Nick Turse: Secret Wars and Black Ops Blowback

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 7:08 pm

These days, when I check out the latest news on Washington’s global war-making, I regularly find at least one story that fits a new category in my mind that I call: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

 

The United States Is Fighting How Many Wars?

By: Monday May 6, 2013 4:07 pm

With neoconservatives and neoliberals amplifying calls for US military intervention in Syria, it is worthwhile to take a moment and consider all the places in the world, where the US currently has forces engaged in daily operations.

Secrecy, the reality that a substantial portion of US military or espionage operations with troops are likely happening covertly, may mean it is impossible to truly get a complete picture of where America is projecting power and targeting and killing people. But, Linda J. Bilmes and Michael D. Intriligator, ask in a recent paper, “How many wars is the US fighting today?”

Lessons on Protecting Civilians in Afghanistan: Failure or Sham?

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 4:45 pm

Despite a steady stream of warm, fuzzy stories about General Stanley McChrystal insisting that his COIN strategy is all about protecting civilians and that he spends a good portion of his time imparting this wisdom on the topic to troops, pointless killings of civilians continue.

Is DOD “Losing” Videos of Its Special Ops Missions?

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 11:50 am

DOD now says it can’t find its own copy of the video.

Roger Aldrich, the Al Qaeda Manual, and the Origins of Mitchell-Jessen

By: Sunday August 16, 2009 4:00 pm

In parts one and two of this series on the origins of the SERE torture program, we examined how unlikely it was that James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, relying on entrepreneurial guile and chutzpah alone, convinced a passive Pentagon and CIA, eager to find some way to get terror intelligence, to buy into their “learned helplessness” interrogation paradigm.

FDL Exclusive: SERE Psychologists Still Used in Special Ops Interrogations and Detention

By: Tuesday July 21, 2009 5:00 pm

An extraordinary piece of information lies buried in a June 15, 2009 Air Force Special Operations Command Instruction (48-101) on “Aeromedical Special Operations.” The document ostensibly “establishes Mission Qualification and Mission Ready clinical medical training requirements for AFSOC operational medical personnel,” and notes “compliance with this publication is mandatory.”

While the the Instruction appears to apply to U.S.

“Targets of Opportunity”: Corruption, Contractors, and the Origins of the SERE Torture Program

By: Sunday June 14, 2009 4:08 pm

Leon Panetta’s latest filing in the ACLU FOIA lawsuit had this curious revelation:

Officials of the National Security Council (NSC) determined it… essential to limit access to the information in the program. NSC officials established a special access program governing access to information relating to the CIA terrorist detention and interrogation program….

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