September 11 Aftermath

Anniversary report from 9/11 Commission seeks to bolster “war on terror”

By Thomas Gaist, 23 July 2014

Citing threats to the US from terrorists and foreign hackers, the commission called for a further expansion and centralization of the powers of the state.

Obama administration added 1.5 million names to US terrorist watch list

By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2014

The numbers were divulged by administration lawyers in a suit filed by a northern Virginia man challenging the constitutionality of the government’s no-fly list.

US to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 July 2014

The decision to transfer the detainees comes as the prison camp faces growing criticism for force-feeding prisoners.

Airport security agency bans powerless electronic devices on flights to US

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2014

Passengers with phones that do not power on will be prevented from boarding or have their devices confiscated.

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification

By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014

The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum presents an extremely narrow, one-sided narrative that severely distorts both the causes and consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

US judge allows for continued force feeding of Guantanamo Bay prisoner

By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2014

District Court Judge Gladys Kessler reverses previous ruling on force-feeding.

FBI infiltrates Guantanamo detainee’s defense team

By Gabriel Black, 16 April 2014

The military trial of five men accused of murder for the attacks on 9/11 has been halted after it was revealed that the FBI had turned a member of the defense team into an informant.

California police departments capture cellphone data

By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014

A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.

Father of slain Boston bombing witness releases letter to Obama accusing FBI of murder

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014

In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.

Former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 7 December 2013

Hicks talks about the legal campaign to overturn his bogus terrorism conviction and his concerns about the escalating attacks on democratic rights.

Britain uses anti-terror powers to detain Yemeni activist

By Jordan Shilton, 28 September 2013

Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni activist who has campaigned against the use of drones, was detained on Monday at Gatwick airport by border agents under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

US Congress defends the methods of a police state

By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2013

The vote to block even limited restrictions on wholesale domestic spying on the American people exposes the US Congress as a rubber stamp for a police state.

Terry Hicks defends whistleblower Edward Snowden

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2013

Father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, says Snowden is fighting to defend basic rights.

Outgoing homeland security secretary to head University of California

By Norisa Diaz, 20 July 2013

As chief of Homeland Security, Napolitano participated in unprecedented attacks on democratic rights.

Federal judge backs force-feeding at Guantanamo

By Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2013

The judge’s ruling, the second in a week on the issue of force-feeding, dismisses detainees’ rights with contempt.

FBI blocks release of Ibragim Todashev autopsy report

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2013

Federal agencies have covered the state killing of Todashev in a “blanket of secrecy”

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arraigned in federal court

By Thomas Gaist, 11 July 2013

The role of US intelligence in the bombings has been systematically covered up and suppressed.

US detains witness in FBI killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Andrea Peters, 11 July 2013

US officials have extended the detention of Tatiana Gruzdeva, Ibragim Todashev’s roommate, as civil liberties groups warn of a “cover-up.”

Federal Judge appeals to Obama to halt force-feeding at Guantánamo

By Matthew MacEgan, 10 July 2013

US District Judge Gladys Kessler made an appeal to President Obama, urging him to do something about the force-feeding of Guantánamo prisoners who are on hunger strike.

The FISA court in operation

Secret laws, secret government

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2013

The FISA court has issued rulings—all still classified—that authorize a vast expansion of government spying on the American people.

Luxembourg trial into 1980s terror bombings reveals involvement of German police, intelligence agents

By Dietmar Henning, 12 June 2013

Although the bombings implicate NATO troops, the trial has been largely ignored by the German and international media.

NSA whistleblower reveals identity, exposes US government’s “architecture of oppression”

By Thomas Gaist, 10 June 2013

Former CIA administrator Edward Snowden has come forward as the source of recent leaks detailing massive spying by the US government.

Who rules America?

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2013

The Obama administration embodies the consolidation of power by the military and the CIA in alliance with the financial elite.

Obama defends massive spying on Americans

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2013

The claims by Obama and other politicians that systematic spying on the entire population is motivated by the desire to prevent terrorist attacks deserve to be treated with contempt.

The state killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Tom Carter, 3 June 2013

On May 22, a key witness in relation to the Boston bombings was killed by an FBI agent in his residence in Florida.

Obama appoints former Bush deputy attorney general to lead FBI

By Eric London, 1 June 2013

Under the Bush administration, James Comey participated in the attack on democratic rights by approving the administration’s domestic surveillance and torture programs.

Worldwide outrage as Guantanamo hunger strike enters fourth month

By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2013

Guantanamo inmates have reported that the feeding tubes, instead of being left in, are inserted twice daily for maximum pain and discomfort.

Obama comes to Boston

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2013

In this, his fifth speech in the wake of an incident of mass violence in America, Obama followed what is by now a tired template, invoking scripture, blaming evil and explaining nothing.

Mississippi man arrested in ricin mailings to officials

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2013

The arrest came after the Capitol was shut down for hours Wednesday, amid reports that poisoned envelopes had been mailed to US officials.

Guantanamo hunger strike over prisoner abuse

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2013

At least 14 prisoners are refusing food, and half are now being force-fed in what amounts to torture.

The New York Times defends drone murder

By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013

A front-page article in the Times detailing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki reveals both the criminal character of the killing and the liberal establishment’s contempt for democratic rights.

US Senate approves John Brennan, tied to torture and drone assassination, as CIA director

By David Walsh, 8 March 2013

The Senate vote confirming the mastermind of Obama’s drone program followed a revealing quarrel within the establishment about the government’s right to assassinate Americans on US soil.

US government requests for Internet communications soar

By Don Knowland, 9 February 2013

A Google report released Monday shows a marked increase in government requests for private communications of Internet users.

Judge denies Obama administration attempt to dismiss challenge to “no-fly” list

By Eric London, 4 January 2013

The administration maintains that it has the right to block individuals from flying on commercial flights or entering the country without presenting any evidence either to the targeted people or a court of law.

US Congress drops measure banning indefinite detention of US citizens

By Bryan Dyne, 21 December 2012

Congress dropped an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act nominally protecting US citizens and permanent residents against indefinite detention.

US spy agencies edited Benghazi “talking points”

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2012

Their purpose was to conceal the connections between the US intelligence apparatus and gunmen linked to Al Qaeda.

US seeks to bar testimony on torture in military trial of alleged 9/11 plotters

By Don Knowland, 26 October 2012

Government motions to preclude the alleged 9/11 plotters from testifying about their detention and torture have been submitted to the military commission that is trying the defendants for war crimes.

9/11 anniversary: The terror pretext in tatters

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2012

The 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks passed with diminished official commemoration, as attempts to exploit the tragedy as a pretext for Washington’s wars have grown ever more hollow.

$40 million cable project points to Guantánamo’s permanence

By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2012

The Pentagon’s budgeting of $40 million for a fiber-optic cable from Florida to the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba is an indication of plans to maintain the infamous detention camp there indefinitely.

Thousands of military drones to be deployed over US mainland

By Tom Carter, 18 June 2012

A recent Department of Defense report to Congress as well as a number of media investigations have exposed government plans to deploy tens of thousands of drones over the US mainland.

The Chicago frame-up: The “war on terror” comes home

By Joseph Kishore, 15 June 2012

The arrest and prosecution of five protesters accused of plotting “terrorism” at last month’s NATO summit in Chicago, Illinois is a warning to the entire working class.

Chicago police frame antiwar activists on “terrorism” charges

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2012

A total of five men have been arrested on three separate “plots”, all organized by the same undercover police agents.

The political uses of the latest “terror plot”

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2012

The latest terror plot involving the CIA and a supposed Yemeni plot to bomb a passenger jet has been revealed, like so many of its domestic counterparts, as a product of the vast US intelligence apparatus itself.

Guantanamo military commission arraigns 9/11 defendants

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2012

The proceeding became bogged down almost immediately in the efforts by the military judge and prosecutor to block any airing of charges that the prisoners had been systematically tortured in US custody.

FBI provocateur ensnares Cleveland protesters in “bomb plot”

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2012

The affidavit filed in the arrest of five alleged anarchists in Cleveland outlines a scenario virtually identical to the numerous terror cases manufactured by the FBI through sting operations targeting Muslims.

Pentagon clears way for military trial of five charged in 9/11 attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 6 April 2012

The Pentagon’s formal charging of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others in connection with the September 11 attacks sets the stage for a military tribunal rigged to suppress evidence exposing torture or contradicting the official story on 9/11.

US immigration agency arrests 3,100

By Kate Randall, 4 April 2012

A six-day sweep by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has resulted in the arrest of more than 3,100 immigrants.

French police detain 19 alleged Islamist militants

By Kumaran Ira, 4 April 2012

Early Friday morning, French anti-terrorist police and domestic intelligence carried out raids in major cities across France, arresting 19 people.

Reports indicate Toulouse gunman was French intelligence asset

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2012

Reports and comments by intelligence officials suggest that Mohamed Merah, the alleged gunman in a deadly Toulouse shooting spree, was a French intelligence asset.

Six British soldiers killed by explosion in southern Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 8 March 2012

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that six soldiers are missing, believed dead, after an explosive device hit their armoured vehicle Tuesday in southern Afghanistan.

Attorney general defends presidential assassinations of US citizens

By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 6 March 2012

In a speech Monday, US Attorney General Eric Holder asserted the “right” of the president to secretly order the assassination of US citizens.

Washington pushes drug war in Mexico, Central America

By Bill Van Auken, 29 February 2012

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signaled Tuesday that Washington is prepared to utilize in Mexico and Central America the same bloody counterinsurgency methods it has employed in the so-called “war on terror”.

Capitol Hill terror suspect ensnared by US intelligence agencies

By Tom Carter, 20 February 2012

Amine El Khalifi was arrested in Washington, DC Friday after US intelligence operatives supplied him with a fake suicide vest and had him arrested.

The scaffolding of an American police state

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2012

In signing the National Defense Authorization Act, allowing for indefinite military detention without charges or trials, Obama has forged his enduring legacy as the president who codified into law the steady march towards police state dictatorship.

US appeals court dismisses suits against telecom firms over warrantless wiretapping

By Tom Carter, 3 January 2012

The Ninth Circuit decision further entrenches the NSA domestic spying program and represents a radical assault on the long-standing framework of democratic rights in the US.

Guantanamo lawyers speak out on decade of torture and abuse

By Peter Daniels, 14 September 2011

A panel discussion held on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary dealt with the continuing crimes taking place at the Guantanamo prison camp and elsewhere as part of the “war on terror.”

9/11, ten years on

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2011

The attempts to exploit the 9/11 anniversary to justify the crimes carried out over the past decade are wearing increasingly thin with the American public.

The record of the World Socialist Web Site on 9/11

12 September 2011

The World Socialist Web Site has an unparalleled record of articles and commentary on the terrorist attacks of September 11, their origins and political consequences.

New York, Washington in security lockdown on 9/11 anniversary

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2011

The security mobilization was the latest in a long series of vague and largely unexplained terrorism alerts.

iPhone secretly records location of users

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 28 April 2011

Mobile phones and tablets made by Apple Computer have been secretly recording every place that their owner has been since June 2010, according to research findings presented April 20.

Obama administration to try accused 9/11 plotters by military commission

By Alan Gilman, 6 April 2011

The announcement by the Obama administration that it will try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others in a military court, rather than in a civilian trial, represents another stage in the ongoing attack on democratic rights.

US Congress holds anti-Muslim hearing

By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2011

In a thinly disguised effort to legitimize witch-hunting, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing Thursday on American Muslims’ alleged failure to cooperate in anti-terrorism investigations.

What did the US and Britain know prior to the July 7 London bombings?

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2011

The early release of terrorist Mohammed Junaid Babar, due to “exceptional cooperation” beginning before his arrest, raises the question of how much prior knowledge US and British authorities had about the July 7, 2005, terror bombings in London.

Obama administration presses for law on Internet data retention

By Patrick Zimmerman, 31 January 2011

The Department of Justice is advocating new legislation at a House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday that would require Internet companies to retain data and records of user activity online.

Australia: Jury delivers split verdict in long-running “terror” trial

By Richard Phillips, 3 January 2011

Two out of five men have been found not guilty on terror charges after a three-month trial. The jury’s divided verdict points to the flimsy character of the prosecution case, much of it circumstantial, and the use of an undercover police officer to entrap the men.

Portland teen ensnared in FBI sting operation pleads not guilty

By Tom Eley, 1 December 2010

A 19-year-old college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, pleaded not guilty in federal court to terrorism charges stemming from an FBI sting operation against him.

Terror warning a pretext for an attack on fundamental rights

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 November 2010

The appearance of Germany’s streets and public places has changed since Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) last week warned of a specific threat of terrorist attacks.

Torturer-in-chief: Bush brags about waterboarding

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2010

In his memoir to be released next week, former US President George W. Bush boasts of having personally given the order to the CIA to employ the torture method of waterboarding.

UK government to impose Orwellian-style surveillance

By Robert Stevens, 1 November 2010

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is pushing ahead with plans to allow Britain’s security services and police to spy on the activities of every citizen who uses a phone or the internet.

Unanswered questions in the Yemen terror scare

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2010

In what has become a regular feature of American public life—especially on the eve of major elections—the airwaves were taken over Friday by breathless reports of a new terror threat.

Canada’s role in the persecution of child soldier Omar Khadr

By Keith Jones, 30 October 2010

The Canadian government has aided and abetted the prosecution and persecution of child soldier Omar Khadr, from the time that it first learned of the detention of a Canadian citizen at Guantanamo Bay through this week’s plea-bargain.

Security alert ties up US air cargo shipments

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2010

The terrorism scare that dominated the US media Friday afternoon is one of a long series of such episodes that have become a regular part of American public life.

Key witness in Khadr case based testimony on work of anti-Muslim bigot

By Hiram Lee, 29 October 2010

A key witness in the case against former child soldier Omar Khadr based his testimony in part on the work of Danish psychologist and anti-Muslim bigot Nicolai Sennels.

Child soldier Omar Khadr coerced into plea-bargain

By Keith Jones, 27 October 2010

With Canada’s Conservative government acting as their accomplice and in violation of international law, the Obama administration and US military have coerced child soldier Omar Khadr into a plea bargain.

Supreme Court to review “war on terror” claim against Ashcroft

By John Burton, 20 October 2010

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court accepted review in its first “war on terror” case of the 2010 term, a suit brought against former Attorney General John Ashcroft

The New York Times defends assassinations

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2010

The major voice of what passes for liberalism in America openly defends the right of the US government to assassinate anyone it pleases.

9/11 anniversary overshadowed by uproar over Koran-burning

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2010

The confused and repulsive spectacle surrounding a religious crackpot’s planned burning of Korans has overshadowed the ninth anniversary of 9/11.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Arar case

By Don Knowland, 18 June 2010

The US Supreme Court has denied the request of Maher Arar to review the dismissal by a federal appellate court of his civil suit against former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other US government officials in his “extraordinary rendition.”

Obama administration backs stripping “terror” suspects of Miranda rights

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Obama administration would support legislation that would weaken or eliminate Miranda rights for terrorist suspects, while Secretary of State Hilary Clinton indicated support for a bill giving the government broad powers to revoke US citizenship.

The Times Square bombing attempt

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2010

The failed attempt to set off a car bomb in New York City’s Time Square has underscored terrorism’s reactionary role as well as the terrible price that the US and the entire world are paying for Washington’s wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Bush CIA head agreed to destruction of torture videotapes

By John Andrews, 17 April 2010

According to a formerly secret email message made public Thursday, Bush-era CIA head Porter J. Goss agreed to the destruction of about 100 videos depicting the repeated waterboarding and other torture of two alleged Al Qaeda prisoners at a secret Thailand prison.

New York City forum denounces FBI entrapment of Muslims in US

By Sandy English, 7 April 2010

A panel discussion held March 25 at New York University Law School drew attention to the US government’s use of agents provocateurs to persecute Muslims and opponents of American foreign policy.

Democrats vote to renew Patriot Act

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2010

With almost no debate, the Democratic leadership in Congress pushed through an unamended extension of the USA Patriot Act’s most notorious provisions, granting sweeping powers to eavesdrop and seize library, Internet and other personal records of US citizens.

The Binyam Mohamed case and the threat of dictatorship

By Robert Stevens, 22 February 2010

Each day brings new revelations about the full extent of British involvement in the torture of those detained by the United States during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Britain: Government crisis deepens over Binyam Mohamed torture revelations

By Robert Stevens, 17 February 2010

The political fallout over revelations of Britain’s complicity in the torture by US forces of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed has embroiled the Brown government and MI5 in equal measure.

Britain: Court revokes terror conviction of Scottish student

By Jordan Shilton, 16 February 2010

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last week confirmed that it would not seek a retrial of Mohammed Atif Siddique on charges brought under the draconian Terrorism Act 2000.

Why the media silence on the Flight 253 bombing hearings?

By Alex Lantier, 10 February 2010

In keeping silent on evidence of the US government’s role in the failed Flight 253 bombing, the mass media are helping to facilitate more anti-democratic plots.

What’s at stake in the Canadian intervention in Afghanistan?

By Richard Dufour, 6 February 2010

The Harper government’s suspension of parliament, an act carried out to try to hide the brutal reality of the Canadian Armed Forces’ “Afghan Mission,” underscores the close connection between the growth of militarism in Canada and the threat to the democratic rights of its citizens.

US intelligence chief claims right to assassinate Americans overseas

By Joe Kishore, 5 February 2010

The unprecedented statement by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair comes amidst increased warnings from government officials of planned terrorist attacks in the US.

US jury convicts Aafia Siddiqui

Protests erupt across Pakistan over torture victim’s frame-up

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2010

Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets in angry protests Thursday after a New York jury convicted Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist subjected to rendition and torture, on frame-up charges of shooting at US soldiers.

US Senate begins whitewash hearings on Northwest Flight 253 bomb plot

By Tom Eley, 21 January 2010

The US Senate Homeland Security Committee began hearings Wednesday on how Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allowed to board Northwest Flight 253.

FBI illegally obtained thousands of phone records

By Andre Damon, 20 January 2010

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation illegally obtained thousands of telephone records between 2002 and 2006, according to documents leaked to the Washington Post.

The airplane bomb plot: Obama continues the cover-up

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2010

The statement made by President Barack Obama Thursday about the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit is a continuation of a government-wide cover-up of the actions of US intelligence and security agencies in the period leading up to the failed terrorist attack.

Obama: US agencies had intelligence to foil airline bomb plot

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2010

After a White House meeting Tuesday with US intelligence chiefs, President Obama acknowledged that their agencies had all the information needed to detect the Christmas Day airline bombing plot, but failed to stop it.

Questions mount over attempt to bomb Detroit-bound jetliner

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2010

The official claim that US intelligence agencies were unable to detect the plot to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253, despite many warnings months in advance, is simply not credible.

Disturbing questions in thwarted US plane bombing

By Barry Grey, 28 December 2009

The nearly catastrophic attempt to blow up a US passenger jet in its final approach to Detroit Metro Airport on Christmas Day raises a number of serious questions.

Eight years since 9/11

The pretext for a historic shift in world politics

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2009

September 11, 2001 marked a watershed in US imperialist policy. Each new outrage—invasions, torture, kidnappings, domestic spying, flouting of constitutional norms—was justified with the all-purpose argument that “ 9/11 changed everything.”

Transatlantic airline plot: The case that “couldn’t be allowed to fail”

By Julie Hyland, 9 September 2009

Three men have finally been found guilty of the 2006 transatlantic airline terror plot, which it was claimed at the time threatened imminent mass carnage.

German magazine reports

Blackwater mercenaries used for CIA renditions

By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2009

The German news magazine Der Spiegel announced Saturday that the security firm formerly known as Blackwater Associates was hired by the CIA to transport prisoners from Guantánamo Bay to secret prisons in Central Asia where they could be tortured.