The Bush Administration’s prime author of “I’m okay, but torture is awesome!” ensured himself of a lifetime of four-figured speaking fees on the right-wing chicken dinner circuit.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 16, 2014 10:00 am|
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been fired and replaced by Dean Baquet, who was managing editor at the Times. But how will he defend the right to publish when confronted by opposition from government officials?
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday May 12, 2014 4:00 pm|
It’s rare to hear a government official speak in contrite tones; rarer still if that official represents the National Security Agency. Recently, however, Anne Neuberger, a special assistant to former NSA Director Keith Alexander, did just that.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 1, 2014 8:55 am|
In testimony at a congressional briefing on November 20, 2013, Entesar Qadhi, a Yemeni youth leader who was elected to a position in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) from the Mareb province, described what it had been like in her village to fight al Qaeda and drive members of the militant group out of her village. “Drone strikes actually make al Qaeda people more popular because of the fact that they are striking inside of our villages, which makes the presence of Qaeda justified in our place,” she stated.” They’ll kick out al Qaeda militants, but then those militants will return when drones begin to hover over the village again.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 29, 2014 9:48 am|
At the request of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the wider executive branch, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein, agreed to remove a provision in an intelligence bill that would have required the president to release an annual report on casualties from drone strikes launched by the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday April 27, 2014 12:34 pm|
One week ago, multiple air strikes, including possible drone strikes, in Yemen were reported. An escalation in counterterrorism operations took place with many alleged “militants” being reported killed but the names of them were not announced. It is unclear if any senior al Qaeda leaders were killed but the governments have claimed success.
Rooj Alwazir of the Support Yemen media collective joined Rania Khalek and me for this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast to provide a report on what has been happening.
|By: Attaturk Thursday April 24, 2014 1:30 am|
Behold your benevolent dictated future (oh those hip California trend setters).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:05 pm|
How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi?
|By: spocko Saturday April 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
Daniel Suarez’s book Kill Decision takes on the topic of drones, especially autonomous drones that can make their own decision to kill, with no human in the loop.