At a speech before some of his richest donors at DreamWorks, President Barack Obama quoted late film critic Roger Ebert to say “kindness covers all of my political beliefs.”
|By: DSWright Friday November 29, 2013 10:10 am|
|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday November 17, 2013 7:05 pm|
In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base, where their catastrophic wounds were surgically treated and their condition stabilized. Then I accompanied some of them by cargo plane to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for more surgeries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC (pronounced Larm-See), the largest American hospital outside the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00 pm|
Lawyers for David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has been reporting on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was in Britain’s High Court for the second day of a hearing.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 6, 2013 11:20 am|
Lawyers for David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald who was detained under a United Kingdom terrorism law back in August and had electronics equipment seized from him, are in Britain’s High Court to argue that detaining him was unlawful and it was a violation of Miranda’s right to target him under the terrorism law.
|By: Leah Bolger Saturday October 19, 2013 1:59 pm|
In War Time we are shown how the Cold War years and the development of the Military-Industrial-Complex moved us into a period (which continues today) of grossly disproportionate spending on the military, permanent infringement on civil rights, and so used to war and militarism that we now accept it as the norm. Terrorism is the new communism and must be defended against at all costs. She also discusses other factors that affect the public’s perceptions of wartime and peacetime, such as the roles of government propaganda, the media, citizen sacrifice, proximity of the conflict, and the number of Americans killed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 15, 2013 2:53 pm|
Millions of users from around the world have had their contact lists from their personal email and instant messaging accounts harvested by the National Security Agency, according to a report from The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani.
The collection “sweeps in the contacts of many Americans,” as two unnamed “senior US intelligence officials” confirmed. That number could be “in the millions or tens of millions.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 14, 2013 6:30 pm|
A Libyan terror suspect kidnapped from Libya in a raid by US special forces on October 5 was transferred from the naval ship, where he was being detained and interrogated, into “law enforcement custody” over the weekend.
The Justice Department indicated in a press release that he was “brought directly to the Southern District of New York, where he has been under indictment for more than a decade.” He was expected to be brought before a judge on October 15.
Al-Liby is suspected of being involved in the bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:23 pm|
The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 21, 2013 9:00 am|
It seems the Almighty has sent a memo to the Republican Caucus of the US House of Representatives, reflecting on their recent vote to cut billions from SNAP.
Shorter God: Let me refresh your memories about my priorities . . .
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 17, 2013 9:15 am|
President Obama, in order to arm Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels, has waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups. Not surprisingly, federal law currently bans giving weapons to terrorists. Though it seems Obama does have the authority to bypass the restriction and he is choosing to do so by arming the Syrian rebels who have links to Al Qaeda, a group still listed as supporting terrorism.