That’s What Friends Are For: Israel Spied on U.S. Talks with Iran

By: Wednesday March 25, 2015 1:00 pm

So U.S. counter-surveillance gets whooped by Israel, who then uses information gathered on Iran nuclear talks so that Netanyahu can try and convince Congress to torpedo Obama’s negotiations with Iran so that Israel can remain America’s bestie in the Middle East and shove Iran off to the side like a B-level Kardashian. And some people [...]

 

‘Library of Horrors’: Photos, Videos Show Grisly War Crimes by US-Trained Iraqi Military Units

By: Wednesday March 11, 2015 5:00 pm

ABC News has posted a report on photos and videos showing soldiers from Iraq’s elite military units committing gruesome acts, including the torture and execution of detainees. Units implicated are the very units the United States helped to train from 2003 to 2011. The individuals appear to be from Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Forces and the Interior [...]

Body Blows Against the First Amendment

By: Friday March 6, 2015 12:35 pm

Two recent cases show the contempt with which our government, at the federal and state levels, views the First Amendment. First Amendment Semi-Win After Military Police Harass, Sexually Threaten Journalist A very basic tenet of our democracy is that a free press exists to report to The People on the actions of their government, and [...]

What Role Did Chicago Police Detective Deployed to Guantanamo Play in Renditions?

By: Wednesday March 4, 2015 11:00 am

If one did not know who Richard Zuley was from reporter Jess Bravin’s account, or from my article linking Zuley, the interrogation leader in the torture of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, with a history of alleged Chicago police frame-up and coerced confessions (reported at The Dissenter last November), the splash of notoriety from a recent series [...]

ISIS Derangement Syndrome

By: Sunday March 1, 2015 3:00 pm

Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom in the middle of the world’s [...]

U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars

By: Monday February 23, 2015 1:05 pm

“Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie as part of a lying culture that has internalized and normalized lying to the point [...]

The Seduction of Brian Williams: Embedded with the Military

By: Wednesday February 11, 2015 9:00 am

Brian Williams was seduced. He is a liar of course, someone who did not tell the truth no matter the reason or excuse, a bad trait for a journalist. Williams lied about being RPG’ed in a helicopter over Iraq; he did not see any variant of what you can see in the photo above. And [...]

U.S. Says Details of Aid to Afghan Army Now a Secret, from Americans at Least

By: Tuesday February 3, 2015 9:00 am

The U.S. military decided it will no longer release facts and figures about America’s costly effort to assist Afghan security forces. (As this goes online, the military has announced, having been called out, that it is backtracking on parts of the classification) Information that has been made public for the past 12 years is now [...]

Rory Fanning: Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?

By: Monday October 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone resting on a chrome-colored plastic table a few feet from a barista brewing a vanilla latte. A cold October rain fell outside. A friend of mine grabbed the issue and began flipping through it. Knowing that I was a veteran, he said, “Hey, did you see this?” pointing to a news story that seemed more like an ad. It read in part:

“This Veterans Day, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Dave Grohl, and Metallica will be among numerous artists who will head to the National Mall in Washington D.C. on November 11th for ‘The Concert For Valor,’ an all-star event that will pay tribute to armed services.”

“Concert For Valor? That sounds like something the North Korean government would organize,” I said as I typed Concertforvalor.com into my MacBook Pro looking for more information…

William Astore: America’s Hollow Foreign Legions

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 3:21 pm

In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks from the militants of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), abandoning four major cities to that extremist movement. The collapse drew much notice in our media, but not much in the way of sustained analysis of the American role in it. To put it bluntly, when confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military, American-trained and -armed, discarded its weapons and equipment, cast its uniforms aside, and melted back into the populace. What this behavior couldn’t have made clearer was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army, much-touted and funded to the tune of $25 billion over the 10 years of the American occupation ($60 billion if you include other reconstruction costs), had failed miserably.

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