Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.? Doubtful. Get Afraid! First, a few samples of the fear-mongering rhetoric. “The militant Islamic State group could launch a direct attack on U.S. soil,” warned South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who claimed the militants are a “direct threat to our homeland… They are coming.” Graham, and his [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday June 2, 2014 10:05 am|
Clinton’s book raises some important points. Here are the questions some reporter should ask her if given the chance, along with a note about “why it matters” for each one to make clear these are things we need to know from the likely-next president of the United States, far apart from any political slugfest.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday March 18, 2014 7:36 am|
So here’s today’s puzzler: when is it cool to take over a ship in international waters and when is it piracy? Captain Phillips Goes to Libya A major American movie this year was Captain Phillips. It told the story of a brave ship captain (played by American Hero Tom Hanks) and the brave Navy SEALS [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 14, 2013 8:11 pm|
A Libyan terror suspect kidnapped from Libya in a raid by US special forces on October 5 was transferred from the naval ship, where he was being detained and interrogated, into “law enforcement custody” over the weekend. The Justice Department indicated in a press release that he was “brought directly to the Southern District of [...]
|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 Monday August 26, 2013 11:37 am|
An alleged chemical attack in a Damascus suburb occurred on Wednesday. Despite the fact that there is no real confirmation that the chemical attack came from the Syrian government and not some “rebel force,” the US and other countries have appeared as if they are moving closer to escalating intervention to a point where air [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 12, 2013 11:35 am|
Amnesty International released its annual review of death sentences and executions around the world. The review found the five biggest executors in 2012 were China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the USA. It also found that the number of countries that abolished the death penalty rose to 97 and progress toward abolition of the death [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 5, 2012 5:48 pm|
The major newspaper endorsements indicate the makeover American superpower received when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 worked. There is unanimous consensus among the top twenty newspapers that endorsed Obama that Obama repaired the image of America that was damaged by two terms of President George W. Bush. The Plain-Dealer wrote, “Obama has shown [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 10, 2012 4:27 pm|
A congressional committee held a hearing on the security failures that led to the killings of four Americans at a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. The hearing included two witnesses from the State Department that agreed to begin to share key details on what occurred. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight & [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday September 6, 2012 12:03 am|
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a major new report detailing how the Bush Administration and other allied governments tortured and imprisoned opponents of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The prisoners were then rendered to Gaddafi’s own prisons where many of them were tortured. Perhaps the most explosive new information in the report concerns charges by one of the prisoners that he was waterboarded. Meanwhile, a new document released by a Canadian news outlet charges former Guantanamo child prisoner Omar Khadr was subjected to waterboarding-like torture while in U.S. custody.