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May 23, 2013
I have asked the Department of Defense to designate a site in the United States where we can hold military commissions. I am appointing a new senior envoy at the State Department and Defense Department whose sole responsibility will be to achieve the transfer of detainees to third countries. I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case-by-case basis.
President Obama, during his lengthy speech today on counterterrorism. Obama also stated his continued support for shutting down the facility, saying that “there is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that it should — should have never been opened.” source
20:02 // 11 months ago
May 22, 2013
The first page of the letter from Attorney General Eric Holder revealing that Americans have been killed in counterterrorism operations. Click to read more.

The first page of the letter from Attorney General Eric Holder revealing that Americans have been killed in counterterrorism operations. Click to read more.

17:12 // 11 months ago
October 31, 2012
Anybody else suddenly feel like there’s something that our government isn’t telling us? We don’t recall the zombie apocalypse ever being mentioned when the Obama Administration introduced the National Terrorism Advisory System back in 2011. We’d like to humbly suggest that a “Threat Level Gray” warning accompany any word of a zombie attack from here on out. source

Anybody else suddenly feel like there’s something that our government isn’t telling us? We don’t recall the zombie apocalypse ever being mentioned when the Obama Administration introduced the National Terrorism Advisory System back in 2011. We’d like to humbly suggest that a “Threat Level Gray” warning accompany any word of a zombie attack from here on out. source

16:30 // 1 year ago
December 21, 2011
centerforinvestigativereporting:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represent  only a fraction of the billions spent to battle terrorists since Sept.  11, 2001. Lawmakers in Washington have shelled out some $34 billion over  the last 10 years to state and local law enforcement. Our new map shows  how much each state has raked in by grant program and fiscal year, based  on data obtained from the Department of Homeland Security.

Too much? Not enough? What say you?

centerforinvestigativereporting:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represent only a fraction of the billions spent to battle terrorists since Sept. 11, 2001. Lawmakers in Washington have shelled out some $34 billion over the last 10 years to state and local law enforcement. Our new map shows how much each state has raked in by grant program and fiscal year, based on data obtained from the Department of Homeland Security.

Too much? Not enough? What say you?

(via theatlantic)

11:17 // 2 years ago
December 14, 2011
While we remain concerned about the uncertainty that this law will create for our counter-terrorism professionals, the most recent changes give the President additional discretion in determining how the law will be implemented, consistent with our values and the rule of law, which are at the heart of our country’s strength.
White House spokesman Jay Carney • Regarding the White House’s decision not to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, which they changed their tune on after changes that make it so detainees would be allowed to go through civilian court. Carney emphasizes, however, that the broader bill is very important: ”This legislation authorizes critical funding for military personnel overseas,” he says, “and its passage sends an important signal that Congress supports our efforts as we end the war in Iraq and transition to Afghan lead while ensuring that our military can meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
16:24 // 2 years ago
May 5, 2011
Meet Audrey Tomason: Today in Wikipedia pages dedicated to otherwise-anonymous figures in famous photos. By the way, we kinda love how the picture used on the page is a really-zoomed in version of the photograph. The WaPo’s Sarah Anne Hughes has a heck of a kicker line for this: "If it’s true that Tomason’s job is of the clandestine nature, it’s reasonable to think that this photo will not be good for her career. Neither will her new Wikipedia page.”

Meet Audrey Tomason: Today in Wikipedia pages dedicated to otherwise-anonymous figures in famous photos. By the way, we kinda love how the picture used on the page is a really-zoomed in version of the photograph. The WaPo’s Sarah Anne Hughes has a heck of a kicker line for this: "If it’s true that Tomason’s job is of the clandestine nature, it’s reasonable to think that this photo will not be good for her career. Neither will her new Wikipedia page.”

12:27 // 2 years ago
May 3, 2011
We’re going to try to take advantage of this opportunity we have now with the death of al Qaeda’s leader, bin Laden, to ensure that we’re able to destroy that organization. We’re determined to do so and we believe we can.
White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan • Sounding a little boasty by saying that the next plan, post-Bin Laden, is to basically take down all of al-Qaeda. “We believe that we have damaged the organization, degraded its capability and made it much more difficult for it to operate inside of Pakistan as well as beyond,” he continued. Do you guys think he’s right, or just on a bit of a high right now? source (viafollow)
9:15 // 2 years ago
October 29, 2010

The U.S. spends LOTS of money on intelligence, defense

  • $80.1
    billion
    the amount the U.S. spent on intelligence in 2010
  • $664
    billion
    the amount the U.S. spends on its total defense budget source

» Why this is a big deal: Two reasons. First of all, the intelligence spending numbers were never reported during the most recent Bush Administration – this is the first time we’ve gotten new numbers here in nearly a decade. Secondly, the intelligence budget has effectively doubled in the ten years – which makes sense if, you know, you account for 9/11 happening in the meantime. If you’re a high-spending government looking for something to cut to correct years of fiscal irresponsibility, though, this might be a good spot to look.

17:11 // 3 years ago