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FBI Informant: The Inside Story Of The Other Abu Zubaydah

FBI Informant: The Inside Story Of The Other Abu Zubaydah

NEW files obtained from FBI in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit can be found at the bottom of this story. Hesham opened the envelope at the bar, expecting a green card. Instead, it was a subpoena from a federal prosecutor, which would force him to testify–against his brother. He thought about fleeing […]

Reflections On American Power And Foreign Policy

Reflections On American Power And Foreign Policy

The chaos in the Middle East affords an opportunity to consider whether the United States’ foreign policy around the world is hurting the country rather than helping it, to consider whether U.S. policies are increasing enmity against the United States and increasing the likelihood of terror attacks against the West. As the drumbeat for military intervention in Syria and Iran increases, the question is whether additional U.S. military intervention in the Middle East is even rational when political destabilization has resulted virtually everywhere the U.S. has left its footprint.

Former CIA Captive’s Top Secret Diaries Sheds New Light on 9/11, Afghanistan Invasion

Former CIA Captive’s Top Secret Diaries Sheds New Light on 9/11, Afghanistan Invasion

A new exclusive investigative story by Jason Leopold, who obtained the long sought after personal diaries of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee captured after 9/11 subjected to a brutal torture regimen by US government interrogators. The six volumes of diaries shed light on Zubaydah’s evolution from computer engineering student to student of jihad in […]

Will Guantanamo Warden’s Claims of Insufficient Staffing Cause Al Qaeda to Attack The Prison?

Will Guantanamo Warden’s Claims of Insufficient Staffing Cause Al Qaeda to Attack The Prison?

Jason Leopold, who has been filing requests for government documents like there is no tomorrow, apparently caught Department of Defense censors with their pants down. The result is a rare look into the kind of political shenanigans DoD uses to justify its policies at Guantanamo. Leopold had requested a copy of the declaration by JTF-GTMO […]

The Death Of Adnan Latif

The Death Of Adnan Latif

The investigators took as a given that Adnan pocketed the 24 capsules, smuggled them into his Camp V cell, and swallowed them unnoticed. They took as their task to figure out how all this could have happened.

Book Review – Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America

Book Review – Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America

It’s been 15 years since author Allen Hornblum’s landmark book on unethical human experimentation in U.S. prisons, Acres of Skin, was published. His new book, written with co-authors Judith L. Newman and Gregory J. Dober, is a worthy follow-up to the earlier book. Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War […]

Jason Leopold’s Investigative Reporting On The Life And Death of Guantanamo Prisoner Adnan Latif

Jason Leopold’s Investigative Reporting On The Life And Death of Guantanamo Prisoner Adnan Latif

Last September, Yemeni Guantanamo prisoner Adnan Latif was found dead in his cell in a punishment wing at Camp 5 of the prison. His death was all the more tragic because Latif had been cleared for release no less than three times by the Bush and Obama administrations. However, Latif continued to languish at Guantanamo, […]

A Tour Inside The Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

A Tour Inside The Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

Crossposted from Freedom of the Press Foundation. Thanks to the generous financial support of the Freedom of Press Foundation, I traveled to Guantanamo during the height of a mass hunger strike to tour the detention facility, along with four other members of the media. We were shown the two main detention camps—5 and 6—as well […]

Free Speech Or Inciting To Riot?

Free Speech Or Inciting To Riot?

When I finish one of my analyses I usually look forward to a week to ten day hiatus and sometimes even wonder if I will have to hunt around for the next topic.  It rarely works out that way.  Usually,  within three of four days, something happens which strikes me as worthy of attention.  Often […]

Forgotten Casualties Of The Vietnam War

Forgotten Casualties Of The Vietnam War

Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500. – Apocalypse Now Over the past ten years, I’ve developed a friendship with Commer Glass, a 67-year-old African American man serving his 37th year of a life-without-parole sentence at Graterford State Prison outside Philadelphia. Glass fought as […]

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