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Human Rights Group Files War Crime Charges Against BushCo

Heather at Crooks and Liars picks up the story from Democracy Now. A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and […]

The Pentagon says three ISIS leaders have been killed by the U.S. in the past month-and-a-half. They were identified as Haji Mutazz, a deputy to the ISIS leader; Abd al-Basit, the top military commander; and Radwin Talib, who is in control of ISIS in Iraq. They were described as mid- to high-level leaders. One official […]

American troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq, something we were told would not happen. American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be […]

FORT DIX, N.J. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used a holiday season visit to a U.S. military base on Monday to issue a tough warning to Islamic State militants, saying a U.S.-led coalition will permit no safe haven to the group and will destroy it eventually. Obama spoke to hundreds of camouflage-wearing troops in a […]

Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the case for giving the president expansive war powers to fight the Islamic State. [Kerry requested] a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight. Though Mr. Obama doesn’t want combat troops, he won’t have Congress tie […]

Luke Somers, an American journalist, and Pierre Korkie, a South African citizen, were killed during a rescue attempt in Yemen by American commandos. In a statement, President Obama said the hostages had been “murdered” by militants belonging to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula during the rescue operation. A senior United States official said that […]

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The U.S.-led coalition has inflicted serious damage on Islamic State, carrying out around 1,000 air strikes so far in Iraq and Syria, but the fight against the militants could last years, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. The United States and its allies began air strikes in September after […]

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials have warned military personnel that Islamic State forces may be planning attacks against them in the United States, ABC News reported on Monday. A joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security urged U.S. military to erase from their online social […]

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city center in the evening, officials and witnesses said. The suicide attack on the British embassy car in the east of the Afghan capital killed two embassy […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Our tradition at Liberaland has been to present the classic Arlo Guthrie song, “Alice’s Restaurant.” It’s based on a true story and is satirical take on the counter culture of the 1960’s. But it is also a protest song against the Vietnam war and the military draft. Particularly telling is the hypocrisy of the draft […]

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