USA FREEDOM Act: Just Another Name for Lost Liberty

Apologists for the National Security Agency (NSA) point to the arrest of David Coleman Headley as an example of how warrantless mass surveillance is necessary to catch terrorists. Headley played a major role in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 166 people. While few would argue that bringing someone like Headley to justice is […]

Kent State 1970: We Need a Serious Look at What Happened and Why

It’s been 45 years since draft-deferred Ohio National Guardsmen aimed their M-1 rifles and .45 pistols at unarmed Ken State College students, killing four and wounding nine on May 4, 1970. You have to be well into middle age now to remember that day. My memory is stirred whenever I look at three photos: John […]

The Lasting Pain From Vietnam Silence

Ecclesiastes says there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. The fortieth anniversary of the ugly end of the U.S. adventure in Vietnam is a time to speak – and especially of the squandered opportunities that existed earlier in the war to blow the whistle and stop the killing. While my […]

The Maersk Tigris Incident

Ron Paul, as usual, was prescient when he warned – in 2007 – of a Gulf of Tonkin type incident in the Persian Gulf that could bring us to the brink of war with Iran. The seizure by the Iranians of a commercial vessel flying under the Marshall Islands flag in the Gulf in order […]

Counting Bodies, Then and Now

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t count and they don’t count. The Obama administration has adamantly refused to count. Not a body. In fact, for a long time, American officials associated with Washington’s drone assassination campaigns […]

Mass Executions Continue in Northern Iraq; 167 Killed

At least 167 were killed and 17 were wounded:

Canadian PM Visits Iraq as 110 Are Killed

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Iraq and Kurdistan on Saturday to affirm Canada’s commitment to the war effort and to meet with Canadian soldiers training Kurdish troops. At least 110 were killed and 63 were wounded:

Drone Operators, Not American Snipers, Rack Up the Biggest Body Count

For all the macho posturing of the late Chris Kyle, gunned down at a shooting range by a PTSD-afflicted veteran, his prolific killing has nothing on the death and destruction rained from above by those who carry out US drone strikes in the Middle East.  For all intents and purposes, former drone operator Brandon Bryant […]

Politicians Blame Anbar Refugees for Baghdad Blasts; 65 Killed across Iraq

Baghdad officials are blaming displaced Sunnis. The Islamic State militants took credit for the blasts, saying they were in retaliation for several attacks against those displaced Sunnis.

The One-State Conundrum

Originally posted at TomDispatch. The SUV slows as it approaches a military kiosk at a break in a dull gray wall. Inside, Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian musician, prepares his documents for the Israeli soldier standing guard. On the other side of this West Bank military checkpoint lies the young man’s destination, the ancient Palestinian town […]