Archive for ‘May, 2010’

Military Veterans Want to Talk with Civilians

Military Veterans Want to Talk with Civilians

After he heard about Vet Mentor, a new program run by The Veterans Project that connects military veterans seeking a career in the entertainment/media industry with experienced professionals, Marine vet Rick Reyes contacted me about his creative aspirations. We quickly found common ground. Rick told me of his interest in comedy, and I told him I felt it necessary to infuse our advocacy with a dose of humor so as to humanize post-combat warriors and reach as much of the public as possible.

Even More ‘Congressional Depravity’ On Guantanamo

Even More ‘Congressional Depravity’ On Guantanamo

On Monday, in an article entitled, “House Kills Plan to Close Guantánamo,” I described my despair at the House Armed Services Committee’s unanimous refusal to provide $350 million (out of a war budget of $726 billion) so that President Obama can close Guantánamo by moving prisoners to a facility in Illinois. As I explained in the article, I was not upset that the administration’s plan to replicate Guantánamo in Illinois was being turned down, because I have nothing but contempt for President Obama’s assertion that 48 of the remaining 181 prisoners can continue to be held indefinitely without charge or trial, and simply moving them from Guantánamo to the US mainland would only make matters worse. However, what distresses me about the Committee’s refusal to back the President’s plan is that its only purpose is to keep Guantánamo open forever.

Unless Otherwise Directed…

Unless Otherwise Directed…

I’ve worked in journalism for 35 years. I did graduate study in journalism, I’ve worked as a daily newspaper reporter and I’ve freelanced magazine articles and newspaper op-eds. Now I blog. I’ve learned that certain ideas are not permitted in the mainstream press. Well-paid gatekeepers might say these ideas are misguided, wrong or irresponsible, but that’s not really the reason. It’s because certain ideas are not in alignment with the middle-brow assumptions our mainstream press operates within. It also has to do with a commercial inclination for celebrity journalism and a fetish for score keeping over analysis.

The Black Hole of Bagram

The Black Hole of Bagram

Last Friday, the Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. delivered a genuinely disturbing ruling (PDF) regarding prisoners in the US prison at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, which has turned the clock back to the darkest days of the Bush administration, before prisoners seized in the “War on Terror” had any recourse to justice if they claimed they had been seized by mistake.

Obama Interrogation Official Linked to U.S. Mind Control Research

Obama Interrogation Official Linked to U.S. Mind Control Research

A new article at Truthout I co-wrote with author and investigative journalist H.P. Albarelli describes how the CIA’s Artichoke Project was the contemporaneous and operational side of the MK-ULTRA mind control research program. It was not superceded by MK-ULTRA in the 1950s, as often supposed. Even more, Artichoke-derived methods of using drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation and overload, behavioral modification techniques and other methods of mind control have resurfaced as a primary component of U.S. interrogation practice.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

President Obama’s hopes of closing Guantánamo, which were already gravely wounded by his inability to meet his self-imposed deadline of a year for the prison’s closure, now appear to have been killed off by lawmakers in Congress. Although the House Armed Services Committee was happy to authorize, by 59 votes to 0, a budget of over $700 billion for war ($567 billion for “defense spending” and $159 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) for the fiscal year beginning in October, lawmakers unanimously saw through — and turned down — a fraction of this budget for what the administration had labeled a “transfer fund” — money intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois for prisoners designated for trials or for indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Google Promotes Libel With ‘Quality Deserves Diversity’ Algorithm

Google Promotes Libel With ‘Quality Deserves Diversity’ Algorithm

I would like to give a personal account of my experience trying to remove and defend myself against libelous statements published about me on the internet and the seemingly losing battle to get that information dropped from the top of the Google search engine results which specifically highlights libelous information through their “quality deserves diversity” algorithm. It is my intent to spread awareness of websites that host, and in many ways, encourage libelous posts and are essentially given promotion by Google’s algorithm.

Net Neutrality: Is The FCC Ready To Take On The Big Dogs?

Net Neutrality: Is The FCC Ready To Take On The Big Dogs?

For those not following the FCC as of late, the issue of Net Neutrality has been a hot-button issue. For a few years now, mega internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon have been of the mindset that they can dictate the bandwidth allocated to whatever services they deem acceptable. In 2007, Comcast decided they had the God-given corporate right to slow down and even stop the bandwidth of Bit Torrents among other things Comcast didn’t find appropriate. The FCC actually stood up to them and tried to prohibit their nefarious actions.

Europe’s Great Cover Up!

Europe’s Great Cover Up!

France is now poised to enact legislation making it illegal to wear the burqa (full body covering) and the niqab (face veil). And a growing number of European countries have already passed or are well on the way to passing similar legislation. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is promoting such a ban in his country, says bluntly: “The burqa has no place in France.”

Fifteen Ways ISI Twists the Afghanistan Story

Fifteen Ways ISI Twists the Afghanistan Story

Recently, Benjamin Barber published an editorial entitled 15 REASONS WHY WE CAN’T WIN IN AFGHANISTAN. I want to thank him for neatly putting in one convenient place so many of the common distortions and lies propagated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (“ISI”) to encourage the United States and our allies to abandon the Afghan people, who have suffered grievously for well over 30 years at the hands of various ISI sponsored criminals.

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