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: DSWright Tuesday November 5, 2013 10:30 am|
|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.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 11, 2012 8:50 am|
Today is the day in our quadrennial orgy of political campaigning where the two sides lay down their arms and grow silent in commemoration of 9/11. Ads get pulled, candidates lay wreaths, the military gets praised. Therefore, it took serious guts for the New York Times to publish an op-ed from Kurt Eichenwald, based on his reporting for a book called “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars,” which shows the extent to which the Bush Administration simply ignored warnings about an impending attack from Al Qaeda.
|By: Allison Hantschel Monday August 13, 2012 8:00 pm|
How dare you use the killing of Bin Laden to point out that Bin Laden was killed? DON’T YOU KNOW IT MAKES OBAMA LOOK GOOD??1!
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 24, 2012 10:30 am|
At a speech today before the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attack the President for intelligence leaks designed to bolster the Administration’s foreign policy record. But his choice of leaks to criticize is baffling.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 5, 2012 11:00 am|
Coverage of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s killing has been a prime example of American establishment journalism, a public relations operation designed to validate all the activities of the national security state and the military industrial-complex in the past year. This operation has been bolstered by the official release of documents found in bin Laden’s residence by the SEALs team that raided the compound in May 2011.