MENA Mashup: Egypt, the I/P Peace Farce, Iran, and Iraqi Drones?

By: Friday August 16, 2013 7:00 pm

Now, besides McCain and Graham demanding a halt, it seems Leahy is also calling for cuts…\

Apple Helps DoD Keep iPhone Customers Ignorant About Drone Strike Deaths

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 10:58 am

Everyone with an iPhone knows there are apps out there that are ugly, poorly designed and just plain don’t work. But according to FDL alum Spencer Ackerman, Apple is applying a new standard of excellence to an app that tells you when people are killed by drones.

US Officials Again Nudge Iraq to Allow Extended Military Presence

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 11:36 am

James Jeffrey, the new US Ambassador to Iraq, told reporters that the US would consider a request to keep troops in Iraq beyond the December 2011 deadline for withdrawal. He added that, if the United States does stay, the Iraqis would have to help with security of the troops on the bases. The only thing missing from this transaction is any actual request from the Iraqi government.

Could Durham’s CIA “Investigation” Lead to Understanding Migration of Torture Techniques?

By: Friday July 1, 2011 11:30 am

The announcement of John Durham’s decision to investigate two CIA detainee murders prompts a reexamination at how the different torture techniques were developed, and how they were propagated across governmental institutional boundaries between the Department of Defense and the CIA. If the press did their job, perhaps we could get a better picture of how torture was implemented, who was responsible, leading the public to demand the accountability that otherwise, without significant public outcry, is not going to happen.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tony Shaffer, Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and The Path to Victory

By: Saturday November 20, 2010 1:59 pm

When people who’ve worked in sensitive intelligence positions want to write their memoirs, they typically submit their manuscripts to their parent agency; there’s a back-and-forth about what can be revealed; it’s resolved; and the book goes to the printer. For Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer — and someone in the rare position of being both an operations guy and an analyst — something different happened. The Pentagon bought the entire 10,000-copy first printing of Shaffer’s memoir, Operation Dark Heart, and destroyed it.

Obama Playing Games With Afghanistan War

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 5:15 pm

We all know how 11 dimensional chess works: President Obama claims he supports something easily acceptable and mainstream, like removing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or closing the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay. His plan for doing so however, involves an ethereal, un-named bill making its way through both the House and Senate, which have almost [...]

Afghanistan: Hearts and Minds and Blood and Anger

By: Friday August 27, 2010 4:25 pm

War is not politics, it is violence – murder – on an enormous scale. It does not lead to democracy, security, or good governance, it leads to anger, humiliation, and above all else, more violence.

Carol Rosenberg, Adjectives, and the Media at Gitmo

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 9:00 am

Nouns give an essay substance, and verbs give it motion. Adjectives transform it from black and white into color.

Consider Carol Rosenberg’s comments on the rules at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Like Ansel Adams, she works with black and white, giving us a picture of the administration of justice, such as it is, at Gitmo. Even if she doesn’t use adjectives, they come through on their own. Words like “silly” and “vengeful” and “clueless.”

Holder and Gates give the US a black eye with the way Gitmo represents our system of justice to the world. Rosenberg, on the other hand, does the constitution proud.

DOD Kicks Out Guantanamo Reporters for Using Publicly Available Information

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 3:05 pm

The government is banning journalists for using a name they’ve used in reports in the past, a name that is publicly known. Is this an attempt to prevent the public from making the connection between two Afghans who died in 2002 and Khadr’s treatment? And/or just an attempt to intimidate the press so the people who know the most about the Gitmo show trials (and particularly Khadr) don’t bring that knowledge to bear on their reporting?

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