Submitted by libertad on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:07pm
The State Department abandoned a probe of the private military firm Blackwater in Iraq after a company official threatened to kill the government’s chief investigator. The New York Times reports investigators began looking into Blackwater’s Iraq operations just weeks before company operatives shot dead 17 Iraqi civilians in the 2007 massacre at Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. The investigators found widespread misconduct and warned of an "environment full of liability and negligence." But according to government documents, the previously undisclosed investigation was quashed after Blackwater’s project manager in Iraq, Daniel Carroll, issued a threat "that he could kill" the chief investigator, Jean Richter, and "no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq." The U.S. Embassy in Iraq ended up siding with Blackwater, ordering Richter and a colleague to leave the country and calling them "unsustainably disruptive" and "unnecessarily hostile" to "contract personnel." The New York Times says the investigators’ unheeded warnings "make clear that the [State] Department was alerted to serious problems involving Blackwater and its government overseers before Nisour Square." The trial of four Blackwater operatives accused in the massacre began this month after years of delay.
Story courtesy of Democracy Now
Submitted by libertad on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:40am
Sheryl Bell, mother of Julian Alexander, holds a candle during a vigil for her son on the one-year anniversary of his death outside his Anaheim home in 2009. Julian Alexander was shot and killed by an Anaheim police officer who was chasing four juvenile burglary suspects.
Orange County Register investigation shows that one in five fatal incidents across region isn't disclosed.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 9:20pm
I know that we're asking a lot, but if you can separate yourself from Verizon, please do. We are going to be the targets of this some day. Don't go along. Switch to Credo, if you can. If you have other less militarized services to recommend, please let us know.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 4:34pm
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:06pm
If you're not making the connection between rape culture, violence such as that in Santa Barbara, and Efren Carrillo, you're not making the important connections.
YesAllWomen Changes the Story of the Isla Vista Massacre
by Rebecca Solnit
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:12am
by Susan Lamont (from Apr/May2014 Peace Press)
In 2012, the United States government began a thirteen-year-long 50th anniversary remembrance of the Vietnam War.
“It was January , in Saigon. Our Army pilots strapped on their helmets and boarded their helicopters. They lifted off.....It was a single raid against an enemy stronghold just a few miles into the jungle -- but it was one of America’s first major operations in that faraway land.” Nowhere in the ensuing narrative from the White House is there an explanation for that “first major operation.”
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:03am
An optimistic look at the future from a former Marine and CIA intelligence officer:
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:06pm
Acting with the impunity with which all presidents arm themselves, President Obama is set to violate the War Powers Resolution.
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:20pm
by Robert Jensen
Submitted by pjcsonoma on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:52pm