Tag Archives: 9/11

Looking Backward in the Year 2011

by matttbastard Der Spiegel runs down W’s “tragic legacy” in the long, long, looooong decade of U.S. decline that followed 9/11: America was trapped in Iraq for years, where a victory was a long time coming and was never a … Continue reading

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Why Does Rep. Pete Hoekstra Hate America?

by matttbastard Shorter Pete Hoekstra: “It’s totally Obama’s fault that unsuccessful terror attack was indeed unsuccessful”: Shame, that. Maybe one day Hoekstra’s vibrant wet dream of death and destruction will actually come true. And then Darth Cheney (who already co-owns a successful terror … Continue reading

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“Oh, you know, we’re heading into nut country today.”

by matttbastard Glenn Greenwald sees something all-too-familiar in the vicious, reality-averse wingnut invective directed towards President Obama: In 1994, Jesse Helms, then-Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, claimed that “just about every military man” believes Clinton is unqualified to be Commander-in-Chief … Continue reading

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Van Jones Gets Lani Guiniered by the Racist Right

by matttbastard Geez. Not five minutes after I had gone to bed, besieged White House green jobs adviser (and radical communist-anarchist!!1one) Van Jones finally became a martyr in the GOP’s increasingly ugly race war against the uppity Usurper-in-Chief: I am … Continue reading

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Read this Now: 7 Years in Limbo

by matttbastard Adam Serwer of the American Prospect has been doing yeoman’s work as of late doggedly covering US detainee issues. His recent feature on former child soldier Mohammed Jawad is truly essential reading: The story is an old one … Continue reading

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Panetta: “CIA pays a price for enduring disputes over policies that no longer exist.”

by matttbastard Shorter Leon Panetta: ‘Hey, remember all that shit I talked last year about how “[w]e either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don’t. … Continue reading

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Torture, Accountability and the Faux-Absolution of Collective Guilt

by matttbastard In a must-read post, Dan Froomkin takes on recent attempts by OG ‘eventheliberal’ Michael Kinsley and pseudo-contrarian Slate guru Jacob Weisberg to whitewash the Bush Admin’s torture record by arguing that “the nation’s collective guilt for torture is … Continue reading

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Losing My Religion

by matttbastard Three must-reads on the consequences of embracing torture as official US policy at the expense of long-established (if not always consistently applied) American values. Glenn Greenwald: It’s certainly true that Reagan, like most leaders, regularly violated the principles … Continue reading

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‘Somebody’s going to jail behind this stuff.’

by matttbastard Something to keep in mind, bottom-lined by former FBI special agent Ali Soufan: There was no actionable intelligence gained from using enhanced interrogation techniques on Abu Zubaydah that wasn’t, or couldn’t have been, gained from regular tactics. In … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 5: Recurring Dreams

by matttbastard (Previous posts here, here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) Chapter 4: Cleaning the Slate: Terror Does its Work In her post outlining Chapter 4 of The Shock Doctrine, Sarah highlighted the rush to conformity and, especially, normative … Continue reading

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