Satire: ISIS First Sgt: Recruits Ain’t What They Used to Be

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 8:50 am

The ISIS First Sergeant spat into the sand. “These new suicide bomber Western recruits just ain’t what they used to be. Shoot, I quit al Qaeda for ISIS just to get away from this amateur crap and here I am stepping in it again for ISIS.” “Once upon a time,” said the grizzled veteran who [...]

Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.?

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:09 am

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 [...]

USAID Fake HIV Center in Cuba Undermines Global Health Efforts

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:48 am

Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs. HIV: The Cuban Caper The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sent a 29 year-old Costa Rican man [...]

Classification: Hiding American War from Americans

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:40 am

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 [...]

Anonymous Pakistani Government Officials Suggest Drone Strikes to Intensify in Coming Days

By: 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 [...]

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Just Told Us How to Close Gitmo (But Obama Won’t Do It)

By: 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 [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day: U.S. (Hearts) Karzai

By: 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 [...]

Delusions Drive (More) U.S. Aid to Afghanistan

By: 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 [...]

Reuters Reporter’s Hit Job on a Recent Report on US Drone Strikes in Pakistan

By: 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 [...]

Manufacturing Low Drone Civilian Casualty Counts

By: 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 [...]

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