In Report to UN Committee Against Torture, US Government Touts Division That Doesn’t Really Prosecute Torturers

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 6:01 pm

The United States government submitted its “periodic report” to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. There are multiple glaring aspects of the government’s report on how it believes it is complying fully with the Convention Against Torture (CAT), however, one part of the report where the government claims to have done what it was supposed [...]

Lost Iraqi Billions Found?

By: Monday October 13, 2014 8:38 am

It can be hard to keep track of your money. You charge stuff and misplace the receipts, you forget to record a check written and before you know it, $12-14 billion is unaccounted for in Iraq. Even then, after one authoritative source thinks he’s found some of it, no one bothers to go get it. [...]

Obama Administration Invents Language to Conceal Reality of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 1:48 pm

One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans. The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of [...]

Chelsea Manning Sues Pentagon for Denying Her ‘Urgently-Needed’ Medical Care for Gender Dysphoria

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 8:39 pm

Chelsea Manning has filed a lawsuit against the United States Defense Department and the Department of the Army for denying her medical care for her gender dysphoria. It seeks a preliminary injunction requiring the Pentagon to provide “clinically appropriate treatment.” While deployed as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning provided WikiLeaks with around a half [...]

Obama Administration’s Game of Geopolitical Terrorist Whack-a-Mole Expands with Strikes in Syria

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 2:20 pm

The United States bombed targets in Syria, drastically expanding the warfront in the Middle East. America’s military forces attacked Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets, as President Barack Obama had suggested would happen during his speech nearly two weeks ago. What came as a surprise was the fact that unilateral attacks also targeted [...]

Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:33 pm

A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization [...]

Democrats’ Unapologetic Support for Israel Enables Daily War Crimes Against Palestinians

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:59 pm

Politicians from the Democratic Party in the United States have expressed fervent support for Israel’s assault on Gaza, even going so far as to sponsor multiple resolutions which demonstrate unwavering solidarity and appropriate more funds for weapons and the US-funded missile defense system known as Iron Dome. This support has worked to ensure that the [...]

A Navy Medical Officer’s Profound Act of Resistance to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Prisoners

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:43 am

A Navy medical officer recently refused to force-feed a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. It is the first reported act of resistance to the regime of force-feeding since prisoners went on hunger strike eighteen months ago. According to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Navy Captain Tom Gresback confirmed “a recent instance of a medical provider [...]

Podcast: Nafeez Ahmed on Pentagon-Funded Research Into ‘Social Contagions’ That’ll Cause Civil Unrest

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 10:59 am

The defense establishment in both the United Kingdom and United States is funding social science research into what conflicts will be caused by climate change, energy crises, resource shortages, and other societal problems that could lead to civil unrest. One of the most alarming aspects of this militarization of social sciences is how it names [...]

In Effect, Appeals Court Rules Torture & Abuse Is All ‘Foreseeable’ Part of Job at Guantanamo Bay

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 11:05 am

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for release may have experienced, was “incidental” and within the “scope of their employment.” “Authorized or not, the conduct was [...]

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