A Worldwide Travel Alert Is Pretty Useless

By: Friday August 2, 2013 8:41 am

The State Department today issued a world wide travel alert that will last until August 31st. Apparently there is concern al-Qa’ida and its affiliates are potentially planning terrorist attacks in the Middle East or “beyond.” What might be a possible target or means of attack are also equally vague: Terrorists may elect to use a [...]

State Department Gets Report It Wants on Keystone XL Pipeline From Deputy IG Geisel

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 1:20 pm

TransCanada could’ve written the report themselves.

Not having access to the underlying materials that Geisel did, it’s impossible to know if his findings are valid or not.  Perhaps they are.  If so, it’s unfortunate that they were released under the shadow of his “assistant” status.  Because if an Assistant IG was being leaned on by the administration to give State a clean bill of health while a permanent appointment was dangled as bait, there would not be one word of difference.

Obama Punts Keystone Pipeline Decision Until After 2012 Election

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 12:47 pm

The Obama administration will likely soon announce that the State Department will consider an alternative route for the Keystone XL Pipeline.  If that happens, it will likely delay any decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 election.  From USA Today: The State Department is preparing to announce its decision that it will explore a [...]

Van Jones AWOL at Tarsands Action Once Again, But Calls for Mass Civil Unrest if Obama Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday November 7, 2011 10:10 am

I was as at the White House once again yesterday protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline along with many of the folks I was arrested with on September 9 including Dan Choi, Jessica, Ari, Scarecrow and Bill McKibben. It was really gratifying us to see that our relatively small crew of 65 who were handcuffed, hauled off in paddy wagons and sent to jail with zero media attention that first day had now swelled to a crowd of over 12,000 that the media could not ignore.

UK to Pressure US on Treatment of British Citizen Bradley Manning

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 1:43 pm

In a debate last night in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, British Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham said that the UK Government will renew its pressure on the US State Department concerning the abuse of PFC. Bradley Manning. Bellingham also confirmed that Bradley Manning can be considered a British citizen.

With Crowley’s Ouster, Obama Fully Owns the Torture of Bradley Manning

By: Sunday March 13, 2011 11:00 am

Barack Obama has forced State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley to resign from his position after Crowley dared to tell the truth about the Administration’s torture of Bradley Manning.

Late last week Crowley called the Department of Defense’s treatment of Manning – including severe isolation and forced nakedness – “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” President Obama, when asked about Crowley’s statement in a press conference on Friday, sided with the Pentagon, saying that the abuse of Bradley Manning was “meeting our basic standards.”

Let there be no question: with Crowley’s ouster, President Obama now owns the abuse and torture of Bradley Manning.