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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from November 2001
Press Harder on Afghanistan
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
At at time when U.S. journalists could hardly have fallen in line more quickly and completely with government officials, it’s ironic that the most common criticism of the news media has been that they have “gone negative” and been too critical in...
Preventing Future Terrorism
Harry Browne It Is Time For President Bush To Stop The Cheer-leading And Speak The Truth.
It is time for President Bush to stop the cheer-leading and speak the truth. He said last Thursday, “This great nation will never be intimidated. . . . Life in America is going forward.” Who is he trying to kid? Last Friday at Los Angeles airport...
The Great Unificator
David Vest
After floating the idea that Bill Clinton may have been a KGB agent while studying abroad, charging him with the murder of Vince Foster, hounding him through the swamps of Whitewater, all without result, and impeaching him for lying about sex with an intern, only to see...
Tenth Anniversary of Massacre Prompts Calls for Justice for East Timor
CounterPunch Wire
On the tenth anniversary of the Santa Cruz Massacre in East Timor, the East Timor Action Network (ETAN) called for justice for its victims and the many others harmed by since Indonesia’s invasion and occupation of the territory in 1975. The 1991 massacre —...
Veterans Day, 2001
Peter P. Mahoney
November 11. Most people would probably think of this date as the two-month anniversary of “the day that changed everything”. It is also Veterans Day. It used to be called Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I, the “war to end all war...
Expanding NATO Is a Bad Idea
Rep. Ron Paul
America’s founders, having survived a violent and protracted struggle to break away from England, shared a belief that their fledgling nation should be free from foreign entanglements. Thomas Jefferson’s well-known quote- “Peace, commerce, and ho...
My Day at the Airport
Nancy Oden
On Thursday, November 1, 2001, I left my farmhouse on the North Coast of Maine, where I’m an organic grower, and headed for the Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine. I was dressed conservatively in a long, brown skirt with a matching jacket and turt...
Goodbye to Patriotism
Robert Jensen
This summer I wrote a book review for an academic journal — one of those terribly important pieces of writing that will be read by tens and tens of people, some of them actually people outside my own family. The book is about the history of governmental rest...
The Field of Battle
Robin Blackburn
It is inherent in the concept of a terrorist act that it aims at an effect very much larger than the direct physical destruction it causes. Proponents of what used to be called the ‘propaganda of the deed’ also believed that in the illuminating glare of terror...
Backstabbing Nancy Oden
Bruce Kyle
Bangor Daily News There are two things you need to know about Nancy Oden. She always laughs. She never gives an inch. I’ve known those things for more than a dozen years. So when the story broke last week that someone had been rousted out of B...
Torture By Proxy
Karen L. Snell The Recorder
To the French, Kenneth Starr is known as the “Ayatollah sexuelle,” but after his recent comments in The Washington Post suggesting that we should cast aside traditional civil liberties in the fight against terrorism, just plain “Ayatollah” seems mo...
The Wide World of Torture
Alexander Cockburn
Open the November 5 edition of Newsweek and here’s Jonathan Alter, munching coyly on the week’s hot topic, namely the propriety of the FBI torturing obdurate September 11 suspects in the Bureau’s custody here in the United States. Alter says no t...
A New Kind of Activism
John Troyer
Last Friday night, a good friend of mine and I were discussing the efficacy of violent property damage as a viable form of civil protest. The discussion began with the trial of Sarah Jane Olsen in Los Angeles and the work of the Symbionese Liberation Army during t...
La Jornada Interview
La Jornada
Q.: How would you characterize the current conflict? Is it a “clash of civilizations”, a “New Holy War”, a national liberation struggle, a conflict between the Arab oil elite and the dollar elite, or none of the above? Tariq Ali: No...
Seeking Opposition to the War
Grover Furr
I. The elephant in the living room How do you hide an elephant in your living room? You can’t hide it. So, you pretend it’s not there. If you’re the American news media. Where’s the elephant? In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded A...
The Cipro Rip Off
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Confronted with the prospect of bioterrorism on a massive scale, the Bush administration and the pharmaceutical industry have colluded to protect patent monopolies rather than the public health. When the anthrax scare first hit, Cipro was understood to be t...
Footnotes
Douglas Valentine
Footnotes 1 Does Thornberg’s statement, which sounds so much like Sen. Bob Kerrey’s recent confession about his unpunished massacre of civilians inVietnam, for which he fradulently accepted a gold star, mean that America already does, as a matter of ...
The Turning Point
Douglas Valentine
The take-over of the American Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979 propelled Howard Bane and the Office on Terrorism into the limelight. Twenty-one years later, the CIA is still reeling from the event, which saw all its files fall into enemy hands, and every one of its ag...
The Counter-Terror Network
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The CIA’s counter-terror network, as established by William Casey, was a direct descendant of the counter-intelligence special operations unit, CHAOS, formed by James Angleton in August 1967, specifically to spy on the New Left and other radical political groups...
Phoenix, Chaos, The Enterprise, and The Politics of Terror In America
Douglas Valentine
Prior to the 11 September terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, two conditions defined American politics. In regard to foreign affairs, the United States was universally recognized as the world’s only super power. And today that condition remain...
Screwing the Greens?
Mitchel Cohen
For the last few days, a letter written by Walt Sheasby of California has been making the rounds in which the author discounts and seeks to discredit the ordeal faced by Green Party USA co-coordinator Nancy Oden at the Bangor Maine International airport. A press r...
Phoenix And The Anatomy Of Terror
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Ledeen is seriously proposing that the Bush Administration conduct a counter-terror campaign against its political opposition in America, through its nascent domestic political police force, the OHS. But this impending attack has yet to begin, and there is still time ...
The Last Decade
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Michael Ledeen, who was forced from the Reagan Administration after the Iran arms fiasco became public, described George Bush in the 20 August 1987 Boston Globe as “the most powerful man” in America.” And after his election, Bush tried his hardest to pro...
Chaos And Political Terrorism In America
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The similarities between the Phoenix Program and the OHS are obvious, and with its computerized database of terrorist suspects, Phoenix is certainly the organizational model for an OHS-style counter-terror program based on “intelligence coordination and exploitation...
Anti-War School Girl Gets Boot
Michael Colby
Civil liberties are often the first casualties of war, just ask the 15-year old sophomore from Charleston, West Virginia who wanted to start a high school club that opposed the U.S. war on Afghanistan. Katie Sierra, a self-described anarchist, not only wanted to s...
The Terrorism Account Goes Underground
Douglas Valentine
As noted earlier, terrorism and counter-terrorism are the same thing, and as Michael McClintock notes in Instruments of Statecraft, CIA instructors in the early 1970s “trained students in making criminal terrorist devices and in assassination methods.” A four-...
Placebo Peace Initiative
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
The new Israeli “peace initiative” drafted by Israel’s Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is no more than a placebo for internal Israeli consumption and consumption by the US and Europe in response to t...
Greens, Airports and ID Cards
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Oden’s an organic farmer who lives in Jonesboro, Maine. She’s also an organizer for the Green Party USA. She was on her way to Chicago for a Green Party convention, got hassled by a National Guardsman at Bangor airport and finally told she couldn’t board...
Lions and Tigers and Bombs
Steve Perry
A while ago I wrote about the Fourth Generation Warfare scenarios now contemplated at the Pentagon and in the highest reaches of the Bush administration. Basically they envisage a war of mutual terror in which offensives on both sides ar...
Paying Back Big Energy Evil-Doers
Tom Turnipseed
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a “trickle-down” economic stimulus package on a party-line vote that is now on the Senate’s agenda for consideration. The contentious issues boil down to a classical haves vs...
Direct Democracy
Evan Ravitz
On April 4, 1967, exactly a year before he was assassinated, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King summed up what many feel provoked the September 11 attacks: “the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet -my own government.” But we should not...
US Campaign Against Afghanistan Not Self-Defense Under International Law
Brian J. Foley
On September 11, terrorists killed thousands of Americans and left millions fearful of further attacks. The attacks are widely believed to have come from a terrorist network based in Afghanistan. On October 7, the United States launched a military offensive agains...
Underwriting the Taliban
Rep. Ron Paul
Even before September 11th, most Americans were well aware of the hostility that many Middle Eastern nations have for the U.S. Our experiences with Iran, Libya, Iraq, and now Afghanistan have understandably soured many Americans on the entire region. Indeed, the m...
The General Who Came to Dinner
Tariq Ali
General Musharraf’s coming to dinner, Is he a loser or is he a winner? The White House kitchen is all a flutter, Condee Rice with melted butter? The Secretary of State is called for advice, The General, he says, is incredibly nice Enjoys a drink, is h...
Scott Nearing on War
Shepherd Bliss
Scott Nearing is best known for a book he wrote with his wife Helen, Living the Good Life: Ho...
That Red Cross Money Going?
Mark Scaramella
Over $1.2 billion has been generously donated via the various large donation programs that were set up by the big charities in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the East Coast. But is the money really going to help the victims, their families and the rescue workers?...
Instead of Terror
C.G. Estabrook
Last week in this space I argued that the US should have employed the resources of international law to pursue the perpetrators of the September 11 horrors — rightly termed by Noam Chomsky “probably the most devastating in...
Terrorists Who Torture and Kill for Us
C.G. Estabrook
What sort of moral monsters would crash airplanes into buildings and kill thousands of innocent people? Were they the same sort of moral monsters as those whose actions now may produce the death from starvation of perhaps three or four million people over the next...
Give Me Civil Liberties or Give Me Death!
Dr. Susan Block
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin Maybe you’ve heard about the so-called Patriot Act of 2001, maybe you haven...
Life in the Minefields
Patrick Cockburn
in Faizabad The Independent We had just driven through the village of Jorm, a huddle of mud-brick houses surrounded by trees in an upland valley in northern Afghanistan, when we saw about fifty people running towards us in a sort of bewildered panic. As th...
The US’s Stalled Out War
Steve Perry
What’s a few (hundred) thousand Afghans? I was a little taken aback to find that my recent column on the food situation in Afghanistan generated an unprecedented volume of hate mail. Interestingly enough no one contested the notion that countless Afghan civil...
The Memphis Blues Again
Daniel Wolff
The singer is Big Maybelle; the man in the sparkly suit, Rufus Thomas. The place: a jook joint somewhere around Memphis. The photographer: Ernest C. Withers. Big Maybelle had a hit with “Gabbin Blues” in 1953, around when this picture was made. Thomas was ...
Who Me? Yeah, You
Dave Marsh
Maybe when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) hires new employees-millionaire former Congressional stooges like lobbyist Mitch Glazier or mealy-mouthed PR flacks or even receptionists-they learn a theme song. The Coasters’ “Charlie Br...
Terror and Indigenous Peoples
David Price
When President Bush declared war on terrorism with his neo-McCarthyistic threat to the world that “you are either with us, or with the terrorists” he struck a chord with many frightened Americans, but other peoples around the world heard other importan...
A War on Civilians?
Mark Weisbrot
President Bush has declared a “war on terror,” and political leaders such as House minority leader Dick Gephardt insist that “this is not a strike against the people of Afghanistan.” But the evidence is accumulating that our current ...
Green Party USA Coordinator Detained at Airport; Prevented by Armed Military Personnel from Flying to Political Meeting in Chicago
CounterPunch Wire
Armed government agents grabbed Nancy Oden, Green Party USA coordinating committee member, Thursday at Bangor International Airport in Bangor Maine, as she attempted to board an American Airlines flight to Chicago. “An official told me that my name had been f...
Free Speech During Wartime
Robert Jensen
[A talk to University of Texas teach-in on war and civil liberties, November 1, 2001] It might seem strange, given my involvement in antiwar work at a time when most people support the war, that I would title a talk “Against Dissent.” How could I be aga...
Interview of Nancy Oden
Declan McCullagh
(Ed. Note: Nancy Oden is a top U.S. Green Party official and a member of the party’s coordinating committee. An organic farmer, peace activist, and all-around firebrand, she lives in Jonesboro, Maine.) “Just a few weeks ago I had a piece in ...
Dying for Patents
Dean Baker
Over the centuries, people have sacrificed their lives for many reasons — love of country, devotion to their faith, or commitment to a political ideology — but now people are being asked to give their lives for something new: patent protection. ...
Resources on 9/11 and the War on Afghanistan
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Antiwar.com ...