A report issued by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) claims that US military operations launched after 9/11 known as “The War On Terror” have led to the deaths of as many as two million people. The report includes data from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as information related to drone strikes and other [...]
|By: DSWright Friday April 10, 2015 9:00 am|
|By: CTuttle Wednesday April 8, 2015 2:00 pm|
By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity U.S. intelligence veterans recall the real story of how New York Times reporter Judith Miller disgraced herself and her profession by helping to mislead Americans into the disastrous war in Iraq. They challenge the slick, self-aggrandizing rewrite of history in her new memoir. MEMORANDUM FOR: Americans Malnourished on the [...]
|By: CTuttle Sunday April 5, 2015 3:00 pm|
“Chelsea Manning is the conscience of America; a great light cast into a darkness that has been veiling the soul of this nation,” writes Hayase. By Nozomi Hayase April 5th marks the five year anniversary of WikiLeaks publication of the Collateral Murder Video. The footage of a secret US military video depicted an Apache helicopter [...]
|By: CTuttle Monday March 9, 2015 6:00 pm|
In an interview with the Real News Network, professor, author, and activist Vijay Prashad examines the rising power of Iran and the declining influence of the United States in war-torn Iraq.
“The Iraqis are, as it were, standing up,” said Prashad. “I think an Iraqi could turn around now and say, this is our fight, and we have asked the neighboring country to join us. We don’t need the United States at this point to give us assistance.”
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday November 25, 2014 1:40 pm|
The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats, torture con artists, and on-the-make privatizers of our post-9/11 national security state, suggests that the best figure for money spent on Washington’s war on terror, including the Iraq and Afghan wars, is four trillion dollars.
|By: DSWright Monday November 24, 2014 7:03 am|
Last May President Barack Obama announced that US forces in Afghanistan would finally be ending their combat mission and in 2015 would move to an advisory role. According to The New York Times that pledge has now been reversed with an order to continue combat missions against the Taliban and anyone else who threatens US forces in the country or the Afghan government. Rather than pull back from Afghanistan as President Obama promised, the US is doubling down.
|By: Tim Shorrock Saturday November 22, 2014 1:59 pm|
From his opening story about the vast shipments of cash to Iraq in the early days of the U.S. invasion to his final chapter on the U.S. government’s attacks on Diane Rourk and the four NSA whistleblowers, James Risen paints a brilliant but tragic portrait of a country gone mad with power and greed during the 12 years of the Bush-Obama “war on terror.”
His stories are culled from many years of deep reporting, including his explosive revelations in 2005 of the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program. They provide startling new evidence of how the post-9/11 atmosphere of fear and government intimidation allowed an entire generation of American officials, intelligence officers, contractors, psychologists and propagandists to defy U.S. and international law and turn the United States into a global ethical pariah.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 28, 2014 3:00 pm|
Recently two separate acts by lone attackers on government workers have been classified as “lone wolf terrorism” by law enforcement and elected officials. First was the shooting in Canada of a soldier by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who also entered the Canadian Parliament before being shot and killed. Second was a hatchet attack on NYPD officers by Zale Thompson who was also shot and killed at the scene.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:00 pm|
Yet more unintended consequences from the so-called War on Drugs. According to The New York Times, the IRS has been seizing funds from small businesses and individuals without even presenting a criminal complaint using a draconian law passed to prevent drug money laundering. Under the law the IRS can seize funds that appear to be suspiciously transacted to avoid a $10,000 limit to be flagged and it is incumbent on the person whose funds were seized to prove they are innocent rather than for the government to prove they are guilty.
Many of those who have had their funds taken are small businesses and low wage earners who give up fighting to get back their money despite doing nothing wrong.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:00 am|
A group of Nobel Peace Prize winners have asked their fellow winner President Barack Obama to finally release the report on the CIA’s torture program. Despite efforts by the CIA to sabotage the report by spying on members of Congress and deleting information from their computers, a report has been completed. Now the White House is dragging its feet on getting the report released possibly in hopes of waiting for the GOP to take the Senate and kill the report.