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July 23rd, 2009

Inside Bush and Cheney's Final Days

By Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf / Time Hours before they were to leave office after eight troubled years, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney had one final and painful piece of business to conclude. For over a month Cheney had been pleading, cajoling, even pestering Bush to pardon ... continue reading

July 16th, 2009

Afghanistan now is Obama's war Helen Thomas

San Francisco ChronicleI had an historical flashback recently when I read a Washington Post news story about how the U.S. commander in Afghanistan thinks he may need many thousands more troops to win the war. Shades of Vietnam. Do we ever learn? It brought back memories of the late Gen. ... continue reading

July 13th, 2009

CIA Had Secret Al Qaeda Plan

Initiative at Heart of Spat With Congress Examined Ways to Seize, Kill Terror ChiefsBy Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street JournalWASHINGTON -- A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives, according ... continue reading

July 12th, 2009

Torture Prosecution Turnaround? Scott Horton

The attorney general is leaning toward appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Bush-era torture policy, sources tell Scott Horton. Inside the logic driving Eric Holder’s possible conversion. Daily Beast The Obama White House has deflected calls for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the formulation and implementation of Bush-era ... continue reading

July 12th, 2009

2 senators: CIA concealment may have broken law

By Pete Yost WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months into Barack Obama's presidency, twin investigations may be on the horizon into Bush-era policies in the war on terror. Two senators including the head of the intelligence committee suggested Sunday that the prior administration broke the law by concealing a CIA counter-terrorism ... continue reading

July 5th, 2009

A Plan to End the Wars David Swanson

AfterDowningStreet.orgThere are a million and one things that people can do to try to end the U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and to prevent new ones in Iran and elsewhere, as well as to close U.S. military bases in dozens of other nations around the world. Certain people ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2009

Where Are They Now? Ex-Bush Loyalists Cash In Nick Turse

TomDispatch In May, the U.S. economy lost 345,000 nonfarm jobs, pushing the unemployment rate from 8.9% to 9.4%. According to official statistics, 14.5 million Americans are now looking for work and, as a recent headline at put it, "The jobs aren't coming back anytime soon." In fact, a team ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2009

In stark legal turnaround, Obama now resembles Bush

By Michael Doyle / McClatchy WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is morphing into George W. Bush, as administration attorneys repeatedly adopt the executive-authority and national-security rationales that their Republican predecessors preferred. In courtroom battles and freedom-of-information fights from Washington, D.C., to California, Obama's legal arguments repeatedly mirror Bush's: White House ... continue reading

June 17th, 2009

Let's hold Bush officials accountable for torture Anthony Romero and Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld

The ACLU's executive director joins with a military officer to ask for a special prosecutor for tortureSalon Torture is a crime and the United States engaged in it. Those are two indisputable facts. Given the mountains of evidence already in the public domain, any effort to deny or soften that ... continue reading

June 14th, 2009

The Secret History

Can Leon Panetta move the C.I.A. forward without confronting its past By Jane Mayer / New Yorker The Central Intelligence Agency typically fights distant enemies, but on May 21st its leaders were preoccupied with a local opponent. A few miles from the agency's headquarters, which are in Langley, Virginia, former ... continue reading

June 14th, 2009

Confronting the CIA's Mind Maze Alfred McCoy

America's Political Paralysis Over Torture TomDispatch If, like me, you've been following America's torture policies not just for the last few years, but for decades, you can't help but experience that eerie feeling of déjà vu these days. With the departure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from Washington ... continue reading

June 8th, 2009

Recently Released Gitmo Detainee Talks to ABC News

Held Seven Years, Former Aid Worker Tells ABC News He Was TorturedBy Jake Tapper, Karen Travers, and Stephanie Z. Smith / ABC For 7 1/2 years, Lakhdar Boumediene was known simply by a number: "10005." These were the digits assigned to him when he arrived at the detention center at ... continue reading

June 3rd, 2009

Bill and George Show helps rehabilitate Bush

By Sarah Baxter / London Times FOR George W Bush, life after the White House has meant scooping up Barney the dog's business on a neighbour's lawn near his new home in Dallas. "There I was, the former president, with a plastic bag on my hand, picking up that which ... continue reading

June 2nd, 2009

Cheney: No 'evidence' of Iraq, 9/11 link

By Andy Barr / Politico Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there was "never any evidence" that Saddam Hussein's Iraq played any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. "On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never ... continue reading

May 30th, 2009

MoveOn Pushes Back On Gitmo, Torture

By Sam Stein / Huffington Post made a new push on Friday to persuade members of Congress to support the closure of Gitmo and back the White House in its decision to end the use of torture on detainees. In a video made with, the group showcases the ... continue reading

May 29th, 2009

Colin Powell: No Good Samaritan Ray McGovern

Consortium News Watching retired Gen. Colin Powell cite Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan during Sunday’s Memorial Day ceremonies on the Mall in Washington, it struck me that Powell was giving hypocrisy a bad name. Those familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan and the under-reported behavior of Gen. ... continue reading

May 29th, 2009

Levin: CIA Torture Documents Cheney Wants Don't Prove Squat

By Greg Sargent / WhoRunsGovThere’s some important news about Dick Cheney and torture in a speech that Senator Carl Levin gave before the Foreign Policy Administration this week. Specifically: Levin confirmed that he’d seen the classified CIA documents that Cheney has been asking the CIA to declassify and release — ... continue reading

May 27th, 2009

The CIA's History of Deception Melvin A. Goodman

Consortium News "Let me be clear about this," CIA director Leon Panetta told his troops last week, "it was not CIA policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values." Of course, Panetta is entitled to his opinions, but he cannot create his own facts. ... continue reading

May 26th, 2009

Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney For Torture Speech

By Ryan Grim / Huffington Post A former top interrogator is responding forcefully to the case Dick Cheney made on Thursday in favor of torture (what the former VP and his allies refer to as "enhanced interrogation methods.") Brave New Films released a short video Tuesday of Matthew Alexander taking ... continue reading

May 24th, 2009

Yet Another Bogus 'Terror' Plot

By Robert Dreyfuss / Nation By the now, it's maddeningly familiar. A scary terrorist plot is announced. Then it's revealed that the suspects are a hapless bunch of ne'er-do-wells or run-of-the-mill thugs without the slightest connection to any terrorists at all, never mind to Al Qaeda. Finally, the last piece ... continue reading

May 23rd, 2009

The lie Cheney told about A.Q. Khan

by Larisa Alexandrovna / Raw Story Somewhere among the strategically placed references to September 11, 2001 and his unapologetic defense of torture, Dick Cheney managed to lie about a series of topics and events that are well documented. It is, after all, the electronic age and facts are not difficult ... continue reading

May 23rd, 2009

The Disease of Permanent War Chris Hedges

TruthDig The embrace by any society of permanent war is a parasite that devours the heart and soul of a nation. Permanent war extinguishes liberal, democratic movements. It turns culture into nationalist cant. It degrades and corrupts education and the media, and wrecks the economy. The liberal, democratic forces, tasked ... continue reading

May 21st, 2009

The Phony Debate About Torture Elizabeth Holtzman

Huffington Post Former Vice President Dick Cheney has triggered a roaring debate by his recent and repeated claim that torture "worked." Last week, Senator Lindsay Graham echoed the claim that torture "works" and added that is has for five hundred years (a timescale which connects us to the Spanish Inquisition). ... continue reading

May 21st, 2009

U.S. Army paid bonuses to KBR despite deaths

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army paid $83.4 million in bonuses to KBR Inc. (KBR.N), its biggest contractor in Iraq, despite accusations its wiring work has been linked to the electrocution of at least four soldiers and one contractor, a congressional investigative panel said on ... continue reading

May 21st, 2009

Cheney: Fully Loaded

Former Veep's New Financial Filings Show He's Worth Millions in Cash, Stock and Gifts By Spencer Ackerman / Washington Independent Even if he doesn't raise a dime from his political allies, Dick Cheney is well positioned to continue speaking out against the Obama administration's national security agenda, according to the ... continue reading

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Apr 9th
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Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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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
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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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
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Mar 31st
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Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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Mar 14th
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Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 12th
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Mar 7th
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