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What difference does it make if John Brennan is confirmed?

In the end, what difference does it make if John Brennan is confirmed as CIA Director by the Senate? 1. Well, for one thing, it may…


Brennan’s wristbands, McCain’s hold, and assertions of legality under international law based on secret operations and secret legal memoranda (with links to Brennan confirmation hearing video, transcript, and written questions and answers)

On Brennan’s May 23, 2016 testimony regarding Russian intervention in elections, and FBI investigation into intervention and possible collusion with Trump associates, see “Former CIA…


Secret Laws, the John Brennan vote, and the rule of law

Let  us step back for a moment from the details of what John Brennan is saying now in order to get confirmed by the Senate as CIA Director….


Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945

There is nothing inevitable about international order. The lessons of two world wars which informed the creation of the United Nations in 1945, and the…


Drone Killings, the Constitution, International Law, and the John Brennan File

Developing story Check back for updates Recent News Reports and Commentary Michael Isikoff (National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News), “Justice Department memo reveals legal case for…


Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the foreign policy “successes” of our celebrity leaders

Draft [Note: Today’s article is a bit unusual in format, consisting of long portions of an article on Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State,…


Isolationism, with drones: Obama’s second-term foreign policy

Developing story The smartest man in the room is so intellectually insecure that he doesn’t like to be questioned, and insists that everyone recognize that…


Key CIA official involved in Bush torture program criticizes “Zero Dark Thirty” for inaccurate depiction of “enhanced interrogation techniques”

Developing story You can’t make this stuff up. Jose Rodriguez, a former CIA official deeply involved in the Bush torture program, published an opinion piece…


REPRISE: “A time to break silence”: Dr. King on the Vietnam war, and President Carter on America’s human rights violations

[This is a lengthy article. The reader may wish to read it, and listen to the recordings, in three parts.] Originally published June 27, 2012…


European court of human rights condemns Macedonia for “extraordinary rendition” to cooperating CIA officials, in Khaled el-Masri case

News to Note See Nicholas Kulish, “Court Finds Rights Violation in C.I.A. Rendition Case,” New York Times, December 13, 2012. Amrit Singh, “European court of…