Modern-Day Mengeles: America's Terror War Torture Shrinks

Written by Chris Floyd 10 December 2014 2324 Hits

One of the "revelations" of the Senate report on CIA torture has been the role played by two psychologists in devising the regimen of torture used by the Agency. [A quick but necessary digression: please note that this torture regimen has been lauded as "effective" and "life-saving" by the Obama Administration -- even after the release of the report; indeed, the Administration says that the fruits of these crimes still "inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day." Just bear that in mind as you read the reams of justified denunciations of the Bush Administration for the commission of these particular crimes by this particular agency. The Bush thugs should be excoriated -- and prosecuted -- for their crimes. But a multitude of crimes in many forms (including torture) are still being ...

Read more ... Modern-Day Mengeles: America's Terror War Torture Shrinks

Obama's Reaction to the Senate Report: Torture is Good

Written by Chris Floyd 09 December 2014 2663 Hits

A truncated version of the Senate investigation into the CIA's Terror War torture regime has finally been released. Even in its limited form, it details an operation of vile depravity, one which would plunge a civilized nation into a profound crisis of conscience and spark a deep and anguished debate on how best to transform a system of government -- and a national ethos -- that could lead to such putrid crimes. It would also occasion a wide-ranging effort to subject the originators, perpetrators and accomplices of the torture program to the full measure of legal punishment they deserve.Needless to say, nothing like that is going to happen in America. Indeed, even before the report was released, the New York Times -- the standard-bearer and shaper of "decent" liberal thought for the nat...

Read more ...Obama's Reaction to the Senate Report: Torture is Good

Strange Fruit Still Bearing on America’s Blood-Smeared Trees

Written by Chris Floyd 07 December 2014 2041 Hits

Eric Garner. Another unarmed black man gone down for no good goddamn reason, with not even a charge for those who caused his death. Not even a charge, not a trial, no open public examination of the facts. I’m not going to pontificate on this issue, because there are a multitude of African-American voices who can speak more directly and eloquently to this situation than yet another middle-aged white man. I’ll just point to this piece I wrote a few months ago “following the police berzerkery in Ferguson, Missouri.”The post dealt with the fact that this kind of thing has been going on for a long, long time — strange fruit bearing on a multitude of blood-soaked trees. This particular post focused on the emblematic case of George Jackson, killed in San Quentin in 1971. But it’s a piece that ...

Read more ...Strange Fruit Still Bearing on America’s Blood-Smeared Trees

Hunger Games: Western Terror Warriors Spurn Their Innocent Victims

Written by Chris Floyd 03 December 2014 2779 Hits

So now there is no money left for the Syrian refugees created by the civil war fomented and fanned for years on end by Western governments. (Who, bizarrely, then prosecute any of their citizens who go off to fight in the war their governments promote as a noble and worthy cause.) For want of $64 million — the amount of money the US spends in an eyeblink on its drone campaigns and death squads, the kind of money that’s just chump change for, say, oligarchs who prowl the world destabilizing governments and monetizing misery for their own pockets — the UN says it must halt a vital support program for Syrian refugees.What is happening in Syria is sickening and surreal. Almost all of the public discourse surrounding this vast and vile slaughterhouse has been completely divorced from reality....

Read more ... Hunger Games: Western Terror Warriors Spurn Their Innocent Victims

Cage Match: Gitmo Case a Snapshot of America’s Imperial Soul

Written by Chris Floyd 01 December 2014 2412 Hits

Andy Worthington asks a burning question: “Why is Shaker Aamer still at Gitmo?” And after detailing the case of Aamer — an innocent man sold to the American security forces by the human traffickers who partnered with the CIA in Afghanistan, a man who was cleared for release from the American concentration camp seven years ago — Worthington suggests the likely answer:

Read more ...Cage Match: Gitmo Case a Snapshot of America’s Imperial Soul

Landmarks of Loss and Love: Being Human in Horrible Times

Written by Chris Floyd 28 November 2014 2376 Hits

Moscow-based American writer and critic John Freedman has penned a tremendously powerful piece on his blog, Russian Culture in Landmarks. Writing a response to an article by Russian-born writer Martha Gessen in the New York Times, Freedman has encapsulated, in so many ways, the experience of those of us who, in this grim and ugly century, have "lost" both our countries -- the America that gave us birth, and the Russia which, as with Rilke, became our "spiritual homeland" -- to bizarre, brutal, murderous, belligerent, xenophobic, mean-spirited, wilfully ignorant perversions of themselves. In America, in Russia, and in so many other places around the world, what is best in human nature has indeed been “captured by aliens and stuffed into a trunk” — to borrow Freedman’s chillingly apt evoc...

Read more ...Landmarks of Loss and Love: Being Human in Horrible Times

Battle Cry: Candidate Paul Appeases the Masters of War

Written by Chris Floyd 25 November 2014 2000 Hits

Oh dear. Rand Paul, favorite candidate of those who dream of an anti-imperial coalition of hardcore libertarians and the antiwar left, has popped many a bubble this week with his proposed Senate bill to declare war on ISIS.Supporters will doubtless say that Paul (like another young politician on the make who served as a blank screen for his followers' aspirations for genuine hope and change) is merely playing "11th dimensional chess" with the move, trying to put America's war machine back on a Constitutional footing, while outflanking potential rivals for the GOP nomination who might otherwise have painted him as "soft" on killing large amounts of people with massive amounts of expensive and profitable machinery. But Paul is not simply calling the war machine's bluff. As Antiwar.com poi...

Read more ...Battle Cry: Candidate Paul Appeases the Masters of War

Red Mist Rising: Inside the World's Most Powerful Terrorist Organization

Written by Chris Floyd 19 November 2014 2694 Hits

Glenn Greenwald notes the blizzard of bellicose propaganda pieces pouring from the High Media lately concerning the Peace Laureate's latest flurry of drone killings. In story after story, headline after headline, we hear of "militants" slaughtered by the dead-eyed machinery that floats above the distant villages of the "recalcitrant tribes" who bedevil the Empire with their disobedience -- or, in the case of the drone campaign, which overwhelmingly kills innocent civilians, with their mere existence.Greenwald draws on a new article by Steve Coll in the New Yorker, which provides a detailed -- and damning -- look at the Progressive Way of State Terror as practiced by our noble Nobelist in the White House. Coll in turn draws on the remarkable efforts of photographer Noor Behram, who for y...

Read more ...Red Mist Rising: Inside the World's Most Powerful Terrorist Organization

Children of Lies: Fragments From the Long and Wasted Years

Written by Chris Floyd 06 November 2014 2606 Hits

Below is a slightly revised version of my column in the latest print edition of Counterpunch Magazine.In the course of a massive clean-out the other day, I came upon a box of overstuffed folders and musty papers — copies of some of the first pieces I’d ever had published, going back 35 years. For almost two decades they’d lain unseen in the bottom of an old trunk in my parents’ basement, stored there during one of the several peripatetic upheavals that punctuated my early adulthood. Then a freak flood hit the town, and most of the papers were damaged beyond rescue, fused into bundles that couldn’t be prised apart without crumbling into pieces. Only one small box made it through; it had been sitting on top of a cache of love letters and other tender memorabilia destroyed by the water. Th...

Read more ...Children of Lies: Fragments From the Long and Wasted Years

Recent Popular Articles

Murder’s Loophole: US Cluster Bombs Rain Mass Death on Yemen

May 03, 2015 353 Chris Floyd
On Sunday, Human Rights Watch reported that Saudi Arabia is dropping cluster bombs supplied by the United States in the relentless onslaught on Yemen. These horrific weapons — which not only unleash…
Read More...

Helping a Voice of Truth Through a Season in Hell

May 27, 2015 276 Chris Floyd
Arthur Silber has resurfaced after yet another long season in hell — but only to say that the hell goes on, although he hopes to be writing again soon. This, as always, is a consummation devoutly to…
Read More...

Remembering a Veteran Lost in the Madness of War

May 25, 2015 267 Chris Floyd
Lost in Biloxi.... He lost his way in BiloxiHe lost his way down on that shoreThat was still choked with the debrisOf a storm from long beforeHe lost his way in the madhouseWhere he tended to the…
Read More...

Progressive Apocalypse: Obama Opens Door to Nuclear Nightmare

May 31, 2015 263 Chris Floyd
As all the world knows, the United States government is fervently dedicated to advancing the cause of peace throughout the world. Tirelessly, selflessly — and thanklessly — America pursues this noble…
Read More...

Our Lives in the Larder: Celebrating Another Defeat for Freedom

Jun 02, 2015 257 Chris Floyd
I was going to write about the bizarre and rather sad celebrations across the progressosphere about the great paradigm-shifting “victory” in the passage of the “U.S.A. Freedom Act” — but I find that…
Read More...

Fresh Horses: Roadside Stop on the Imperial Highway

Jun 21, 2015 168 Chris Floyd
Very sorry for the dearth of posts in recent weeks. This is due to personal reasons, which I'll not bore you with. I hope to be writing more here in the near future. I do manage to twit a tweet every…
Read More...