Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Waterboarded 183 times in One Month

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TIMES ONLINE– CIA interrogators used the controverisal waterboarding technique 183 times on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks and 83 times on another al-Qaeda suspect, according to The New York Times. A 2005 Justice Department memorandum revealed that the simulated drowning technique was used on Mohammed 183 times in March 2003. Abu Zubaydah, the first … Read More

“War on Terror” Changed to “Overseas Contingency Operations”

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WASHINGTON POST– The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase “global war on terror,” a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor. In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department’s office of security review noted that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please … Read More

Peace for Israeilis and Palestinians? Not Without America’s Tough Love

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR– More than 20 years ago, many Americans decided they could no longer watch as racial segregation divided South Africa. Compelled by an injustice thousands of miles away, they demanded that their communities, their colleges, their municipalities, and their government take a stand. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Today, … Read More

It’s Obama’s War Now

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COUNTERPUNCH– There are now at present some 68,000 U.S. troops and 42,000 allied forces occupying Afghanistan, in league with the Northern Alliance warlords and the corrupt and feeble Karzai regime in Kabul. President Obama clearly wishes to increase the figure and will announce before an audience of West Point cadets Tuesday that he will add over 30,000 more while pushing … Read More

Totally Occupied: 700 Military Bases Sprawl Across Afghanistan

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ALTERNET– In the nineteenth century, it was a fort used by British forces. In the twentieth century, Soviet troops moved into the crumbling facilities.  In December 2009, at this site in the Shinwar district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, U.S. troops joined members of the Afghan National Army in preparing the way for the next round of foreign occupation.  On its … Read More

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