Osama Bin Laden

Kavanaugh once suggested maybe the Supreme Court got it wrong on Nixon

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee isn’t so sure the court should have compelled Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes in 1974.<p>Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s views on presidential powers are not helping those concerned about the integrity of the Russia investigation sleep better at night. The …

Donald Trump

Sunday Reading: War Stories

Wars are hard to comprehend. They’re so vast, with so many complex causes and effects, that they beggar our imaginations; they’re also irreducibly personal, shaping countless individual fates in ways we struggle to grasp. This week, we’re bringing you pieces about war from <i>The New Yorker’s</i> archive. …

Culture

Britain’s youngest terrorist who plotted to behead police demands lifelong anonymity like James Bulger's murderers

A radicalised British teen who plotted to behead police officers has appealed for lifelong anonymity - similar to the protection given to James …

Crime

Seymour Hersh on America's Capacity for Fascist Brutality (Audio and Transcript)

From Truthdig<p>Seymour Hersh accepting the 2004 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.<br>(Image by (Institute for Policy Studies / Wikimedia)) Permission …

Liberal View

Arrest me if I am anti-national says Digvijaya Singh

<b>Bhopal, July 22</b>: After Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called his actions and statements anti-national, Congress leader Digvijay …

India

As presidencies approach their midpoints, pundits begin the inevitable search for that elusive creature: the doctrine...

[<b>Note for TomDispatch Readers:</b> <i>There’s no way I can thank you enough for your remarkable response to my</i> <i>recent summer appeal</i><i>for funds to keep</i> …

Political Science

Judge rejects US efforts to strip citizenship from terrorist jailed in Illinois

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The government can’t strip a terrorist of his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled this month in a decision siding with a …

News

The First Episode of 'Jack Ryan' Looks Like a Subversion of its Source

San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Screening of Amazon series based on Tom Clancy novels ended showcase of the streamer’s upcoming shows in Ballroom 20<p>The …

Comics

American jihadist to be released 14 years into 65-year sentence

An American jihadist who used a paintball park to train for combat will be freed after serving 14 years of his 65-year sentence, a Virginia judge …

Al-Qaeda

How 'cocky and excitable' baby-faced menace was unmasked as a killer with a violent past

<b>He was one of Tyneside’s ‘most wanted’ who taunted police before finally being caught. This is how baby-faced Ben Cruse was finally unmasked as a</b> …

Crime

Saudi US Ambassador: Iran, Qaeda United in Targeting Kingdom, US

Countering terrorism was and will always be a priority for Saudi Arabia, vowed Saudi Ambassador to the United State Prince Khalid bin Salman on …

Middle East

Pakistan rights group warns extremists trying to influence political campaigns in close election

The Facebook post from Imran Khan's political party announcing the support of a new backer at first glance looked like a run-of-the-mill electoral announcement in Pakistan.<p>Except the cleric pledging support to the sportsman-turned-politician was Maulana Fazal ur Rehman Khalil, the founder of a …

Pakistan

The NATO “International Order” is a House of Cards Waiting to Collapse

When treaties mean nothing.<p>What is the point of entering into a defense treaty when you have no intention of actually enforcing it should there come …

Geopolitics

Why do people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories?

Forty-nine years ago Friday, the Apollo 11 spacecraft delivered the first astronauts to the surface of the moon. The footprints Buzz Aldrin left in lunar soil are still around — and so are the throngs of conspiracy theorists who claim the entire landing was faked. For one thing, they argue, the …

Conspiracies

Merkel’s Bavarian Frenemy Is Losing Face and Votes

It was just weeks ago that German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who is also leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union party, appeared to have the power to end Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political career. Now he’s beleaguered, and his party’s support is at a historic low. Adopting a tactic that …

Europe

Confessed 9/11 co-conspirator on hunger strike at federal Supermax prison in Colorado claims he’s a victim of religious “torture”

The reputed 20th hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. recently sent three letters to a Denver federal magistrate …

Hunger Strike

NY Times' Gross Hypocrisy on Russia Threat: Romney's 2012 Warnings 'Reckless and Unworthy'

The media is ready to convict President Trump of “treason” for his shaky summit in Helsinki with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and has been …

Conservative View

Are North African countries 'safe' for deportees from Germany?

The North African nations of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria along with the former Soviet republic of Georgia should be safe countries of origin, the …

North Africa

US Navy sailor says his shipmates hit and spit on Bin Laden's body before burying him at sea

The dreaded announcement came through the 1MC: River City. If being deployed in the middle of the ocean isn't bad enough, try being deployed in the middle of the ocean with no comms.<p>The unfamiliar sound of a V-22 Osprey overpowered the sound of normal flight operations. The updates kept rolling …

Military

Film Review: ‘Path of Blood’

When criminals wear masks, it lends them a stylized, otherworldly quality. Since we can’t see their faces, we tend to think of their identity as more …

Al-Qaeda

Criticism of Trump’s Helsinki trip is warranted — but within reason

There was plenty to be unsettled about in President Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on July 16.<p>Trump’s apparent deference toward …

Donald Trump

The History of Jihad from Muhammad to Isis

Friend, this is what you need to do. Go to your favorite brick-and-mortar store, or your favorite online site, and purchase a copy of Robert …

Religion

Afghan Taliban claims indirect talks are underway with U.S.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — U.S. officials are meeting with former Taliban members amid intensifying efforts to wind down America's longest war, three of the militant group's commanders told NBC News.<p>The talks have occurred in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, according to the Taliban …

Afghanistan

Spy’s Satire Takes on War on Terror “Absurdities”

Former CIA officer Alex Finley turned to comedy to tell a "more real" story about the forever war.<p>It should have been a simple extraction. A rental …

Al-Qaeda

How One Man Owned The Libs And The Establishment — And Took Over The Florida Republican Party

BuzzFeed News; Getty Images; AP Images<p><b>Blaise Ingoglia got</b> so much shit for inviting Dinesh D’Souza to the Sunshine Summit.<p>Not that the chair of the …

Government

CIA’s "Queen Of Torture" Married To Former CIA Official Who Urges War Between Sunnis And Shiites

Alfreda was also a key player in the CIA’s imprisonment of a man whom agency officials knew to be innocent, an incident that has been widely …

Middle East

Michael Scheuer: In Shocking Blog, Ex-CIA Official Calls For Donald Trump Supporters To Murder Trump’s Critics

Former CIA analyst who headed agency's hunt for Osama bin Laden in late 1990s was reportedly portrayed under fictitious name in TV series 'The …

Donald Trump

Adolf Hitler's Last Stand: Why the Battle of the Bulge Matters

As the Bulge proved, brave soldiers can make up for failed strategy. But only at an immense cost.<i>The Bulge also foreshadowed the excessive American</i> …

Battle of the Bulge

The army, a 'rebel,' a 'messiah' — who would prevail in crucial Pakistan vote?

What's at stake in Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections? Should the West be concerned about a possible military-backed government and its …

Pakistan

Review: Riveting documentary ‘Path of Blood’ explores terror through video

An archival documentary with the pounding, intimate heart of a Michael Mann thriller, Jonathan Hacker’s “Path of Blood” compresses the story of Saudi Arabia’s 2003-09 fight against Al Qaeda splinter cells into a charged back-and-forth of captured footage from terrorists and police/intelligence …

Al-Qaeda