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Funeral in Iraq

Is there any benefit to be found in an unbroken record of waste, futility and shame? Only if lessons learned prevent a catastrophe in Iran.

Iraq soldier

Ignore the jingoism, from politicians and the press—the tenth anniversary marks a tenth year from hell. 

Expanding Washington’s military footprint in North Africa may be well intended, but it could be destabilizing and lead to blowback.

Wreckage from a drone strike in Yemen

The White House evidently believes it can kill us in secret and never own up to the fact.

Barack Obama

Even if we like President Obama, do we want him to be a one-man death panel?

Zero Dark Thirty

A new Open Society Foundations report details just how far down the river we've sold this country's democratic values in our overreaching response to terror.

CIA headquarters

A new report shows that a central element of the Bush administration response to 9/11 was itself to spread terror—on a global scale.

Torture and Taboo: On Elaine Scarry

How the work of a literary critic became the proxy for our preoccupation with the horrors of torture.

The CFR report concludes that “the current trajectory of US drone strike policies is unsustainable."

As Zero Dark Thirty reminds us, Americans have yet to face the torture committed on our behalf. 

Blogs

Let's all calm down.

April 19, 2013

So let's take another look at the Patriot Act, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Northern Command.

April 17, 2013

The US Attorney General has recently stated that drone strikes on Americans are possible and that banks complicit in the financial crisis are too big to prosecute.

March 12, 2013

The president should condemn violence at home, and hold himself accountable for violence abroad, as well. 

February 8, 2013

The press has not only failed to ask the tough questions but also inexplicably kept secret the existence of a base in Saudia Arabia.

February 8, 2013

No Congressional hearing has examined the secret expansion of targeted drone killings, but the senate has a chance to grill Obama's nominee for CIA director today.

February 7, 2013

Because if he told them, he’d have to kill them. Wait. He did.

February 6, 2013

The leaked Department of Justice “white paper” attempts to justify the killing of American citizens, but what really has died is the rule of law.

February 6, 2013

Two breaking stories—a report on CIA secret detentions and the “white paper” on killing American citizens—incriminate the Obama administration before the confirmation hearings on Thursday.

February 5, 2013

With covert ops and drone warfare on the rise, we have to ask ourselves about how we fight terrorism.

January 28, 2013