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Former Military Interrogator Matthew Alexander: Despite GOP Claims, "Immoral" Torture "Slowed Down" Effort to Find Osama bin Laden
Excellent interview on Democracy Now today discussing the question of whether torture helped or hindered the hunt for bin Laden. Both video and text transcript of the interview available.
4blogpost  torture  gwot 
may 2011 by kkennedy
To Protect an Ancient City, China Moves to Raze It
A lot going on here. -- 'Chinese officials have offered somewhat befuddling explanations for their plans. Mr. Xu calls Kashgar “a prime example of rich cultural history and at the same time a major tourism city in China.” Yet the demolition plan would reduce to rubble Kashgar’s principal tourist attraction, a magnet for many of the million-plus people who visit each year.' "
history  gwot  china 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Terrorists in Prison: is there anything the Right doesn't fear? - Glenn Greenwald -
FTA:'The "debate" over all the bad and scary things that will happen if Obama closes Guantanamo and we then incarcerate those detainees in American prisons is so painfully stupid even by the standards of our political discourse that it's hard to put into words'
politics  guantanamo  gwot  terrorism 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Obama's civil liberties speech - Glenn Greenwald -
"...while his well-crafted speech can have a positive impact on our debate and contained some welcome and rare arguments from a high-level political leader -- changes in the terms of the debate are prerequisites to changes in policy and the value of rhetoric shouldn't be understated -- they're still just words until his actions become consistent with them."
politics  legal  gwot  terrorism  barackobama  salon 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Obama After Bush - Leading by Second Thought
FTA: 'President Obama’s decisions this week to retain important elements of the Bush-era system for trying terrorism suspects and to block the release of pictures showing abuse of American-held prisoners abroad are the most graphic examples yet of how he has backtracked, in substantial if often nuanced ways, from the approach to national security that he preached as a candidate, and even from his first days in the Oval Office.'
gwot  terrorism  barackobama  nyt 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Explorer-Scouts Train in Post-9/11 Law Enforcement Methods
FTA: 'The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.' -- To clarify, it's not the Boy Scouts directly, it's the Explorer program...but nevertheless, when this goes awry, it's going to Go Really Awry. Yikes. (and note, the actual news article headine is 'Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More'.)
gwot  terrorism  nyt 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Why the Bush torture architects must be prosecuted: A counter-terror expert speaks out
FTA: 'Now, at long last, six years of denials can now be swept aside, and we can say definitively: America engaged in torture and legalized it through paperwork.'
torture  gwot  legal 
april 2009 by kkennedy
In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Past Use
FTA: 'The program began with Central Intelligence Agency leaders in the grip of an alluring idea: They could get tough in terrorist interrogations without risking legal trouble by adopting a set of methods used on Americans during military training. How could that be torture?' -- Please tell me that's not the new the people than RAN THE GOVERNMENT? Gah.
torture  gwot  legal  nyt 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Obama Open to Inquiry in Interrogation Abuses
FTA: 'Three Bush administration lawyers who signed memos, John C. Yoo, Jay S. Bybee and Steven G. Bradbury, are the subjects of a coming report by the Justice Department’s ethics office that officials say is sharply critical of their work. The ethics office has the power to recommend disbarment or other professional penalties or, less likely, to refer cases for criminal prosecution.'
torture  gwot  legal 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Of Course It Was Torture
by Gene Healy (Cato Institute: Commentary) -- Excellent article
torture  gwot  civlib 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Justice Dept. Memos' Careful Legalese Obscured Harsh Reality
We broke our democracy with this. Keep the light shining on it so that we can fix it, and make sure this never happens again.
gwot  torture  washingtonpost  aclu 
april 2009 by kkennedy
If criminal penalties are removed, what will deter lawbreaking by political officials? - Glenn Greenwald -
FTA: "If someone wants to argue that America is too good and our Washington elite too important to allow our powerful political leaders to be subjected to the indignity of a criminal proceeding, let alone prison, they should argue that. As warped as that idea is, at least it's candid and coherent. It's the actual animating principle driving most of this."
corruption  torture  bush  gwot 
december 2008 by kkennedy
Hostile Takeovers or Good Corporate Governance?
Good basic background on the Somali pirate info, if you haven't followed it. FTA: 'Piracy has its origins in the organized communities of the Puntland coast. In the 1990s, a group of fisherman in settlements there banded together to prevent illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste off their shores. This harmless community action inspired many analysts to designate Puntland a model for Somali civil society. When some ships illegally fishing were boarded in attempts to police the region, the reward offered for the boats return was enormous—amounts that were many times the monthly income of entire villages. Piracy took off as an attempt to gain income from this type of civic policing..."
politics  economics  security  news  crime  somalia  gwot 
december 2008 by kkennedy
New York Police Fight With U.S. on Surveillance -
FTA: 'The dispute has played out since midsummer in a highly unusual exchange of letters between Raymond W. Kelly, the [NYPD] police commissioner, and Michael B. Mukasey, the [US] attorney general, in which each accuses the other of mishandling terrorism cases and embracing an approach that made the public more vulnerable. The letters have not been publicly released.'
nyt  gwot  security  surveillance  michaelmukasey  nypd 
november 2008 by kkennedy
Post-Guantánamo - A New Detention Law?
I hate the fact that insanely poor decisions by a previous administration have traction simply because they've put us in such a deep hole that fixing them is EVEN WORSE, in some cases. That doesn't mean that they were a good idea, though; in fact, the fixing blame needs to be laid squarely on the people that started it, not the people fixing it. If we hadn't started using Gitmo, there wouldn't be a post-Gitmo to worry about...why is this seemingly so hard to understand?
gwot  guantanamo 
november 2008 by kkennedy
Gates Gives Rationale for Expanded Deterrence
FTA: "Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday that the United States would hold “fully accountable” any country or group that helped terrorists to acquire or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. The statement was the Bush administration’s most expansive yet in trying to articulate a vision of deterrence for the post-Sept. 11 world. It went beyond the cold war notion that a president could respond with overwhelming force against a country that directly attacked the United States or its allies with unconventional weapons."
gwot  foreignpol  security  bush  robertgates 
october 2008 by kkennedy
The Things He Carried - The Atlantic (November 2008)
FTA: "Airport security in America is a sham—“security theater” designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists."
schneier  gwot  security  terrorism  tsa 
october 2008 by kkennedy
In Blow to Bush, Judge Orders 17 Guantánamo Detainees Freed
“I think the moment has arrived for the court to shine the light of constitutionality on the reasons for detention,” Judge Urbina said.
gwot  guantanamo  legal  nyt 
october 2008 by kkennedy
On the Seventh Anniversary of September 11: Time to Declare the original al-Qaeda Defeated
Well worth reading. In initial overview, I'd have to say I pretty much agree 100%. There may be some nits to pick in the minutiae, but his thesis is one that it should get far more traction than it does.
politics  worldchanging  gwot  foreignpol  future 
september 2008 by kkennedy - Uncommon Knowledge: Andrew McCarthy
This was disturbing, but worth watching. I understand a little better where people like Giuliani and Mukasey are coming from now, and it scares me. Telling quote: "...we give people we capture enough justice so it doesn't look like a kangaroo court, so th
video  gwot  hooverinstitute  fora  legal  security 
july 2008 by kkennedy
Amendment Would Put Spy Lawsuits, Amnesty On Hold Pending Investigation
If Sen. Dodd gets shouted down this time, I say bring on Bingaman and this amendment!
privacy  legal  gwot  surveillance  nsa  security 
july 2008 by kkennedy
War Powers Act needs fixing, bipartisan panel says
Wow...they really don't miss a trick, do they? Your tax dollars at work.
legal  gwot  military  congress 
july 2008 by kkennedy
Dodd, Feingold Statement on Senate Consideration of FISA
“If the Senate does proceed to this legislation, our immediate response will be to offer an amendment that strips the retroactive immunity provision out of the bill."
gwot  legal  congress  fisa  civlib 
june 2008 by kkennedy
The Associated Press: McCain disavows aide's comment about terrorism
Wow. That's a definite, um...oopsie. In Forbes, no less; .this wasn't off the cuff or something. *sigh*
gwot  2008election 
june 2008 by kkennedy
Cato-at-liberty » Zeal
Andrew McCarthy: “If we are detaining such a terrorist, it is because we already know he is a terrorist.”
legal  gwot  security  torture 
june 2008 by kkennedy
Surveillance Bill Stirs Debate
Online NewsHour: Analysis | March 13, 2008 | PBS
security  civlib  gwot  legal 
march 2008 by kkennedy
Zakaria: We’re Fighting the Wrong War
Newsweek Voices - Fareed Zakaria |
iraqwar  gwot 
january 2008 by kkennedy
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