The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) formed an alliance with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and deployed agents in hundreds of raids conducted as part of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report from The Washington Post. Journalists Adam Goldman and Julie Tate reported that JSOC, an elite military unit which retired [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 11, 2014 9:55 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 10, 2014 3:49 pm|
UPDATE – 9:00 PM EST: Late in the afternoon, the Los Angeles Times went ahead and released the name of the country: Pakistan. That it explains the concern. There definitely are special operations forces from the US operating covertly in the country and the US cannot call too much attention to them without risking blowback. [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 16, 2014 12:37 pm|
President Barack Obama’s reported plan to shift control of armed drone operations from the CIA to the Pentagon has apparently been disrupted by lawmakers who have stepped in to help the CIA stay in the killing business, according to a report from The Washington Post. The Post’s Greg Miller reported that unnamed US officials told [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 7, 2013 12:52 pm|
Two raids were mounted by United States military forces over the weekend. One raid led to the rendition of a terror suspect from Libya to a naval vessel and the other raid was an operation in Somalia that failed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 22, 2013 6:51 pm|
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity.” Those are the words of Daniel Somers, according to a letter posted at Gawker. Somers served in Joint Special Operations Command in a unit in Mosul [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 6, 2013 4:31 pm|
With neoconservatives and neoliberals amplifying calls for US military intervention in Syria, it is worthwhile to take a moment and consider all the places in the world, where the US currently has forces engaged in daily operations. Secrecy, the reality that a substantial portion of US military or espionage operations with troops are likely happening [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 26, 2012 11:44 am|
The Washington Post has published a third story in its series on the Obama administration’s institutionalization of its targeted killing program. This story highlights Camp Lemmonier, the United States military base in Djibouti where drones land or take off around sixteen times a day, and is reportedly the first time the US military has confirmed [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 3, 2012 7:30 am|
Over the weekend, I attended a summit on drones co-organized by CODEPINK, CCR, and Reprieve. I had the opportunity to speak and hear from people from countries where the US has carried out drone attacks. I also spoke with journalists who have covered and spoken to people who are victims of the US covert drone [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 8, 2011 7:40 pm|
To mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the ACLU released a report that looks at how “ever-expanding claims of national security” have subverted freedoms and justified an assault on civil liberties.
The report scrutinizes racial and religious profiling, the expansion of the surveillance state, the impunity of the Bush administration officials who created a legal justification for torture and the framework that has dominated America since the attacks: the belief that America is in an “everywhere and forever war” which justifies any program, regardless of how it undermines civil liberties or the rule of law.