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Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.” One of the first books published in […]

The Prosecution Of Free Speech And Activism

The Prosecution Of Free Speech And Activism

Alright, so I’m gearing up to ask you to donate to the PayPal14. And before you quote some smart-arse quote back at me along the lines of “do the crime, do the time” or “get a job, slack-arses!” — let me explain why I think it is so goddamn important you give up your squiggly-few dollar coins for […]

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 […]

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