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The RAND corporation, a company that does studies on and for government and society was commissioned by the Army to do a study about the Iraq war. When the study found failure in every organization at every level, the Army buried it- including the declassified version. The reason? According to Lt. Gen. James Lovelace it,

“lacked perspective needed for future planning by the U.S. Army.”

Sounds typical of this particular slate of leadership, no one fails, if you can just twist the logic enough eventually it’ll look like success. It’s all about perspective. Right. (more…)

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CIA Chief Michael Hayden has admitted that the CIA used waterboarding,but only on three people and not at all in the last five years. However, Intelligence Director Mike McConnell says waterboarding still remains in the CIA’s arsenal. (more…)

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According to documents given to the organization Wikileaks, a secure document repository for whistle-blowers, the 2005 ROE for US forces engaged in operations in Iraq were allowed to move into Iran and Syria if in pursuit of former members of Saddam Hussien’s government. That’s not the only thing contained in these ROE we find troubling, we’ve got excerpts and analysis on the flipside (more…)

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Apparently, not only is the executive branch so powerful and so omniscient it doesn’t exist, those who used to be known as the members of it – President Bush and Dick Cheney have decided that laws are for other people. Two deals the administration is working on would effectively protect corporate America from any sort of legal redress when they spy on you, or wantonly murder civilians in Iraq, or anywhere else they are providing “security”. (more…)

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Foreign Fighters from Saudi Arabia, Syria, and many other countries in the arab world who have come to Iraq to be martyrs, may be closer to capture by US troops after Al-Qaeda’s personnel files have been discovered in Iraq. Not only that, but apparently the bulk of the resistance doesn’t belong to Al-Qaeda. (more…)

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Condoleezza Rice and Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan held talks over the phone last night on the Turkish operations into northern Iraq against the PKK. The Turkish Military carried out a small strike on Monday as well as previous operations against PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdish areas. These raids were apparently aided by US intelligence being shared with the Turks. Although it appears not everyone down the chain of command was informed these attacks would be carried out. (more…)

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In what started as a trickle, has rapidly advanced to a rising tide, stories of torture and mass disappearances are flooding the news. The stories read like political fictions but are all too real. Countries involvement in torture is nothing new, in fact America’s involvement in torture is nothing new. But, what is new is the extent to which we show up in the regular cast of characters since start of the Bush administration. In stories from Pakistan to Thailand to Morocco, our agents are there, and the jig is up. The CIA tapes are just another tip in a very big, deep iceburg, where it seems everyone is guilty and our so-called enemies are coming out more and more innocent all the time. Full round up on the flipside. (more…)

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