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A Justice Department memo to the CIA

Institutionalized torture says not look what we can do, but look what we disown, what only the bad apples among us require.

Obama's plan for global war uses a variety of extra-legal methods including drones, civilian and proxy fighters, and cyber warfare. 

Revelations about Obama's drone assassinations led to official outrage—against the leakers. It's the policy that warrants investigation.

Deploying Informants, the FBI Stings Muslims

Behind nearly every “foiled terror plot” lurks a government informant sent to entrap hapless young Muslim men.

Barack Obama

Liberals raised a ruckus over Bush’s abuses. Let’s hold this president to the same standard.

Soldier in Afghanistan

Covert operations have now assumed a dominant—and destructive—role in US foreign policy.

How US counterterrorism operations ignited an Islamist uprising.

The Pentagon’s Afghan basing plans for prisons, drones and black ops.

Drone flies above Afghanistan

With the invention of drones, we crossed into a new frontier: killing that’s risk-free, remote, and detached from human cues.

Blogs

The tragedy of September 11, 1973 belongs not just to the Chileans. It belongs also to the military coup’s enablers—the taxpayers of the United States.

September 11, 2013

Obama discussed the targeted killing operation today, but will anything really change?

May 23, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, the president has only increased the scope of our global program to detain and torture people.

April 24, 2013

Fixing the CIA is a tall order, but it can be done.

March 27, 2013

Unchecked use of drones is counterproductive, says the retired Marine general who is close to Obama.

March 22, 2013

A curious paradox, but one that’s part of a pattern of Middle East bungling by the US.

March 13, 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 Obama administration should have argued the case against Anwar al-Awlaki in a court of law, not on the pages of The New York Times.

March 11, 2013

Two more children have been added to the deadly toll of civilian casualties.

March 4, 2013

The covert program surfaced in a piece about John Kerry’s announcement of increased aid to the fighters.

March 1, 2013