Archive for ‘April, 2012’

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still to be Learned

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still to be Learned

For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol. My father had thick black hair and naturally […]

Domestic Terrorism: The Double Standard

Domestic Terrorism: The Double Standard

Is there a double standard for those that are anti-abortion activists? Francis Grady is accused of trying to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin earlier this month. The charges against him did not include domestic terrorism. And this is despite the fact that he made statements in court, and in documents brought by […]

Former Guantanamo Psychiatrist Promotes Dubious Drug Theory On Afghan Killings

Former Guantanamo Psychiatrist Promotes Dubious Drug Theory On Afghan Killings

Intrepid reporter Jeffrey Kaye has written an important follow-up story on the media’s campaign to link the antimalarial drug mefloquine to the massacre in Afghanistan last month. Kaye’s findings: A tag team of two contributors to Time Magazine’s Battleland blog have misrepresented the facts concerning the possibility that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales may have been […]

Did NYPD “Undercover Agent” Try To Suborn Tarek Mehanna Into A “Terrorist Plot”?

Did NYPD “Undercover Agent” Try To Suborn Tarek Mehanna Into A “Terrorist Plot”?

Many bloggers and the press have reposted Tarek Mehanna’s impassioned speech to the court as he was sentenced to 17-1/2 years for supposedly providing “material support” to terrorists. (See here, here, here, and especially the ACLU’s Nancy Murray’s widely quoted article at the Boston Globe here.) But few have commented on Mehanna’s charges that he […]

Guantanamo and Recidivism: New Report Debunks Government’s Inflated Claims

Guantanamo and Recidivism: New Report Debunks Government’s Inflated Claims

On Monday, the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey released a new report, “National Security Deserves Better: ‘Odd’ Recidivism Numbers Undermine the Guantánamo Policy Debate” (PDF), which analyzes the fundamental problems with the claims made by the Pentagon and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) regarding […]

“What Am I Doing Here?”: Covering Al-Nashiri’s Guantanamo Trial

“What Am I Doing Here?”: Covering Al-Nashiri’s Guantanamo Trial

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA – What am I doing here?  It’s a thought that’s been nagging at me since I was told nearly two weeks ago that I would be attending the military commission of Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a non-government organization representative and one that has really hit home […]

“They Want Me to be Harmed”: Shaker Aamer, the Last British Resident in Guantánamo, Describes His Isolation

“They Want Me to be Harmed”: Shaker Aamer, the Last British Resident in Guantánamo, Describes His Isolation

In newly unclassified commentary from Guantánamo, Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who has been held for ten years without charge or trial, has described how, in the last eight months, he has been subjected to routine sleep deprivation, and has been regularly prevented from cleaning himself, and from receiving any medical […]

Jason Leopold: Newly Released Document Sheds Additional Light On Origins Of Bush Torture Program

Jason Leopold: Newly Released Document Sheds Additional Light On Origins Of Bush Torture Program

A newly released document showcases the United States Defense Department’s torture techniques. The 37 page report details ways officials can torture detainees suspected of having ties to terrorism. In 2002, the document was handed to Bush administration officials, but is just now seeing the light of day. Now the particulars of the report are being […]

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 […]

“Guidebook to False Confessions”: Key Document John Yoo Used to Draft Torture Memo Released

“Guidebook to False Confessions”: Key Document John Yoo Used to Draft Torture Memo Released

Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye have another exclusive over at Truthout on the origins of Bush’s torture program. Kaye and Leopold report: In May of 2002, one of several meetings was convened at the White House where the CIA sought permission from top Bush administration officials, including then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, to torture […]

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