9/11 & the War on Terror
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The US military campaign against al-Qaeda should not be seen as a conflict without end, the Pentagon's chief lawyer has said in a speech that broached a rarely discussed subject among US officials. The address by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson on Thursday marked the first time a senior US official publicly raised the possibility of an end to the so-called "war on terror," launched by former president George W Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. The US government points to the existence of an armed conflict as the legal underpinning for the indefinite detention of the global armed group's members and allies and for drone strikes in places such as Pakistan. Johnson's remarks, which were released by the Pentagon on Friday, could ignite a global political debate with arguments from both the left and the right.
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Detainees in custody of the US military were interrogated while drugged with powerful antipsychotic and other medications that "could impair an individual's ability to provide accurate information," according to a declassified Department of Defense (DoD) inspector general's report that probed the alleged use of "mind altering drugs" during interrogations. In addition, detainees were subjected to "chemical restraints," hydrated with intravenous (IV) fluids while they were being interrogated and, in what appears to be a form of psychological manipulation, the inspector general's probe confirmed at least one detainee - convicted terrorist supporter Jose Padilla - was the subject of a "deliberate ruse" in which his interrogator led him to believe he was given an injection of "truth serum."
Jose Padilla at the Navy Consolidated Brig, Charleston, South Carolina.
During the NSA eavesdropping controversy, Bush defenders insisted there was no harm from bypassing the FISA court because they were only eavesdropping on Bad Terrorists ( who could possibly object to that? ), which prompted this obvious, unanswerable question (one I asked here , among other places): if you really have so much evidence proving that the targets of your eavesdropping are Terrorists, then why not go show it to the court and get a warrant? After all, the more incriminating evidence you claim exists, the more (not less) reason there is to show it to a court.
Jeremy Scahill Reveals CIA Facility, Prison in Somalia as U.S. Expands Covert Ops in Stricken NationThis is a rush transcript.
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9/11 Commission Admits It Never Got The Facts … But No One Wants to Hear From the People Who Know What Happened
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The longest missing American in Iraq is a contractor by the name of Kirk von Ackermann.
US "war on terror" - Iraq
US "war on terror" - Afghanistan & Pakistan
WikiLeaks typically posts leaked documents, and lets reporters and readers reach their own conclusions. Now, the whistleblowing website has unveiled an in-depth report based on what it claims to be classified footage of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that claimed the lives of two Reuters employees, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen . On July 12, 2007, Chmagh and Noor-Eldeen, members of the Reuters Baghdad bureau were killed on a reporting assignment in the neighborhood of New Baghdad.
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, just as he has done in years past, a top military intelligence analyst identified by the US government only as "Iron Man" will hunker down in front of his television and watch a particularly gruesome scene of the carnage left behind on that fateful day.
With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 just a month away, the intelligence failures leading up to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have started to attract fresh scrutiny from former counterterrorism officials, who have called into question the veracity of the various government probes that concluded who knew what and when. Indeed, an exclusive report recently published by Truthout based on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and an interview with a former high-ranking counterterrorism official showed how a little-known military intelligence unit, unbeknownst to the various investigative bodies probing the terrorist attacks, was ordered by senior government officials to stop tracking Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda's movements prior to 9/11.
The tragic irony of the 21st century is that just as faith in technology collapsed on the world's stock markets in 2000, it came to power in the White House and Pentagon. For the Project for a New American Century's ambition of "full-spectrum dominance" - in which its country could "fight and win multiple, simultaneous major-theatre wars" - was a monster borne up by the high tide of techno euphoria of the 1990s.