Tag Archives: counterterrorism

The Great-Power Competition: Can We Hear What Our Competitors Say? 

By WAMM Newsletter Staff  WAMM Newsletter Vol. 37  Num. 5  Fall 2019 The bombing of suspected ISIS continued even after the first announcement that the Islamic caliphate had been defeated with the 2017 obliteration of Mosul in Iraq, and Raqqa in Syria. War on the Middle East is not over even when it’s been announced that […]

Chris Hedges | Thought Police for the 21st Century

This censorship is global.

Tom Engelhardt | Mapping a World from Hell: 76 Countries Are Now Involved in Washington’s War on Terror 

The Costs of War Project has produced not just a map of the war on terror, 2015-2017 (released at TomDispatch with this article), but the first map of its kind ever. It offers an astounding vision of Washington’s counterterror wars across the globe…

U.S. Military Operations Are Biggest Motivation for Homegrown Terrorists, FBI Study Finds

Sageman says that the shortcomings of CVE models reflect a misapprehension of what drives political violence.

Living in the Shadow of Counterterrorism: Meet the Muslim Women Taking on the National Security State

Informants, paid and unpaid, played a critical role in at least half of these cases, the report found. High-ranking government officials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) also used these cases for their own political gain, according to reports. Often, allegations of terrorism have prompted the arrests of Muslim Americans like the Duka brothers, based on wholly fabricated plots, trumped up by federal authorities eager to show they are combating “homegrown terrorism.”

In America, UN Finds Rights To Peaceful Assembly And Association Eroded

“The outcry for accountability for police shootings is deafening.”
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…while Kiai commended the work of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, he expressed his astonishment at the lack of official data documenting police use of force.

Michael German | The Failure of Our Counter-Intelligence Discourse (Video)

Michael German, former FBI agent and a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program at the New York University of Law, spoke at Peacestock on terrorism. Peacestock is sponsored by Minnesota Chapters of Veterans for Peace.

How Obama went from reluctant warrior to drone champion

… there’s the president who, over the last seven years, has sanctioned the largest targeted killing campaign in American history.

Jameel Jaffer | A Less-Secret Drone Campaign

The public’s right to information about the drone campaign, and about counterterrorism policy more generally, should not depend on the grace of executive branch officials. Transparency should be required by law.

Ryan Devereaux: When will Obama apologize for all the other innocent victims of Drone strikes

Devereaux: The absence of transparency, despite the Rehman family’s tremendous efforts, has been a defining feature of the Obama administration’s drone program. Typically, no amount of evidence gathered by journalists, human rights investigators or researchers indicating the death of a civilian from a drone strike will elicit an on-the-record response from the U.S. government — let alone an admission of responsibility — or prompt an independent investigation.

Glenn Greenwald | What’s Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in its Name? – The Intercept

Greenwald: There can be no doubt that such new criminal laws are specifically intended to ban ideas these governments dislike.

The Daily Beast: Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

 Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.” Partick Baz/AFP/Getty Eli Lake  The Daily Beast  September 13, 2014 America’s rapidly-expanding war against ISIS won’t involve large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, President […]

▶ Democracy Now! Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Committed War Crimes

Published on Jun 2, 2014 http://www.democracynow.org – Richard Clarke, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official, tells Democracy Now! he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this […]

Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order Wednesday, February 13, 2013  Activist Post President Obama bypassed the Congress on Tuesday and signed the much maligned but anticipated cybersecurity executive order. He made the announcement during the State of the Union address, stating: ‘We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private email. We know foreign countries and […]

Michael Greenberg> The Problem of the New York Police

The Problem of the New York Police Michael Greenberg  OCTOBER 25, 2012 New York Review of Books New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, District Attorney Cyrus Vance, and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at a press conference announcing the arrest of Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh on terrorism charges, May 12, 2011. (Mary Altaffer/AP Images) Over the […]

Glenn Greenwald> “Militants”: media propaganda

“Militants”: media propaganda To avoid counting civilian deaths, Obama re-defined “militant” to mean “all military-age males in a strike zone” BY GLENN GREENWALD    MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012 11:32 PM CDT Salon.com  Virtually every time the U.S. fires a missile from a drone and ends the lives of Muslims,  American media outlets dutifully trumpet in headlines that the dead were ”militants” – even though those media outlets literally […]

Jeremy Scahill> The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia

The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia Jeremy Scahill     13 February 2012 July 12, 2011   |    This article appeared in the August 1-8, 2011 edition of The Nation. Nestled in a back corner of Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport is a sprawling walled compound run by the Central Intelligence Agency. Set on the coast of the Indian […]

FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’ | Danger Room | Wired.com

FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’ By Spencer Ackerman September 14, 2011  |  8:45 pm  |  Wired.com The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is […]