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Documents Support Fears of Muslim Surveillance by Obama-Era Program

Internal US law enforcement documents describe a highly controversial community initiative aimed at identifying potential terrorists before they “radicalize” as being intimately related to intelligence gathering.

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Trump's Inside Team Tightens Travel Ban to Avoid Constitutional Objections; Leaves National Security Council Out in the Cold

Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries is being tightened up to get around legal and constitutional objections with minimal input from the National Security Council, the Guardian has learned.

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Robert Harward Turns Down Trump's Offer to Be National Security Adviser

Robert Harward, a respected former Navy Seal who earned high marks for his management skills, has turned down Donald Trump’s offer to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

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How Chicago Police 'Disappeared' 7,000 People in an Off-the-Books Interrogation Warehouse

Police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people at an off-the-books interrogation warehouse in Chicago, nearly twice as many detentions as previously disclosed, the Guardian can now reveal.

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Torture By Another Name: CIA Misled About 'Water Dousing'

At least a dozen more people were subjected to waterboard-like tactics in CIAcustody than the agency has admitted, according to a fresh accounting of the US government’s most discredited form of torture.

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West Point Professor Calls On US Military To Target Legal Critics Of War On Terror

An assistant professor in the law department of the US Military Academy at West Point has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism represent a “treasonous” fifth column that should be attacked as enemy combatants.

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Ferguson Forced to Return Humvees as US Military Gear Still Flows to Local Police

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is being forced by the Obama administration to return two military vehicles that it obtained from the Pentagon, amid widespread concern and criticism over the deployment on American streets of equipment intended for war zones.

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Documents Appear to Show the CIA Engaged in Human Experimentation in Its Torture Programs

The Central Intelligence Agency had explicit guidelines for “human experimentation” before, during and after its post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees, the Guardian has learned, which raise new questions about the limits on internal oversight over the agency’s in-house and contracted medical research.

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Victims of Chicago Police Savagery Hope Reparations Fund Is 'Beacon' for World

For the black men who lived through torture orchestrated by Chicago police commander Jon Burge, and for the lawyer and journalist who pursued him, the city’s establishment of a reparations fund has transformed an impossible dream into a model for a country currently reckoning with racialized police brutality.

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Former Blackwater Gets Rich as Afghan Drug Production Hits Record High

In a war full of failures, the US counternarcotics mission in Afghanistan stands out: opiate production has climbed steadily over recent years to reach record-high levels last year.

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Exporting Torture: Meet the Chicago Cop Who Brought American Brutality to Gitmo

When the Chicago detective Richard Zuley arrived at Guantánamo Bay late in 2002, US military commanders touted him as the hero they had been looking for.

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Guantánamo Diary Exposes Brutality of US Rendition and Torture

The groundbreaking memoir of a current Guantánamo inmate that lays bare the harrowing details of the US rendition and torture programme from the perspective of one of its victims is to be published next week after a six-year battle for the manuscript to be declassified.

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CIA's Brutal and Ineffective Use of Torture Revealed in Landmark Report

The CIA’s post-9/11 embrace of torture was brutal and ineffective – and the agency repeatedly lied about its usefulness, a milestone report by the Senate intelligence committee released on Tuesday concludes.

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Chuck Hagel Forced Out as Defense Secretary

The US defense secretary has been fired after less than two years in office as the White House re-orders a national security strategy upended by the Islamic State (Isis).

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Snowden Vindicated - 'Citizenfour' Documentary Untangles the NSA Leak Saga

Citizenfour must have been a maddening documentary to film. Its subject is pervasive global surveillance, an enveloping digital act that spreads without visibility, so its scenes unfold in courtrooms, hearing chambers and hotels. Yet the virtuosity of Laura Poitras, its director and architect, makes its 114 minutes crackle with the nervous energy of revelation.

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Pentagon: US Ground Troops May Join Iraqis in Combat Against Isis

The US defense secretary told senators on Tuesday that America is “at war” with the Islamic State (Isis), while the senior US military officer suggested US ground troops might directly join Iraqis in combat.

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House of Representatives Moves to Ban NSA's 'Backdoor Search' Provision

Surveillance reform gained new congressional momentum as the US House of Representatives unexpectedly and overwhelmingly endorsed stripping a major post-9/11 power from the National Security Agency late Thursday night.

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Obama Sends Troops Back to Iraq as ISIS Insurgency Worsens

The Obama adminstration has ordered the urgent deployment of several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq, after the rampant insurgency in the country forced the first talks between the US and Iran over a common security interest in more than a decade.

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Muslims Claim FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Them Into Becoming Informants

Naveed Shinwari hasn’t seen his wife in 26 months. He suspects it’s because he refused to become an informant for the FBI.

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CIA and White House Under Pressure After Senate Torture Report Leaks

A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees led, on Friday, to intensified pressure on the White House and the CIA to release the inquiry speedily and with a minimum of redactions.

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Key Senator Blasts CIA for Coverups, Intimidation to Halt Probe into Agency's 'Un-American and Brutal' Torture Prgrams

The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, Dianne Feinstein, on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of a catalogue of cover-ups, intimidation and smears aimed at investigators probing its role in an “un-American and brutal” programme of post-9/11 detention and interrogation.

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US Rules out Military Aid to Iraqi Forces in Fight Against Rebels

The Pentagon indicated Monday that the US-built Iraqi security forces are on their own to recapture the western Sunni province of Anbar from al-Qaida fighters, who have taken control of key locations in the desert near the Syrian border.

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Edward Snowden Says Judge's Ruling on Unconstitutionality of NSA Surveillance Methods Vindicates His Disclosures

Edward Snowden, the former security contractor who leaked a trove of National Security Agency documents, welcomed a court ruling on Monday that declared the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records to be a likely violation of the US constitution.

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FBI Monitored Anti-War Website for Six Years in Error, Documents Reveal

The FBI monitored a prominent anti-war website for years, in part because agents mistakenly believed it had threatened to hack the bureau’s own site.

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War Drums: Obama Hints at a Much Larger Attack in Syria to Order to Win Over Republicans

Barack Obama portrayed his plans for US military action in Syria as part of a broader strategy to topple Bashar al-Assad, as tougher White House rhetoric began to win over sceptical Republicans in Congress on Tuesday.

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Why Obama Won't Cut Aid to the Egyptian Military

Perhaps the most mystifying thing about the cosmetic US response to Wednesday's massacre in Egypt is the reluctance for the US to use its massive aid leverage over Cairo's generals.

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US General: Going into Syria Would Create 'Unintended Consequences'

The top US military officer warned senators on Monday that taking military action to stop the bloodshed in Syria was likely to escalate quickly and result in "unintended consequences", representing the most explicit uniformed opposition to deeper involvement in another war in the Middle East.

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Edward Snowden's Explosive NSA Leaks Have US in Damage Control Mode

Washington was struggling to contain one of the most explosive national security leaks in US history on Monday, as public criticism grew of the sweeping surveillance state revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Obama Is Sending More Troops to Afghanistan

He promised to do so on the campaign trail, and now he's done it: President Barack Obama has approved a troop increase to Afghanistan. His just-released statement is below. Notice that the forces approved appears to be less than the 20,000-30,000 troops that Gen. David McKiernan, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has asked for. Also notice that Obama says that the troop increase does not "pre-determine" his ongoing strategy review.

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