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NY Times: Don’t Hide Pictures Of American Torture

We’ve tortured people. There are pictures. Under a 2009 law, more than 2000 photo taken at American military facilities have been kept from view. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union won an important victory for transparency when a federal district judge in New York City, Alvin Hellerstein, rejected the government’s blanket claim of privilege [...]

Joanne Mariner of Amnesty International talked to me on radio Wednesday night about torture in Afghanistan by rogue members of the U.S. military. Our military has done little to find and prosecute those who committed these heinous acts. “Thousands of Afghans have been killed or injured by US forces since the invasion, but the victims [...]

The General who lost his life in Afghanistan has now been identified. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, of Falls Church, Va., is the highest-ranking member of the U.S. military to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He was the deputy commanding general for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan [...]

NBC is reporting this morning that an as-of-yet unnamed American Major General was the sole fatality (so far) in an attack by someone wearing the uniform of the Afghan Security Forces. The Pentagon is reporting that some of the other injuries are so severe that the death toll is likely to rise. While the news [...]

Make that 465,000 light weapons it has supplied to Afghanistan’s army and police.

Sgt. Bowe Berdgahl is done with counseling and could return to active duty as early as today. …Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said. He is also expected [...]

// Now read this:Former Bush Speech Writer Claims Obama ‘Provoked’ Bergdahl’s Unit To Trash Him (Jun 9, 2014) Bergdahl’s Troubled Platoon (Jun 8, 2014) U.S. Official: Bowe Bergdahl Has Declined To Speak To His Family (Jun 8, 2014) Bowe Bergdahl’s Shocking Treatment In Captivity Revealed (Jun 8, 2014) Bowe Bergdahl’s Parents Receiving Threats (Jun 8, [...]

There is no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cooperated with the Taliban. There’s been much speculation about whether Bergdahl deserted his post, but some former members of Bergdahl’s platoon went further and suggested that attacks on U.S. troops seemed to suspiciously increase after Bergdahl disappeared. An anonymous Army official told the [Wall Street] Journal that [...]

John Bellinger who advised George W. Bush’s state department and national security council, says many of the Gitmo detainees will have to be released anyway when combat operations end, and so it was good we were able to get something in return. He believes Bush would have made the same deal. Now read this:Republican Senator: [...]

A coalition jet called in to help ward off a Taliban attack mistakenly bombed the five American service members. The five were killed along with an Afghan soldier in Zabul province, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province’s police chief. According to NATO, the troops were conducting a security operation. Such operations have been stepped up [...]

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