Administration Acknowledges “Direct Action” in Somalia and Yemen

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 8:28 am

In a report required by the War Powers Resolution, President Obama for the first time acknowledged that the US has taken “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen to attack remnants of Al Qaeda, spreading the battlefield authorized by the AUMF passed shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001. In the letter, the President updates [...]

Today in Secret (and Not so Secret) Wars

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 8:10 am

While the US may actually withdraw from Iraq, the government is out today threatening to turn one of their undeclared wars into an explicit one. The Obama administration has sharply warned Pakistan that it must cut ties with a leading Taliban group based in the tribal region along the Afghan border and help eliminate its [...]

The Privatization of War in Somalia

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30 pm

Buried in with today’s news was this story about one of our secret wars, this time in Somalia. It appears that now we’re using African proxies to fight Al Shabab there. Richard Rouget, a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in [...]

Somali Terror Suspect Detained and Interrogated on Ship for Two Months

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 8:10 am

A couple weeks ago, Adm. William McRaven of the Joint Special Operations Command wondered if there was even a standard system for capturing and interrogating terrorist suspects in the Obama era. Now we know that there’s a template – you hold the suspect at sea for months until you figure out a way to charge [...]

Fighting the Last War: Toner and Ink Cartridges Prohibited from Overseas Flights

By: Monday November 8, 2010 1:18 pm

When I did stand-up a hundred years ago, I used to do a joke about how aviation security was always a few steps behind the terrorists. First someone tried to light a bomb in his shoes, and now we all have to take our shoes off before getting on the plane. Then someone tried to [...]

White House Rhetoric Gets Loud on Al-Shabab

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 9:20 am

I haven’t seen anyone else write about this, but David Kurtz described a conference call with senior Administration officials that sounded awful belligerent about the terrorist group al-Shabab. As in “next war comin’” kind of belligerent: The administration official would not rule out a change in U.S. policy to provide military assistance to the transitional [...]

After al-Shabab Takes Responsibility, Arrests Made in Uganda Attack

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 6:45 am

The Somali militant group al-Shabab took responsibility for the multiple bomb attack that killed at least 76 people at two locations in Kampala, Uganda, where spectators watched a broadcast of the World Cup final. This was the first successful attack for the militant group outside of Somalia. And while Ugandan authorities believe that the attacks [...]

Bombings in Uganda Kill 64

By: Monday July 12, 2010 6:14 am

Bombs exploded in two locations in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday while audiences gathered to watch the World Cup final, killing 64 people including at least one American. At least 65 more were injured in the blasts. The police chief in Kampala suspected the Somalian extremist group Al-Shabab of being behind the attack. The deadliest attack [...]

Administration Adds American Citizen Awlaki To Assassination List

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 7:04 am

The CIA have added Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen implicated in both the Nidal Hassan Fort Hood shooting and the failed underwear bombing on Christmas Day, to a capture-or-kill list of terrorist threats. Awlaki, born in New Mexico, required a special government review through the National Security Council to place him on the list, by [...]

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