Former Member of Pinochet’s Secret Police, Accused of Torture & Murder, Taught for Pentagon for 12 Years

By: Thursday March 12, 2015 5:32 pm

A member of Chilean dictator’s Augusto Pinochet’s secret police, who is implicated in executions and torture that occurred weeks after a United States-backed coup in 1973, taught at a Pentagon university for thirteen years. But, in spite of allegations, State Department and Pentagon officials allowed him to hold a visa and teach in the US, [...]

State Department One of Worst Agencies When It Comes to Freedom of Information Act

By: Wednesday March 11, 2015 11:38 am

Former secretary of state and closeted 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has asked the State Department to review her emails for release. But the State Department is one of the worst performing agencies when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. It could be years before individuals and media organizations obtain the records [...]

Video Shows NYPD Arresting Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern When He Tried to Attend Petraeus Event

By: Friday February 6, 2015 4:49 pm

Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested by New York police on October 30, as he attempted to attend an event featuring former CIA director and retired military general, David Petraeus. He was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. This week a judge dismissed those charges, and a recently posted [...]

Palestine Joins the International Criminal Court to Bring War Crimes Cases Against Israel

By: Thursday January 1, 2015 5:12 pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has moved to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to pursue war crimes cases against Israel. The Associated Press reported on December 31: At the international court, the Palestinians could seek to have Israeli military or political figures prosecuted for alleged crimes involving settlement construction on occupied lands or [...]

U.S. to Use Psych Tests to Vet Syrian Rebels for Moderateness

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 8:30 am

Many have compared those “moderate Syrian rebels” the U.S. keeps looking for to unicorns. The U.S. now thinks it has a new set of tools to scare the unicorns out of hiding, and to tell the nasty terrorists from the good terrorists: psychological evaluations, biometric checks and stress tests. It is unlikely this will help. [...]

U.S. Anti-ISIS Recruitment Videos: Why They Don’t Work

By: Friday November 7, 2014 8:35 am

The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media (actual example, left), the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, [...]

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot in Afghanistan

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 7:54 am

Did you know the U.S. war in Afghanistan is still going on? While the American war(s) in Iraq and Syria are the Kardashian’s of geopolitics– can’t get them out of the news, don’t want to look but you do anyway– America’s longest war trudges on. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for over thirteen years [...]

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 8:32 am

Congratulations to Iraqis & their elected representatives in the #Iraq parliament on selection of 7 new cabinet ministers @statedeptspox — U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) October 18, 2014 A key part of America’s strategy in Iraq is the creation of an “inclusive” government in Baghdad, one that will pull together the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. This [...]

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Arrested While Trying to Attend David Petraeus Event in New York

By: Friday October 31, 2014 1:04 am

(update below) Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested as he attempted to attend an event in New York City featuring former CIA director and retired military general, David Petraeus. He was charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. At 92nd Street Y, which describes itself as a “world-class cultural and [...]

State Department Quashed Investigations into Sex Caper

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 7:25 am

Long-time readers of my blog will remember the name Brett McGurk. Embarrassing emails he sent using a U.S. government computer system in Iraq surfaced in 2012, just as he was heading into confirmation hearings to become America’s ambassador to Baghdad. We now learn that the State Department’s efforts to investigate the incident were quashed, in [...]

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