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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.

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 More

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

[youtube=http://youtu.be/5N9AknF0ZMk] 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 More

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 More

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 More

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 More

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 More

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 More

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