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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 June 2003
Weapons in Search of a Name
DAVID LINDORFF We Need A New Name For WMDs.
We need a new name for WMDs. I for one am sick of hearing about Weapons of Mass Destruction–those alleged chemical, biological and dirty nuke bombs that the likes of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden are supposed to covet for use against us innocent American...
We are the Patriots
URI AVNERY
On June 28, an important event took place in Ramallah. Three hundred personalities, half of them Palestinians, half of them Israelis, took part in the founding conference of the first wholly integrated joint peace organization–the Joint Israeli-...
Sex and the Supreme Moralizer
ELAINE CASSEL
On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Texas the right to prosecute consenting gay couples engaging in sex. That’s all it did. If you read Justice Scalia’s scathing dissent (3 pages longer than the majority opinion deftly written by J...
The Do-Nothing Strategy, an Expose of Progressive Politics
KARYN STRICKLER
If you feel frustrated and think Americans are losing ground on issues like the right to choose safe and legal abortion, environmental protection, electing more progressive women to public office and civil rights – you’re right. The reason: The Do Noth...
The Roadmap and the Wall
NEVE GORDON
The new peace initiative called the "Road Map" has a few advantages. In contrast to the Oslo A...
Race and Destruction in Black and White
TIM WISE
I don’t know why these things amaze me, but for some reason they always do. Before the ashes were even cool from the recent riots in Benton Harbor, Michigan, much of white America had decided that it knew what was behind all the mayhem; at least if th...
The Revelation of St. George
CHRIS FLOYD
So now we know. After all the mountains of commentary and speculation, all the earnest debates over motives and goals, all the detailed analyses of global strategy and political ideology, it all comes to down to this: George W. Bush waged war on Iraq because, in h...
Descending into the Iraqi Quagmire
Col. DAN SMITH
Between May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat in Iraq was over, and June 26, 57 U.S. and eight UK military personnel have died in Iraq. That is more than one death every day. To the U.S. and UK toll must be added the sometimes tens or scores of Ira...
A Love Supreme
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
It’s a miracle, Brothers and Sisters! A miracle long overdue wrapped up in a Love Supreme. That is, the United States Supreme Court issued a number of just and liberating decrees in the last week of June before the 2003 summer break, but the most prominent ...
Kentucky Woman
ELAINE CASSEL
I took the weekend off and visited old friends in Lexington, Kentucky. I had intended to write from there so as not to miss two days of posting to this blog, but the distance between Washington, D.C. and Kentucky consisted of much more than miles alone. Sim...
CIA
JASON LEOPOLD
Seven months before two-dozen or so al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and flew three of the aircrafts directly into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, killing 3,000 innocent civilians, CIA Director George Tenet...
Warfare, Stuff Happening and Terrorism
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Nothing is so robustly American as the condemnation of terrorism. Here is something that Chomsky and Donald Rumsfeld...
Supreme Silence
DAVID VEST
On September 11, 2001, after being told that America was under attack, George W. Bush sat quietly doing nothing in a Florida photo-op appearance for more than five minutes, before flying first to Louisiana and then Nebraska, leaving Americans to guess whether...
Bush, the Death Penalty and International Law
NOAH LEAVITT
The Bush Administration appears to have a few clear priorities. First, although he often does not act like it, the President wants to be seen as complying with at least some aspects of international law (even if he interprets those laws quite differently from the ...
Bush and Kindergarten
C.Y. GOPINATH
My son, only 6, has been puzzled by the closure of the US Embassy in Nairobi. It has reached him through the kindergarten grapevine that American children are at risk of being attacked by Kenyan children. The word ‘terrorist’ has been mentioned by tong...
The Music of Big Bill Broonzy
RON JACOBS
Back in the early 1970s I worked at an International House of Pancakes in a suburban Maryland town. The pay was lousy, the work was hot and rapid-fire, and my fellow workers were all pretty cool. There was one in particular who sticks out in my mind. He was the ma...
US Troops Outta Times Square
ADAM ENGEL
Camouflage. Boots. Automatic weapons. Real Vietnam stuff: spooky fetid atmosphere; scared, bored troops who don’t really know why they’re there in that hellish jungle. Fat commanding officers, confident in overwhelming victory, hitting on female troops...
Hands Off Iran, Please!
KAM ZARRABI
Fifty years ago I was also young, and a student in Tehran. Those days most student strikes and political demonstrations began at senior high school level, and then gathered momentum in the streets of the Capital. Iran’s population was somewhere around eighte...
Bernard Lewis
M. SHAHID ALAM
It would appear from the fulsome praise heaped by mainstream reviewers on Bernard Lewis’s most recent and well-timed book, What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response (Oxford University Press, 2002), that the demand for Orientalism has reache...
Steven Griles, Big Oil’s Inside Man
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Steven Griles is finally on the run. Griles is Interior Gale Norton’s top lieutenant, the man who holds the keys to the nation’s oil and mineral reserves. For the past two years, he’s used those keys to unlock nearly every legal barrier to e...
Rehnquist Family Values
JOANNE MARINER
With prisons filled to overflowing, it’s no wonder that state governments are seeking to cut costs. The goal of rehabilitation was long ago replaced with that of warehousing, and now the only real goal is to warehouse cheaply. The Michigan prison syst...
Democracy’s Future
LAURA CARLSEN
Three years ago Mexico’s one-party system was finally cracked open by the election of Vicente Fox. Since then Mexico has rushed from euphoria to apathy in record time. The change from over seventy years of Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) rule to a pr...
Tenure, Censorship and Biotechnology at Berkeley
IGNACIO CHAPELA
We asked the captain what course of action he proposed to take toward a beast so large, terrifying, and unpredictable. He hesitated to answer, and then said judiciously: "I think I shall praise it." Robert Hass...
Bush’s Squeeze on Organic Farmers
BOB SCOWCROFT
More and more Americans are buying organic food. But is our government matching this groundswell of support with federal and state agricultural dollars? No. Organic farmers work with nature to control pests, weeds and disease. No synthetic fossil-fue...
The Anarchists’ Wedding Guide
ADRIEN RAIN BURKE
1. THE CEREMONY Besides costing enough to feed a village in Madagascar, the traditional wedding ceremony is a conglomeration of ancient leftovers from every culture we’ve destroyed, absorbed, aped, or inherited on the way to our present pinnacle of en...
Fear Factor
JULIE HILDEN
Can art that mimics, or comments on, terrorism also be a kind of terrorism–or, at least, a kind of criminal conduct? The question was raised by a controversial piece of public art created by a young New York City artist, Clinton Boisvert. Last Decembe...
Tom Delay’s New World Order
JON BROWN
The story I heard goes like this: Tom DeLay lights up a stogie in a restaurant, and a waiter comes over and says, "I’m sorry, sir, but this is a government building, and no smoking is permitted." To which Mr. DeLay, House majority leader extraordin...
Cheney, Forgery and the CIA
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
As though this were normal! I mean the repeated visits Vice President Dick Cheney made to the CIA before the war in Iraq. The visits were, in fact, unprecedented. During my 27-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, no vice president ever came to us for a working ...
You Call These Democrats an Alternative?
ALAN MAASS
How can George Bush be stopped? Many people among the millions who oppose Bush’s wars abroad and at home are asking that question. And even though Election Day is more than 16 months away, a good number have already pinned their hopes on the 2004 presidentia...
Squatting in Mansions
SHELDON HULL
Great times are looming for bargain-hunters, if you have cash: the Washington Post reported on June 21 that the percentage of all mortgages currently in default has reached an all-time high of 1.2%, replacing the previous high of 1.18% set in the fourth quarter of...
The Road to Cover-Up is a Road to Ruin
Senator ROBERT BYRD
Last fall, the White House released a national security strategy that called for an end to the doctrines of deterrence and containment that have been a hallmark of American foreign policy for more than half a century. This new national security strateg...
How Wolfowitz Unleashed CIA on Blix
JASON LEOPOLD
Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, was so eager to see the United States launch a preemptive strike against Iraq in early 2002, that he ordered the CIA to investigate the past work of Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, who in...
The Best Show in Town
URI AVNERY
The most talented director could not have done better. It was a perfect show. Television viewers all over the world saw heroic Israeli soldiers on their screens battling the fanatical settlers. Close-ups: faces twisted with passion, a soldier lying on a str...
How to Hate Almost Anybody
BEN TRIPP
We live in a political climate that engenders and encourages fear and hatred of just about everybody. At any time, our elected representatives are setting up numerous diverse groups to become targets for general detestation. So many segments of the population are ...
The Catch and Release of Comical Ali
DAVID LINDORFF
According to a report in the London’s Daily Mirror, American military forces this captured, and arrested, iterrogated, and finally released Iraq’s famed information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf. Saeed al-Sahaf, you may recall, provided a mu...
Musicians Unite Against Sweatshops
CounterPunch Wire
The anti-sweatshop movement is taking on the multi-billion dollar music merchandizing business with a new initiative that is being launched at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Spearheaded by folk rock legend Billy Bragg, No Sweat Apparel (US) and Ethical T...
Wolfowitz’s New Gig
ELAINE CASSEL
As I was reading an article about the Alien and Sedition Act (the law that the Federalists pushed through the Congress on June 25, 1798 in order to quell rebellion against its growing power), and thinking about how its essence resembled the intent and effect of th...
Mass Graves and Burned Meat in Bush’s New Iraq
CHRIS FLOYD
They were digging mass graves in Iraq last week. No, not the mass graves that George W. Bush now reflexively invokes to justify his murder of up to 10,000 innocent Iraqi civilians and the needless deaths of more than 200 American soldiers in the aggres...
Federal Judge Quits, Assails Unjust Sentencing Guidelines
ELAINE CASSEL
Federal Judge Quits in Disgust Judge John S. Martin, federal district court judge in New York City, is hanging up his robe and walking away from the bench. Thirteen years working in an unjust justice system has left the former prosecutor disappointed in how l...
The Second Dark Ages
MICKEY Z
"Science is always wrong; it never solves a problem without creating ten more." -George Bernard Shaw The June 20, 2003 New York Times offered readers a prime illustration of how those in power manipula...
Indonesia’s War on Journalists
DAVID LINDORFF
Good news came Tuesday from Indonesia, where American journalist William Nessen was successfully allowed to leave rebel territory in oil-rich Aceh, where he had been covering the struggle by Aceh rebels to win independence from Indonesia and to resist a major ass...
My America vs. the Empire
BILL KAUFFMAN
In the wake of Vietnam and Watergate, John Fogerty of the terrific (if weather-mad) band Creedence Clearwater Revival recalled "feeling this shame just sweep over me…I was terribly ashamed of our country." He needn’t have been, as he s...
Ambient Death in Palestine
PAUL De ROOIJ
Before her murder by the Israeli army, Rachel Corrie referred almost casually to the conditions at a refugee camp in Gaza as being beset by "ambient gunfire" [1]. Today the problem isn’t necessarily the gunfire, but it is the "ambient death an...
Buffalo Cops Wage War on Pedal Pushers
BRUCE JACKSON
More than two dozen Buffalo police officers attacked a peaceful group of bicyclists on 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, May 30. They kicked some and beat several with clubs and Mag-Lites. They arrested nine of them on the kind of trumped-up felony charges cops al...
WMD Damage Control at the Times
DAVID LINDORFF
As evidence mounts of the Bush administration’s gross prevarications regarding evidence of so-called "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, and of a never-demonstrated link between Hussein and Al Qaeda, the New York Times has taken the lead in the ...
Supreme Indemnity
ELAINE CASSEL
Yesterday was a big day at the Supreme Court. The Court handed down five opinions. Two of these related to the University of Michigan affirmative action policies. Inasmuch as legal minds far brighter than mine have already weighed in on these cases (and will cont...
Butterflies and Farmworkers
DAN BACHER
When over 2,500 protesters rallied and marched against the USDA Ministerial Conference in Sacramento on June 23, the streets of Sacramento were filled with hundreds of police officers decked out in Darth Vader-like riot gear and the latest weaponry. They l...
"Success in Not the Issue Here"
ADAM FEDERMAN
Q: You said you know a lot more now. Do you mean by that you know a lot more of what you don’t know? Dayton: No, we know a lot more – Q: If you know a lot more, you would have found these things [WMD]; is that right? ...
Of Dignity and Solidarity
EDWARD SAID
In early May, I was in Seattle lecturing for a few days. While there, I had dinner one night with Rachel Corrie’s parents and sister, who were still reeling from the shock of their daughter’s murder on March 16 in Gaza by an Israeli bulldozer. Mr. Corr...
Washington Lied, an Interview with Ray McGovern
MARC PRITZKE
Editors’ Note: Former CIA official, Ray McGovern, has leveled serious accusations at the Bush administration in connection with the war in Iraq. McGovern served as a CIA analyst for almost 30 years. From 1981 to 1985 he conducted daily briefings...