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Dick Cheney admits some CIA terror detainees were innocent

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that some of the men and boys detained as terrorism suspects after 9/11 were in fact innocent.

Op-Ed: The enduring 'ticking time bomb' torture myth

In the wake of the public release of the Senate's CIA torture report summary, conservatives and agency operatives have been in full apologist mode.

Senate CIA torture report details extreme brutality

Washington - The CIA torture report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday revealed extreme abuse and brutality inflicted upon terrorism suspects and innocent detainees in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

U.S. embassies brace for backlash ahead of torture report release

Washington - American diplomatic posts and thousands of US Marines have been placed on heightened alert a day ahead of the release of a long-awaited Senate report detailing CIA torture of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration.

Expert calls police 'occupying armies' in some U.S. communities

Washington - Thomas Nolan, associate professor of criminology at Merrimack College, claims that the war on terror has resulted in the transformation of U.S. police forces so that they have become "occupying armies" in some American communities.

Al-Nusra jihadists threaten U.S., allies over Syria strikes

Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, has for the first time threatened to retaliate against the United States, as well as other nations participating in air strikes against the Islamic State, condemning the attacks as "a war against Islam."

Op-Ed: Costs of US war on Islamic State not discussed

Washington - If the US war against the Islamic State were a social program there would be immediate requests for an estimate of the costs. If the duration and extent of the program was indefinite criticism would be immediate and harsh.

Op-Ed: The anatomy of perpetual deception in a post-9/11 world

After all we've been through since 9/11 — after fighting a prefabricated enemy created by Washington — Americans still haven't learned a thing. Another illegal war predicated on deception will only make things worse.

Op-Ed: On 9/11, America creating more potential 9/11s

Each year on the anniversary of the worst (received) terrorist attack in our nation's history, Americans fear a new 9/11. But as is too often the case, America is once again acting in a manner that's likely to foment more, not less, anti-American terror.

Op-Ed: The CIA needs to win hearts and minds as well as gather intel

When you fight the monster, you risk becoming the monster. The CIA has a tremendously difficult task in confronting and fighting violent terrorists in hostile territories, but engaging in torture raises the risk of retaliatory terrorism.

Obama: 'We tortured some folks'

Washington - President Barack Obama has acknowledged that the United States tortured detainees during the ongoing 13-year war against terrorism.

Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb breaking Taliban's hold in North Special

Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb has decimated the Taliban stronghold in the North Waziristan Agency, crippling its ability to wage a war against Pakistan and invade Afghanistan once U.S. withdraws its troops.

Op-Ed: Snowden is the definition of a patriot

The opinion of Edward Snowden is wide ranging. Some call him a traitor, others call him a patriot. The truth sits firmly in the latter. Edward Snowden is a red, white and blue patriot whose act of civil disobedience came at a price everyone should revere.

Op-Ed: New Wikileaks cable shows the immorality of the U.S. government

Baghdad - A new cable released by Wikileaks shows another example of detainee abuse in Iraq. Giving the international community another reason to doubt the moral justification of torture.

Since 9/11, right-wing violence has killed more in US than jihad

Kansas City - Since 9/11, right wing extremists have killed more Americans than Islamic jihadists, yet attacks committed by the former don't get anywhere near the amount of coverage-- or government attention-- as violence perpetrated by the latter.

Al-Aulaqi lawsuit dismissal gives U.S. government total authority Special

Washington - Last week, a U.S. district court judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by the families of three American citizens who were executed in three separate drone strikes.

Op-Ed: January 22nd is 5th anniversary of Obama order to shut Guantanamo

Washington - On January 22, 2009 President Obama signed an executive order that the United States Detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba be closed no later than January 22, 2010.

US general who opened Guantánamo prison says it should be closed

Detroit - The Marine Corps general who opened the infamous US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba has written an op-ed piece calling for its closure.

Op-Ed: Some Gitmo terrorists trained as double agents and paid by CIA

Not far from the administrative offices at Guanatanamo Bay there are still eight small cottages long abandoned. They were the site of a secret CIA operation in which CIA officers turned terrorists into spies and sent them home.

Panel: CIA forced doctors to torture detainees

An investigation conducted by an independent task force has concluded that the Central Intelligence Agency has been forcing doctors, psychologists and other health care professionals to torture individuals detained during the 'War on Terror.'

French journalists kidnapped at gunpoint and killed in Mali

Kidal - Two French journalists,were murdered in Mali, North Africa, Saturday, just hours after being kidnapped by insurgents. The two journalists have been identified as 57-year-old Ghislaine Dupont and sound technician, Claude Verlon, aged 55.

Op-Ed: Was the US seizure of Abu Anas Al-Liby in Libya legal?

Tripoli - There is little discussion of the legality of the seizure of suspected Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby in front of his house in Tripoli as he arrived home from prayers except in terms of defense of its legality under US law.

US Consulate in Herat attacked by Afghan Taliban

Herat - In the early hours of Friday morning (2 a.m. GMT) Taliban militants attacked the US Consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, using a suicide car bomb to breach the consulate's perimeter before the attackers opened fire.

38 feared dead in latest Boko Haram Islamist attack in Nigeria

At least 38 people have been killed this weekend in two further attacks attributed to Boko Haram Islamist insurgents in Nigeria’s troubled Borno province in the north-east of the country.

French Air Force sergeant accused of planning mosque attack

Lyons - French security services have arrested a 23-year-old sergeant in the French Air Force who is accused of planning an attack on a French mosque to coincide with the end of Ramadan, France’s Interior Ministry announced yesterday.

U.S. Army soldier pleads guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians

An American soldier pleads guilty to an attack on Afghan civilians that halted military operations, and led to the Taliban calling off peace talks.

UK: Islam convert threatened death to Prince Harry

London - London Metropolitan Police announced yesterday that a man had been arrested the day after Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered after making threats to kill British Royal, Prince Harry.

Drone attack kills Taliban second-in-command inside Pakistan

Security officials in Pakistan say a Taliban commander has been killed in a U.S. drone attack in the lawless Waziristan region.

Amnesty International protests US drone killings

Amnesty International says the U.S. drone policy is shrouded in secrecy but the killings appear to amount to extrajudicial executions that violate international rights laws.

Op-Ed: US becomes surveillance state with no privacy rights

Washington - The US government, as part the "war on terror," has erected an expensive and extensive surveillance empire, that monitors not just AP reporters but everyone's communications throughout the US and no doubt far beyond.
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Mechanized troops patrolling outside the cordoned area in North Wazirastan Agency
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U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer in Afghanistan takes cover as CH-53 helicopter lands
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