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The retired United States Army Colonel and former State Department official explains the latest releases from WikiLeaks, what they tell us about the Defense and State departments and what should happen—but probably won't—to the people who have been breaking international laws.

Persistent waffling on dates for American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan has eroded any remaining patience with the Obama White House among peace activists and voters.

Despite all the focus on Guantánamo, are a great many of America’s domestic prisons also beyond the rule of law?

When it comes to US foreign policy and the Muslim world, it’s as if we remain fixed in the eleventh century in a perpetual battle of “us” against “them.”

Despite all the focus on Guantánamo, a great many of America’s domestic prisons also routinely abuse inmates and in actual practice are often beyond the rule of law.

How old will you be when the American war state goes down?

The Obama administration has invoked the state secrets privilege for the second time in less than a month—this time in an effort to shut down discussion of the targeted killing of a US civilian who has not been charged of any crime.

The most striking American tragedy of these last nine years—far worse than the tragedy of 9/11 itself—is just how weak we have been in the wake of war.

To weigh your skills, take the eleven-question pop quiz below, and see if you deserve to be a four-star general, a gun-totin’ mercenary or a mere private.

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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

Isn't a slaughtered child is a slaughtered child, regardless of where they come from?

December 24, 2012