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A World War is Beckoning
JOHN PILGER
Why do we ­tolerate the threat of ­another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk? The scale of our ­indoctrination, wrote Harold Pinter, is a “brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of ­hypnosis”, as if the truth “never happe...
Manning, Snowden and the U.S. Coup in Iran
ROB URIE
With the CIA finally admitting the open secret this week that it and its counterparts in the British oil mafia (‘intelligence’ service) were behind the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected leader Mohammad Mossadegh in a coup it orchestrated in 1953 the economi...
The CIA Came at Night
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
They came for Jabour at night. He was ordered by the men to turn around and face the wall, while his hands were cuffed and his legs shackled. A blindfold was fastened to his head. He was led from his cell in an Islamabad jail to a waiting van. Jabour was then drive...
A Social History of Wiretaps
DAVID H. PRICE
With Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive NSA electronic surveillance and metadata mining of domestic telephone and internet activities comes renewed scrutiny of American intelligence agencies intrusions into our lives.  But with this news of NSA and outsourced surv...
The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup
ESAM AL-AMIN
Every coup d’état in history begins with a military General announcing the overthrow and arrest of the country’s leader, the suspension of the constitution, and the dissolution of the legislature. If people resist, it turns bloody. Egypt is no exception. ...
Panama Nails a CIA Torture Capo
STEVE HENDRICKS
You gotta love our erstwhile banana republics. While Uncle Sam has been busy the last dozen years trampling on the rights of everyone—and we now know, thanks to that paragon Edward Snowden, that everyone means everyone—and while nearly all the governments in th...
US Spying and Resistance in Latin America
BENJAMIN DANGL
US imperialism spreads across Latin America through military bases and trade deals, corporate exploitation and debt. It also relies on a vast communications surveillance network, the recent uncovering of which laid bare Washington’s reach into the region’s streets and...
The National Security State and the Whistleblower
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
A major problem in the United States is not there are too many whistleblowers…there are too few.  Where were the whistleblowers when the Central Intelligence Agency was operating secret prisons; conducting torture and abuse;  and kidnapping individuals off the str...
Whistleblowing at the NSA
BINOY KAMPMARK
He has been so naughty, at least in the eyes of the security establishment.  The British are up in arms about what information is being obtained on their citizens via U.S. channels.  Foreign Secretary William Hague has tried dousing the fires, claiming that GCHQ’s all...
Dirty Wars and the Cinema of Self-Indulgence
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Let me begin with some background not covered in the film. Dirty War derives from “La Sale Guerre”, the term the French applied to their counter-terror campaign in Algeria, circa 1954-1961. Algeria wanted independence, and France resisted. Like subject people e...
The Deadly US Base on Diego Garcia
SHELDON RICHMAN
The largest criminal organizations in the world are governments. The bigger they are, the more capable of perpetrating atrocities. Not only do they obtain great wealth through compulsion (taxation), they also have an ideological mystique that permits them uniquely to get ...
Who Gains From Syrian Bloodbath?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The best hope for an end to the killing in Syria is for the United States and Russia to push both sides in the conflict to agree a ceasefire in which each holds the territory it currently controls. In a civil war of such savagery, diplomacy with any ambition to dete...
How Syria Became a More Dangerous Quagmire Than Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
For the first two years of the Syrian civil war foreign leaders regularly predicted that Bashar al-Assad’s government would fall any day. In November 2011, King Abdullah of Jordan said that the chances of Assad’s surviving were so slim he ought to step down. In Decemb...
War Crimes as Policy
DOUGLAS VALENTINE and NICOLAS J.S. DAVIES
In February the Guardian and BBC Arabic unveiled a documentary exploring the role of retired Colonel James Steele in the recruitment, training and initial deployments of the CIA advised and funded Special Police Commandos in Iraq. The documentary tells how the Comm...
CIA Thwarts Polio Vaccination Campaign
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
A polio vaccination campaign worker was shot to death in Pakistan on Tuesday, which The New York Times wasted no time in reporting. What the Times article...
Benghazi: Imperialist Outpost
NORMAN POLLACK
I am not naïve.  Embassies have been centers of intrigue, propaganda disseminators, bases for political intervention in a nation’s internal affairs, intermediaries for the promotion of markets and investments, etc., practices not confined to those representing the US,...
Al Qaeda: Enemy or Asset?
NAFEEZ MOSADDEQ AHMED
A whistleblower has revealed extraordinary information on the U.S. government’s support for international terrorist networks and organised crime. The government has denied the allegations yet gone to extraordinary lengths to silence her. Her critics have derided her as ...
Benghazi, Petraeus, and the CIA
HORACE CAMPBELL
Two years after the failed NATO intervention, Libyan society is in chaos. Over 50,000 were killed in a mission that was meant to protect civilians, and there are reportedly more than 1,700 competing militias marauding the streets. One outcome of this chaos was the attack ...
The Real Benghazi Scandal
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
When congressional Republicans complete manipulating the Benghazi tragedy, it will be time for the virtually silent Senate intelligence committee to take up three major issues that have been largely ignored.  The committee must investigate the fact that the U.S. presence...
The State of Torture in America
SHELDON RICHMAN
“A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that ‘it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture’ and that the nation’s high...
Blowback and the Cycle of Violence
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
The United States and the Central Intelligence Agency have never acknowledged the potential for “blowback,” or negative fallout, from their military and covert actions.  The Watergate burglary by the veterans of the Bay of Pigs was an obvious example of blowback.  C...
The CIA’s Dirty Wars
MICHAEL BRENNER
The errant actions of the C.I.A. are by now so evident that they are a staple of Washington conversion. Like the weather, though, it is the topic everybody talks about, but does nothing about. The drone revelations, and the administration’s stonewalling, that c...
Prisoners of the War on Terror
JUDY BELLO
Hundreds of prisoners of the US War of  Terror languish in prisons around the world, in Guantanamo and on the US mainland.  Some have been there as long as 12 years   some have sentences that extend beyond the span of their life; many have never been charged with a cri...
Honduran Cops, The Latest U.S.-Backed Killers
NICK ALEXANDROV
Official U.S. support for bands of killers dates back to the nation’s inception, likely one reason H. Rap Brown called violence “as American as cherry pie.” The country’s founding father helped start the trend when he sent General John Sullivan to Iroquois territo...
The New Generation of Hypocrisy on Iran
TED SNIDER
Though the recent nuclear talks with Iran ended with an apparent whiff of progress, and though the two sides have agreed to meet for further technical negotiations this month and then for political level talks next month, the U.S. continues to approach Iran with a hostili...
15 Benefits of the War on Drugs
KEVIN CARSON
With American drug use levels essentially the same as — and levels of drug-related violence either the same as or lower than — those in countries like the Netherlands with liberal drug laws, public support for the War on Drugs appears to be faltering. This was most re...
Chavez: Lest We Forget
CONN HALLINAN
In early December 2001, I was searching through my files looking for a column topic. At the time I was writing on foreign policy for the San Francisco Examiner, one of the town’s two dailies. A back page clip I had filed and forgotten caught my attention: on Nov....
AIPAC’s Doomsday Conference
WILLIAM BLUM
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) recent convention in Washington produced the usual Doomsday talk concerning Iran’s imminent possession of nuclear weapons and with calls to bomb that country before they nuked Israel and/or the United States. So once ...
Architect of Terror
NORMAN POLLACK
In the supposed controversy over Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director, the elephant in the room that everyone has stepped around is the CIA itself.  Massive evidence of torture (under the impersonal designation, E.I.T.) should, were democracy truly applicable to the ...
Obama’s Partner in War Crimes
NORMAN POLLACK
When Senate Democrats such as Harry Reid praise Brennan to the heavens, as America’s savior, and Diane Feinstein settles for OLC legal memos confined to the killing of Americans, but not the basis for the entire armed drone program for targeted assassination, it ...
Democrats’ Complicity in Political Murder
NORMAN POLLACK
Today’s New York Times (Feb. 21) features an article on White House strategy for pushing through John Brennan’s appointment as CIA Director, with a photograph of him standing alongside an admiring Diane Feinstein, aka Madame Apologist for CIA-JSOC Paramilitary ...
White Paper, Dark Deeds
VINCENT WARREN
What timing.  Just as President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, John Brennan, was poised to go before the Senate Intelligence Committee for confirmation, someone leaked a white paper that shows he may be just a tad too trigger-happy for the job. Currently the ...
Democracy on Trial
NORMAN POLLACK
The Memo released this week legitimating political murder is a farce, were it not a serious cover-up of extreme violations of international law and the profound negation of human decency.  We thought John Yoo’s apologia for torture in the Bush II administration was egr...
The Murder of Sarai Sierra
VANESSA H. LARSON
On February 2, the body of 33-year-old American Sarai Sierra was found in Istanbul – near a section of crumbling ninth-century, Byzantine-era city walls along the Sea of Marmara, not far from the city’s major tourist attractions – 12 days after she disappeared near ...
Israel Enters Syria
BEN SCHREINER
With its air strikes against targets inside Syria last week, Israel announced its formal entry into the Syrian crisis.  The Israeli targeting of Iran has thus entered the Syrian theater. According to ...
The Dronemaster and His Senatorial Overseers
RAY McGOVERN
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director presents a rare public opportunity for Congress to insist that the White House publicly defend whatever legal reasoning has been adduced to justify the killing of alleged Ameri...
10 Questions for John Brennan’s Confirmation Hearing
MEDEA BENJAMIN
John Brennan’s confirmation hearing to become head of the CIA will take place at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, February 7. There is suddenly a flurry of attention around a ...
“Zero Dark Thirty” as an Anti-American Propaganda Film
BOB SCOFIELD
David Bromwich has written an articulate and informative essay on “Zero...
A New Model Drone Resolution
DAVID SWANSON
In the absence of state or federal laws, localities around the United States are proceeding to put unmanned aerial vehicles in our skies as they see fit.  The federal government has authorized the flight of 30,000 drones, and the use of drones up to 400 feet by police de...
Torture is Trivial
ROBERT JENSEN
The great American torture debate has been rekindled by the nationwide release of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the hot new movie about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. But all the fussing over whether or not the movie condones, glorifies, and/or m...
Zero Dark Thirty: Torturing the Facts
MAJORIE COHN
On January 11, eleven years to the day after George W. Bush sent the first detainees to Guantanamo, the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty is making its national debut.  Zero Dark Thirty is disturbing for two reasons. First and foremost, it leaves th...
Keeper of the Kill Lists
RAY McGOVERN
As Washington’s pundit class sees it, Defense Secretary-designee Chuck Hagel deserves a tough grilling over his hesitancy to go to war with Iran and his controversial detection of a pro-Israel lobby operating in the U.S. capital, but prospective CIA Director John Brenna...
Czar of the Drones
MEDEA BENJAMIN
In October 2011, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz attended a gathering in Islamabad where he was taught how to use a video camera so he could document the drones that were constantly circling over his Pakistani village, terrorizing and killing his family and neighbors. Two days lat...
To Hell With the Intelligence
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
On 3 December 2012, BBC News reported on the plight of Libyan activist Magdulien Abaida.  When the Libyan revolution...
USAID in Afghanistan
MARK GRAHAM
Whatever beneficence USAID has doled out over the years has come with a heavy price for Afghans and a heavy price tag for Americans.  In fact, USAID is not an aid organization by any common understanding of the term, if by aid we mean helping people who are suffering out...
Paula Broadwell, Whistleblower
FRED GARDNER
Q: What name did Monica Lewinsky call Maureen Dowd? Answer below. In Men in Black Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith make use of a device that erases memory as they save the USA and the whole collateral world. In real life the memory-erasing function ...
Petraeus Fell for the Wrong Reason
SHELDON RICHMAN
David Petraeus has fallen — but not as he should have. Before being disgraced by an extramarital affair, the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director should have been shamed out of public life for his horrendous military record in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are w...
The Celebrity General
MICHAEL BRENNER
There is one celebrity with the makings of a national hero, someone who has the qualities that might carry him right into the White House.  It is David Petraeus.  He is almost universally credited with the brilliant achievement of saving American honor and gaining an...
Recriminations as Petraeus Falls
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The longest, most expensive elections in one of the most polarized democracies in the Western world are over. Now we see contrasting reactions and unforeseen fallout––in the form of elation, bitter disappointment, investigation and resignation. The downfall of the CIA...