgent in Iraq

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 5:36 pm

Journalist Liz Sly reports a rejuvenated al Qaeda asserted control over the Iraqi city of Fallujah, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify during our nine year War and Occupation. Sly goes on to say that the capture [...]

The Dumbest Article You’ll Read This Week About Iraq

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 9:19 am

Smell that? Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in the US this week, meeting with officials in hopes of getting more US assistance, including lots of weapons he says he needs to fight terrorism, or Syria, or whatever (whatever=killing more Sunnis.) You can expect lots of dumb, uninformed comment about this visit. To save Firedoglake [...]

Justice Department Revives Case Against Former Blackwater Contractors Involved in Nisoor Square Massacre

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 6:06 pm

The United States Justice Department has brought new charges against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors for their role in a massacre that took place in 2007 in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. As reported by the Associated Press, “Dustin Heard, a retired U.S. Marine from Knoxville, Tenn.; Evan Liberty, a retired U.S. Marine from [...]

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