The Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIS) has renamed itself the “Islamic State” and claims to have established a caliphate in parts of what are still recognized as Syria and Iraq under international law. The Islamic State says they expect all Muslims to recognize and respect their authority. The consequence for not accepting said authority is death.
|By: Elliott Thursday May 15, 2014 12:02 pm|
We are most definitely not the same country. Osama bin Laden won the minute Dick Cheney pissed his pants on the way to the bunker.
|By: DSWright Thursday February 27, 2014 7:02 am|
Lee Hamilton, a co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, said the information from the FBI about a mole was never disclosed to the commission. The FBI responded by saying it had disclosed “all relevant information.”
|By: Toby Blome Sunday January 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
Lloyd Gardner’s new book is an in depth historical analysis of President Obama’s foreign policy during his first 5 years in public office. In 2008, many Americans had deep trust that President Obama was going to bring significant change into the White House and guide our country to a place of more “rightful” and lawful foreign policy strategies by putting an end to torture, drawing down the illegal Iraq War, and closing down Guantanamo prison. President Obama promised the American public more transparency and accountability, and adherence to the rule of law, without “looking back”.
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 5, 2013 10:30 am|
No one seems to have a valid explanation as to why the US and NATO are killing people in Afghanistan currently. The only explanation given for anything related to US military action in Afghanistan is the alleged need to keep the killing machine going for fear that Al Qaeda will retake the country and use it as a base, maybe.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 7, 2013 9:25 am|
Filmmakers behind the Oscar-nominated film, Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the hunt for Osama bin Laden that ended in his execution, were known to have communicated with the CIA multiple times during production. Now, according to a declassified memo obtained by Gawker, it appears the CIA successfully convinced screenwriter Mark Boal to censor and rewrite certain scenes in the film that the CIA did not think presented the agency appropriately .
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 2, 2013 2:55 pm|
It is sometimes hard to get across how incredibly fringe opposition to marriage equality is among the Millennials. Thankfully, Public Policy Polling’s new “conspiracy theory” poll provides a surprisingly useful point of comparison.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 27, 2013 10:45 am|
The soldier the United States military is prosecuting for releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning, faces twenty-two charges. The most significant charge, which carries the potential of life in prison without parole if he is convicted, is the “aiding the enemy” charge.
Military prosecutors would like to present evidence that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden received the information Manning allegedly released. On January 9, 2012, the government indicated to Judge Army Col. Denise Lind that it had “digital media found during the UBL raid.” There was a “letter from UBL to Al Qaeda requesting a member gather [Defense Department] information.” A response to that letter had CIDNE reports—war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan—and State Department cables attached. Bin Laden had these in his possession “at the time of the raid.”
|By: DSWright Monday February 11, 2013 8:00 am|
During his confirmation hearing CIA Director nominee John Brennan was asked what role the Enhanced Interrogation/Torture Program had in finding the location of Osama Bin Laden. The question was raised due to numerous Bush Administration officials publicly claiming that torture yielded the information that was vital in planning the Osama Bin Laden raid.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 13, 2013 11:30 am|
The Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty depicting the hunt for Osama bin Laden opened everywhere in the United States this weekend. Coincidentally, the date it opened was also the eleventh year anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Much has been written about the film throughout the past month, particularly how it shows torture helped the US government obtain the information necessary for eventually finding Bin Laden. Less has been written about the vigilantism of the film.