Another US “Diplomat” Arrested (Briefly) in Pakistan

By: Monday May 16, 2011 2:21 am

US-Pakistani relations really didn’t need this right now. Pakistan arrested–and then released, apparently because the person’s claim to have diplomatic status checked out–an American with high tech gear allegedly snooping around a nuke lab. The American diplomat, purportedly called Matthew Bennett, was found near Fateh Jang by ISI and MI personnel who had been watching [...]

Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad: Pakistani Incompetence or Complicity?

By: Monday May 2, 2011 5:03 am

It’s probably just a coincidence that the US finally got Osama bin Laden at a time when its relationship with Pakistan is at a post-9/11 low. President Obama said the discovery of OBL came from a lead first generated last August. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was [...]

Bradley Manning Protest: White House Bans Journalist for Doing Journalism

By: Friday April 29, 2011 4:53 am

To a degree, this reminds me of the Joshua Claus moment, when DOD banned reporters like Carol Rosenberg and Michelle Shephard because they uttered the name “Joshua Claus” in their coverage of his testimony in Omar Khadr’s trial. (Shephard had interviewed him previously, so they were basically asking her to forget information she had gathered [...]

Ongoing Fallout from Raymond Davis Affairs Reveals Extent of Our Activities in Pakistan

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 3:09 am

When the US detained the Kuwaiti-Pakistani Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and interrogated him for years (including at least a month of harsh torture), he revealed a handful of al Qaeda operatives in the US. When Pakistan held the American contractor, Raymond Davis, and–as this NYT article specifies–had Pakistan’s intelligence service ISI interrogate him for 14 days, [...]

Apparently, “Blood Money” Now Includes “Green Cards”

By: Monday March 21, 2011 5:39 am

Last we heard about the families of Raymond Davis’ victims, they were held in custody until they agreed to accept the blood money Pakistan offered on our behalf. Things are looking up for the family members, though. Eighteen of them have been flown to UAE to be resettled. A chartered plane carrying 18 family members [...]

Pakistan Pays Blood Money So We Don’t Have To

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 6:40 pm

As Jim White reported this morning, Raymond Davis has been released after the families of his victims were paid blood money per Sharia law. We’ve really gotten to bizarro-land when a possible Blackwater contractor has been saved by Sharia law. But wait! Hillary says we didn’t pay the blood money ourselves. QUESTION: Okay, we’ll jump [...]

The Alternative to NYT’s Subservience: Actual Journalism

By: Monday February 28, 2011 5:53 am

The Guardian has its version of the Arthur Brisbane article approving of NYT’s decision to withhold all mention of Raymond Davis’ identity. One of the two main reasons why the Guardian chose to publish even as CIA and MI5 were warning that that might endanger Davis is the one I keep pointing out: all the [...]

NYT: All the News That’s Fit to Authoritatively Quash

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 2:52 pm

There are a couple of funny things about NYT’s public editor Arthur Brisbane’s article approving the NYT’s decision to sit on news of Raymond Davis’ CIA affiliation. Check out whom he consults for guidelines on what the NYT should or shouldn’t publish. Bob Woodward, who wrote about secret operations in Pakistan in his recent book [...]

When Militaries Conspire to Ignore the Will of the People

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 3:44 pm

The story of the day is from Michael Hastings, fresh off winning a Polk Award for his reporting on the insubordination of key members of Stanley McChrystal’s staff. In today’s story, he describes how Lieutenant General William Caldwell ordered a PsyOp unit to manipulate Senators–including John McCain, Carl Levin, Jack Reed, and Al Franken–to support [...]

Thousands of Spooky Americans Doing Who-Knows-What in Pakistan?

By: Wednesday February 23, 2011 8:32 pm

As I have followed the Raymond Davis saga, this passage from an early Jeremy Scahill story on the CIA/JSOC/Blackwater programs operating in Pakistan, has haunted me. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to [...]

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