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FBI “Mosque Outreach” Program, A Guise To Gather “Intelligence” On Muslims

FBI “Mosque Outreach” Program, A Guise To Gather “Intelligence” On Muslims

For those old enough to remember, reports of the latest FBI snooping must have brought back bitter memories of a now-hated program known as COINTELPRO. COINTELPRO is the FBI acronym for a series of covert programs culminating in the 1970s directed against US domestic groups. In these programs, the Bureau went beyond the collection of […]

Civil Liberties, Human Rights Organizations Press Forward With Lawsuit Despite Setbacks

Civil Liberties, Human Rights Organizations Press Forward With Lawsuit Despite Setbacks

It would be a slam dunk. If there were a Nobel Prize for Tenacity, I would nominate half a dozen organizations that, in the face of years of lost court cases and rapidly graying hair, continue to seek justice for some of the most egregious victims of the Bush/Obama “war on terror.” These legal bulldogs […]

The GOP’s Death Wish

The GOP’s Death Wish

The Republican Party must have a death wish. It cannot win a national election without the support of (a) Latinos (b) Women (c) African-Americans, and (d) Independents. Yet The Grand Old Party appears to be doing everything in its power to alienate these voters forever. A couple of weeks ago, when California Representative Darrell Issa […]

Will Iranian Government Use Brutal Tactics After Parliamentary Poll?

Will Iranian Government Use Brutal Tactics After Parliamentary Poll?

Well, the big secret is out: Whatever it takes, Iran is determined to stamp out another season of mass demonstrations railing against the parliamentary elections set for next week. In fact, for months Iranian authorities have been targeting everyone from students, lawyers, religious leaders and bloggers to political activists and their relatives as they unleash […]

Military Officer Exposes Afghanistan “Success” As A Lie

Military Officer Exposes Afghanistan “Success” As A Lie

“Rosy official statements” from top US military brass are misleading the American people into believing our occupation of Afghanistan is yielding solid results toward building a sustainable democracy. Instead, says Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis – who traveled more than 9,000 miles and “talked, traveled and patrolled with troops in Kandahar, Kunar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, […]

Judith Miller Defends “The Hunted Men Who Brought Growth And Reform” To Egypt

Judith Miller Defends “The Hunted Men Who Brought Growth And Reform” To Egypt

Judith Miller, you may recall, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning ex-New York Times journalist who left the paper after it was discovered that she was Bush-era Vice President Dick Cheney’s “stenographer.” A Times investigation found serious errors in many of her stories about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq War. She also […]

Egypt: The Army’s Chess Match?

Egypt: The Army’s Chess Match?

Tensions between long-standing allies Egypt and the US climbed to a new high this week as Egypt’s ruling generals arrested 43 employees of the country’s non-profit non-governmental human rights organizations – including several from the US. But many are suggesting that the US organizations are simply being used as pawns in a larger game — […]

Iran’s Bomb: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

Iran’s Bomb: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

I am far from any kind of expert in nuclear weapons development, so I could be 180 degrees wrong. But I have a growing sense that the increasingly ominous reports about Iran’s A-bomb aspirations mimic a story I’ve heard before. It was in 2002 and 2003, when the drumbeats of impending war were being pounded […]

What We Left Behind In Iraq

What We Left Behind In Iraq

Human Rights Watch is charging that, despite U.S. government assurances that it helped create a stable democracy, the reality is that it left behind a “budding police state” —  cracking down harshly during 2011 on freedom of expression and assembly by intimidating, beating, and detaining activists, demonstrators, and journalists. The organization’s Middle East and North […]

Baltasar Garzón: The Man Who Refuses Silence

Baltasar Garzón: The Man Who Refuses Silence

The Spanish Judge whose work triggered the investigation that nabbed Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet back in 1998 believes that Spain could bring charges against six Bush Jr. administration officials for clearing the way for the use of torture during the Iraq war – but he is being blocked by charges making him the culprit. On […]

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