Tag Archives: Obama administration

FISA 702 or PATRIOT Act 215? Questions on the Guardian/Wapo surveillance scoops

The Glenn Greenwald/Guardian story about a memo leaked to Greenwald about the NSA obtaining a court order to seize Verizon phone records, was topped by a Washington Post article stating that the NSA had “back door” access to 9 different … Continue reading

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A Washington ‘whodunit’: who fed bogus Benghazi ‘emails’ to the media? **UPDATE: a ‘glaring omission…’**

Who leaked bogus email “summaries” to ABC news and the Weekly Standard to try and stoke a Benghazi controversy? Continue reading

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Just sayin’: Gov. Wilder got literally everything wrong in his Politico op-ed

No offense to the former Virginia governor, but literally everything in Doug Wilder’s Politico op-ed about President Obama’s “blackness” versus Bill Clinton’s was factually wrong.

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White House threatens veto over Gitmo, endless ‘war on terror’ provisions in defense bill

If a House bill extending the “global war on terror” beyond the post-9/11 mandate, and placing new restrictions on trying detainees and implementing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” manages to get through the Senate, the president will likely … Continue reading

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Catching bin laden: an alternate history; plus, the judo jihadi?

What if the U.S. had captured Osama bin Laden alive, and attempted to put him on trial, instead of killing him?

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**UPDATED: You’ll just have to use your imagination. Obama nixes bin Laden photo release

Sorry, visual-hungry media, it’s a no.

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Behind the operation to get Osama bin Laden **UPDATED**

According to a senior White House official who briefed reporters Sunday night, the push to get bin Laden began in the earliest days of the Obama administration, when the president “formally instructed the intelligence community and his counterterrorism advisers to … Continue reading

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Obama’s letter to Congress: dump oil subsidies

President Obama has written to House and Senate leaders asking them to end subsidies to Big Oil. 

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Handcuffed to Gitmo: revelations from George Bush’s disaster prison, and why we’re still stuck with it

The latest Wikileaks disclosures show how big a botch job the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo is, and why we’re still stuck with it.

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Obama, Qaddafi, and the power to make war **2nd UPDATE: Salon attacks

UPDATE 3: Don’t tell Salon … 7 in 10 Americans support what we’re doing in Libya. UPDATE 2: Salon’s Michael Lind issues a legalese-laden broadside against John Whitehouse that basically boils down to “ignore the parts of Article 42 that … Continue reading

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