Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:38 am

Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days. The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any [...]

When Does the Torture End?

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 9:27 am

While the unfolding Constitutional crisis over the CIA’s spying on Senate staffers reviewing the torture program continues, all media accounts are quick to add to their articles a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.” That is not true. Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Imad Abdullah Hassan has [...]

The British Empire, the Eagle and the Bear: Non-Options for Crimea and Ukraine

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 7:41 am

As is obvious, there is little the U.S. can, should or will do. The more the U.S. swaggers hollowly about the Crimea, the sadder it all sounds.

Hope and Change, NSA Edition

By: Friday February 28, 2014 7:24 am

Hey lookit here, jiggling, shiny keys. Oh wait, I just forgot what I was going to write, but at least I’ve stopped kicking the seat in front of me. Distracting people from real issues with shiny objects is called “hope and change” nowadays. Here’s the latest (and this is not satire.) The Wall Street Journal, [...]

Obama NSA Speech: Pretty Words, No Real Change

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 11:06 am

Bottom Line Up Front: The details of Obama’s most recent speech about “changes” to the NSA’s surveillance practices reveal that sadly little of substance will change. A few cosmetic touchups, some nice words, issues tossed into the pit of Congress to fade away in partisan rancor, and high hopes that the issue will slip away [...]

The New Year’s Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 9:43 am

(In the spirit of our times, this end-of-year post looks forward, not backward. Happy New Year to all.) “Who the hell are you?” “Why Barack, I’m the Ghost of Presidential Legacies Past. I visit second-term presidents to help them map out their foreign policy legacy.” “Dude, Christmas was last week. It’s 2014, the New Year.” [...]

Obama and the NSA: Information Is Power

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 10:34 am

Barack Obama, the president of the United States, Commander-in-Chief and self-proclaimed leader of the free world, says he did not know about his own government’s spying on multiple allied world leaders until quite recently. This means that Obama learned of this amazing thing same as we did, basically via Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing. We’ll take a [...]

Obama’s DOJ Seeks Immunity for Bush, Cheney, Rice and Others over Iraq War

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 9:35 am

D. Inder Comar, a San Francisco lawyer, is seeking to do what the Obama Administration refuses to do, hold the Bush Administration accountable for the unnecessary invasion of Iraq and its ongoing, horrific, aftermath. On March 13, 2013, Comar filed two lawsuits in California against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice [...]

Obama Calls Israeli Settlements ‘Counterproductive’ But Doesn’t Endorse Settlement Freeze

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 3:40 pm

President Barack Obama, during his visit to Israel, spoke at the Jerusalem Convention Center to Israeli students. It was a typically pragmatic speech, reminding the audience that US will defend the country against those who oppose its “right to exist” while at the same time outlining how Palestinians deserve a state of their own. It [...]

French-Led Military Intervention Supported by US Destined to Transform Mali Into Bigger Quagmire

By: Monday January 14, 2013 2:05 pm

France and eight other countries, including the United States, are escalating an intervention in the African country of Mali. The offensive, according to French authorities, is being mounted to target Islamic extremists or al Qaeda-linked rebels who have “grabbed more territory in Mali, inching closer to the capital.” CBS News reported the ”United States is providing communications and [...]

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