Our government classifies a lot of documents, some 92 million in 2011 alone. The ostensible point of all that classification is protect the nation’s secrets. Some of it even makes sense. Troop movements, nuclear things, identities of spies, traditional stuff you want to keep from your enemies. The purpose of classification is not to hide [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:40 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 12, 2014 11:01 am|
There had not been a drone strike in Pakistan since December of last year. The pause was reportedly to make it easier for the Pakistani government to conduct peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. But in a period of twenty-four hours two drone strikes were launched by the CIA, and the strikes are likely to [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday June 4, 2014 8:38 am|
Every media person knows to ensure maximum coverage for a story you put it out at the beginning of the week, a Monday. That gives pundits five days on the job to comment and amplify it. Conversely, if you are compelled to release information that you’d like to not get that kind of play, dumping [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday February 14, 2014 9:49 am|
In an article headlined The U.S. Has Finally Outfoxed Hamid Karzai, the occasionally-respected Fiscal Times explains how for months Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States, causing mounting frustration within the White House and the Pentagon. Now, according to the Times, “it appears as if President [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday February 10, 2014 8:52 am|
When a person sees things that aren’t there, hears voices that tell him to do irrational things and insists on believing things that simply are not supported by fact, most psychologists would label that person delusional and seek to help him regain his toehold on reality. When that person does all the same things regarding [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 4, 2012 7:10 pm|
A blog post published by Reuters reporter Myra MacDonald and on the internet today highlights a recent report from clinics at Stanford University and New York University and argues the “anti-drone campaign” is doing damage. It has been widely circulated on the internet yet makes a number of dubious or completely disingenuous arguments about critics of [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 18, 2012 11:54 am|
(update below) Killing by remote control, the escalated use of drone warfare in countries, depends on people believing drones do not kill a large number of innocent civilians. It depends on people believing the program is indeed “precise” and rarely kills anybody other than members of al Qaeda and its affiliates or the Taliban. So, there [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 4, 2012 1:26 pm|
At least fifteen people were killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan when at least two missiles hit a compound in the village known as Hesokhel. Three people were killed by the first missile. Then, following the attack, twelve people arrived to rescue and bury the dead and were killed by a second missile. [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday October 11, 2011 5:41 pm|
A new report by an agency of the UN describes “systematic” torture to produce confessions by Afghan police and security agencies. It’s ten years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. The government is their propped up puppet. Given the U.S. love for torture, as exemplified by past practice, enshrining elements of the torture program in their Army Field Manual, and refusing to prosecute U.S. officials responsible for torture, the results of this study examining their Afghan partners is not surprising. There is little or nothing that differentiates the U.S. at this point from the enemy they face, and given they supposedly represent progressive democracies, the harm they incur is even worse than what the Taliban offers. The report also makes clear that such human rights abuses by an invading force only drives individuals into the ranks of the Taliban.
|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.