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November 3rd, 2009

Phantom fear of Taliban is driving the war in Afghanistan

New York -- The recent suicidal violence in Pakistan coincides with a growing concern that President Obama might be tempted by the same folly that drove President Bush and massively increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan -- by up to 65,000 if he were to listen to some ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2009

Bush favours UNSC seat for India

NEW DELHI: Pitching for a greater role for India globally, former US President George W Bush today favoured its entry into the expanded UN Security Council, which he acknowledged had got caught into political complications over questions like size and criteria.Bush, whose tenure saw a transformation of Indo-US ties, also ... continue reading

October 30th, 2009

Michael Moore Discusses Afghanistan on Larry King Live, October 29, 2009

KING: Let's touch another base here Michael, while we have you. Let's talk about Afghanistan. You were very critical in "Fahrenheit 911" over Bush and Iraq. Are you equally critical over Obama and Afghanistan? MOORE: I think it's critical he's in the process of making his decision. I think it's ... continue reading

August 29th, 2009

Drone attack in northwestern Pakistan kills 6

By Ishtiaq Mahsud (AP) DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. drone attack killed at least six people and wounded another nine in northwestern Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region Thursday, intelligence officials said. Two missiles were fired at a suspected militant hide-out in the stronghold of top Taliban commander ... continue reading

August 29th, 2009

August deadliest month for US in Afghanistan

By Robert H. Reid / Associated Press KABUL – An American service member died Friday when his vehicle struck a bomb in eastern Afghanistan, making August the deadliest month for U.S. forces in the nearly eight-year war. The grim milestone comes as the top U.S. commander prepares to submit his ... continue reading

August 25th, 2009

Petraeus: More tough fighting ahead in Afghanistan

By Bruce Schreiner (AP) LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The commander of the U.S. Central Command warned Tuesday that growing numbers of American soldiers sent to Afghanistan will encounter tough fighting, but said improving civilians' lives is as important to winning the war as defeating militants.Gen. David Petraeus, speaking to the American ... continue reading

August 25th, 2009

Feingold to Obama: Announce Withdrawal Timetable from Afghanistan

By David Chalian / ABC News The Obama administration has been keenly aware of discontent among many in its liberal base with regard to its Afghanistan policy and an expected request for additional troops following General McChrystal's upcoming assessment of the situation there. That liberal base just got a high-profile ... continue reading

July 19th, 2009

Internal Rifts on Road to Torment

Interviews Offer More Nuanced Look At Roles of CIA Contractors, Concerns Of Officials During InterrogationsBy Joby Warrick and Peter Finn / Washington PostIn April 2002, as the terrorism suspect known as Abu Zubaida lay in a Bangkok hospital bed, top U.S. counterterrorism officials gathered at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., ... continue reading

July 16th, 2009

Afghanistan now is Obama's war Helen Thomas

San Francisco ChronicleI had an historical flashback recently when I read a Washington Post news story about how the U.S. commander in Afghanistan thinks he may need many thousands more troops to win the war. Shades of Vietnam. Do we ever learn? It brought back memories of the late Gen. ... continue reading

July 2nd, 2009

FBI notes: Saddam feared Iran more than US attack

By Pamela Hess WASHINGTON (AP) — The farm where Saddam Hussein hid from U.S. forces before he was captured in December 2003 was familiar ground for the Iraqi dictator: It was the same place, he told an FBI agent, where he sought refuge 44 years earlier after taking part in ... continue reading

June 16th, 2009

Detainee says he lied to CIA in harsh interrogations

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told the U.S. military that he made up stories, documents show. The news could intensify the debate over interrogations.By Julian E. Barnes and Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times Reporting from Washington — Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh ... continue reading

June 14th, 2009

The Secret History

Can Leon Panetta move the C.I.A. forward without confronting its past By Jane Mayer / New Yorker The Central Intelligence Agency typically fights distant enemies, but on May 21st its leaders were preoccupied with a local opponent. A few miles from the agency's headquarters, which are in Langley, Virginia, former ... continue reading

June 8th, 2009

Recently Released Gitmo Detainee Talks to ABC News

Held Seven Years, Former Aid Worker Tells ABC News He Was TorturedBy Jake Tapper, Karen Travers, and Stephanie Z. Smith / ABC For 7 1/2 years, Lakhdar Boumediene was known simply by a number: "10005." These were the digits assigned to him when he arrived at the detention center at ... continue reading

May 26th, 2009

In Search of Success

By Steve Coll / New Yorker In 2007, a Guantánamo military commission reviewed prisoner No. 008, also known as Abdullah Gulam Rasoul, a designated enemy combatant who had been held without legal rights for about six years. Rasoul told his captors that he had "never been America's enemy and I ... continue reading

May 26th, 2009

The CIA's Silent War in Pakistan

By Mark Thompson / Time The wilds of Waziristan, the tribal belt along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, make an unlikely showcase for the future of warfare. This is a land stuck in the past: there are few roads, electricity is scarce, and entire communities of ethnic Pashtun tribesmen live as ... continue reading

May 24th, 2009

Yet Another Bogus 'Terror' Plot

By Robert Dreyfuss / Nation By the now, it's maddeningly familiar. A scary terrorist plot is announced. Then it's revealed that the suspects are a hapless bunch of ne'er-do-wells or run-of-the-mill thugs without the slightest connection to any terrorists at all, never mind to Al Qaeda. Finally, the last piece ... continue reading

May 21st, 2009

The Phony Debate About Torture Elizabeth Holtzman

Huffington Post Former Vice President Dick Cheney has triggered a roaring debate by his recent and repeated claim that torture "worked." Last week, Senator Lindsay Graham echoed the claim that torture "works" and added that is has for five hundred years (a timescale which connects us to the Spanish Inquisition). ... continue reading

May 13th, 2009

The Night

VarietyHere's my story for on the dinner for the print edition of Variety: The arrival of President Obama's administration undoubtedly injected a new sense of energy into this year's White House Correspondent's Assn. dinner, transforming an event labeled the "nerd prom" into something more akin to the Golden Globes. In ... continue reading

April 26th, 2009

'We Could Have Done This the Right Way'

How Ali Soufan, an FBI agent, got Abu Zubaydah to talk without torture. By Michael Isikoff / Newsweek The arguments at the CIA safe house were loud and intense in the spring of 2002. Inside, a high-value terror suspect, Abu Zubaydah, was handcuffed to a gurney. He had been wounded ... continue reading

April 25th, 2009

CIA official: no proof harsh techniques stopped terror attacks

By Mark Seibel and Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy WASHINGTON — The CIA inspector general in 2004 found that there was no conclusive proof that waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques helped the Bush administration thwart any "specific imminent attacks," according to recently declassified Justice Department memos. That undercuts assertions ... continue reading

April 22nd, 2009

Report: Abusive tactics used to seek Iraq-al Qaida link

By Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy WASHINGTON — The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a ... continue reading

April 21st, 2009

The Lawyer and The Caterpillar

Torture is a complicated business, and the real world is never as neat as the imagined one. By Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas / Newsweek In "1984," George Orwell's classic novel on the evils of totalitarianism, the agents of Big Brother break down the will of resisters by throwing them ... continue reading

April 20th, 2009

Why the Bush torture architects must be prosecuted: A counter-terror expert speaks out Malcolm Nance

New York Daily News Reading the Bush Administration torture documents released last Thursday by the Department of Justice - documents all about inflicting pain, suffering and discomfort - I felt plenty of my own. America is truly about to go through the looking glass. But it's a task that must ... continue reading

April 12th, 2009

Terminator Planet: Launching the Drone Wars Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatchIn 1984, Skynet, the supercomputer that rules a future Earth, sent a cyborg assassin, a "terminator," back to our time. His job was to liquidate the woman who would give birth to John Connor, the leader of the underground human resistance of Skynet's time. You with me so far? That, ... continue reading

March 29th, 2009

Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots

Waterboarding, Rough Interrogation of Abu Zubaida Produced False Leads, Officials Say By Peter Finn and Joby Warrick / Washington Post When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced that they had in their custody an al-Qaeda leader who ... continue reading

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Apr 15th
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Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? Ray McGovern Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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