US intelligence agencies have officially described the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 that killed four Americans as a planned terrorist attack carried out by militants friendly to Al Qaeda. That’s distinct from it being an Al Qaeda attack, though the decentralized (and also battered) nature of the organization means that such a thing doesn’t exist anymore.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 28, 2012 6:46 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 20, 2012 6:00 am|
A former Director of Public Prosecutions in the United Kingdom was recently interviewed by The Times (UK) where he called upon the British government to reveal its involvement in supporting the US drone war in Pakistan.
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 15, 2012 1:00 pm|
As we learn more about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, it becomes harder and harder to ignore the probability that the militants involved were retaliating for a drone strike that took out a top al-Qaeda leader who happened to be Libyan.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 14, 2012 11:00 am|
The Obama Administration’s war on whistleblowers has been well-documented by Kevin Gozstola and others. Now, McClatchy has the tale of a similar muzzling of whistleblowers at the National Reconnaissance Office, which handles the nation’s spy satellites.
|By: TheCallUp Friday August 10, 2012 7:15 pm|
Since September 11, 2001, discerning Americans have watched in dismay as their government has stripped away their most basic freedoms, and continues to mutate into something resembling a police state.
Wait til you meet Trapwire.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 25, 2012 6:34 pm|
The Senate Intelligence Committee passed an intelligence authorization bill yesterday that is likely to have adverse effects on whistleblowers and the media trying to cover national security matters. The legislation, according to committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein, would fund measures to “counter terrorist threats, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, enhance counterintelligence, conduct covert actions and collect and analyze intelligence around the globe.”
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 29, 2012 2:10 pm|
There’s a lot that can be said about the NYT article on the Administration drone program, especially by Glenn Greenwald. The Administration has minimized admitted civilian casualties by changing semantics, using the term militants to refer to all adult males within a particular kill zone. And Marcy Wheeler adds that John Brennan has been proven as a liar through this article on the subject of civilian casualties. I want to focus on the incredible context of secrecy for this article.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 23, 2012 7:10 pm|
You can pretty well judge priorities in Washington simply by a matter of speed. If issues sit out there forever without being addressed, the political powers that be don’t really care about them. If they get attended to right away, they must have a certain importance attached. And this isn’t about lip service, but follow-through. Two items exemplify this today.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 7, 2012 12:00 pm|
Last week the President announced in a surprise visit to Afghanistan that the US signed a long-term agreement with the country that would more or less keep an American presence there for an indefinite period. And now we have an embarrassing admission, a bipartisan agreement from the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, that the surge in Afghanistan, if its mission was to stop the advance of the Taliban in the country, completely failed its objectives.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 21, 2012 1:59 pm|
On Tuesday, I will return to Fort Meade, Maryland, where court martial proceedings against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, resume. The focus of those proceedings will involve an effort by David Coombs, Manning’s defense lawyer, to have an “aiding the enemy” charge dismissed. This is one of the more egregious charges Manning faces and is based on the contention by the government that Manning knowingly provided “intelligence” to al Qaeda and other related terrorist groups indirectly when he allegedly released information to WikiLeaks.