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Spencer Ackerman writes for The Guardian from Washington, DC.
How Chicago Police 'Disappeared' 7,000 People in an Off-the-Books Interrogation Warehouse
Posted on: Oct 19, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Lawsuit exposes more detail what looks like a kind of paramilitary operation.
Torture By Another Name: CIA Misled About 'Water Dousing'
Posted on: Oct 18, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Interrogators used a technique that elicits a drowning sensation and lowers body temperature on many more detainees than the agency admits to waterboarding.
West Point Professor Calls On US Military To Target Legal Critics Of War On Terror
Posted on: Aug 29, 2015, Source: The Guardian
William Bradford argues that attacks on scholars’ home offices and media outlets – along with Islamic holy sites – are legitimate
Ferguson Forced to Return Humvees as US Military Gear Still Flows to Local Police
Posted on: Aug 11, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Pentagon reclaims vehicles meant for war one year after troops took to streets, but Ferguson remains exception to military-police rule.
Documents Appear to Show the CIA Engaged in Human Experimentation in Its Torture Programs
Posted on: Jun 15, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Watchdogs shocked at ‘disconnect’ between doctors who oversaw interrogation and guidelines that gave CIA director power over medical ethics.
Victims of Chicago Police Savagery Hope Reparations Fund Is 'Beacon' for World
Posted on: May 7, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Could this small measure of justice for survivors of badge-protected brutality be the start of something big?
Former Blackwater Gets Rich as Afghan Drug Production Hits Record High
Posted on: Apr 1, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Afghan opium poppy cultivation is up despite the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop it.
The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden 'Black Site'
Posted on: Feb 24, 2015, Source: The Guardian
A secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror right here in America.
Exporting Torture: Meet the Chicago Cop Who Brought American Brutality to Gitmo
Posted on: Feb 18, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Richard Zuley oversaw a shocking military interrogation that has become a permanent stain on America.
Guantánamo Diary Exposes Brutality of US Rendition and Torture
Posted on: Jan 17, 2015, Source: The Guardian
Memoir serialized by Guardian tells how Mohamedou Ould Slahi endured savage beatings, death threats and sexual humiliation.
CIA's Brutal and Ineffective Use of Torture Revealed in Landmark Report
Posted on: Dec 9, 2014, Source: The Guardian
Report released by Senate concludes CIA repeatedly lied about brutal techniques in years after 9/11
Chuck Hagel Forced Out as Defense Secretary
Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source: The Guardian
The speculation about reasons and a successor begins.
Snowden Vindicated—'Citizenfour' Documentary Untangles the NSA Leak Saga
Posted on: Oct 11, 2014, Source: The Guardian
Laura Poitras unpacks a historic intel controversy.
Pentagon: US Ground Troops May Join Iraqis in Combat Against Isis
Posted on: Sep 16, 2014, Source: The Guardian
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey say US is ‘at war’ with Isis, which will ‘threaten our homeland’
NSA Collected Data on Millions of Americans Just to Investigate 248 People
Posted on: Jun 28, 2014, Source: The Guardian
"These are critical numbers to review when talking about a program that sweeps in the records of hundreds of millions of Americans."
House of Representatives Moves to Ban NSA's 'Backdoor Search' Provision
Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source: The Guardian
Members vote 293 to 121 to stop NSA performing warrantless searches of data collected under foreign surveillance program.
Obama Sends Troops Back to Iraq as ISIS Insurgency Worsens
Posted on: Jun 17, 2014, Source: The Guardian
275 are going to provide support and security for U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Key Senator Blasts CIA for Coverups, Intimidation to Halt Probe into Agency's 'Un-American and Brutal' Torture Prgrams
Posted on: Mar 11, 2014, Source: The Guardian
In a bombshell statement, Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of potentially violating the US constitution and of criminal activity.
US Rules out Military Aid to Iraqi Forces in Fight Against Rebels
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014, Source: The Guardian
Secretary of state John Kerry says US troops will not return to aid Iraqis they once trained in battle to regain Sunni province.
Edward Snowden Says Judge's Ruling on Unconstitutionality of NSA Surveillance Methods Vindicates His Disclosures
Posted on: Dec 16, 2013, Source: The Guardian
Snowden: “I acted on my belief that the NSA's mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge..."
War Drums: Obama Hints at a Much Larger Attack in Syria to Order to Win Over Republicans
Posted on: Sep 3, 2013, Source: The Guardian
President suggests missile strikes could lead to longer-term mission after political negotiations in Washington.
US General: Going into Syria Would Create 'Unintended Consequences'
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013, Source: The Guardian
General Martin Dempsey, top military officer, warns senators that each option under consideration would be costly and uncertain.
How the Pentagon Turned an Interrogation Resistance Program into a Blueprint for Torture
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008, Source: Washington Independent
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this week, answers about the Bush administration's "enhanced interrogations" finally came to light.
Obama's Sweeping Foreign Policy Critique
Posted on: Mar 27, 2008, Source: The American Prospect
Democrats should not have to act like Republicans to pass some test on national security. It's time to end the politics of fear.
Arrested for Driving While Muslim
Posted on: Sep 27, 2006, Source: The Nation
Five years after 9/11, Muslim-American men are still being arrested on flimsy charges and accused of being terrorists.
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