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Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

October 5th, 2010

More B.S. Charges Against Me

In November 2009, I joined a caravan of peace activists that gathered at Travis AFB in Fairfield, Ca to head to Creech AFB in Nevada where many of the drone strikes in Afghanistan are coordinated and controlled from. We were scheduled to stop at several AFBs along the way to ... continue reading

September 27th, 2010

Pakistan furious over Nato cross-border Taliban raids

Pakistan reacted angrily today after Nato said US helicopters had crossed into its territory from Afghanistan to attack militants, claiming to have killed more than 50 Taliban fighters.The admission that two incursions had taken place over the weekend by helicopters from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), and possibly ... continue reading

September 27th, 2010

Rebuke from Islamabad after NATO airstrikes kill 55 on Pakistani soil

JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN - The Pakistani government on Monday strongly condemned a pair of NATO airstrikes on Pakistani soil that NATO officials said killed about 55 suspected insurgents over the weekend. "These incidents are a clear violation and breach of the U.N. mandate" that governs the conduct of the U.S.-led international ... continue reading

September 26th, 2010

Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

Washington -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," ... continue reading

September 23rd, 2010

US official: CIA runs elite Afghan fighting force

WASHINGTON – The CIA has trained and bankrolled a well-paid force of elite Afghan paramilitaries for nearly eight years to hunt al-Qaida and the Taliban for the CIA, according to current and former U.S. officials.Modeled after U.S. special forces, the Counterterrorist Pursuit Team was set up in the months following ... continue reading

September 14th, 2010

Daniel Ellsberg Calls for Release of Wikileaks “Whistleblower” Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

Michael Moore to broadcast event live Daniel Ellsberg helped end the war in Vietnam when he leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1970. Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged “whistleblower” accused of releasing documents and combat video showing the gunning down of Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists to Wikileaks. ... continue reading

September 3rd, 2010

5 Jaw-Dropping Stories in Wikileaks' Archives Begging for National Attention

In December 2008, I received an email message from Julian Assange -- the now world-famous public face of the whistleblower organization, Wikileaks. I don’t recall why or how it came about, but he invited me to join a counterinsurgency “analysis team” alongside a number of other academics, journalists and analysts.The ... continue reading

September 3rd, 2010

Pakistan's Taliban threaten attacks in U.S., Europe

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistan's Taliban threatened on Friday to launch attacks in the United States and Europe "very soon."The warning came after a renewal of militant violence in Pakistan this week that is piling pressure on a U.S.-backed government overwhelmed by the flood crisis."We will launch attacks in ... continue reading

August 31st, 2010

US spy chief: no more 'blabbing secrets' to the media

WASHINGTON — The chief of US intelligence has warned spy agencies against "blabbing secrets" to the media, saying employees should be "seen not heard."In a blunt memo, James Clapper, the new director of national intelligence, scolded staff members about leaks that appeared in recent news reports, saying it was a ... continue reading

August 25th, 2010

CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen

For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, CIA analysts see one of al-Qaeda's offshoots - rather than the core group now based in Pakistan - as the most urgent threat to U.S. security, officials said. The sober new assessment of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen has helped prompt ... continue reading

August 25th, 2010

WikiLeaks releases CIA document on 'exporting terrorism'

A whistle-blowing website that drew the ire of U.S. officials for the release of classified Afghan war documents on Wednesday released what it says is a CIA memo that  looks at the perception of  the U.S. is an exporter of terrorism. Wikileaks.org said on its website that the "Red Cell" ... continue reading

August 24th, 2010

WikiLeaks says it will release CIA paper on Wednesday

WikiLeaks, a whistle-blower website, posted on the group's Twitter page on Tuesday: "WikiLeaks to release CIA paper tomorrow." The website set off a firestorm of controversy recently when it posted some 76,000 U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan. The group has said it has another 15,000 documents, which ... continue reading

August 23rd, 2010

Facing Afghan mistrust, al-Qaeda fighters take limited role in insurgency

On Aug. 14, a U.S. airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed a Taliban commander known as Abu Baqir. In a country where insurgents are killed daily, this attack was notable for one unusual detail: Abu Baqir, the military said afterward, was also a member of al-Qaeda. Although ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

August 22nd, 2010

The truth about the 'end of combat operations'

Early in the month, on Aug. 7, Army Specialist Faith Hinkley dove for cover from a rocket propelled grenade while on her base in Iraq. She was hit with shrapnel from the explosion, and bled to death in Baghdad. She was 23 years old.A week later, on Aug. 15, Army ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

Protest draws dozens at UC Berkeley for John Yoo's first day of classes

BERKELEY -- Protesters gathered at the opening of classes Monday to protest the school's continued employment of John Yoo, a UC Berkeley professor who gave legal sanction to the Bush administration's views on torture.Between 70 and 80 people gathered near the Boalt Hall School of Law around noon and, after ... continue reading

August 17th, 2010

AP Exclusive: Terrorist tapes found under CIA desk

WASHINGTON - The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed ... continue reading

August 7th, 2010

Wikileaks vs the Pentagon: Phony Fingerpointing

Consider the following statement offered by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a news conference last week.  He was discussing Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks as well as the person who has taken responsibility for the vast, still ongoing Afghan War document dump at that site. "Mr. Assange,” Mullen ... continue reading

August 6th, 2010

AP Exclusive: CIA flight carried secret from Gitmo

WASHINGTON – A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation's war on terrorism were kept in the dark.Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were aboard.They arrived at Guantanamo on Sept. 24, 2003, years ... continue reading

July 6th, 2010

CIA and Pakistan locked in aggressive spy battles

WASHINGTON -- A Pakistani man approached CIA officers in Islamabad last year, offering to give up secrets of his country's closely guarded nuclear program. To prove he was a trustworthy source, he claimed to possess spent nuclear fuel rods. But the CIA had its doubts. Before long, the suspicious officers ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

June 30th, 2010

Sad Clouds Hang Over St. Thomas Law Graduation

By Roger Cuthbertson and Coleen Rowley UPDATED 6/29/2010 Clouds hung over the St. Thomas School of Law graduation on May 8, 2010, in more ways than one.  The University of St. Thomas Law School held its graduation ceremony at Orchestra Hall, a few blocks from their campus.  So most of ... continue reading

June 27th, 2010

VIDEO: CIA's Panetta: Few al-Qaida are in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Leon Panetta says there are probably only 50 to 100 al-Qaida fighters in Afghanistan, with "no question" that most of the terrorist network is operating from the western tribal region of Pakistan.That assessment comes as President Barack Obama builds up U.S. forces in Afghanistan to prop ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Top Democrat Obey wants McChrystal canned

The head of the House Appropriations Committee wants Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, fired for criticizing the administration. McChrystal and his aides were quoted in a Rolling Stone article making critical remarks about President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other top administration officials who ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban'

President Hamid Karzai has lost faith in the US strategy in Afghanistan and is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end the insurgency, according to those close to Afghanistan's former head of intelligence services.Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last weekend, believes the president lost confidence some time ago in the ability of ... continue reading

May 30th, 2010

Options studied for a possible Pakistan strike

The U.S. military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country's tribal areas, according to senior military officials. Ties between the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, and elements of the Pakistani Taliban have ... continue reading

May 29th, 2010

U.S. report faults Air Force drone crew, ground commanders in Afghan civilian deaths

Reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan — A U.S. military investigation has harshly criticized a Nevada-based Air Force drone crew and U.S. ground commanders in Afghanistan for misidentifying civilians as insurgents during a U.S. Army Special Forces operation in Oruzgan province that killed up to 23 civilians on Feb. 21.U.S. Army Gen. ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
2:19 PM
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
2:00 PM
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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