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THE FACES OF THOSE WE TORTURED…

September 19th, 2014

CUE BUDDY RYAN…

September 18th, 2014

San Diego unified school district said it was painting its MRAP white and hoping to use the Red Cross symbol on it to assuage community worries, said Ursula Kroemer, a district spokeswoman. The MRAP had been stripped of weapon mounts and turrets and would be outfitted with medical supplies and teddy bears for use in […]

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS NOT OUR PROBLEM…

September 17th, 2014

“Well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them.” This point would seem obvious in light of the fact that terrorist groups have been employing tactics to evade digital surveillance for years. Indeed, such concerns about their use of sophisticated encryption technology predate […]

MORE HATING ON OBMACARE A POLITICAL LOSER…

September 17th, 2014

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HATING ON OBMACARE A POLITICAL LOSER…

September 16th, 2014

For members of Congress like my representative Republican Jim Rencci (OH-16) who put “voted to repeal Obamacare over (sic) 40 times” as his top legislative accomplishment on a recent piece of campaign literature, the above chart is very bad news. What can Renacci say when 74 percent of Republicans with the new coverage report speak […]

OUR MORAL STANDING IN THE WORLD…

September 16th, 2014

Watching the president describing IS Wednesday night, (former U.S. Air Force drone pilot Brandon) Bryant saw the extension of what he now considers an uncountable, global killing machine. “He calls them ‘unique in their brutality,’ but we’ve got prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that haven’t seen the light of fucking day,” Bryant says. “We’ve killed children. […]

THE WAY OUT FROM THE BOSS’ EVERWAR…

September 16th, 2014

POLITICAL PARTY EMERGES IN NEW ZEALAND…

September 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s national election will be held on September 20. Over the last several weeks, Key has been embroiled in a scandal that saw a top minister resign, after independent journalist Nicky Hager published a book, Dirty Politics, documenting ties between Key officials and a right-wing blogger known for attacking public figures and showing that […]

TRACKING, TRACKING, TRRAAACCCCKKKKKING…

September 15th, 2014

Chokepoint from The Intercept on Vimeo. Via Map of the Stars: The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies.

SNOWDEN SPEAKS TO NEW ZEALANDERS…

September 15th, 2014

The GCSB provides mass surveillance data into XKEYSCORE. They also provide access to the communications of millions of New Zealanders to the NSA at facilities such as the GCSB station at Waihopai, and the Prime Minister is personally aware of this fact. Importantly, they do not merely use XKEYSCORE, but also actively and directly develop […]

OUR MOST TERRIFYING WORD: OOPS…!

September 13th, 2014

As an enlisted man in the United States Navy I was directly responsible for the care of eight tactical nuclear missiles. I don’t know how the Air Force handles the mission, but I do know that any of the actions that Oliver mentions would have gotten me expelled from the program in a heart beat. […]

DAN FROOMKIN ON LATEST MARCH TO WAR..

September 12th, 2014

The Congressional Hyperbole Caucus The Almost-Nonexistent Congressional Restraint Caucus News Organizations Finally Realize Obama’s War Plan Is a Hot Mess Was Obama Actually Asking Everyone To Chill?

OUR CONSTITUTION IS NOT A PIECE OF PAPER…

September 12th, 2014

The Congress shall have Power To declare War —Section Article 1, Section 8. The White House says Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give President Barack Obama the legal backing to expand the fight against the Islamic State group without new approval from lawmakers under the 1973 War Powers […]

A BIT OF BRILLIANT SNARK…

September 12th, 2014

WHO IS GETTING RICHEST FROM OUR WARS…?

September 9th, 2014

The U.S. government is paying private contractors billions of dollars to support secretive military units with drones, surveillance technology, and “psychological operations,” according to new research. A detailed report, published last week by the London-based Remote Control Project, shines a light on the murky activities of the U.S. Special Operations Command by analyzing publicly available […]

WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY GOES AROUND BOMBING

September 9th, 2014

What kind of country goes around bombing people with no strategic purpose and with little motive other than to “flex muscles” and “show toughness”? This answer also seems clear: one that is deeply insecure about its ongoing ability to project strength (and one whose elites benefit in terms of power and profit from endless war). […]

HUMAN LIVES ARE NOW OFFICIALLY THEATRE…?

September 9th, 2014

President Obama has started describing his new strategy to confront the Islamic State, and despite it being a mishmash of wishful thinking and perpetual militarism, the focus of the Washington elites in the press and elsewhere has been almost entirely on the optics: Is he overcoming the perception that he wasn’t doing enough? What will […]

FAILING THE AMERICAN PROMISE…

September 6th, 2014

In a lot of ways, we’re worse off today than we were under George W. Bush. Back then, Bush’s extremist assault on civil liberties, human rights and other core American values in the name of fighting terror felt like an aberration. The expectation was that those policies would be quickly reversed, discredited — and explicitly […]

PUTTING ISIS/ISIL IN PERSPECTIVE…

September 5th, 2014

NO WALL BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL…

August 29th, 2014

Via Janine Gibson, Times executive editor Jill Abramson–at a meeting to convince the Guardian to collaborate on certain NSA stories–sent a message: Please tell Glenn Greenwald personally [but not officially or professionally, JH] that I agree with him completely about the fact that we should never have run the claim about China ‘draining’ Snowden’s laptops. […]

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