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Archives by Tag 'CIA'
Five Reasons Drone Assassinations are Illegal
BILL QUIGLEY
US civilian and military employees regularly target and fire lethal unmanned drone guided missiles at people across the world.  Thousands of people have been assassinated.   Hundreds of those killed were civilians. Some of those killed were rescuers and mourners. ...
America, for God’s Sake, Pay Your Whores!
JOHN ESKOW
Some years back, when I was doing location rewrites on a movie, I was cornered on the set by an anguished limo driver.  We were in a Spanish-speaking nation, and my command of that loving tongue is poor, but I was able to glean a rough idea of what was troubling the driv...
Gaitán, OAS, and Cuba
W. T. WHITNEY, Jr.
“Hegel remarks somewhere that history tends to repeat itself. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce” Karl Marx, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonapart On April 9, 194...
The CIA and Castro: an Undying Obsession
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“Show me where Stalin’s buried, and I’ll show you a communist plot.” — Edgar Bergen For 53 years exiles from Miami and US officials have tried to assassinate Fidel Castro 638 times, overthrow his revolutionary g...
Good Friday, Torture and Rattlesnakes
RAY McGOVERN
Some of us pause on Good Friday to mark the torture and death of a high-value detainee rendered, extraordinarily, to Roman occupiers. Although the charges against Jesus of Nazareth were trumped up, the Romans decided to err on the safe side by going to the ...
How the New American Empire Really Works
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Great empires, such as the Roman and British, were extractive. The empires succeeded, because the value of the resources and wealth extracted from conquered lands exceeded the value of conquest and governance. The reason Rome did not extend its empire east into Germany wa...
The Impediment to Democracy in Haiti
MARK WEISBROT
When the “international community” blames Haiti for its political troubles, the underlying concept is usually that Haitians are not ready for democracy.  But it is Washington that is not ready for democracy in Haiti. Haitians have been ready for democracy for ...
Psychologists and Torture
ROBERT PALLITTO and LAURA MELENDEZ-PALLITTO
History repeats itself, Marx famously warned, first as tragedy and then as farce. In the case of U.S. torture psychologists, the ” tragedy” occurred half a century ago when CIA-funded psychological research on electroshock treatment, sensory deprivation and the like f...
Middle East: Stupid is the Order of the Day
PETER LEE
The stupid Attack Iran obsession seems to have infected virtually all discussion of the Middle East. Marc Lynch  of G.W. University said something stupid…then Amnesty International said something stupid…and how about those stupid Islamic terrorist plots? ...
Scoring the Global War on Terror
ANDREW J. BACEVICH
With the United States now well into the second decade of what the Pentagon has styled an “era of persistent conflict,” the war formerly known as the global war on terrorism (unofficial acronym WFKATGWOT) appears increasingly fragmented and diffus...
The U.S. War for Drugs of Terror in Colombia
DANIEL KOVALIK
I just had the pleasure of reading an important new book entitled, Cocaine, Death Squads and the W...
Guatemala’s Reign of Terror
W. T. WHITNEY
Guatemalan prosecutors announced January 26 that 85-year old Efraín Ríos Montt, military dictator in 1982-1983, was going to trial in March. He’s accused of responsibility for killing and disappearing thousands of mostly poor and indigenous Guatemalans. Gratifi...
Shooting the Foot
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The definition of “shooting yourself in the foot” is generally accepted as “doing something unintended that spoils things for you.”  The Marx Brothers had a sketch in which one of them did just that, and politicians and bureaucrats have been doing it for centurie...
Clapper-trap on Iranian Attacks Inside the US
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s see now. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence who oversees both the FBI and the CIA, is warning that Iran’s leaders have “changed their calculus” and, as the Wall Street Journal puts it, “now appear willing to conduct an attack within the U...
Fingers Itch for a War on Iran
VIJAY PRASHAD
If you ask Iranians, they will tell you that the war against Iran has already begun. Some will take you back to 1953, when the US fired its first shot across the bow, taking out a democratically elected government in a CIA coup. Others will point to the political and fina...
Imagining a “Clean Break” with Israel…Over Iran
GARY LEUPP
The world of science acknowledges matter-of-factly that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons program. There is simply no evidence for one. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, staffed by specialists on nuclear power and maintaining a tight watch on Iran’s ci...
The U.S., Indonesia & the New York Times
CONN HALLINAN
Why is the New York Times concealing the key role that the United States played in the 1965 coup in Indonesia that ended up killing somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people? In a story Jan. 19—“Indonesia Chips Away At the Enforced Silence Around a Dark ...
The CIA’s Cassandras
GABRIEL KOLKO
At no time has the U.S. based its foreign policies on facts — as opposed to its conceptions reliant on sheer wishes, interests, or pretensions, (its ambitions are often a mixture of all of these). Nor has it had fears that are warranted by reality. It has needs, whe...
What Did Cuba Ever Do to Us?
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“…they cannot forgive us that we are just so close to them, that we have made a Socialist revolution under the very nose of the United States!” — Fidel Castro, April 16, 1961 “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that ...
An American Spy in Iran?
DAVE LINDORFF
I wouldn’t want to be Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, the 28-year-old former US Marine just recently sentenced to death by a court in Iran after being convicted of being an American spy. Hekmati, who was born in Arizona to Iranian exile parents, and who grew up in Michigan...
The NeoCon Propaganda Machine Pushing “Regime Change” in Syria
AISLING BYRNE
“War with Iran is already here,” wrote a leading Israeli commentator recently, describing “the combination of covert warfare and international pressure” being applied to Iran. Although not mentioned, the “strategic prize” of the ...
Iran and Historical Forgetting
JOHN GRANT
Ever since George W. Bush lost the popular vote by 500,000 souls and was selected President by a right-leaning Supreme Court, the United States has seemed to me devoted to a twisted fate of slow-motion Armageddon. What seems to guarantee this is one of our most cha...
Hijacking Somalia
LINH DINH
Remember Mohamed Osman Mohamud? Of course not, no one does, and I haven’t thought about him myself until yesterday, when Iran’s ...
Marching Towards the Past in Guatemala
ANNIE BIRD
In Guatemala, former military officers and their supporters have filed legal charges against human rights activists, journalists, and surviving victims of State repression, even as a former general, Otto Perez Molina – himself implicated in Guatemala’s genocid...
Down the Afghan Drain
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday ordered the release of a prominent presidential aide two hours after his arrest on corruption charges, according to two officials in the office of Afghanistan’s attorney general.  The release capped a comedy of errors in wh...