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Did Iranian agents dupe Pentagon officials?

By John Walcott | Defense Department counterintelligence investigators suspected that Iranian exiles who provided dubious intelligence on Iraq and Iran to a small group...

U.S. defends removal of Guantanamo judge

By Michelle Shephard | The military judge in charge of the U.S. war crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay is defending the removal of the...

“Enough Is Enough, It’s Time to Get Out”

Dozens of veterans from the U.S. occupation of Iraq converged in this west coast city over the weekend to share stories of atrocities being...

Noam Chomsky on Marijuana

By John Veit - HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE | A hundred years from now, Avram Noam Chomsky is going to figure in the history books as...

US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships

By Duncan Campbell and Richard Norton-Taylor | The United States is operating "floating prisons" to house those arrested in its war on terror, according...

The ‘War Crimes File’

Hartford Courant | It comes as a relief to know that FBI agents were aghast at harsh interrogation techniques used by American military and...

White House fed war propaganda to a “complicit” media

By Bill Van Auken | In a stunning blow to what very little remains of the Bush administration’s political credibility, the president’s former press...

The last Briton in Guantanamo faces death penalty

By Robert Verkaik | A British resident who is facing the death penalty in Guantanamo Bay has made a final desperate plea to Gordon...

The Genealogy of Torture and Democracy

By Shannon Jones | The horrifying scenes of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the mistreatment of detainees at the US...

Brown: To Be More Than an Accessory to War Crimes

By Tariq Ali | Power can shape “truth”, but not for ever. That is one lesson that could be learned from the series of electoral...

Appeal from Tony Benn / Stop the War Coalition

By Tony Benn | The destruction of Iraq continues; its people killed amidst bombings and atrocities, a million or more dead, many more than...

American Psychological Association Supports Torture

By Stephen Soldz | Since 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) has steadfastly asserted that psychologists participating in detainee interrogations protects detainees by helping...

‘We Are Stuck’ With Guantanamo, Gates Says

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who last year said he would look for ways to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison, has told the...

Indictment and Trial of Bush and Cheney

By David Swanson | Remarks made on May 24, 2008, in Radford, Va., at the Building a New World Conference: http://www.wpaconference.org. In a December...

Mass Funding For War While There’s Poverty At Home

By Paul Craig Roberts | The US Senate has voted $165 billion to fund Bush’s wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq through next...

US residents in military brigs? Govt says it’s war

By MATT APUZZO | If his cell were at Guantanamo Bay, the prisoner would be just one of hundreds of suspected terrorists detained offshore,...

All War All The Time

By Sam Smith | As it tries to recover from the most expensive failure in American military history, the Pentagon has its eyes on...

25 USA Military Officers Challenge Official 9/11 Account

Pakistan Daily | Twenty-five former U.S. military officers have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and called for a new investigation. They include...

Rice’s Lies About Torture

By Dave Lindorff | Is anyone surprised that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that the Bush/Cheney administration’s authorization of torture of captives has...

FBI files indict Bush, Cheney and Co. as war criminals

By Bill Van Auken | The most stunning revelation in a 370-page Justice US Department Inspector General’s report released this week was that agents...

Here Come the Trials: A Military Commissions Cheat Sheet

By Joanne Mariner | In the more than six years since President George Bush first announced the creation of military commissions to prosecute detainees...

DU Shells Used by U.S. Worse Than Nuclear Weapons

NaturalNews | The use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by the U.S. military may lead to a death toll far higher than that from...

FBI Report Details Guantánamo War Crimes

By ERIC LICHTBLAU and SCOTT SHANE | In 2002, as evidence of prisoner mistreatment at Guantánamo Bay began to mount, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents...

I was tortured to confess, Pervez tells appeal court

By Kim Sengupta | Pervez Kambaksh, the Afghan student sentenced to death after being accused of downloading internet reports on women's rights, yesterday pleaded...

McCain: Most Troops Will Be Home by 2013

Senator John McCain declared on Thursday that most American troops will be home from Iraq by 2013 and that Iraq will be a functioning...

Ex-Guantanamo detainees to sue US

By Akhtar Amin | Two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners from Sudan, who were picked up from Peshawar, are demanding an apology and planning to...

Guantánamo Has Backfired Dreadfully

By George Monbiot | When we learned last week that Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi had blown himself up in Mosul in northern Iraq, the US...

Ex-officials: Bush admin ignored Iraq corruption

AP | The Bush administration repeatedly ignored corruption at the highest levels within the Iraqi government and kept secret potentially embarrassing information so as...

Soldiers need loans to eat, report reveals

By Jonathan Owen and Brian Brady | A highly sensitive internal report into the state of the British Army has revealed that many soldiers...

U.S. deploys more than 43,000 unfit for combat

By Gregg Zoroya | More than 43,000 U.S. troops listed as medically unfit for combat in the weeks before their scheduled deployment to Iraq or...

Abuse Claims Mount Against Pentagon, Contractors

By William Fisher | As human rights groups demanded the release of a report on a long-running investigation of the role of the Federal...

US/IRAQ: Pressure to Cut Costs, Troops Strains “Surge”

By Jim Lobe | Growing impatience in Congress over the enormous costs being racked up by the Iraq war, as well as the Pentagon's...

Suicide bomber was in Guantánamo, says US

By Ewen MacAskill | The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that a Kuwaiti released from the US detention camp at Guantánamo Bay three years ago carried...

Pentagon Targeted Iran for Regime Change after 9/11

By Gareth Porter | Three weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks, former U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not...

America’s Chemically Modified 21st Century Soldiers

By Clayton Dach | Amphetamines and the military first met somewhere in the fog of WWII, when axis and allied forces alike were issued...

English village to be invaded in spybot competition

By Ceri Perkins | A village in south-west England will shortly be swarming with robots competing to show off their surveillance skills. The event...

Secret Bush “Finding” Widens War on Iran

By Andrew Cockburn | Six weeks ago, President Bush signed a secret finding authorizing a covert offensive against the Iranian regime that, according to those...

Pentagon Documents Highlight Torture Methods

By Adam Goldman | New York - The military continued to use abusive interrogation methods on detainees after a 2003 directive meant to end...

Leader: US spreading insecurity, terrorism

Press TV | The Leader of the Islamic Revolution has said that Iran's armed forces are like a strong fortress that defends people's security...

A barrage of US threats against Iran

By Peter Symonds | During a press conference on Tuesday, US President George Bush spelled out the threat to Iran contained in last week’s...

Rice: Hamas Iran’s proxy warrior

Press TV | US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has characterized Palestinian Hamas fighters as the “proxy warriors” for the Islamic Republic. Rice made the...

Osama bin Laden’s driver walks out on Guantanamo trial

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - AP | Osama bin Laden's former driver walked out on his war-crimes tribunal Tuesday, saying he did not believe...

The Iraq War Morphs Into The Iranian War

By Paul Craig Roberts | It is 1939 all over again. The world waits helplessly for the next act of naked aggression by rogue...

The Bush team’s Geneva hypocrisy

Newly released U.S. government documents, detailing how Bush administration officials punched legalistic holes in the Geneva Conventions' protections of war captives, stand in stark...

Emails suggest cover-up of Vets suicide rate

By Naomi Spencer | Internal emails from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) turned over to a federal district court in San Francisco this week...

US ‘war on terror’ backfiring, says thinktank

By Mark Tran | The US "war on terror" has backfired, strengthening extremists in Afghanistan and Somalia and turning them into legitimate political actors in the...

Promotion an ominous sign of possible war with Iran

By Farrah Hassen | The promotion of Gen. David Petraeus is another ominous sign that the Bush administration may attack Iran. President Bush is nominating Petraeus,...

DOD data: More forced to stay in Army

By Tom Vanden Brook | The Army has accelerated its policy of involuntary extensions of duty to bolster its troop levels, despite Defense Secretary Robert Gates'...

VA confirms 18 vets attempt suicide every day

By Jason Leopold | VA Tried to Conceal Extent of Attempted Veteran Suicides, Email Shows. Top officials at the Veterans Administration tried to conceal information...

Detainees Allege Being Drugged To Coerce Confessions

By Joby Warrick  | Adel al-Nusairi remembers his first six months at Guantanamo Bay as this: hours and hours of questions, but first, a needle. "I'd fall...

British government lied about Persian Gulf incident

By Paul Mitchell | Secret Ministry of Defence documents released to the Times newspaper reveal that the British government lied about the circumstances surrounding the...

Prince William allegedly misused copter

UPI -- The propriety of Britain's Prince William using a military helicopter to visit his girlfriend is being questioned, a political party spokesman said. Liberal...

Pentagon Institute Calls Iraq War ‘a Major Debacle’

By Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott | The war in Iraq has become “a major debacle” and the outcome “is in doubt” despite improvements...

Peace Activist Faces up to 6 Months in Prison

By PeteinDC | David Barrows challenged Gen. Petraeus During September 2007 Hearing. Sentencing this Wednesday, April 23, at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 220 of D.C....

Questions No One Is Bothering to Ask about Iraq

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch Can there be any question that, since the invasion of 2003, Iraq has been unraveling? And here's the curious thing: Despite...

Behind Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

By DAVID BARSTOW In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just...

Guantanamo Bay eight sue British secret service

Fiona Hamilton The three men from Tipton launched a lawsuit against the American authorities two years ago, alleging they were mistreated during their time...

Vets of recent wars have stress disorder

By Sara A. Carter About 300,000 service members who returned home from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq now suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or...

Pentagon records prisoner abuse by US military

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, AP WASHINGTON (AP) – Military interrogators assaulted Afghan detainees in 2003, using investigation methods they learned during self-defense training, Pentagon documents...

‘Truthers’ blame US and Britain for the Holocaust

Andrew Anthony In Salman Rushdie's soon-to-be-published novel, The Enchantress of Florence, one of the characters is Niccolò Machiavelli, the original dark prince of power politics....

Washington ‘speechless’ after 9/11 comments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Wednesday it was "speechless" after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad voiced doubts about the accepted version of the...

Iranian President: 9/11 ‘suspect event’

BBC Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York as a "suspect event" and queried the death...

Bush halts Iraq troop cuts but shortens tours

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Thursday he would suspend U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq this summer but cut...

The BBC as an Imperial Tool?

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News At a time of growing public disenchantment with the major media, millions now rely on alternate sources. Many online and print...

Obama and Hillary Spin a ‘Big Lie’ About Iraq

The two Dems lie every time they discuss Iraq on the campaign trail, but the media refuse to call them on it. By Joshua Holland The...

Nato to back US missile defence

Nato countries have agreed to back US plans to site a missile defence system in Europe, at a summit in Romania. Member states will endorse...

9/11 Truth Movement vs. 9/11 Truth

I found myself once again singing at an antiwar rally two weeks ago, and once again being confronted by a red-faced white man with...

VIDEO: President Bush Booed at Baseball Game

There's a reason President Bush almost never appears before members of the general public: They really don't like him. Despite the delirious mood of...

A third American war crime in the making

The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on...

Detainee claims torture at U.S. base

Says he received electric shocks in Afghanistan after being seized over alleged links to 9/11. WASHINGTON — A resident of Germany who was imprisoned for...

U.S., Canada violated rights of Gitmo detainee

OTTAWA — The U.S. is violating international norms by holding a Canadian former child soldier at Guantanamo Bay, his lawyers told Canada's high court...

Blackwater’s Employment Investigated

House oversight committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman expanded his effort yesterday to investigate private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, calling for a wide-ranging federal inquiry...

National Guard has played major role in war in Iraq

SPRINGFIELD – On the five-year anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, more than 9,000 Illinois Army National Guard soldiers and 3,700 Illinois Air National Guard...

Obama: US less safe since Iraq war

The Iraq war has left America less safe and has emboldened al Qaida, Iran, North Korea and the Taliban, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama...

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of Iraq

On March 19, 2008, the United States will have been in Iraq for five years - longer than the three years and eight months...

The only lesson we ever learn is that we never learn

Five years on, and still we have not learnt. With each anniversary, the steps crumble beneath our feet, the stones ever more cracked, the...

Bush Still Spinning Nukes in Iran

The unanimous conclusion of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, that Iran ceased pursuing a program of nuclear weapons in 2003, has dealt a severe...

The Iraq War as a War Crime

The Iraq War — now ending its fifth bloody year — represents not only a human tragedy of enormous consequence and possibly the greatest...

Reviving Vietnam War Tactics

The top counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq advocates practicing a "global Phoenix Program," alluding to the notorious Vietnam-era CIA operation that...

McCain the Warmonger?

If you've followed Senator John McCain at all, you've heard about his tendency to, well, explode. He's erupted at numerous Senate colleagues, including many...

Anti-war demo draws thousands

Thousands of anti-war protesters rallied to demand Britain withdraw its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Activists urging an end to Britain's role in overseas' wars...

Yemeni man accuses CIA of torture

A Yemeni national accused American secret agents of subjecting him to various forms of torture during nearly three years of CIA detention, in a...

Guantanamo detainee’s request for key witness OKd

Prosecutors must make available a military commander who allegedly altered a report to cast blame on their client for the killing of a U.S....

War vets to talk about US atrocities

In an event in Washington, veterans and soldiers have urged other members of the military to join them in speaking out against war in...

Khadr’s lawyers want names of U.S. interrogators

Lawyers for Omar Khadr are asking a U.S. military judge for the names of interrogators who questioned the Canadian citizen in Afghanistan in an...

Democrat calls for inquiry into Blackwater

House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman expanded his effort yesterday to investigate private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, calling for a wide-ranging federal inquiry into...

Top Commander Resigns

Admiral William Fallon, the head of U.S. Central Command, resigned on Tuesday, explaining that his reputation as an obstacle of President Bush’s military designs...

CIA Holocaust Claims Twenty Million Victims

The world's number one terrorist organization, the CIA has committed heinous acts of terrorism abroad, murdering critics of US foreign and domestic policies and...

John Pilger: Australia’s hidden Empire

When the outside world thinks about Australia, it generally turns to venerable clichés of innocence — cricket, leaping marsupials, endless sunshine, no worries. Australian...

Is Australia helping with CIA rendition flights?

Is Australia unwittingly helping the US Central Intelligence Agency with the notorious secret flights known as renditions? Australian politicians and defense officials are refusing to...

Why governments can’t continue to ignore torture

European judges have delivered a landmark ruling in the so-called 'war on terror', says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, and it is one that we...

Gov gags “extraordinary renditions” whistleblower

Marcus Morgan Last Friday, the Labour government took out a high court injunction to prevent a former member of the British Special Air Services, Ben...

Clifford claims tour was ‘publicity stunt’

By Nicholas Christian PRINCE Harry's tour of duty in Afghanistan was a "PR stunt" that has not fooled the British public, publicist Max Clifford has...

Horrifying and unnecessary mistreatment of prisoners

Herald Tribune  In the next few days, President George W. Bush is expected to again claim the right to order mistreatment of prisoners that any...

A McCain Presidency Guarantees a Military Draft?

Paul Abrams John McCain tells us that he is not a very good economist. It brings to mind the old joke that the definition of...

UN rejects British denial on rendition

Indian Ocean atoll Diego Garcia was used to hold US suspects, human rights investigator claims Jamie Doward Britain's denials that its territories have been used for...

Obama’s Blackwater Problem

Jeremy Scahill A senior foreign policy adviser to leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told me that if elected Obama will not "rule out"...

Vets Break Silence on War Crimes

U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to descend on Washington from Mar. 13-16 to testify about war crimes they...

The Guantanamo Files

A freelance historian and journalist, Andy Worthington has spent several years looking at the undercurrents of post-war British social history - in particular the...

VIDEO: The Invisible Government

John Pilger's talk on "The invisible Goverment" is an education in itself about the role of the media from the 1920's onward. Pilger explains...

Stop The War – Mass Demo 15 March

Stop the War: a mass movement to celebrate and defend Socialist Worker The 15 February 2003 demonstration reminds us of the strength of the anti-war movement...

US judge blocks CIA flight case

BBC A US judge has dismissed a case alleging that a subsidiary of Boeing illegally helped the CIA fly terror suspects abroad on rendition flights....

US judge blocks CIA flight case

BBC A US judge has dismissed a case alleging that a subsidiary of Boeing illegally helped the CIA fly terror suspects abroad on rendition flights....

Some Of The Outrageous Lies About 9/11

By Joseph A. Lopisi It is hard to pick a place to start in terms of talking about the most outrageous lies that the Bush...

CIA Veteran Calls for Bush’s Impeachment

Ray McGovern says there is enough evidence to impeach Bush, Cheney over torture, Iraq and Iran Chris Gelken After 27 years as an analyst with the...

New court can silence captives who tell secrets

A new court at Guantánamo would allow the U.S. military to keep its secrets by cutting off terror suspects' testimony from the ears of...

Secret CIA flights to face top-level court inquiry

Prosecutors from Spain's National Court are seeking key witnesses in relation to alleged secret CIA flights in which dozens of Islamist prisoners were transported...

British plan to build Taliban training camp

Revealed: British plan to build training camp for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan By Jerome Starkey in Kabul Britain planned to build a Taliban training camp for...

Germany rejects US demand to increase troops

By Tony Paterson in Berlin A bitter diplomatic row between Germany and the United States deepened yesterday after Berlin flatly rejected demands from Washington that...

9/11 Truth – New Study Raises More Questions

New study from Pilots for 9 11 Truth No Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon A study of the black box data provided by the government...

9/11 – Was the Bush administration complicit?

by Citizen Sage The unanswered questions about 9-11 can no longer be ignored. A new, more comprehensive investigation by the US Congress is required, given...

Denmark to query US about secret CIA flights

COPENHAGEN : Denmark will demand answers from the United States for the "unacceptable" use of a Danish airport in Greenland for secret CIA flights,...

Insights of a Lawyer: Was 9/11 an Inside Job?

by Hal. C. Sisson, QC In mid January 2008 united 9/11 Truth Movements across Canada, spearheaded by Victoria and Vancouver branches, sent a petition letter...

US willing to send troops to Pakistan

ROBERT BURNS The Bush administration is willing to send a small number of U.S. combat troops to Pakistan to help fight the insurgency there if...

Guantanamo as a symbol

By Ramzy Baroud Guantanamo is a dark spot in U.S. history and shall go down in world history as a symbol of injustice and oppression 11...

The List: The World’s Top Spy Agencies

With the Cold War long over, the CIA no longer faces any real competition, right? Wrong. The world’s top espionage agencies are as busy...

Bush and Bin Laden continue to benefit each other

By Robert Parry Just as Sylvester and Tweety Bird achieved lasting Hollywood fame from their comical cartoon chases, the less amusing duo of George W....

They Can’t Cover Up Iraq’s Death Toll Catastrophe

John Tirman The warmongers who got us into Iraq are blaming everyone but themselves for the humanitarian disaster they created. Now I know what Hillary Clinton...

TURNING A BLIND EYE TO TORTURE

Both images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff Canada to rewrite ‘torture’ manual   Amnesty International has criticised a decision by Canada to rewrite a training manual that put...

Canada Manual: US Prisoners Face Torture

AP A training manual for Canadian diplomats lists the United States as a country where prisoners risk torture and abuse, citing interrogation techniques such as...

Former US congressman indicted

An ex-congressman is indicted for his part in an alleged terrorist fundraising and accused of sending $130,000 to a Taliban supporter. A US grand...

Gitmo Torture Appeal Rejected

US appellate court rejects British victims’ suit for Guantánamo torture damages By John Burton On January 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the District...

The year of living dangerously: Bush in crisis

This year probably won’t be any worse for George W. Bush than last year or the year before, but it’s likely to be a...

Bush takes arms deal to Saudis for support against Iran

US president seeks to persuade oil-rich ally into backing Washington against Iran. The US administration is expected to formally tell Congress of a planned $20bn...

Cossiga: US, Mossad behind 9/11

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga says global intelligence agencies assert the 9/11 attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad. Although Osama bin Laden...

CIA Hid Other Tapes From 9/11 Commission

 jimd3100We know now that the CIA kept from the 9/11 Commission tapes of al Qaeda suspects in violation of law. But why isn't mainstream...

Nandigram… CPM’s hubris

Stephen Lendman and Arun Shrivastava RINF Alternative News Abstract: This review paper documents the events of Nandigram and role of the Communist Party of India Marxists...

The Pentagon Plan to Drug Troops

Chris Floyd   Penny Coleman at Alternet.com gives us a look at a new program designed to dull the moral sensibilities of American soldiers in combat...

‘War criminal Bush persona non grata’

A senior Lebanese cleric has called on Arab and Muslim countries to declare George W. Bush persona non grata and sue him for 'war...

New probe aims to cover up CIA tortures

By John Catalinotto In an attempt to limit political damage and protect the highest officials, the new U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey has...

Double Agent Gadahn Threatens Bush In Neo-Con Stunt

Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Zionist who once called Muslims "bloodthirsty terrorists" helps Giuliani's flagging numbers before New Hampshire primary Adam Pearlman, the Jewish Mossad agent who...

President Bush Torturer-in-Chief

US constitutional expert Jonathan Turley says only the United States president could have ordered the torture of al-Qaeda suspects. Following a report that the...

List of Bush Administration Scandals

List of Scandalized Administration Officials By Paul Kiel Boy, was it time for an update. Late last year we decided to take stock of all the Bush...

VIDEO: The True Story of Charlie Wilson

As incredible as anything in the pages of Tom Clancy or John le Carré, this is a gripping story of international intrigue, booze, drugs,...

Criminals In The Bush Administration

Criminals In The Bush Administration By- Suzie-Q TPM´s Great List of Scandalized Administration Officials Boy, was it time for an update. Late last year we decided to take...

Bogus Neocon Terror War Costs $6,000 Per Second

Phil Plait Whenever the Bush administration balks at spending money on some needed issue, I always mention on my blog that the...

VIDEO: Pakistan and 9/11

Protected by Bush CIA = ISI (Pakistani intelligence) = al Queda On October 1, 2001, did the FBI uncover evidence that Lt. General Mahmood Ahmed,...

GOP deals Dems some bitter pills

By Deirdre Shesgreen The first session of the 110th Congress started off with a snap and had plenty of crackle. But the end was more...

US urges others to help shut Gitmo

US Secretary of State has urged countries that have nationals in Guantanamo Bay to help Washington close the detention center. "We need some help...

History of Presidential Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Sobercircle.com George W. Bush There has been no shortage of controversy when it comes to the younger years of our current president. Described as irresponsible and...

Trust in the Mainstream Media at an all time low

Trust in the Media at an all time low.... 6 Bogus stories in 6 weeks On Monday October 29, 2007... The Multi-National Force Iraq turned over...

UN expresses “grave concern” over CIA torture

UN representative expresses “grave concern” over CIA torture, Guantánamo hearings By Naomi Spencer Following a visit earlier this month to the US military prison at Guantánamo...

Motion Picture Association censors out US torture

Motion Picture Association censors out US torture Denial of US torture is everywhere, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had decided that the US...

Inside the CIA’s notorious ”black sites”

A Yemeni man never charged by the U.S. details 19 months of brutality and psychological torture - the first in-depth, first-person account from inside...

Guantanamo “Living like an animal living in a cage”

By Mohamed Vall in Khartoum, Sudan Adil Hassan Hamad can scarcely believe he is back with his family in Sudan, because only days ago he was...

Ron Paul: Bush no authority to rule world

Presidential hopeful Ron Paul says President Bush has started empire-building by invading Iraq and Afghanistan and beating the drums of war with Iran. ...

Troops investigated over smuggling stolen guns

By Jonathan Owen and Andrew Johnson British soldiers are under investigation over the theft of a weapons cache in Iraq. The Ministry of Defence launched...

US increases Iraq war funds

The US Senate has approved $696 billion (£345 billion) in increased military spending, including boosted funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill has...

In London, the world gathers against war

In the end, New Labour ended up returning to the old discredited territory of the British Empire by occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. Derrick O'Keefe Earlier this...

US ‘tapping cell phones in Indonesia’

US agents in Jakarta have been eavesdropping on Indonesian citizens' phone conversations and reading their text messages, a report says. According to the report...

US repatriates 15 from Guantanamo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The U.S. announced Wednesday that it has sent 15 prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison back to their home...

Blackwater Mercenaries on the USA-Mexico Border

By Nancy Conroy   In San Diego County, California, a firestorm has erupted over plans to build a Blackwater mercenary training camp in the hills behind...

House Democrats Pull War Funding From Budget Offer

The GOP is negotiating in bad faith, Obey says. By Jonathan Weisman     A Democratic deal to give President Bush some war funding in exchange for additional...

Lawyer: CIA may have more interrogation tapes

White House tacitly approved destruction of CIA waterboarding tapes, former official says John Byrne Contrary to the official CIA line, the lawyer for a captured prisoner...

U.S. Government Checking Amazon Customer Records

Big Brother U.S. Government Subpoenaed Amazon.com to Obtain Book Purchasing Records of Customers Mike Adams Newly unsealed court records have revealed that the U.S. government issued...

CIA photos show UK Gitmo detainee was tortured

By Robert Verkaik Lawyers for a British resident who the US government refuses to release from Guantanamo Bay have identified the existence of photographs taken...

Pat Tillman Soldier Death In Afganistan War By M16

Patrick Daniel Tillman was born on 6th November, 1976 in San Jose, California and was into football. He was an American, who quitted sports...

UK Guantánamo four to be released

· Foreign Office took up cases after policy change · Amnesty questions why one man must stay in jail Ed Pilkington in New York, Alexandra Topping The...

The CIA Destroyed Torture Tapes & 9/11 Connection

The CIA's Destroyed Interrogation Tapes and the Saudi-Pakistani 9/11 Connection Gerald Posner On December 5, the CIA's director, General Michael V. Hayden, issued a statement disclosing...

Petroleum and terrorism

Beppe Grillo 11 September 2001. Since then we have been one of the nations at risk of Islamic attacks. More than six years have passed...

Bush adamant that Iran remains dangerous

U.S. president refuses to budge on policy despite new intelligence on Tehran's nuclear ambitions Tim Harper WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON—George...

Ex-Italian President: 9/11 An Inside Job

Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside Job Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Former Italian President and the man who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio...

Canada’s role in depleted uranium weapons

By Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, Med The Government of Canada is in non-compliance with the statutes and regulations of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC),...

Who are the doctors of torture? Why the torture?

Larisa Alexandrovna I cannot stop thinking about the so called "medical doctors" and "psychiatrists" who are helping to torture prisoners in US custody at camps...

Depleted Uranium — Far Worse Than 9/11

Depleted Uranium Dust — Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan Doug Westerman In 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles escaped from the National...

US Roman Catholic Bishop: 9/11 was inside job

RenewAmerica Bishop Richard Williamson, seemingly the most outspoken and controversial bishop of the Society of St. Pius X, asserted in a recent talk that...

The Neoconservative Agenda to Sacrifice the Fifth Fleet

The Neoconservative Agenda to Sacrifice the Fifth Fleet — The New Pearl Harbor  By Michael Salla The U.S. plans for an attack on Iran envision to...

The Taliban rise again?

The Taliban now control most of Afghanistan - and may soon share power, says robert fox President Karzai of Afghanistan has announced that six years...

Bringing the War on Terrorism Home

Congress Considers Methods to Disrupt Movements in the United States Bringing the War on Terrorism Home: Congress Considers How to ‘Disrupt’ Radical Movements in the...

Japan opposition stands ground on Afghan mission

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan's opposition stood firm Thursday against resuming a naval mission supporting the US-led "war on terror" in Afghanistan as a ship...

The True Cost of the Iraq War

The Iraq War has cost Americans well over $1 trillion. According to a study by the Democratic Staff of Congress' Joint Economic Committee, entitled...

“Safe” Uranium That Left a Town Contaminated

By David Rose They were told depleted uranium was not hazardous. Now, 23 years after a US arms plant closed, workers and residents have cancer...

Bush Cheney really is planning to attack Iran!

With the encouragement of Democrats-from-Mars LOOK OUT--HERE THEY COME AGAIN! Bush & Buckshot are riding their little stick horses, waving the bloody flag of 9/11,...

Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes

It’s Treason: Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes By Richard W. Behan Lying to the people and the Congress was the most despicable violation...

Bush Stands by His Dictator

By Robert Scheer "The war on terror” made me do it. That’s the excuse that works for George W. Bush to rationalize his assaults on...

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The War Against Strawmen

by Harry Browne
by Harry Browne

The Bush Administration continues to maintain that its war in Iraq, and its adventures anywhere else, are aimed at ending worldwide terrorism.

But such a feat is not only impossible, it is absurd.

Terrorism is a crime, not a war. Terrorism is committed by gangs of criminals — not soldiers representing a sovereign government. And no one in his right mind can believe that our government can eliminate every criminal gang in the world.

If our government could do that, why wouldn’t it start with the drug gangs that terrorize areas of Washington, D.C.? What a perfect opportunity for the politicians to demonstrate their crime-fighting abilities.

On October 4, 2001, I wrote:

Because the September attacks were a crime, the government's job is to locate and bring to trial any perpetrators who didn't die in the attacks. If some of them are located in foreign countries, our government should request extradition — not threaten to bomb the foreign country if we don't get our way.

I was criticized by some people, who asked, "But what if all the ‘criminals’ aren’t caught"

And yet, here we are four years later, tens of thousands of people have died, and still not all the criminals have been caught regardless. Osama Bin Laden not only hasn’t been apprehended, he isn’t even talked about anymore. As I said in 2001:

If not all the criminals are found and brought to trial, it doesn't mean that bombing innocent people would have brought the criminals to justice.

So why do the politicians talk about a War on Terrorism that makes no sense?

Because it opens the door to all sorts of aggressions against foreigners and Americans.

And it allows the politicians — most notably the leading members of the Bush administration — to pose as noble warriors against enemies that are really only Strawmen.

Charley Reese, in a recent LewRockwell.com article, quoted Dick Cheney as claiming a U.S. pullout from Iraq would leave it in the hands of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Osama Bin Laden, and/or Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Charley points out that "Zarqawi is a Jordanian, not an Iraqi; he has been denounced by his tribe and his family; and he has killed more Iraqis than Americans. It is just a matter of time before some Iraqi drops a dime on him and he’s packed off to Islamic hell."

But he’s a worthy Strawman, a bogey man, whose name is worth a hundred million dollars or more in Congressional appropriations.

Charley goes on, "As for bin Laden and his Egyptian adviser, they are — assuming they’re still alive — hiding out in some cave or rat-infested village in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They could not control a small town, much less a country of 25 million people of which neither of them is a native."

As we all know, the U.S. government has since World War II been financing and arming various foreign dictators — such as Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega, the Shah of Iran, and others — only to denounce and attack them once they become wealthy and aggressive enough to be worthy Strawmen.

It’s also true that the U.S. government has financed and armed various opposition groups that supposedly represent the opportunity to topple the mean old dictators. Often these groups oppose each other, and engage in violence against one another. But no matter, the object of our government is to be doing something to fight a Strawman.

Robert Dreyfuss, in another excellent LewRockwell.com article, catalogs a number of the groups that opposed Saddam Hussein and are now battling for control of Iraq. There is far more than the Iraqi National Congress. The strongest groups are SCIRI (the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution), Al Dawa (The Islamic Call), SCIRI’s paramilitary arm, the Badr Brigade, the Muslim Brotherhood , represented by IIP (the Iraqi Islamic Party) — not to mention Al-Qaeda. The first three originated and are based in — guess where — Iran. In fact, SCIRI was founded in 1982 by Ayatollah Khomeini.

Today these groups are fighting each other as much as they’re fighting Iraqi insurgents, Americans, or Iraqi civilians. They regularly practice torture, assassinations, and other dastardly deeds upon one another. They are fighting to become the rulers of the new Iraq — the "democracy" that George Bush claims to be creating.

Is this what 2,000 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis have died for? Is this what $200 billion dollars has financed? Is this why we have given up so much of our freedom?

And whoever wins the battle to rule Iraq will eventually become Strawmen against whom the Bush administration can get on its horses and ride off to protect us.

There is no War on Terrorism. There is only a War on Strawmen, a War on Shadows, a War on Fantasies — allowing George Bush to do whatever he, or his advisors, choose to do.

It is time to quit pretending that the War in Iraq serves any purpose relating to world peace, democracy in the Middle East, the first line against terrorism, or any other salutary goal.

It is simply part of the War on Strawmen.

December 14 , 2005

Harry Browne [send him mail], the author of Why Government Doesn't Work and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

Copyright © 2005 Harry Browne

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