December 2009

Contrary to popular belief, the US actually has 189,000 personnel on the ground in Afghanistan right now–and that number is quickly rising.

By Jeremy Scahill  (more…)

Please sign the petition for Dr. Dhafir, and let others know about it.

We are asking that Dr. Dhafir’s sentence be commuted to time served and our goal is to get at least 1000 signatures.  Sitting through virtually all of the 14-week trial, I came to know Dr. Dhafir as a man of the utmost compassion and integrity, it is the least he deserves.


Glenn Greenwald   Salon 12/15/09

The Obama administration announced today that it will create a new “supermax” facility in Thomson, Illinois, and will transfer to it many of the detainees currently held at Guantanamo.  Critically, none of those moved to Thomson will receive a trial in a real American court, and some will not be charged with any crime at all.  (more…)

Dave Forman and the First Greenscare Case

Joshua Frank and Jeffrey St. Clair Counterpunch 12/12/09

Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!, awoke at five in the morning on May 30, 1989 to the sound of three FBI agents shouting his name in his Tucson, Arizona home.  (more…)

Alexander Cockburn Counterpunch 12/12/09

Hopes die hard, but Obama has done a superlative job of assassinating them with all due dispatch. (more…)

David Edwards and Muriel Kane  Rawstory 12/10/09

The Obama administration has asked the Department of Justice to dismiss a lawsuit brought by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla against torture memo author John Yoo, asserting that Yoo cannot be sued for legal opinions he offered in the course of advising then-President Bush on national security matters.  (more…)

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the lonely death of an honourable man, a whistleblower, as striking contrast to those British politicians and official now running for cover from the part they played in the invasion of Iraq, the crime of the 21st century. (more…)

Daniel Tencer  Rawstory 12/10/09

For congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s announcement Tuesday that his country would need the US’s military support for another 10 or 15 years seems to have been the last straw.  (more…)

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