Posts filed under “War/Defense”

For those of you who want to learn a little about the US Army’s position on torture, check out items #56 and #80.

Military law via Military Legal Resources

Instructions Gov Armies

Hat tip Invictus

Category: War/Defense, Weekend

Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and John Yoo were all instrumental in implementing the U.S. torture program. So it is no surprise that they are now pretending that torture helped get Bin Laden. See this, this and this. They’re trying to avoid war crimes prosecution. As I noted in 2009: Cheney was the main architect of…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Attacks Attributed to al-Qaeda: 1992-2008

The timeline below, via The Economist, shows deadly attacks: > click for larger graphic

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense

Today’s quote of the day is my attempt to thwart a wrongheaded meme. It is terror variant of the CRA argument. Did torture help find OBL? From the CIA: “Torture [at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp] didn’t provide useful, meaningful, trustworthy information. Everyone [at the CIA] was deeply concerned and most felt it was un-American…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

Fun with Google Maps: Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound

Punch “Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound” into Google maps. Hilarity ensues. There are over 1100 comments — they keep changing constantly — but my favorite has to be “No Street View? Lame!” > click graphic for larger version; click here for an updated version (unless Sergey and Larry lose their sense of humor): Hat tip…Read More

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense, Web/Tech

Frontline: Inside the Attack on binLaden

A special report — in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, FRONTLINE takes you inside two fronts of the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban

Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.

Category: Video, War/Defense

Bin Laden Is Dead … But Why Didn’t We Kill Him 10 Year Ago?

President Obama announced tonight that U.S. special forces killed Osama Bin Laden. That’s great … but we could have killed him years ago. As I noted in 2009: According to the U.S. Senate – Bin Laden was “within the grasp” of the U.S. military in Afghanistan in December 2001, but that then-secretary of defense Rumsfeld…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense


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Category: Video, War/Defense

Bin Laden’s (Long Overdue) Day of Reckoning

Today’s news of Osama bin Laden being brought to justice was long overdue. It brought up bittersweet feelings of closure regarding that fateful day a decade ago. For those unfamiliar, my office was headquartered on the 29th floor of 2 WTC. (I was in the Long Island office).  On 9/11, I managed to get my…Read More

Category: Markets, War/Defense

Futures Rally, Oil Falls, on Bin Laden’s Death

Here is a quick roundup on the news of Osama bin Laden killed in a Pakistan firefight by US Special Forces: -Stocks and U.S. equity-index futures rose; -the Dollar Index snapped a nine-day slump -oil dropped the most in two weeks; -Silver futures plunged as much as 13% -Oil lost 2.4% More to come later…Read More

Category: Markets, Trading, War/Defense