Amidst all the talk about Amazon’s plan to use drones to deliver books and packages, and all the furor over NSA spying on your emails, and peeking at online video games to discover hidden communications between players, there now appears on network television, a VISA ad designed to catch the attention of football fans that features a chase scene. This time around it is not your ordinary car chase, however, but a drone zeroing in on an individual in street clothes dashing across a semi-arid landscape.
|By: CTuttle Saturday November 2, 2013 5:00 pm|
Hearts and Mind’ campaign in the MENA.
|By: GREYDOG Wednesday August 14, 2013 7:12 pm|
Representative democracies and autocratic dictatorships respond to profound internal crises in very distinctive ways: the former attempts to reason with citizens, explaining the causes, consequences and alternatives; dictatorships attempt to terrorize, intimidate and distract the public by evoking bogus external threats, to perpetuate and justify rule by police state methods and avoid facing up to the self-inflicted crises.
|By: DSWright Thursday May 23, 2013 2:59 pm|
American Citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen solely on the authority of President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki never received a trial, was never indicted, nor given any opportunity to address the allegations against him. But today during President Obama’s extensive terrorism speech Mr. Al-Awlaki finally received his trial, a show trial.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday May 10, 2011 12:30 pm|
Used to be, when you vanquished your enemy, you declared victory and went home.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday May 6, 2011 9:45 am|
If you have not read 1984 and don’t want to hear about the ending. . . or if you don’t want to feel anything but elated over the killing of Osama bin Laden. . . then maybe you want to skip this one.
|By: emptywheel Friday May 6, 2011 7:25 am|
National Journal has a fascinating article comparing the cost-benefit of the war against al Qaeda with that of other wars. It puts the cost of the war at $3 trillion–less than just the defense costs of World War II. But it didn’t bring the same kind of return.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday December 25, 2010 10:30 am|
The latest National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan has inspired me to write a modern parable for the season.
|By: Jim White Thursday November 4, 2010 7:50 am|
In a remarkable article in Thursday’s New York Times, we find a very interesting analysis of some of the forces at play in Yemen, where the United States has decided that its largest al Qaeda threat now resides. According to the Times article, Yemenis take reports of al Qaeda presence with a sizable dose of skepticism, ascribing much of the internal violence as a mixture of secessionist movements and the “business” of terrorism, where groups first foment violence and then take government money in return for making it stop.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday October 26, 2010 9:49 am|
The government is just writing its own novel about Gitmo detainees and the war on terror now.