Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am|
|By: Juan Cole Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm|
Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.
In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday June 16, 2014 7:48 am|
America’s wars in the Middle East exist in a hallucinatory space that imagines Blue Forces fighting Red Forces, Saving Private Ryan but with more sand. Instead, in Iraq right now, there are multiple layers of war going on. For those who like to look ahead a bit, you may feel free to substitute “Syria” for “Iraq” in the rest of this article. Most of this also applies to Libya, Afghanistan and pretty much the rest of the post-9/11 conflicts.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 12, 2014 9:33 am|
There had not been a drone strike in Pakistan since December of last year. The pause was reportedly to make it easier for the Pakistani government to conduct peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. But in a period of twenty-four hours two drone strikes were launched by the CIA, and the strikes are likely to intensify in the coming days.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday June 4, 2014 8:00 am|
It was almost as if Obama was ashamed of what he did. Likely, he is. And it’s all because of Guantanamo.
|By: DSWright Tuesday May 20, 2014 6:44 am|
After the Bin Laden raid Afridi was arrested and admitted to his role in the fake vaccination operation saying he was introduced to CIA operatives by an employee of Save The Children. As a result of the CIA vaccination op dozens of public health workers have been killed due to suspicion of being spies and a polio outbreak has occurred from the people in Pakistan being wary in submitting to vaccination programs for fear the programs have some ulterior motive.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 18, 2014 3:22 pm|
The National Security Agency has developed a system of surveillance that allows it to collect all of a country’s telephone calls. The capability envelops this nation’s entire telephone network and collects the content of conversations, many which are from Americans who “telephone, visit and work in the target country,” according to The Washington Post.
The report comes from Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani and revelations on this top secret surveillance program come from documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 14, 2014 7:45 am|
A drone victim, journalist and activist who has spoken out against drone strikes in Pakistan, who was abducted from his home over one week ago, has been released.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:58 pm|
A drone victim, journalist and activist who has spoken out against drone strikes in Pakistan was kidnapped by fifteen to twenty men in the early hours of February 5. He is missing and a judge in Pakistan has ordered the Pakistani intelligence services to produce him by February 20.
Kareem Khan has been pushing a legal case against the CIA and Pakistan government, seeking to hold them accountable for the killing of his son and brother in December 2009.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 19, 2014 4:00 pm|
The feature documentary centers on The Edhi Home and Ambulance Foundation in Pakistan, a highly respected philanthropic organization in Pakistan and part of a social welfare system pioneered by Abdul Sattar Edhi, sometimes called “Father Teresa of Pakistan.” Edhi has spent decades helping unwanted or runaway children.