FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 1:59 pm

Writing about war crimes in an American war fought nearly 50 years ago is a thankless task for a journalist. But it is a subject that is more relevant than ever as the United States gears up for permanent global war in which U.S. troops may be sent to fight simultaneously in several Islamic countries. What really happened in Vietnam holds profound significance for understanding how the U.S. military operates.

That is why Nick Turse’s new book “Kill Anything That Moves” deserves the attention of activists in particular. It is the first real scholarly book on this subject.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sibel Edmonds, Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story – A Memoir

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 1:59 pm

Classified Woman: A Memoir is a stirring book that takes us through the injustice Edmonds has endured starting during the Bush Administration. In her job as a language specialist, she finds out the FBI has been covering up information related to the September 11th attacks. She figures out the FBI has been penetrated by a Turkish translator named Melek Can Dickerson and her husband, who have engaged in illegal transactions that involve shielding potential targets from intelligence operations. She realizes any investigation of Dickerson would “shine a light on major cover-ups initiated by the State Department ” and expose crimes committed by “high-placed US officials.” She feels uneasy but knows she cannot turn back. And so she decides to pursue appropriate channels to let the proper people know all this but is forced to choose between having a career and pursuing accountability.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joshua E. S. Phillips, None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture

By: Saturday February 18, 2012 1:59 pm

The Iraq war isn’t over. For tens of thousands of soldiers returning from the battlefield, it never will be. Some of these men and women will turn to alcohol and drugs to ease their mental injuries; some will end up homeless, unemployed and divorced. Some will commit suicide. Most will be forgotten.

That will be one of the lasting legacies of the nearly nine-year-long conflict.

Fortunately, there are investigative journalists like Joshua Phillips who have taken great pains to preserve the memories of veterans whose lives have been ravaged—and cut short—by the wars.

Government Still Trying to Force Private Prisons in Florida

By: Sunday January 29, 2012 6:45 am

Florida’s politicians really just can’t take a hint. After they failed to force widespread privatization on the state’s prison system, against the wishes of the director of their DOC (but at the behest of companies that spent a million dollars lobbying the legislature), the asshats in the state legislature are back at it, this time with a vengeance. Even the fact that the GEO Group is under FBI investigation over a deal that brought a private prison to the state, and the state’s Circuit Court ruling the initial push unconstitutional, have failed to slow down the push to privatize.

Department of Justice Investigating Standard and Poor’s

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 8:11 am

The United States’ Department of Justice is now investigating the rating agency Standard & Poor’s according to the NYT

FBI Investigating Massey Energy for Bribery

By: Friday April 30, 2010 4:50 pm

It’s criminal investigation week! Not only is the DOJ investigating Goldman Sachs, but the FBI has launched a bribery investigation into Massey Energy, the owner of the Upper Big Branch Mine and a company that regularly condones what amounts to serial murder by negligence.

DOJ Serves Subpoenas in Ensign Sex/Work/Influence Peddling Scandal

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 12:30 pm

The Department of Justice has served subpoenas on six Las Vegas businessmen with ties to Nevada’s favorite GOPlayboy — the guy who put the “fun” in being a fundamentalist Christian, Senator John Ensign.

Cenk Uygur: “Are You Concerned Now, Rahm?”

By: Friday December 25, 2009 11:15 am

Cenk: “On a political level, this is the kind of thing you’ve gotta do to say “you know what, you can’t only appease the right wing. I have to make sure that I appease the right wing and the left wing.” Especially because the left wing elected you, they’re the ones who gave you the votes.

“So if it wiped the smug smile off of Rahm Emanuel’s face, and his dismissive attitude about all the people who voted for Barack Obama, well then it’s a great step in the right direction.”

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