Mercs spread special ops methods to corporations and (eventually) our enemies

Summary:  This article discusses a possible side-effect of the US government creating large numbers of highly skilled mercs, based on people the government itself trained. For centuries -- since the end of the thirty Years War in 1648 -- the major western nations have strove to eliminate the scourge of mercenaries.  During the Bush Jr Administration much of that … Continue reading Mercs spread special ops methods to corporations and (eventually) our enemies

Another step towards fascism: “Silencing the Lawyers”

Worth reading in full:  "Silencing the Lawyers", Scott Horton, blog of Harper's, 23 May 2010 -- Excerpt: A total of 779 prisoners have been held in Guantánamo in connection with the war on terror. Five hundred seventy-nine were released, most by the Bush Administration, a quiet recognition of errors made in the decisions to detain … Continue reading Another step towards fascism: “Silencing the Lawyers”

Quote of the day, about China

This is worth reading in full; here are two interesting excerpts from  "Jeff Sessions’s Constitution", Scott Horton, blog of Harper's, 14 May 2010: "With the Citizens United decision, America stands alone in the world as a country which grants human rights to corporations, just as it is curtailing human rights to humans. It’s a curious … Continue reading Quote of the day, about China

An expert speaks to us about torture

Excerpt from an Interview with Malcolm Nance (an Arabic-speaking counterterrorism expert and a combat veteran with 28 years of operational experience in the Middle East), by Scott Horton, blog of Harper's, 30 April 2010: Question #5: You previously served as a master instructor in the SERE program, in which pilots were prepared, among other things, to … Continue reading An expert speaks to us about torture

Today’s example of American foreign policy weirdness (about our allies)

As usual on the FM website, we look at the actual words -- not the spin overlaid on them by media doctors.  Here are the first few volleys in this game, followed by a brief analysis. (1)  The initial outrage Remarks on April 1 by Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, spoke to employees of the state election commission.  This was … Continue reading Today’s example of American foreign policy weirdness (about our allies)