FDL Book Salon Welcomes Glenn Carle, Author of The Interrogator: An Education

By: Saturday July 9, 2011 1:59 pm

In The Interrogator: An Education, retired CIA clandestine officer Glenn Carle tells how, in fall 2002, he was sent to the Middle East to interrogate a purportedly high level al Qaeda figure he calls CAPTUS. While Carle does not identify either the detainee or the countries in which he interrogated him, Scott Horton reports the detainee is an Afghan named Pacha Wazir who, before he was captured, ran a hawala al Qaeda used; the two locations are Morocco and Afghanistan’s Salt Pit. After some weeks of rapport-based interrogation, Carle became convinced CAPTUS wasn’t as involved in al Qaeda as CIA believed him to be.

Panetta: Kill 20 Leaders, End the War on Terror

By: Saturday July 9, 2011 7:53 am

Leon Panetta kicks off his new job as Secretary of Defense with a trip to Afghanistan. On the plane over there this morning, he told reporters that we just need to kill 10 or 20 leaders of al Qaeda and we will “strategically defeat” al Qaeda. (h/t Spencer)

David Plouffe: ALSO Wrong on Consumer Confidence

By: Friday July 8, 2011 12:40 pm

You can accuse Plouffe of being wrong in claiming that people won’t vote based on the percentage of unemployed — I tend to think it may loom in people’s minds. You can argue that it was a misstep in that the quote does sound tone-deaf when reproduced without the surrounding context, and it’s understandable why people would see it as insensitive when viewed without that context.

Who Knew Firing Public Workers Increases Unemployment?

By: Friday July 8, 2011 7:30 am

While the political elite debate how to fix a nonexistent problem (or at least a non-critical one) the jobs crisis continues unabated. The draconian cuts at the state level public sector are only making things worse.

Credit Card Companies Forestall Legal Trouble by Allowing Donations via DataCell

By: Friday July 8, 2011 5:19 am

What do you do when you are facing a law suit that you are going to loose? If you are Visa and Mastercard, you change the policy that you are being sued over. This is what they did with processing donations to Wikileaks.

Scott Horton: Glenn Carle’s “CAPTUS” Is Pacha Wazir

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 6:28 pm

As we’ve noted a couple times at EW, I will be hosting Glenn Carle to discuss his book, The Interrogator, at Saturday’s FDL Book Salon. As you no doubt know, his book describes his interrogation of what was described as a high level al Qaeda figure (the detainee wasn’t) and his objections to the government’s use of dislocation and other torture methods with him.

Eric Holder, Preet Bhrara, and Ray Kelly Planning Civilian Terror Trial in Manhattan

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 3:45 pm

Was it just a year ago when we were told it was impossible to hold a civilian terrorist trial in NY?

Fox News and Hacker Attacks

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 6:21 am

Rupert Murdoch’s empire was the subject of not one, but two, hacking stories this weekend.

The Drone War on Westphalia

By: Monday July 4, 2011 1:58 pm

Drones change the relationship between the state and war

If you think about it, the system of sovereignty established by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 has been under increasing threat since World War II, a moment that brought many repressed peoples of the world closer to exercising their own sovereignty. While sovereignty never fully existed in practice, as we began to institute rules to enforce a more humane coexistence among sovereign nations, a number of forces starting chipping away at the concept of sovereignty.

Our “Public Debate” about Drones Is a State Secret

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 6:00 pm

When Anwar al-Awlaki’s family sued for due process, the government invoked state secrets, even as Crazy Pete Hoekstra and a stream of anonymous sources have leaked details of the drone targeting of him for over a year. One of the things Robert Gates specifically invoked state secrets over is whether or not we’re engaged in military operations in Yemen. Another is details of our counterterrorism work with Yemen.

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