West Point Prof Publishes Horrifying Legal Paper

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My former colleague Spencer Ackerman, now the national security editor for the Guardian, has a story about one of the most appalling papers I've ever heard of. A law professor at West Point named William Bradford has written a paper arguing that not only are Islamic holy sites a legitimate target for bombing by the U.S. military, but so are American legal scholars and journalists who are critics of the war on terror. … [Read more...]

Bangladeshi Government Sides With Fascist Islamic Murderers

In the worst possible response, the Bangladeshi government is taking the side of the Islamic fascists who have now murdered four atheist bloggers, warning other bloggers that if they write anything that "hurts religious sentiments" they will be arrested and face 14 years in prison. … [Read more...]

American Psychological Association Finally Bans Torture

In very good news, the American Psychological Association has finally banned participation in any kind of torture by its members. This comes after many psychologists helped the CIA develop torture techniques after 9/11, making huge amounts of money in the process. … [Read more...]

The Horror of Another Blogger Murdered in Bangladesh

Another atheist blogger in Bangladesh has been murdered by Muslim terrorists, the fourth one in the last year or so. Every time this happens, I find myself left in shock. I suppose I shouldn't be shocked anymore. Maybe horrified is more the right word. … [Read more...]

Khattala Must be Tried in Civilian Court

The right wing has had three responses to the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala in Libya: 1) Oh, the timing is too convenient! (which is moronic); 2) It's no big deal, he was a bit player anyway; and 3) Send him to Gitmo! Torture him! Never mind that 2 and 3 contradict one another. Jack Goldsmith, an assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, says he must be tried in a civilian court under the law: … [Read more...]

Obama Caves on Drone Memo Secrecy

It's only taken several years, but the Most Transparent Administration in History (yeah, right) has decided not to appeal a federal court order requiring them to release the legal memo upon which they've based their authority to launch drone strikes that kill even American citizens. … [Read more...]

Terrorist Convicted in Civilian Court

And here we have yet another example of what Republicans screamed from the mountaintops could not happen, a Muslim terrorist was convicted in a civilian court in Manhattan and will now spend the rest of his life in a supermax prison for his crimes. Gee, who could have predicted that? … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Orders Release of Drone Strike Memo

A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously that the Obama administration must release portions of the legal memo used to justify the drone strike that killed American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011. The Obama administration has been fighting this tooth and nail, of course. … [Read more...]

Former CIA Director’s Casual Sexism and Hypocrisy

Michael Hayden, who was the director of the CIA during part of the Bush administration, went on Fox News and put his sexism on display, saying that a single line from a statement made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the need for transparency about torture shows that she's too "emotional" to be objective. She said this: … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia Equates Atheism and Terrorism

Saudi Arabia, whose ruling family includes some princes who support and fund terrorism around the world, has passed a new anti-terrorism policy that defines atheism itself, along with nearly all dissent from that country's leadership, as terrorism. The new definition of terrorism includes: … [Read more...]

Senate Committee Leaks Torture Report Finding

That massive report on the Bush administration's torture regime put together by the Senate Intelligence Committee has still not been released, even in redacted form, but someone with the committee has leaked one of the key findings: That torture did nothing to help find Osama Bin Laden. … [Read more...]

Bin Laden Son-in-Law Convicted

Hey, remember all that Republican fury over the idea that terrorists could be tried in civilian courts and convicted without the world coming to an end and dogs and cats living together? Turns out, not so much. Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law was convicted in civilian court in New York, just like hundreds of others have been. … [Read more...]


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