The Taliban Tried to Surrender and the U.S. Rebuffed Them. Now Here We Are.


Only full annihilation was enough for the Bush administration. They wanted more terrorists in body bags. The problem was that the Taliban had stopped fighting, having either fled to Pakistan or melted back into civilian life. Al Qaeda, for its part, was down to a handful of members.So how do you kill terrorists if there aren’t any?Simple: Afghans that the U.S. worked with understood the predicament their military sponsors were in, so they fabricated bad guys. Demand has a way of creating supply, and the U.S. was paying for information that led to the death or capture of Taliban fighters. Suddenly there were Taliban everywhere. Score-settling ran amok; all you had to do to get your neighbor killed or sent to Guantánamo was tell the U.S. they were members of the Taliban.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens’ gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges • The Register

Right now, anyone – citizen or not – entering the Land of the FreeTM can be subject to warrantless probing of their electronics, which can be seized for further study in the lab for months if necessary. It’s just that citizens can’t be prevented from entering their home country: you can have your equipment taken and scanned, you can be questioned for hours, but you’re still ultimately allowed in. Foreigners, on the other hand, have no such protections: they can be searched, grilled, and sent back the way they came, if immigration officials deem you to be a problem.
The draft legislation – which is still in its early stages – is essentially designed to make it a lot tougher to stop and search citizens on the spot when they return to the US of A. However, the bill is weighed down with one major caveat. If officers have serious concerns about a traveller but have no time to get a warrant, they can seize the electronics and later apply for a warrant retroactively. If the warrant application fails, all the information harvested must be destroyed and may not be used in further prosecutions.

Source: US border cops must get warrants to search citizens’ gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges • The Register

Trump Made Calls To Air Force General About The F-35 With Boeing CEO Secretly Listening In


Hey, you remember that time when you were 14 and you called up your crush with your best friend secretly listening in so that after they could tell you what to say? President Donald Trump did just that, except with the Air Force General in charge of the F-35 program and the fucking CEO of Boeing in the room listening.

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Obama Killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed his 8-year-old Sister.


The War on Terror framework continues to savage the world’s poorest civilians.

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U.S. Admits Israel Is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime — Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion


After serving as the key protector of South Africa’s apartheid regime, the U.S. is playing the same role for Israel.

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Former CIA Detainees Describe Previously Unknown Torture Tactic: A Makeshift Electric Chair


In independent interviews with Human Rights Watch, two former detainees described a metal device that had wires with clips that would attach to the fingers, and a helmet connected to wires.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Added 100,000 Settlers. Now the U.S. Rewards Him With Largest Aid Package Ever.


Formal memorandum of understanding increases the annual military aid package to Israel, rewarding it with a record $38 billion over 10 years.

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The US Considered Hiding Nuclear Weapons In Iceland (And Not Telling Iceland)


New documents obtained by the National Security Archive reveal that the US government considered establishing a nuclear weapons storage site in Iceland during the 1950s. The really interesting part? The United States wasn’t going to tell Iceland.

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Civilian Death Toll From Coalition Airstrikes in Syria Could Be Single Largest in U.S.-Led War on ISIS


Scores of civilians trapped in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern Syria were reportedly killed Tuesday by airstrikes from Western coalition aircraft.

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Worried About “Stigmatizing” Cluster Bombs, House Approves More Sales to Saudi Arabia


But the closeness of the vote was an indication of growing congressional opposition to the conduct of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing coalition in Yemen.

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