Archive for ‘January, 2010’

Bagram: The Annotated Prisoner List (A Cooperative Project)

Bagram: The Annotated Prisoner List (A Cooperative Project)

On Friday January 15, 2010, the Pentagon responded to a FOIA request submitted by the ACLU last April, and released (PDF) the first ever list of 645 prisoners held, as of September 22, 2009, in the US prison at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan (the Bagram Theater Internment Facility), which has been in operation for eight years.

The 2010 Double Whammy and the Incredible Shrinking Obama

The 2010 Double Whammy and the Incredible Shrinking Obama

The Democratic Party’s embarrassing electoral disaster in Massachusetts, losing a seat held for 46 years by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, provided a clear warning that the party, and President Obama’s presidency, are headed for an epic trouncing this November, when all members of the House and a third of the Senate face reelection.

Two Algerian Torture Victims Freed from Guantanamo

Two Algerian Torture Victims Freed from Guantanamo

On Friday, perhaps as a sop to critics — myself included — who have been complaining about President Obama’s failure to close Guantánamo by his self-imposed deadline of January 22, 2010, the Justice Department announced in a press release that two Algerian prisoners had been released.

Women Dying and Torture Run Amuck In Afghanistan

Women Dying and Torture Run Amuck In Afghanistan

Two reports coming out of Afghanistan illustrate the depth of hypocrisy and subterfuge characterizing the US/NATO intervention in that country. One could cite a myriad of such examples, so immoral and wrong is the US war there. In the first report, a 2009 human rights assessment prepared by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department, obtained by The Canadian Press and reported at CBC News, revealed a skyrocketing suicide rate among Afghan women:

UK Officials: British Government Knew Iraq War Was ‘Illegal’

UK Officials: British Government Knew Iraq War Was ‘Illegal’

Two former foreign office lawyers have claimed that the British Government had been “clearly advised” on the legality of the Iraq war. Tweet

Exposing Myths About the CIA And The Intelligence Community

Exposing Myths About the CIA And The Intelligence Community

It is time for serious soul-searching regarding the role of the CIA and the intelligence community. Last month’s operational and intelligence failures led to the deaths of seven CIA officers in Afghanistan and might have resulted in nearly 300 deaths on a Northwest Airlines plane headed for Detroit. It is particularly shocking that President Barack Obama’s chief of counterterrorism, John Brennan, conceded that the latter failure was caused by the fact that there was “no one intelligence entity or team or task force assigned responsibility for doing a follow-up investigation” of the considerable intelligence that was collected

BLUNT: Newsmakers Weigh In On Hot-Button Political Issues

BLUNT: Newsmakers Weigh In On Hot-Button Political Issues

I’ve been working on this new project for several weeks, something that has excited the very few who knew about it enough to participate in the pilot webisode. It’s a little like video Twitter, only more in-depth. All future contributors should offer up a blunt assessment/opinion/statement/irreverent quips/report on whatever you choose. You can break news, you can opine, be funny, even do a tiny song parody, whatever makes your point.

Err-America

Err-America

Air America, the liberal radio network, went down in flames, Jan. 21, when it filed for bankruptcy. It wasn’t because of air-to-air combat with conservative talk shows and bloggers. It wasn’t because of the Recession, although reduced advertising revenue, a reality of all media, also affected Air America. It wasn’t even demographics, even though older, marginalized conservatives tend to listen to radio more than do younger liberal professionals. And media history was only part of the problem.

Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions

Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions

Three judges on the federal trial court hearing challenges brought by Guantanamo prisoners are calling on Congress and the Obama administration to enact a law to address one of the nation’s most perplexing moral and legal dilemmas: When can the United States indefinitely detain terrorism suspects?

Obama Administration Continues To Withhold Vital Information About Bagram Detainees

Obama Administration Continues To Withhold Vital Information About Bagram Detainees

After years of stonewalling, the U.S. Defense Department has released the names of people imprisoned at the notorious Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Made available in response to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the list contains the names of 645 prisoners who were detained at Bagram as of […]

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