U.S. Shutters 21 Embassies in the Middle East and Warns Travelers of Possible Terror Threat

By: Saturday August 3, 2013 5:20 pm

The US State Department has shuttered 21 embassies and consulate offices across the Middle East and North Africa including embassies in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen and consulates in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The State Department took the broad security measures due to it’s uncovering information that suggests that, “al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.”

 

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 5:25 pm

Darwin observed that conscience is what most distinguishes humans from other animals. If so, grief isn’t far behind. Realms of anguish are deeply personal—yet prone to expropriation for public use, especially in this era of media hyper-spin. Narratives often thresh personal sorrow into political hay. More than ever, with grief marketed as a civic commodity, the personal is the politicized.

Liberal Hypocrisy Isn’t Free

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 9:25 am

To drone or not to drone? President Barack Obama recently demonstrated his most valuable political talent – fooling liberals into supporting Bush policies under another name. Obama’s latest soliloquy on his personal struggles in justifying his actions as president hit just the right tone for every establishment apologist liberal. Yes Obama was carrying on Bush Administration policies and in some cases introducing even worse violations of civil rights, but he is really struggling with it. He is really giving it a lot of thought. And really, isn’t that what matters?

Late Night: Come Forth and Speak to Me

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 8:00 pm

How many Americans have prayed for the victims of 12 years of senseless persecution, locked in cages in Guantanamo?

Judicial Ignorance and Bias Doom Ahmed Abu Ali to Decades in Isolation in Key “War on Terror” Case

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 4:00 pm

Even as a desperate hunger strike by detainees at Guantanamo prison camp continues, with dozens in medical peril, preferring death to the lawless existence of indefinite detention and ongoing planned (or some might say, capricious) abuse, human rights and civil liberties activists often point to the Article II courts as an alternative in the prosecution of “war on terror” crimes. But an examination of actual cases prosecuted in the criminal courts shows that use of accepted rules and appeal procedures merely produce their own version of unfairness and arbitrary injustice.

Obama Plans for Spy Agencies to Have Total Access to American’s Financial Information

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 5:56 am

As the Obama Administration continues to expand the policies of the Bush Administration the newest theater of the War on Terror is your checking account.

Stopping Endless War and “the Evil That We Deplore”

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 10:00 am

Rep. Barbara Lee has introduced H.R. 198, a measure to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force. Opposed to repeal, the Obama administration is pleased to keep claiming that the 137-month-old resolution justifies everything from on-the-ground troops in combat to drone strikes and kill lists to flagrant abrogation of civil liberties.

Why Latin America Didn’t Join Washington’s Counterterrorism Posse

By: Monday February 18, 2013 6:30 pm

There was a scarcely noted but classic moment in the Senate hearings on the nomination of John Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism “tsar,” to become the next CIA director. When Senator Carl Levin pressed him repeatedly on whether waterboarding was torture, he ended his reply this way: “I have a personal opinion that waterboarding is reprehensible and should not be done. And again, I am not a lawyer, senator, and I can’t address that question.”

How modern, how twenty-first-century American!

Will Obama’s Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part I)

By: Saturday November 10, 2012 6:00 pm

President Obama’s reelection has sparked an onslaught of analysis attempting to define the agenda for his second term. Will it reflect the vision of restoring liberty and security on which the president ran in 2008, or the disappointing passivity towards the national security state that characterized his first term?

More to the point, will President Obama’s legacy include emerging American authoritarianism, or instead the recovery of constitutional freedoms lost over the past decade?

UN to Investigate US Drone Program

By: Friday October 26, 2012 4:08 pm

The United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism will lead an inquiry into civilian deaths from US drone strikes around the world, to determine whether the strikes violate international human rights and humanitarian laws.

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