The Islamic State’s Atrocities—and Ours

by John Feffer The description of the death of Robert-Francois Damiens, the man who attempted to kill Louis XV, is not for the faint-hearted. On March 2, 1757, in front of a crowd of spectators, Damiens was drawn and quartered,… Continue Reading  

The Senate Report on CIA Torture: “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

by Robert E. Hunter Finally, someone in the US government has followed through on President Barack Obama’s judgment that CIA-conducted and “-outsourced” torture—let’s call it by its common name—is “not who we are” as a nation.  Finally, the Senate Select… Continue Reading  

Dead Is Dead

Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment by Peter Van Buren You can’t get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or… Continue Reading  

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

How to Pre-Convict and Pre-Punish an American Muslim  by Victoria Brittain via Tom Dispatch A four-month hunger strike, mass force-feedings, and widespread media coverage have at last brought Guantanamo, the notorious offshore prison set up by the Bush administration early in… Continue Reading  

Some Preliminary Questions about the Alleged Iranian Terror Plot

Update: I was interviewed on FAIR’s Counterspin radio show about this on October 13. I come in around the 15 minute mark. Earlier today the FBI issued a press release stating that two Iranian men have been criminally charged in… Continue Reading