American Held Incommunicado in Yemen for 39 Days, Legal Team Still Doesn’t Know Why

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 3:16 pm

During most of the month of March, the legal team for a United States citizen, who faces murder charges and is awaiting trial in Yemen, disappeared. They had no idea where he was being imprisoned.

However, a spokesperson for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC, denies that he was ever “disappeared.”

 

Stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline Is a National Security Issue

By: Saturday February 1, 2014 9:00 am

The illogic emerging from the State Department yesterday on the Keystone XL pipeline would be mindboggling, if my mind hadn’t already been boggled so often in the past when it comes to this funnel of death. “Approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including the proposed project, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands,” they said. By this logic, TSA should be shut down. After all, “Inspection of passengers on any one airplane trip, including those going in and out of DC’s National Airport, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of terrorism.”

But if they won’t listen to scientists, and they won’t listen to to lefty tree-hugger environmentalists, maybe they’ll listen to the military . . .

Maintaining Nuclear Arsenal to Cost $355 Billion

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 10:42 am

As unemployment benefits are set to expire Saturday for 1.3 million Americans the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced an estimate for the costs of maintaining and modernizing America’s doomsday weapons – $355 billion.

US Medical Professionals Were Involved in the Design & Administration of Torture

By: Monday November 4, 2013 10:10 am

Following the September 11th attacks, physicians and other medical professionals, “particularly psychologists,” were involved in the “design and administration” of harsh treatment and torture. This conduct was “in clear conflict with established international and national professional principles and laws,” a new report from a task force convened by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations finds.

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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes James C. Goodale, Fighting For The Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles

By: Sunday May 19, 2013 1:59 pm

In his book, Fighting for the Press: The Pentagon Papers & Other Battles, Goodale presents a first-hand account of what happened as lawyers sought to defend the newspaper from the government. He describes how Max Frankel, foreign reporter for the Times, informed him he had “documents related to the Vietnam War.” He did not, at first, see them but was confronted with the issue of whether it was legal for the press to publish classified information.

Pro-Israel Right Gangs Up on Chuck Hagel to Sink Defense Secretary Nomination

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 10:51 am

Empowering the likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham to hold veto power over any nominee the Administration puts out is just deeply depressing.

Report: Former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel to Be Nominated as Secretary of Defense

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 12:34 pm

Hans Nichols at Bloomberg reports that former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and one of the few early GOP converts against the Iraq War, is the leading candidate to replace Leon Panetta at the Department of Defense.

Pentagon Worked to Cover Up Human Suffering at Afghan Military Hospital

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 3:37 pm

A congressional subcommittee heard statements from investigators and members of the US military who had observed shocking conditions at the Dawood military hospital in Afghanistan. The story involves corruption and a coverup by senior commanders in Afghanistan who order non-cooperation with investigators and destruction of evidence.

Interview with Truthout’s Jeffrey Kaye on Alleged Drugging of Detainees in US Military Custody

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 10:15 am

Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold of Truthout published an exclusive on a Defense Department (DoD) report on the alleged drugging of prisoners in the custody of the US military that had been declassified. The report put together by the DoD inspector general acknowledged that “powerful antipsychotic and other medications ‘could impair an individual’s ability to provide accurate information.’” And, while the report didn’t confirm the prisoners’ allegations that system drugging was taking place, the reporting done by Kaye and Leopold indicates there were several gaps in the investigation. The report should not be considered conclusive evidence that the drugging alleged by prisoners did not take place.

I spoke with Kaye about his exclusive story.

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