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18.12.2020

"The CIA's Afghan Death Squads"

https://theintercept.com/2020/12/18/afghanistan-cia-militia-01-strike-force/

Andrew Quilty zufolge hat die CIA in Afghanistan eine "Todesschwadron" aufgebaut. "Beginning in December 2018 and continuing for at least a year, Afghan operatives believed to belong to an elite CIA-trained paramilitary unit known as 01, in partnership with U.S. special operations forces and air power, unleashed a campaign of terror against civilians. This story is based on interviews with more than 50 Wardak residents, including 20 survivors and firsthand witnesses and 29 victims’ relatives and local residents who witnessed the aftermath of the killings within hours of when they occurred. Some of those accounts were corroborated by local officials, analysts, and community representatives. The 10 raids resulted in the deaths of at least 51 civilians, according to The Intercept’s reporting. In most cases, men and boys as young as 8, few of whom appear to have had any formal relationship with the Taliban, were summarily executed."

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19.10.2020

"Bolivians Return Evo Morales’s Party to Power One Year After a U.S.-Applauded Coup"

https://theintercept.com/2020/10/19/bolivia-returns-evo-morales-party-to-power-one-year-after-a-u-s-appla
uded-coup/

In Bolivien hat der Kandidat der Partei des 2019 aus dem Amt gedrängten Präsidenten Evo Morales die Präsidentschaftswahl gewonnen. Glenn Greenwald begrüßt das Ergebnis als demokratische Korrektur des vom Westen unterstützten "Staatsstreichs" vor einem Jahr. "The West’s reaction to the 2019 Bolivian coup featured all of its classic propaganda tropes. Western officials, media outlets, and think tank writers invoked the standard Orwellian inversion of heralding a coup of any democratically elected leader they do not like as a 'victory for democracy.' In this warped formula, it is not the U.S.-supported coup plotters but the overthrown democratically elected leader who is the 'threat to democracy.' (…) At least as of now, though, it looks as though the margin of victory delivered to MAS by the Bolivian people was so stunning, so decisive, that there are few options left for the retrograde forces — in Bolivia, Washington, and Brussels — which tried to destroy the country’s democracy."

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06.10.2020

"The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange."

https://theintercept.com/2020/10/06/julian-assange-trial-extradition/

Charles Glass rekapituliert den Verlauf der "beispiellosen und illegalen Kampagne zur Eliminierung" des WikiLeaks-Gründers Julian Assange. "Over the 17 days of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London, prosecutors succeeded in proving both crimes and conspiracy. The culprit, however, was not Assange. Instead, the lawbreakers and conspirators turned out to be the British and American governments. Witness after witness detailed illegal measures to violate Assange’s right to a fair trial, destroy his health, assassinate his character, and imprison him in solitary confinement for the rest of his life. Courtroom evidence exposed illegality on an unprecedented scale by America’s and Britain’s intelligence, military, police, and judicial agencies to eliminate Assange. The governments had the edge, like the white man of whom Malcolm X wrote, 'He’s a professional gambler; he has all the cards and the odds stacked on his side, and he has always dealt to our people from the bottom of the deck.'"

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05.09.2020

"Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Using 'Confirmed' to Mean its Opposite"

https://theintercept.com/2020/09/05/journalisms-new-propaganda-tool-using-confirmed-to-mean-its-opposite/

Die aktuelle Debatte, ob US-Präsident Trump sich abwertend über gefallene US-Soldaten des Ersten Weltkriegs geäußert hat, bestätigt nach Ansicht von Glenn Greenwald, wie tief die journalistischen Standards in vielen US-Medien mittlerweile gesunken sind. "So we have anonymous sources making claims on one side, and Trump and former aides (including Bolton, now a harsh Trump critic) insisting that the story is inaccurate. Beyond deciding whether or not to believe Goldberg’s story based on what best advances one’s political interests, how can one resolve the factual dispute? If other media outlets could confirm the original claims from Goldberg, that would obviously be a significant advancement of the story. Other media outlets — including Associated Press and Fox News — now claim that they did exactly that: 'confirmed' the Atlantic story. But if one looks at what they actually did, at what this 'confirmation' consists of, it is the opposite of what that word would mean, or should mean, in any minimally responsible sense. (…) It should go without saying that none of this means that Trump did not utter these remarks or ones similar to them. (…) But journalism is not supposed to be grounded in whether something is 'believable' or 'seems like it could be true.'"

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06.08.2020

"The Filthy Hypocrisy of America’s 'Clean' China-Free Internet"

https://theintercept.com/2020/08/06/the-filthy-hypocrisy-of-americas-clean-china-free-internet/

Sam Biddle wirft der US-Regierung angesichts ihrer Pläne zur Schaffung eines "China-freien" Internets Heuchelei vor. "The state department has a new vision for a 'clean' internet, by which it means a China-free internet. This new ethno-exclusive network 'is the Trump Administration’s comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information,' by ensuring that China won’t be able to do a litany of subversive and violative things with technology that the U.S. and its allies have engaged in for years. As a policy document it’s nonsensical, but as a moral document, a piece of codified hypocrisy, it’s crystal clear: If there’s going to be a world-spanning surveillance state, it better be made in the USA."

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22.07.2020

"Democrats Unveil Draft Foreign Policy Platform With Promises to End 'Forever Wars' and 'Regime Change'."

https://theintercept.com/2020/07/22/democrats-unveil-draft-foreign-policy-platform-with-promises-to-end-f
orever-wars-and-regime-change/

In einem Entwurf ihrer Wahlplattform für den November versprechen die US-Demokraten Alex Emmons zufolge, die "endlosen Kriege" der USA zu beenden und die außenpolitische Strategie des Regimewechsels hinter sich zu lassen. "The 80-page text, first reported by the Washington Post, is a sign of how far the party’s center of gravity has shifted in four years. The draft was released Tuesday evening to the more than 150-member platform committee for an amendment process. It will likely be ratified at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next month. (…) The draft text for 2020 shows Democrats doing more to distance themselves from Trump — denouncing him for failing to get the U.S. out of wars, accusing him of 'further militariz[ing] our foreign policy,' and saying that his decisions 'brought the world closer to catastrophe.'"

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16.07.2020

"Homeland Security Worries Covid-19 Masks Are Breaking Facial Recognition, Leaked Document Shows"

https://theintercept.com/2020/07/16/face-masks-facial-recognition-dhs-blueleaks/

Das US-Heimatschutzministerium hat in einem internen Bericht Mara Hvistendahl und Sam Biddle zufolge die Sorge geäußert, dass das allgemeine Tragen von Gesichtsmasken in der Coronakrise eine elektronische Gesichtserkennung und damit die Arbeit der Sicherheitsbehörden behindern könnte. "While doctors and politicians still struggle to convince Americans to take the barest of precautions against Covid-19 by wearing a mask, the Department of Homeland Security has an opposite concern, according to an 'intelligence note' found among the BlueLeaks trove of law enforcement documents: Masks are breaking police facial recognition. (…) A Homeland Security intelligence note dated May 22 expresses this law enforcement anxiety, as public health wisdom clashes with the prerogatives of local and federal police who increasingly rely on artificial intelligence tools. The bulletin, drafted by the DHS Intelligence Enterprise Counterterrorism Mission Center in conjunction with a variety of other agencies, including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 'examines the potential impacts that widespread use of protective masks could have on security operations that incorporate face recognition systems — such as video cameras, image processing hardware and software, and image recognition algorithms — to monitor public spaces during the ongoing Covid-19 public health emergency and in the months after the pandemic subsides.'"

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08.06.2020

"The NYT Admits Key Falsehoods That Drove Last Year’s Coup in Bolivia: Falsehoods Peddled by the U.S., its Media, and the NYT"

https://theintercept.com/2020/06/08/the-nyt-admits-key-falsehoods-that-drove-last-years-coup-in-bolivia-f
alsehoods-peddled-by-the-u-s-its-media-and-the-nyt/

Glenn Greenwald berichtet über neue Informationen über den Sturz des bolivianischen Präsidenten Evo Morales im vergangenen November. Er wirft US-Medien wie der New York Times vor, den Putsch durch die Verbreitung von Falschinformationen legitimiert zu haben. "(…) on Sunday, the New York Times published an article strongly suggesting that it was the OAS [Organization of American States] audit, not the Bolivian election, that was 'marred by grave irregularities,' making it 'impossible to guarantee the integrity of the data and certify the accuracy of the' OAS’ claims. (…) It is virtually impossible to overstate the importance of the OAS accusations in driving Morales from his own country and, with no democratic mandate, shifting power in lithium-rich Bolivia to the white, Christian, U.S.-subservient Right. (…) whenever it comes to changing a foreign country’s government that is disliked by the U.S., the U.S. media reflexively sides with the U.S. State Department and ceases to report and instead engages in pro-government propaganda. In this case, Bolivia lost its most successful president in its modern history, and is consequently now ruled by an unelected military junta, all cheered on by the U.S. and its media, relying on an OAS report which even the New York Times is now forced to acknowledge is, at best, deeply flawed. Thus did the U.S. government and its media, yet again, help destroy a thriving Latin American democracy."

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03.06.2020

"More Than 70 Children Killed in Just 10 Airstrikes In Afghanistan, Report Finds."

https://theintercept.com/2020/06/03/children-killed-airstrikes-afghanistan-tbij-report/

Einer Untersuchung zufolge sind in den vergangenen zwei Jahren bei zehn Luftangriffen des US-Militärs in Afghanistan 115 Zivilisten, darunter mehr als 70 Kinder, getötet worden. "That’s the finding of a new investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, or TBIJ, which offers a glimpse into the terrible reality of the conflict in Afghanistan. The strikes that the investigation focused on — conducted by the U.S. military and the U.S.-backed Afghan air force — represent just a handful of the total number of bombings during the period. TBIJ crowdsourced information on particular strikes, then worked with an Al Jazeera film crew who traveled to Afghanistan to meet some of the survivors, confirming civilian casualties in some instances when the U.S. government had not admitted them. The 10 airstrikes analyzed in their report took place between 2018 and 2019. The fact that over 60 percent of those who died in the bombings were children reflects Afghanistan’s overwhelmingly young population and a culture in which large families tend to live together in big housing compounds."

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20.05.2020

"Surveillance Capitalism Meets the Coronavirus Shock Doctrine"

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/20/coronavirus-surveillance-naomi-klein-shoshana-zuboff/

Naomi Klein und Shoshana Zuboff diskutieren in diesem Podcast mit Mehdi Hasan über die Risiken des "Überwachungskapitalismus" in der Post-Corona-Welt. "Governments and Tech Giants around the world are using the Covid-19 crisis to advance a vision of a future in which 'our every move, our every word, our every relationship is trackable, traceable, and data-mineable,' writes 'The Shock Doctrine' author Naomi Klein, 'a future in which, for the privileged, almost everything is home delivered, either virtually via streaming and cloud technology, or physically via driverless vehicle or drone.' But this future isn’t inevitable. 'We’re not necessarily locked into this deterministic narrative that too many pundits are hawking and the tech companies are salivating over — that post-Covid we’re going to have comprehensive biosurveillance of all of society,' says Shoshana Zuboff, author of 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.' 'People are worried. People are asking questions.' In this live conversation hosted by The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan, Klein and Zuboff discuss the dangers of surveillance capitalism in the post-coronavirus world — and how we might be able to use this moment of crisis to inspire change for the better."

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20.05.2020

"There´s no telling what Data Facebook will collect if you use it´s Zoom clone"

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/20/facebook-messenger-rooms-video-call/

Sam Biddle hat sich das neue Videokonferenzfeature von Facebook angesehen und stellt fest: "(...)over a week after the rollout and nearly a month after Facebook announced and offered the privacy assurances about Messenger Rooms, it’s impossible to determine exactly what information will be collected about you and your life if you decide to use the product. The company’s public documentation of Messenger Rooms, including a post focused on privacy, offers very few details, although the privacy post promises, narrowly, that 'audio and video from Rooms won’t be used to inform ads.' Facebook’s communications department spent weeks researching my questions about Messenger Rooms privacy, only to come back with few answers, and offering instead only links to a spate of vague policies that predate the product."

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17.05.2020

"Federal Government buys riot gear, increases security funding, citing Coronavirus Pandemic"

https://theintercept.com/2020/05/17/veterans-affairs-coronavirus-security-police/

Die US-Regierung hat offenbar mit Blick auf mögliche Ausschreitungen im Zusammenhang mit der Coronakrise die Sicherheits- und Polizeiausgaben erhöht, berichtet The Intercept. Zwar sei mit dem Verlauf der Pandemie in den USA ein historischer Rückgang der Gewaltkriminalität einhergegangen, die rasche Ausbreitung des Virus könnte aber zunehmende Konfrontationen zur Folge haben, so die Begründung. "While the pandemic has coincided with a historic drop in violent crime across the country, analysts have expressed concern that the rapid spread of the virus will fuel confrontations. There have been multiple inmate riots in response to Covid-19 outbreaks in prisons and jails, which have become dangerous hotspots for the disease. The economic upheaval and disagreements over coronavirus-related policy have also fueled demonstrations across the country. The federal funding requests contrast sharply with the rosy rhetoric from President Donald Trump, who has lavished himself with praise for his response to the crisis and issued optimistic predictions that recovery is around the corner. Last month, the federal government secured a contract to purchase 100,000 body bags to dispose of deaths related to the Covid-19 outbreak."

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12.04.2020

"America and the New Geopolitics After Coronavirus"

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/12/coronavirus-response-geopolitics/

Die Corona-Pandemie wird ärmere Länder besonders hart treffen und in den kommenden Jahren weltweit zu neuer geopolitischer Instabilität führen, so die Prognose des Sicherheitsexperten David Kilcullen. "'Right now, we are experiencing this pandemic as a public health crisis. In a few weeks or months, it is going to become an economic crisis, and by the end of the year, we might be looking at this as a national security issue,' said David Kilcullen, a counterinsurgency expert and author of 'The Dragons and the Snakes: How the West Learned to Fight the Rest.' 'Once the impact of the virus really starts to hit developing countries, we are going to see a whole new crop of instability,' Kilcullen warned. 'This could be the crisis that reorders the world system. It is unprecedented in its scale and global in its reach.'"

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15.03.2020

"African Nations Turn the Tables, Imposing Travel Restrictions Against U.S., Europe, and China to Stave Off Coronavirus"

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/15/african-nations-turn-the-tables-imposing-travel-restrictions-against-
u-s-europe-and-china-to-stave-off-coronavirus/

Afrika ist vom Coronavirus bisher (zumindest offiziellen Zahlen zufolge) weitgehend verschont geblieben. Damit das so bleibt, hätten afrikanische Regierungen nun Reiseeinschränkungen für Personen aus westlichen Ländern und aus China beschlossen, berichtet Joe Penney. "In a dramatic shift in fortunes, African countries — whose citizens often have to prove their health status to even get a visa to travel to Europe — have moved swiftly to control arrivals from European countries. (…) The U.S.’s failure to prepare adequately for the spread of coronavirus, and the confused messaging from President Trump, has meant the U.S. is a weak link in the world health system, making it more difficult to fight the disease globally. 'I expected America to stand strong against this pandemic, but they failed the world — that’s my clear assessment,' an Ethiopian health official, who asked not to be named, told The Intercept."

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25.02.2020

"New Data Shows the U.S. Military Is Severely Undercounting Civilian Casualties in Somalia"

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/25/africom-airstrikes-somalia/

Offiziellen Angaben des US-Militärs in Afrika (AFRICOM) zufolge hat es in mehr als zehn Jahren bei hunderten Einsätzen gegen Terrorgruppen wie al-Shabab nur zwei zivile Todesopfer gegeben. Nick Turse berichtet, dass die britische Gruppe Airwars nach der Analyse vorliegender Informationen zu einem anderen Ergebnis gekommen sei. "The group contends that the number of civilian deaths may be as much as 6,800 percent greater than the command asserts. 'Our focus on casualties in Iraq, Syria, and Libya shows the critical importance of listening to local communities affected by conflicts,' said Chris Woods, the director of Airwars. 'We’ve also widened our focus to include all U.S. actions — not just the controversial drone strikes, but also a growing number of U.S.-Somali ground operations which can lead to civilian harm.' (…) The new Airwars data identified 61 individual events in which civilians were allegedly harmed by U.S. military action since 2007. (…) All told, the monitoring group found that in these 31 cases, between 71 and 139 civilians have been killed, a figure that far exceeds AFRICOM’s official count of two dead."

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21.01.2020

"'The Universal Enemy' Takes on Jihadism in Academia"

https://theintercept.com/2020/01/21/jihadism-universal-enemy-book-darryl-li/

Murtaza Hussain stellt das Buch "The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity" des Sozialwissenschaftlers Darryl Li von der University of Chicago vor, dessen "anthropologische Studie" sich mit einer Gruppe von Dschihadisten beschäftigt, die in den 1990er Jahren im Bosnienkrieg aktiv war. "Li’s research takes him across the world to meet former mujahids: from coffee shops and offices in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom to remote detention centers where many of them found themselves trapped amid the U.S.-led global war on terrorism. All of them can be said to have been involved in a collective political project — in this case, the defense of Bosnian Muslims facing genocide — as opposed to the atomized mass shooters and truck attackers often seen in recent years. Li reconstructs the motives and experiences of these volunteer fighters with a diligence often missing in other accounts. But his book also stingingly criticizes the field of 'jihadism' as an academic discipline connected to the national security state."

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05.01.2020

"Portrait of a General"

https://theintercept.com/2020/01/05/secret-iranian-spy-cables-show-how-qassim-suleimani-wielded-his-enorm
ous-power-in-iraq/

In seinem Rückblick auf die Karriere von Qassim Suleimani greift Murtaza Hussain auf iranische Geheimdienstdokumente zurück, die einen Eindruck vom Vorgehen des getöteten iranischen Generals im Irak vermitteln. "A more nuanced portrait of Suleimani emerges from a leaked archive of secret Iranian spy cables obtained by The Intercept. The documents were generated by officers from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, or MOIS, stationed in Iraq between 2013 and 2015, when the Iranian war against the Islamic State was at its height, and Suleimani was running the show. The reports reveal how Suleimani was perceived in some corners of the Iranian intelligence establishment, and the picture that emerges does not always align with the carefully crafted public image of the general as an indomitable strategist. While the Iranian-led war against ISIS was raging, Iranian spies privately expressed concern that the brutal tactics favored by Suleimani and his Iraqi proxies were laying the groundwork for major blowback against the Iranian presence in Iraq. Suleimani was also criticized for his own alleged self-promotion amid the fighting."

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04.12.2019

"George Bush, Barack Obama, and the CIA Torture Cover-Up"

http://https://theintercept.com/2019/12/04/george-bush-barack-obama-and-the-cia-torture-cover-up/

Daniel Jones, der im Auftrag des US-Senats das Folterprogramm der CIA untersucht hat, erklärt in diesem Podcast, dass sowohl die Bush- als auch die Obama-Regierung alles getan hätten, um eine Veröffentlichung seines immer noch geheimen Abschlussberichts zu verhindern. "No story in recent U.S. history illustrates the brutal fallacy of American exceptionalism than the CIA torture program and its cover-up. This week on Intercepted: As Washington D.C. remains focused on the Trump impeachment, Daniel Jones, the former top Senate Intelligence Committee investigator into the CIA torture program discusses the years-long battle with the Bush and Obama administrations to make public the findings of his still-classified 7,000 page report. Jones is the subject of the new feature film, The Report, starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening, and the host of its companion podcast, The Report Podcast, with Kelly McEvers, where they unpack the story of the CIA’s torture program, the Senate’s investigation, and ensuing cover-up. He tells the story of how the CIA, under John Brennan, spied on the Senate investigators and accessed their classified computers."

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18.11.2019

"The Iran Cables"

https://theintercept.com/series/iran-cables/

Reportern der Plattform The Intercept sind 700 Seiten geheimer Dokumente des iranischen Ministeriums für Nachrichtenwesen zugespielt worden, die einen neuen Eindruck vom tatsächlichen Einfluss des Irans im Irak vermitteln. The Intercept hat die neuen Informationen in Zusammenarbeit mit der New York Times aufgearbeitet und präsentiert die Ergebnisse in diesem Dossier. "In an unprecedented leak from one of the world’s most secretive regimes, an anonymous source provided 700 pages of Iranian intelligence reports to The Intercept, saying they wanted to 'let the world know what Iran is doing in my country Iraq.'"

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31.10.2019

"A CIA-Backed Militia Targeted Clinics in Afghanistan, Killing Medical Workers and Civilians."

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/30/afghanistan-health-clinics-airstrikes-taliban/

Die Organisation Human Rights Watch wirft einer geheim operierenden afghanischen Miliz, die von der CIA unterstützt werde, in einem neuen Bericht schwere Menschenrechtsverletzungen vor. Andrew Quilty erläutert die Vorwürfe und schreibt: "The secretive, pro-government Afghan militia blamed for several such attacks in Wardak is known as 01. Ostensibly overseen by the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the unit and its counterparts across the country are trained and directed by the CIA. The 01, which operates in central Afghanistan, including in Wardak, Logar, and Ghazni provinces, is known for rolling into villages at night and leaving a trail of death and destruction. The units are 'responsible for extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, indiscriminate airstrikes, attacks on medical facilities, and other violations of international humanitarian law or the laws of war,' said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director for Human Rights Watch, who wrote a report to be released Wednesday night on abuses by CIA-backed militias in Afghanistan. Many witnesses to night raids say 01 is deliberately targeting civilians."

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26.10.2019

"Everyone Is Denouncing the Syrian Rebels Now Slaughtering Kurds. But Didn’t the U.S. Once Support Some of Them?"

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/26/syrian-rebels-turkey-kurds-accountability/

Mehdi Hasan erinnert daran, dass die USA einige der "moderaten" Rebellengruppen, denen jetzt im Norden Syriens Kriegsverbrechen gegen die Kurden vorgeworfen werden, lange selbst unterstützt haben. "Have we so quickly forgotten how the CIA backed a range of secular and Islamist militias to fight Assad, via the covert program Timber Sycamore, while the Pentagon vetted 'moderate' fighters to fight ISIS via the congressionally-approved Train and Equip Program? The former, according to a U.S. official, led to the death or injury of 100,000 Syrian army troops and their allies, while the latter was coordinated with — wait for it — Turkey. 'The groups that were educated and equipped by the United States west of the Euphrates,' wrote Turkish journalist Fehim Tastekin for Al-Monitor, 'are now fighting against the groups east of the Euphrates that have been also educated and equipped by the United States.'"

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17.10.2019

"Nobody Has a Plan for ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria"

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/17/syria-turkey-kurds-isis/

Umar Farooq erläutert, warum die türkische Justiz Probleme haben wird, angemessen mit den IS-Gefangenen in Nordsyrien umzugehen. "The Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the U.S. until a few days ago, have been holding more than 70,000 suspected ISIS members in camps scattered across northeastern Syria. At least 10,000 are described by the Pentagon as fighters (...). The most prudent scenario would be having Turkey take custody of the detained fighters, but that, too, is fraught with problems. Turkey lacks the laws to put fighters away for long sentences. And the country’s judicial system is already encumbered with tens of thousands of cases stemming from a 2016 failed coup attempt. (...) Around 1,500 foreign terrorist fighters are in Ankara’s custody, according to figures from the Foreign Ministry, making it the largest state custodian of ISIS fighters after Iraq. But prosecuting them has not been an easy task, said Dogu Eroglu, author of 'ISIS Networks: Radicalization, Organization, and Logistics in Turkey.' (...) Around half of the ISIS suspects in Turkish custody languish in deportation centers, where they can only legally be kept for 12 months. The evidence against them is too weak to earn a jail sentence, and Ankara has had a difficult time convincing their home countries to take them back."

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07.10.2019

"The U.S. Is Now Betraying the Kurds for the Eighth Time"

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/07/kurds-syria-turkey-trump-betrayal/

Jon Schwarz zufolge ist es sogar das insgesamt achte Mal, dass die USA die Kurden im Stich gelassen haben. "Nothing in this world is certain except death, taxes, and America betraying the Kurds. The U.S. has now betrayed the Kurds a minimum of eight times over the past 100 years. The reasons for this are straightforward. The Kurds are an ethnic group of about 40 million people centered at the intersection of Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq. Many naturally want their own state. The four countries in which they live naturally do not want that to happen. On the one hand, the Kurds are a perfect tool for U.S. foreign policy. We can arm the Kurds in whichever of these countries is currently our enemy, whether to make trouble for that country’s government or to accomplish various other objectives. On the other hand, we don’t want the Kurds we’re utilizing to ever get too powerful. If that happened, the other Kurds — i.e., the ones living just across the border in whichever of these countries are currently our allies — might get ideas about freedom and independence."

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17.09.2019

"The Military Has Done Little to Prepare As Climate Change Threatens Guantánamo"

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/17/guantanamo-bay-hurricanes/

Der Klimawandel bedrohe auch die US-Militärbasis Guantanamo Bay auf Kuba, schreibt Miriam Pensack. "Whether they acknowledge it or not, military commanders thus face a conundrum: spend enormous amounts of money to revamp the deteriorating detention camp to make it hurricane-proof, or put detainees lives in danger. The military has proposed a series of improvements to the base, some of which would address the threat of storms, but for the most part, work has proceeded piecemeal. As extensive research demonstrates, human-caused climate change is 'supercharging' hurricanes in the Caribbean basin and “exacerbating the risk of major damage” from the storms. In recent weeks, Hurricane Dorian’s 185 miles-per-hour winds razed parts of the Bahamas — less than 250 miles north of Guantánamo."

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15.09.2019

"War on the World"

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/15/climate-change-us-military-war/

Murtaza Hussain weist darauf hin, dass "industrialisierte Militärstreitkräfte" weltweit einiges zur Entstehung des aktuellen "Klimanotstands" beigetragen hätten. Dies gelte insbesondere für das mächtigste Militär der Welt: "It may not come as a surprise that the largest industrial military in the history of the world is also the single biggest polluter on the planet. A recent study from Brown University’s Costs of War project surfaced this startling fact: The U.S. Department of Defense has a larger annual carbon footprint than most countries on earth. With a sprawling network of bases and logistics networks, the U.S. military is the single biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world aside from whole nation-states themselves. (...) That massive additional burden on the planet might be justifiable were it all being done in the name of vital national security interests, but the biggest components of the U.S. military’s carbon dioxide footprint have been in wars and occupations that were almost entirely unnecessary. To put it crudely: The U.S. poisoned the planet for vanity projects."

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11.09.2019

"Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him"

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/11/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-torture-cia/

Neu veröffentlichte CIA-Berichte vermitteln ein Daniel DeFraia zufolge "erschütterndes" Bild über die systematische Folterung des mutmaßlichen Chefplaners der 9/11-Anschläge, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in einem polnischen Geheimgefängnis im Jahr 2003. "The CIA interrogation program has been well documented. But recently declassified cables, published here for the first time, reveal in new detail interrogators’ attempts to transform detainees into collaborators in the war against Al Qaeda. The cables chronicle the banal and brutal moments of Mohammed’s so-called enhanced interrogation over a period of almost four weeks in 2003. They display in cold bureaucratic prose the thinking behind torture tactics, including waterboarding, 'walling,' and sleep deprivation. And they exhibit a committed belief that enhanced measures always move detainees closer to an imagined breaking point that, once met, force them to produce more accurate information — a belief that the 2014 Senate torture report showed to have been wrong."

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31.08.2019

"The Best Movie Ever Made About the Truth Behind the Iraq War Is 'Official Secrets'"

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/31/official-secrets-iraq-war-film/

Jon Schwarz empfiehlt den neuen Hollywood-Film "Official Secrets" als bisher beste Darstellung der Ereignisse, die zur US-Invasion im Irak 2003 führten. Der Film erzählt die Geschichte der britischen Übersetzerin Katharine Gun, die in den Wochen vor Kriegsbeginn eine kontroverse NSA-Email an die Presse leitete. "Played craftily in 'Official Secrets' by Keira Knightley, Gun was a translator at the General Communications Headquarters, the British equivalent of the NSA. On one level, 'Official Secrets' is a straightforward, suspenseful drama about her. (...) On a subtler level, the film asks this question: Why didn’t the leak make a true difference? Yes, it contributed to opposition to the U.S. and U.K. on the Security Council, which never voted on another Iraq resolution, because Bush and Blair knew they would lose. Yet Blair was able to shrug this off and obtain a vote by the British Parliament several weeks later endorsing his war. There is one main answer to this question, both in 'Official Secrets' and reality: the U.S. corporate media. 'Official Secrets' helps illustrate the ideological malfeasance by the American press, which eagerly jumped on this grenade to save its foxhole buddies in the Bush administration."

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29.07.2019

"Violence Has Spiked in Africa Since the Military Founded AFRICOM, Pentagon Study Finds"

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/29/pentagon-study-africom-africa-violence/

Seit der Gründung des Afrika-Kommandos (AFRICOM) des US-Militärs im Jahr 2008 hätten sich wichtige Kennziffern zur Sicherheit und Stabilität in Afrika deutlich verschlechtert, schreibt Nick Turse unter Verweis auf eine neue Pentagon-Studie. "'Overall, militant Islamist group activity in Africa has doubled since 2012,' according to a recent analysis by the Africa Center. There are now roughly 24 'active militant Islamist groups' operating on the continent, up from just five in 2010, the analysis found. Today, 13 African countries face attacks from these groups — a 160 percent increase over that same time span. In fact, the number of 'violent events' across the continent has jumped 960 percent, from 288 in 2009 to 3,050 in 2018, according to the Africa Center’s analysis. While a variety of factors have likely contributed to the rise in violence, some experts say that the overlap between the command’s existence and growing unrest is not a coincidence. 'The sharp increase in terrorist incidents in Africa underscores the fact that the Pentagon’s overly militarized approach to the problem has been a dismal failure,' said William Hartung, the director of the arms and security project at the Center for International Policy."

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21.07.2019

"Why an 'AI Race' Between the U.S. and China Is a Terrible, Terrible Idea"

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/21/ai-race-china-artificial-intelligence/

Sam Biddle hält es für falsch, die Entwicklung Künstlicher Intelligenz als einen an den Kalten Krieg erinnernden Konkurrenzkampf zwischen den USA und China darzustellen. In dieser Perspektive dominiere die falsche Sorge, dass alles andere als eine totale amerikanische Dominanz katastrophale Folgen hätte. Biddle plädiert angesichts der Risiken von KI-Anwendungen stattdessen für Sorgfalt. "Careful consideration demands a slower pace — and a slower pace means, yes, potentially losing a race to the bottom against a national adversary that clearly has no qualms making the bottom as technologically impressive as possible. Rather than clamoring for a dead sprint toward some sort of national AI supremacy, defined however and by whomever, our time might be better spent worrying in earnest about what lies at the finish line."

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14.06.2019

"Mike Pompeo Said Congress Doesn't Need to Approve War With Iran. 2020 Democrats Aren't Having It."

https://theintercept.com/2019/06/14/mike-pompeo-iran-war-authorization/

Prominente Demokraten im US-Kongress wollen Akela Lacy und Jon Schwarz zufolge nicht zulassen, dass das Weiße Haus einen Krieg gegen den Iran ohne parlamentarische Zustimmung erklären kann. US-Außenminister Pompeo sei offenbar der Ansicht, dass die US-Regierung durch die 2001 verabschiedete Genehmigung zum Einsatz militärischer Gewalt (AUMF) die entsprechende Kompetenz habe. "The 2001 AUMF provided the president with authority to wage war against anyone who 'planned, authorized, committed, or aided' the attacks 'or harbored such organizations or persons.' (...) Asked if there was any way that the 2001 AUMF could be construed to extend to Iran, [Sen. Elizabeth Warren] said, 'None, nope.' [Rep. Tulsi Gabbard], for her part, said of Pompeo’s suggestion, 'I completely disagree, 100% disagree. That’s one of the reasons why I have been so concerned about what this administration is doing. Because in their mind, they could unilaterally start a war with Iran, without congressional authorization, which would be unconstitutional and illegal.'"

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