Archive for ‘August, 2009’

Washington Post Redux: Going from the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Washington Post Redux: Going from the Sublime to the Ridiculous

It only took 24 hours for the Washington Post to go from the sublime to the ridiculous. On Saturday morning, the newspaper described the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheik Muhammad (KSM), standing before “U.S. intelligence officers in a makeshift lecture hall, leading what they called ‘terrorist tutorials.’”

How a Health Benefits Law Formed the Basis For the ‘Torture Memo’

How a Health Benefits Law Formed the Basis For the ‘Torture Memo’

From the Archive: John Yoo, the author of one of the infamous Aug. 1, 2002, “torture” memos that formed the legal basis for so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques against high-level terrorist detainees, used a statute governing health benefits when he provided the White House with a legal opinion defining torture.

McChrystal’s Classified Afghanistan Report Lays Groundwork for U.S. Troop Increase

McChrystal’s Classified Afghanistan Report Lays Groundwork for U.S. Troop Increase

The commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan has delivered his long-awaited review of the war to his bosses in Brussels and the Pentagon. Gen. Stanley McChrystal says success can be achieved, but with a revised strategy. The call for a new strategy comes as US forces continue to suffer casualties, with August being […]

Gibbs: Cheney Got Facts Wrong on Interrogations

Gibbs: Cheney Got Facts Wrong on Interrogations

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that former Vice President Dick Cheney has his facts wrong on the Obama administration’s policies for terror detainee interrogations. Tweet

Change We Can’t Hope For: Obama’s Narrowing Window of Opportunity

Change We Can’t Hope For: Obama’s Narrowing Window of Opportunity

The way I see it, President Obama has a couple of months to turn his failing administration around. The war in Afghanistan is going south, and within a couple of weeks, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s version of Lyndon Johnson’s General William Westmoreland, will be coming to him asking for more troops. Things are getting hairier in Iraq too.

Waxman Wants Healthcare Companies to Disclose Info About ‘Purging’

Waxman Wants Healthcare Companies to Disclose Info About ‘Purging’

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bart Stupak, Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, sent letters to six health insurance companies requesting information about the practice of “purging” small businesses when their employees become ill and their health insurance claims increase.

Broken Faith: How a Navy Psychologist Drove A U.S. Prisoner to Attempt Suicide

Broken Faith: How a Navy Psychologist Drove A U.S. Prisoner to Attempt Suicide

Los Angeles attorney Robert A. Bailey, formerly a military JAG officer, and one of the lawyers in the Daniel King case, spoke to me a few weeks ago in some detail about the controversial King interrogation. Bailey described to me how the abusive interrogation King endured, and the betrayal of the military psychologist he thought would help him, led King to a suicidal breakdown.

Cheney Says He May Not Cooperate With Torture Probe if Asked

Cheney Says He May Not Cooperate With Torture Probe if Asked

Dick Cheney, in a defiant half-hour interview on Fox News Sunday, launched into a blistering attack on the Obama administration, saying the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a federal prosecutor to conduct a “preliminary review” of about a dozen cases of torture “offends the hell out of me.”

Cheney Can’t Recall If He Told CIA to Withhold Info From Congress About Assassination Program

Cheney Can’t Recall If He Told CIA to Withhold Info From Congress About Assassination Program

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Mercenary Armies: A Worldwide Threat and a Menace to Peace

Mercenary Armies: A Worldwide Threat and a Menace to Peace

The growing use of private armies not only subjects target populations to savage warfare but makes it easier for the government to subvert domestic public opinion and wage wars. Americans are less inclined to oppose a war that is being fought by hired foreign mercenaries, even when their own tax dollars are being squandered to fund it.

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