Glenn Greenwald: Obama’s non-closing of GITMO, kind NYT headlines, and US government irony

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The excuse used to justify Obama's failure to close GITMO is incomplete and misleading. Plus: multiple other items A few (relatively) brief items worthy of note today: (1) The New York Times' Charlie Savage reported yesterday that the State Department "reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him". … [Read more...]

Glenn Greenwald: The Israel Lobby’s smear campaign against Chuck Hagel and Zero Dark Thirty

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Discussing the potential new Defense Secretary and the highly-celebrated pro-torture film, on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" Extensive travel the last couple of days has prevented me from writing. This morning I was on MSNBC's "Up With Chris Hayes" to discuss the possible nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary (and the predictable though still disgusting … [Read more...]

Glenn Greenwald; The US and Israel: a short quiz on ‘rogue nation’ status

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A series of events just from this week makes clear who is actually violating the consensus of the international community The phrase "rogue nation" is one of the terms that get tossed around often in political discourse without much effort devoted to its actual meaning. Let's try to apply this term to a series of events just from the last week, beginning with this … [Read more...]

Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza

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The Obama administration's unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict A central premise of US media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza -- beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably "defending itself" -- is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by … [Read more...]

CNN claims Iran shot at a US drone, revealing the news network’s mindset

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Its Pentagon reporter parrots significant, inflammatory government claims without an iota of skepticism or balance Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter (more accurately known as: the Pentagon's reporter at CNN), has an exciting exclusive today. Exclusively relying upon "three senior officials" in the Obama administration (all anonymous, needless to say), she claims that … [Read more...]