On the rather surreal occasion of the opening of something solemnly called the George W. Bush “Library,” I was inexorably drawn not to my personal Bush Library of 92 infuriating volumes, but the somewhat smaller 60 or so in the Nixon section. As I listened to snippets of Village homilies and President Obama predictably joshing chummily about the “clubhouse,” I was reminded of Jonathan Schell’s masterful recounting of the Watergate era, The Time of Illusion.
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday March 9, 2013 5:00 pm|
The UK Guardian posted a very important story, with accompanying videos, examining in details and with witnesses the extraordinary efforts by US military and civilian personnel to assemble, train, and direct Shi’a commando brigades in Iraq. These police brigades and paramilitary units unleashed a hellish reign of terror, with massive round-ups, torture, and death squad killings.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 pm|
I’ve often wondered what on earth it is that drives people to become Republicans. Is it personal wealth and privilege? Sometimes, undoubtedly. Deep-seated bigotry? That tends to play a role as well. Stupidity? Yes, but that only applies to voters, not the politicians themselves.
The likeliest answer, however, isn’t grounded in such subjective, and ultimately unknowable, value systems.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 12, 2012 4:12 pm|
A federal court dismissed a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The suit, brought by Donald Vance, a US Navy veteran and former defense contractor, and Nathan Ertel, also a former defense contractor, alleged he was responsible for torture they had experienced in an American-run prison in Iraq for nearly one hundred days. The dismissal effectively makes it even more impossible for US citizens to sue high-ranking officials, who are responsible for their torture.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday September 22, 2012 10:15 am|
One hallmark of the administration of President Barack Obama has been the commitment of the administration to move forward and not look back—to, as a Democratic Party operative only concerned with election results might say, not re-litigate the eight years of the administration of George W. Bush. This means no accountability for those responsible for committing torture. It means no justice for torture victims.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 11, 2012 1:40 pm|
Michael Hayden, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director under President George W. Bush, delivered a speech yesterday where he outlined the ways that President Barack Obama has managed a “practical consensus,” which has fostered “powerful continuity between two vastly different presidents”—himself and his predecessor, Bush.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 20, 2012 11:30 am|
Three Afghanis and three Iraqis allegedly tortured by the US military at detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan are proceeding with their case despite having the their case dismissed and upheld by an appeals court in November of last year. The ACLU is petitioning an international court set up by the Organization of American States to pursue their claims.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 8, 2012 1:00 pm|
The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is set to rehear a civil suit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today. The suit, brought by Donald Vance, a US navy veteran and former defense contractor, and Nathan Ertel, also a former defense contractor, alleges Rumsfeld is responsible for “intentional mistreatment” that occurred when they were tortured in an American-run prison in Iraq for nearly one hundred days. It’s one of several cases brought against Rumsfeld, all of which have been dismissed to avoid courts interfering with the “war on terror.”
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday August 21, 2011 6:45 am|
Senator Dianne Feinstein put out a press release indicating that the Department of Defense should consider taking the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, out of the DoD drug formulary as it is too dangerous.
Feinstein also indicated the drug has been administered to military personnel without the safeguards put in place by a 2009 Department of Defense protocol. Moreover, according to the press release, “These service members are now suffering from… preventable neurological side effects….”
And what “preventable neurological side effects” were these?
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday August 9, 2011 6:30 am|
I was pleased to be asked to appear on the successful RT news program The Alyona Show earlier today. The interview was offered as a follow-up to an investigatory article published at Truthout last week, which showed that all protestations by Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. government authorities aside, the U.S. military did engage in torture remarkably similar to waterboarding, if not waterboarding itself. An accompanying article was also posted here at The Dissenter.