Sunday, April 23, 2017

Foreign Policy

FBI Agrees to Give Records to Anti-War Reporters

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – In a win for government-transparency advocates, the FBI has agreed to turn over records it created when it spied on two anti-war journalists and pay $299,000 to settle their attorneys’...

US ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism to Keep Itself in Business

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to ”back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave...

Capitol Media Group Didn’t Tell Vets They Were Lobbying for Saudi Arabia

Army vet: Scott Wheeler “never told me Saudi Arabia was behind it, nor would I have agreed to do it had I known” Other veterans, still convinced by flawed argument used to lobby against anti-terror law, at peace...

The Fear Racket

Ever since the conversion of the U.S. government to a national security state after World War II, the coin of the realm has been crisis and fear. Seize on crises — and sometimes even...

Made in America

Who says America doesn't make anything? It makes "crises." See Iran, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and North Korea.

Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s No Contest

Last July, while stumping for then-candidate, now-president Donald Trump, US Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) gleefully referenced nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails released by the transparency/disclosure journalists at Wikileaks. “Need further proof that the fix...

Israeli Settlers Taunt Palestinian Hunger-strikers with Barbecue

Israeli settlers held a barbecue on Thursday outside a jail where Palestinian detainees are currently on hunger strike in an attempt to make their protest more arduous. Dozens of Israelis gathered outside the Ofer jail,...

GAO Weighs In On “Countering Violent Extremism”

The ongoing controversy and litigation over the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” has reignited a debate that has raged since the 9/11 attacks: Who commits more domestic terrorism–violent Salafists or traditional “right wing” extremists? According...

The Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria

A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017 Dear Larry: I am responding to your distribution of what I understand is a White House statement claiming intelligence findings about...

The National Security State Was One Big Mistake

The year 1989 brought an unexpected shock to the U.S. national-security establishment. The Soviet Union suddenly and unexpectedly tore down the Berlin Wall, withdrew Soviet troops from East Germany and Eastern Europe, dissolved the...