Late Night: The New Pearl Harbor

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00 pm

“Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.” -Lynda Barry

This thought has been haunting me lately as we approached the 13th anniversary of The Day That Changed Everything (for the worse).

The stark images from the day itself, so overplayed yet ambiguous, seem insignificant now compared to what followed, which is so much more dreadful than anything I could have imagined at the time.

 

Army Finds No Evidence of Misconduct by Bowe Bergdahl During Captivity

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 6:50 am

Though cleared of misconduct during captivity, the investigation into whether Bergdahl deserted his unit before he was captured is ongoing.

The investigation is expected to take longer than usual due to Bergdahl’s recovery process and inability to be interviewed by investigators at this time.

Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Controversey Dominates Washington

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:46 am

The unrest surrounding the Obama Administration’s decision to exchange five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl has knocked every other controversy off the front page, including the VA backlog scandal. Instead, the DC commentariat and politicians desperate for camera time have been flipping and flopping to either condemn President Obama or defend him.

And Gitmo Becomes Even More Kafkaesque

By: Monday June 2, 2014 8:55 am

The people the prison was designed to hold are being released while the people who should never have been brought in are still trapped behind bars.

I can only wonder what those cleared to release years ago were thinking when they watched these five individual leave. Ironically, maybe if they were more important they would be out by now.

Prisoner Swap Of American POW For Taliban Gitmo Detainees Causes Controversy

By: Monday June 2, 2014 6:56 am

On Saturday Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban as part of a deal that saw five detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility released in exchange. Bergdahl was captured by Taliban fighters in 2009 under disputed circumstances – he claims he fell behind on a patrol, the Taliban claimed he was drunk, and others in his unit claim he was a deserter.

Late Night: We’re Exceptional, All Right

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 8:00 pm

So it turns out that Michele Bachmann was right all along, but as usual, not in the way she intended. America is exceptional; just like say, Saudi Arabia is.

Guantanamo Hunger Strikes Now Called ‘Long Term Non-Religious Fasts’

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 9:41 am

According to a new report from Vice officials at the Guantanamo Bay “enhanced interrogation” camp have relabeled hunger strikes as “long term non-religious fasts.” They have even, according to documents released under a FOIA lawsuit, couched the hunger strikes in the benign language of managing weight loss.

The CIA’s Memory Prison

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 3:30 pm

The memory hole is deep at Guantánamo Bay.

Its gaping maw has swallowed international law, the lives of hundreds of detainees and the moral consequences of torture.

And now it has quite literally swallowed the memories of five men currently engaged in a prolonged pre-trial process at the infamous prison. They are the defendants charged with the criminal conspiracy leading to the attacks of 9/11, including the alleged “mastermind” behind the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

The Fifth Estate and Mediastan

By: Saturday October 19, 2013 7:52 am

Props to the filmmakers for showing the Collateral Murder video and reminding people of that and of what Private Manning risked in order to release the video and subsequent documents.

Late Night: The Wild West

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 8:00 pm

I’ve made a few bad calls in my time, like when I told a client not to buy a place in the industrial, brewery-scented backwater that was soon to become the tony “Pearl District,” but by far the most consequential was my misreading of how Americans would react to George W. Bush’s launching the return of Frontier Justice. I know I wasn’t alone, because even the long-suffering Laura visibly grimaced the first time he trotted out “Dead or Alive,” but then something odd happened. We, the People, ate it up. With relish.

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