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Category Archive for 'The Regime'

God, I love this guy: In a Congressional hearing last year, Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown professor and former Pentagon official under President Obama, explained how the administration sees drone strikes thusly: “Right now we have the executive branch making a claim that it has the right to kill anyone, anywhere on Earth, at any time, […]

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Evading the NSA

Did the feds think ignoring the laws could go on indefinitely, without anyone pushing back? WASHINGTON — Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is […]

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No argument here

Gee, I wonder why we didn’t hear this on the teevee: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the rise of violent extremism on “certain states” and on unidentified “intelligence agencies” and said it was up to the region to find a solution to the problem. “Certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hand of madmen, […]

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Nothing I love like hearing my country described as “the homeland”! Not to mention, why would I believe anything my government tells me? The US says some of its air strikes in Syria aimed to disrupt an imminent attack on the West by al-Qaeda veterans from the so-called Khorasan group. The raids in Aleppo province […]

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ISIS

Matt Stoller explains it all for you.

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So that’s how it happened. The Israelis have been blackmailing gay Palestinians to force them to be informants (always the hallmark of a democratic nation, I say!): WASHINGTON — IN Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. […]

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Because if we acknowledged that Israel has illegal nukes, we’s look pretty silly going after other Middle Eastern nations for the same thing, amirite? Israel has a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons. Former CIA director Robert Gates said so during his 2006 Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of defense, when he noted — while serving […]

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Blinded them with science

Your tax dollars at work! Isn’t this nice: The subject gets little publicity nowadays, but until the mid-1990s, the US Air Force openly funded research on how to destroy human eyeballs at a distance with lasers. At the time, the justification was that such a technology—causing permanent blindness—was no worse than burning people with napalm, […]

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I remember the nasty, often-racist things people said about Rep. Barbara Lee after this vote. But I applauded her. Leave it to a female Congress member to have the cajones to vote against the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) resolution, the same one Obama now plans to use to attack ISIS without a Congressional […]

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Lee Fang is one of a handful of reporters I always read, and he does a great job with this Nation piece: If you read enough news and watch enough cable television about the threat of the Islamic State, the radical Sunni Muslim militia group better known simply as ISIS, you will inevitably encounter a […]

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