Archive for ‘January, 2011’

Patriot Act Forever

Patriot Act Forever

Barring some totally unforeseen development, key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will be renewed for yet another year – and almost no one will have noticed. Earlier this month, the newly-minted chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, a conservative Republican from Michigan, introduced a bill to extend the law until February […]

Iran’s Dangerous Role In The Afghan War

Iran’s Dangerous Role In The Afghan War

Just as troubling is the role of Pakistan in supporting extremism and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan by allowing them sanctuaries in its territory, the Islamic Republic of Iran plays a more serious and dangerous role in Afghanistan’s domestic affairs. This could eventually dictate the outcome of US engagement in Afghanistan to an invidious conclusion. Here is […]

Connecting The Crazy Dots: Assange, Recruiting Kids, The Tucson Massacre And General American Bloodthirstiness

Connecting The Crazy Dots: Assange, Recruiting Kids, The Tucson Massacre And General American Bloodthirstiness

There is, it cannot be denied, a tendency on the part of many Americans to grab for their guns, if not actually, then figuratively. And let’s face it, we also have an awful lot of guns to reach for. The FBI estimates that it’s 200 million, not counting the guns owned by the military, and […]

The Politics Of Hate-And Hate Speech

The Politics Of Hate-And Hate Speech

Just about anything that could be said about the murders in Tucson have been said. We know that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was holding a “Congress on the Corner” meeting outside a Safeway grocery store. We know that a 22-year-old named Jared Lee Loughner is in FBI custody, and has been charged with one count […]

An American Suicide Terrorist

An American Suicide Terrorist

The shooter of Congresswoman Gifford acted as a domestic suicide terrorist on the political “battleground” of American politics. His YouTube postings and “goodby” phone messages are ominously reminiscent of the traditional farewell videos of Islamist martyrs. The deadly combination of suicide terrorists’ mental instability, their political and religious indoctrination, and readily available bomb materials and […]

Government Figures Disputed For Terrorists Returning To Battlefield

Government Figures Disputed For Terrorists Returning To Battlefield

As the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, enters its tenth year, a Washington think tank is challenging intelligence estimates suggesting that large numbers of released detainees have taken up arms against the United States. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper claimed in December — that 13.5 percent of former Guantanamo detainees are “confirmed” […]

People Joe Klein Thinks Are Stupid: Ed Schultz And YOU

People Joe Klein Thinks Are Stupid: Ed Schultz And YOU

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Army’s “Spiritual Fitness” Test Comes Under Fire

Army’s “Spiritual Fitness” Test Comes Under Fire

This story was originally published on Truthout and written by TPR’s Editor-at-Large and Truthout’s Deputy Managing Editor, Jason Leopold. An experimental, Army mental-health, fitness initiative designed by the same psychologist whose work heavily influenced the psychological aspects of the Bush administration’s torture program is under fire by civil rights groups and hundreds of active-duty soldiers. […]

Guantanamo Forever? The 9th Anniversary Of Lawlessness

Guantanamo Forever? The 9th Anniversary Of Lawlessness

On the 9th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, it may sound uncharitable to President Obama to be asking whether all plans to close the prison have failed, and to be asking whether it might remain in operation for as long as anyone can foresee. After all, the President may have failed to close it […]

A Disturbing Meeting At The Gym

A Disturbing Meeting At The Gym

At the local YMCA today, I ran into a boy who was a childhood friend of my son’s. As my kid goes to a public arts high school in Philadelphia outside of our local school district, I don’t see much of his old grade-school friends any more. This boy, who used to be over at […]

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