A portrait of Younous Abdurrahman Chekkouri in an orange prisoner's jumpsuit. After being imprisoned for 13 years without charges in Guantanamo Bay prison, Yunus was sent to Morocco last week, where he remains in custody. (Reprieve)
25 Sep 2015

U.S. Withholding Evidence That Could Free Former Guantanamo Prisoner Detained In Morocco

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Younis Chekkouri was released last week and flown to Morocco, where authorities have detained him in one of the country’s most notorious prisons. He now urgently demands a United States federal court release documents proving his innocence, which the U.S. has withheld for the past four years.

U.S. Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) conduct a patrol alongside a poppy field while visiting Afghan settlements in Boldak, Afghanistan, April 5, 2010.  (DoD / Cpl. Lindsay L. Sayres, U.S. Marine Corps)
23 Sep 2015

Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan

Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes.

Activists in hoods and orange jumpsuits stand before the US Justice Department with a banner that reads "Bush Justice = Obama Justice = No Justice." (Justin Norman)
22 Sep 2015

Inspector General Urged To Investigate Justice Department For Ignoring CIA Torture

Amnesty International USA urged the inspector general for the Justice Department to investigate why the department has failed to examine human rights violations documented in the Senate report on CIA torture. In a letter dated September 21, AIUSA alleges the Justice Department failed to review evidence regarding the department’s role in human rights violations, which were committed by the CIA.

File: A General Atomics MQ-1A Predator drone. (Wikimedia Commons / United States Air Force)
02 Sep 2015

Obama’s Drone War Escalates in Syria, Despite Fueling Violence in Other Countries

President Barack Obama’s administration has apparently expanded covert drone operations in Syria in order to strike leaders of the Islamic State. But the expansion is destined to fail as much as previous operations in other countries, which have only fueled the rise of violent extremism.

13 May 2015

Amidst Media Backlash, Key Part of Seymour Hersh’s Report on bin Laden Killing Corroborated

A media backlash against investigative journalist Seymour Hersh for his report on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has fueled a perception that it has been wholly discredited. Yet, a key part of Hersh’s report has been corroborated by the New York Times’ Carlotta Gall, a Pakistan newspaper, and

12 May 2015

In First Interview, CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Says Congressional Staffer Urged Him to Flee

In his first interview since he was charged with leaking details of a botched CIA operation to New York Times reporter James Risen, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling says that he had a meeting with a staffer for Congressman William Lacy Clay and was urged to flee the United States. Sterling,

11 May 2015

CIA Investigation Minimizes Use of Drugs on Rendition & Black Site Detainees

The CIA has released documents regarding a 2008 Inspector General (IG) investigation into the use of “mind-altering” drugs to enhance or facilitate interrogations undertaken as part of their rendition, “black site” detention, and interrogation-torture (RDI) program. Not surprisingly, a brief investigation found, according to a January 29, 2009 newly declassified

Jeffrey Sterling (Photo by Institute for Public Accuracy)
11 May 2015

Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Jail for Leaking to Journalist

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for leaking information to a journalist. It was the longest sentence issued by a federal court during President Barack Obama’s administration. During a trial in January, the government convinced a jury, with largely circumstantial evidence,

11 May 2015

Hersh Tells CNN’s Chris Cuomo ‘Not Out on Limb’ with bin Laden Story

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh appeared on CNN’s “New Day” this morning and host Chris Cuomo had Hersh defend his major story in the London Review of Books on lies President Barack Obama’s administration reportedly told about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Hersh told Cuomo he was not “out on

10 May 2015

US Establishment Press Dismiss, Shrug Off Seymour Hersh’s Story on Killing of bin Laden

(update below) Most distressing about investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s story on the lies President Barack Obama’s administration reportedly told about the killing of Osama bin Laden is the general reaction of the United States establishment press. Hersh is an award-winning journalist best known for exposing the My Lai massacre in