It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:32 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 13, 2013 2:20 pm|
A drone strike by the United States, which targeted a wedding convoy, reportedly killed anywhere from ten to seventeen people and injured as many as thirty individuals.
Most of the people killed were civilians, which makes the attack one of the worst in Yemen since the US began to launch drone strikes there.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 12, 2013 12:32 pm|
Yemeni news media report ten people were killed and more than twelve people in a wedding party were wounded in a drone attack by the United States.
The attack occurred near Radaa in the al-Bayda province of Yemen. It struck a car in a wedding convoy. Some of the killed were alleged to be members of al Qaeda.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 10, 2013 3:33 pm|
Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to “broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized.” Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, during Meshal’s trip in Somalia he was detained without due process and “harshly interrogated” by FBI agents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 5, 2013 5:18 pm|
A significant challenge to the constitutionality of the Department of Homeland Security’s “No Fly” list has been ongoing in San Francisco, California, in a trial before a district court judge this week.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 21, 2013 8:44 am|
At least six people were killed in the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan early in the morning on November 21 when a CIA drone attacked a seminary.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 28, 2013 4:07 pm|
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who has been fervent in defending the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs, has issued a statement condemning NSA spying on allies of the United States, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 17, 2013 9:22 am|
The Washington Post has published a story relying upon more documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which provide a glimpse at how the NSA coordinates with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate “targets.” It featured the first concrete evidence to date that Hassan Ghul, a courier for Osama bin Laden who provided intelligence that helped the CIA locate bin Laden, was killed in a drone strike. Yet, some of the main reactions to the story are troubling because it appears there’s resentment that journalists involved in this story decided to engage in an act of journalism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 25, 2013 1:25 pm|
The speech President Barack Obama delivered at the United Nations General Assembly was a neoconservative foreign policy speech, the kind of speech one might have heard President George W. Bush deliver in the midst of the Iraq War to defend decisions made by those ruling America.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 16, 2013 4:02 pm|
A federal judge ruled last week that the United States government did not have to release images or videos of interrogations of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, who a convening authority for military commissions previously conceded had been tortured.