Tomgram: Jonathan Schell: A Niagara Falls of Post-9/11 Violence

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 6:59 pm

In December 2002, finishing the introduction to his as-yet-unpublished book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, Jonathan Schell wrote that the twentieth century was the era in which violence outgrew the war system that had once housed it and became “dysfunctional as a political instrument. Increasingly, it destroys the ends for which it is employed, killing the user as well as his victim. It has become the path to hell on earth and the end of the earth. This is the lesson of the Somme and Verdun, of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, of Vorkuta and Kolyma; and it is the lesson, beyond a shadow of a doubt, of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

More than a decade later, that remains a crucial, if barely noticed, lesson of our moment. Jonathan Schell died this March, but he left behind a legacy of reporting and thinking — from The Real War and The Fate of the Earth to The Unconquerable World – about just how, as the power to destroy ratcheted up, war left its traditional boundaries, and what that has meant for us (as well as, potentially, for worlds to come).

 

Wall Street Journal Runs Op-Ed Claiming All Palestinians Are Worthy Of Death

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 11:04 am

While it is no secret that American mainstream media coverage is heavily biased in favor of Israel, rarely does the establishment media side with those advocating the genocide of the Palestinians. And yet, the Wall Street Journal decided to run an op-ed written by Thane Rosenbaum which claims all those in Gaza have lost their status as civilians because Hamas was elected. That the over 560 Palestinians in Gaza that have died so far had it coming.

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon: A Nation of Cowards?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 7:05 pm

Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. From 24 to Zero Dark Thirty, it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

In 2002, Cofer Black, the former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, told a Senate committee, “All I want to say is that there was ‘before’ 9/11 and ‘after’ 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off.”

Come Saturday Morning: The Saudis and 9/11 – More New Info?

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 6:30 am

This comes to us from the reporters of the Broward Bulldog by way of the Miami Herald:

“Freshly released but heavily censored FBI documents include tantalizing new information about events connected to the Sarasota Saudis who moved suddenly out of their home about two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars.”

ISIS Declares Caliphate In Syria And Iraq

By: Monday June 30, 2014 6:45 am

The Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIS) has renamed itself the “Islamic State” and claims to have established a caliphate in parts of what are still recognized as Syria and Iraq under international law. The Islamic State says they expect all Muslims to recognize and respect their authority. The consequence for not accepting said authority is death.

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren: What We’ve Lost Since 9/11 (Part 2)

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 6:40 pm

Here’s a bit of history from another America: the Bill of Rights was designed to protect the people from their government. If the First Amendment’s right to speak out publicly was the people’s wall of security, then the Fourth Amendment’s right to privacy was its buttress. It was once thought that the government should neither be able to stop citizens from speaking nor peer into their lives. Think of that as the essence of the Constitutional era that ended when those towers came down on September 11, 2001. Consider how privacy worked before 9/11 and how it works now in Post-Constitutional America.

Obama Claims He Does Not Need Congressional Approval For Next Iraq War

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 6:05 am

Barack Obama, who won the Democratic primaries and general election in 2008 thanks in large part to his opposition to the 2003 Iraq War, has now told Congress he can launch another war on Iraq without Congress’ approval. Instead, Congress would simply be briefed on what was happening, not asked for authority. Those who were hoping for change from the imperial presidency are out of luck.

What Would Have Happened If Elliot Rodger’s Parents Told Police He Converted To Islam?

By: Monday May 26, 2014 1:35 pm

The mother who contacted the police after seeing her son’s manifesto calling for murder and terror might have tried convincing police her son had become a Muslim bent on jihad, that likely would have gotten a response other than a “visit.” That abnormality definitely generates a response from US security services, even a hyperactive response.

Obama Administration Doesn’t Think It Needs Authorization From Congress to Wage War Anywhere in World

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 4:23 pm

Does the president have to have a statute authorizing the use of military force in order to legally wage war against terrorist groups that may or may not pose an imminent threat to the United States? Or can the president simply target, capture and kill whomever in whatever terrorist group, even if Congress has not authorized action?

Bullshit

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 12:02 pm

We are most definitely not the same country. Osama bin Laden won the minute Dick Cheney pissed his pants on the way to the bunker.

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