CIA Fuels Decades-Long Class Conflict by Helping Colombian Military Drop ‘Smart Bombs’ on Rebel Leaders

By: Monday December 23, 2013 4:05 pm

A major investigative report by The Washington Post’s Dana Priest shows the CIA has overseen and helped the Colombian government target and assassinate rebel leaders. Forces from Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) have also provided assistance to the Colombian government, mounting operations to find hostages taken by guerrilla groups. It is all a part of a military assistance program called “Plan Colombia.”

CIA Fuels Decades-Long Class Conflict by Helping Colombian Military Drop ‘Smart Bombs’ on Rebel Leaders

By: Monday December 23, 2013 1:57 pm

A major investigative report by The Washington Post’s Dana Priest shows the CIA has overseen and helped the Colombian government target and assassinate rebel leaders. Forces from Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) have also provided assistance to the Colombian government, mounting operations to find hostages taken by guerrilla groups. It is all a part of a military assistance program called “Plan Colombia.”

Latest US Drone Strike in Yemen Causes Fear for the Safety of Americans

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 8:25 am

Another day, another illegal drone strike in Yemen. This time the backlash in Yemen is severe enough to warrant the urging of Americans to leave the country. Killing civilians leads to that kind of backlash.

Suicide Letter From Iraq War Veteran Says He Was Made to Commit War Crimes

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 5:20 pm

“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity.” Those are the words of Daniel Somers, according to a letter posted at Gawker.

Interview With Jeremy Scahill on ‘Dirty Wars’ Production, War on the Press & Bradley Manning’s Trial

By: Sunday June 2, 2013 7:00 am

here was a screening in Washington, DC, for press and friends for journalist Jeremy Scahill’s new film, Dirty Wars. Scahill did a Q&A and also setup interviews with some media organizations the following day.

I arranged an interview with Scahill, who graciously gave me some of his time and sat down to talk about the film.

Film Review: ‘Dirty Wars’ Is a Fine Effort to Bring America’s Shadow Wars Into the Light

By: Friday May 31, 2013 12:09 pm

Journalist Jeremy Scahill’s film, Dirty Wars, is an effort to give Americans a peek at how the United States government is fighting the global war on terrorism in the shadows. It is also a plea to Americans to confront what their government is doing and challenge the justification for operations, which Congress is reluctant to scrutinize and which has at its core this idea that the “world is a battlefield,” an idea the press has been mostly unwilling to question.

Obama Admits 4 US Citizens Killed by Drones, Deaths of Those Not Targeted Left Unexplained

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 4:01 pm

Ahead of a major speech on counterterrorism policies tomorrow, the administration of President Barack Obama has officially declassified information related to drone strikes against four American citizens and also acknowledged for the first time that they were killed by the United States.

CIA: An Idea That’s Time Has Gone

By: Monday May 20, 2013 7:15 pm

There’s a contradiction built into every campaign promise about transparent government beyond the failure to keep the promises. Our government is, in significant portion, made up of secret operations, operations that include warmaking, kidnapping, torture, assassination, and infiltrating and overthrowing governments. A growing movement is ready to see that end.

The Central Intelligence Agency is central to our foreign policy, but there is nothing intelligent about it.

No Press Freedom for Those Who Aggressively Report on America’s Dirty Wars

By: Friday May 3, 2013 1:20 pm

Today, United States officials are “reaffirming” the US’s “commitment” to freedom of speech and a free press on World Press Freedom Day, however, there remains one glaring case of repression against a journalist, who President Barack Obama has ordered Yemen to keep imprisoned. His continued imprisonment grossly undermines any messages coming from the US government about its dedication to promoting press freedom.

Through Bradley Manning, Jeremy Scahill Learned Blackwater’s Erik Prince Was Going to United Arab Emirates

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 11:15 am

In June 15, 2010, The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill reported that “sources close to Blackwater and its secretive owner Erik Prince” had claimed that the embattled head of the world’s most infamous mercenary firm” was “planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”

Scahill noted, “The Nation learned of Prince’s alleged plans to move to the UAE from three separate sources. One Blackwater source told The Nation that Prince intends to sell his company quickly, saying the ‘sale is going to be a fast move within a couple of months.’”

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