Tag Archives: David Petraeus

John Kiriakou | Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Shows Inherent Unfairness in U.S. Justice System

First, I want to be clear that I’m not angry at Hillary Clinton personally. I don’t like Hillary. I don’t support her. I don’t trust her. I don’t think she would be a good or trustworthy president. But that’s not the issue here. The issue is the inherent unfairness in the system.

John Feffer | Mouths Wide Shut: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

Feffer: in basement offices in Washington, DC, secure locations in northern Virginia, and listening posts in suburban Maryland, the high priests and priestesses of a secretive cult are quietly toasting the president for a very different legacy: his fierce defense of a lawless and destructive fraternity that has only grown more powerful on his watch.

Nick Turse: Problem Partners, Ugly Outcomes U.S. Special Ops Missions in Africa Fail to Stem Rising Tide of Terror Groups, Coups, and Human Rights Abuses

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure  By Nick Turse   Tom Dispatch  September 10, 2015 Let’s take a moment to consider failure and its options in Washington. The U.S. has been warring with the Islamic State (IS) for more than a year now. The centerpiece of that war has been an ongoing campaign of bombings […]

Peter Maass: Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Two-Tier Justice System for Leaks

 As The New York Times noted today, the deal “allows Mr. Petraeus to focus on his lucrative post-government career as a partner in a private equity firm and a worldwide speaker on national security issues.”   BY PETER MAASS  The Intercept  March 3, 2015 David Petraeus, the former Army general and CIA director, admitted today […]

▶ ‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern on excessive police force

Liberty activist and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been released by New York police, after spending hours behind bars. Joins RT to tell everyone what happened. Published on Oct 31, 2014 Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! […]

Glenn Greenwald: The Snowden Saga Begins, “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light”

Tomgram: Glenn Greenwald, How I Met Edward Snowden By Glenn Greenwald  Tom Dispatch.com  May 13, 2014 Read Tom Englehardt’s introduction here. [This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of […]

Nick Turse: Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053. The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment

Tomgram, Nick Turse: The Pentagon Makes History the First Casualty Click here to read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction. By Nick Turse TomDispatch.com  February 18, 2014 It’s 2053 — 20 years since you needed a computer, tablet, or smart phone to go online.  At least, that’s true in the developed world: you know, China, India, Brazil, and even some parts […]

Polly Mann> Messages Made Manifest

By Polly Mann  WAMM Newsletter   May 2013 In my article in the March/April issue of the WAMM newsletter I overlooked one category of reasons why women might join the military, and an important one at that – they may truly believe that they can help spread democracy and bring freedom to other nations. That’s because people […]

The Guardian> James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq – Full Documentary

James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how retired US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq. […]

Chris Floyd> A Low, Dishonest Decade: New Details for the Iraq War Crime Mosaic

A Low, Dishonest Decade: New Details for the Iraq War Crime Mosaic By Chris Floyd (about the author)  OpEdNews Op Eds 3/7/2013 at 22:40:40 Picture Source: Empire Burlesque The truth-telling of the imprisoned Bradley Manning continues to bear rich fruit, even as he faces a lifetime in prison for acting on principle to save innocent lives and prevent his country […]

Drone Wars: Tactics in Search of a Strategy

Drone Wars: Tactics in Search of a Strategy The confirmation hearings of John Brennan for director of the Central Intelligence Agency serve as the latest searing reminder of the intellectual rigamortis gripping the national security establishment and how brain dead we have become as a country in addressing strategy and strategic issues. by James A. […]

Paul R. Pillar> Drawing Lessons from the Vietnam War

Drawing Lessons from the Vietnam War The Vietnam War may seem like ancient history to many Americans, but that destructive conflict holds important lessons for the present, especially the danger of “group think” driving foreign policy and the value of insights that clash with conventional wisdom, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. […]

The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War

The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War Special Ops, Drones, Spy Games, Civilian Soldiers, Proxy Fighters, and Cyber Warfare By Nick Turse   June 14, 2012    Tom Dispatch It looked like a scene out of a Hollywood movie.  In the inky darkness, men in full combat gear, armed with automatic weapons and wearing […]

Glenn Greenwald> America’s drone sickness

America’s drone sickness BY GLENN GREENWALD     April 19, 2012      Salon.com This headline and first paragraph from today’s Washington Post scoop by Greg Miller speaks volumes about so many things: General David Petraeus in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 18, 2011 (Credit: REUTERS/Ahmad Masood) There are many evils in the world, but extinguishing people’s lives with targeted, extra-judicial killings, when you […]

Ray McGovern> Divining the Truth about Iran & National Day of Action Sat. Feb. 4

Divining the Truth about Iran No War On Iran: National Day of Action Feb 4:  3:00 PM, Protest at Mayday Plaza 3rd Street & Cedar Ave. on the West Bank in Minneapolis. Be part of a visible anti-war presence! Exclusive: Like before the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. news media is flooding Americans with alarmist accounts about […]

Edward Gibbon at America’s Grave What the Future Will Remember About America’s Decline and Fall

Edward Gibbon at America’s Grave What the Future Will Remember About America’s Decline and Fall  By Mike Davis     Tom Dispatch 1. Twin Towers Two years from now the staffs of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker will move into the most haunted building in the world.  There, the elite of American celebrity photographers, gossip columnists, and magazine journalists may […]