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Hiding torture from us

Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: takomabibelot, Poe Tatum

In my October rabble column, I spoke about the horrible treatment of Abu Wa'el Dhiab, one of the Guantanamo detainees who was abusively force-fed by his American guards to dissuade him from continuing his two-year-long hunger strike. In that article, I wrote that Abu Wa'el Dhiab was another example of the collateral damage of the War on Terror, and indeed he was, as U.S. officials proved recently.

Surveillance, empire and the future

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

by Glenn Greenwald
(Metropolitan Books,
2014;
$27.00)

Way back in July 2000, the Wall Street Journal, reporting on revelations and rumors about NSA snooping, offered the following: 

"The granddaddy of all bogus fears, though, is Echelon. If you believe some European Union parliamentarians, the United States and Britain operate an international network that monitors virtually all communications, and extracts choice nuggets with powerful computers that recognize key phrases in messages like 'assassination,' 'terrorist attack' or 'industrial secret.'"

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CIA scandal reveals secret policy of torture and rendition in U.S.

Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: public domain / Wikimedia

"What keeps me up at night, candidly, is another attack against the United States," Sen. Dianne Feinstein said last month in what was, then, her routine defence of the mass global surveillance being conducted by the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies. All that has changed now that she believes that the staff of the committee she chairs, the powerful, secretive Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was spied on and lied to by the CIA. The committee was formed after the Watergate scandal engulfed the Nixon administration. The Church Committee, led by Idaho Democratic Sen. Frank Church, conducted a comprehensive investigation of abuses by U.S. intelligence agencies, of everything from spying on anti-war protesters to the assassination of foreign leaders.

| October 18, 2013
Redeye

Why Edward Snowden's revelations are so significant

July 16, 2013
| In an interview recorded June 15, Professor Christopher Simpson details exactly what Edward Snowden revealed and why the U.S. government is so anxious to silence him.
Length: 14:01 minutes (12.84 MB)
Photo: Bernardo Londoy/Flickr
| March 18, 2013
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Filibustering John Brennan's CIA nomination brings attention to U.S. drone killings

Photo: CSIS: Center for Strategic & International Studies/Flickr

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

Jimmy Carter
| October 30, 2012
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