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The story of Isis vs al-Qaida

This long read in The Guardian sketches the turbulent relationship and complex power dynamics between al-Qaida and the group now known as ISIS:

Since its effective creation in 2003, under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, ISI had been happy to use al-Qaida’s brand name and its money, but often ignored pleas for closer communication with central command – even when they came from Bin Laden himself.

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Bulk NSA Phone Surveillance Exposed by Edward Snowden Ruled Illegal

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the mass collection of telephone metadata unlawful in a landmark decision that provides a foothold for a full legal challenge to the National Security Agency. 263 more words

Civil Liberties

Too Bad to be True

One nasty attribute of U.S. exceptionalism in this era of perpetual war is the endless exemptions America gives itself from the constraints of international law. 494 more words

War Culture

Washington Admits, ‘War On Terror’ Is Designed To Be Permanent State of War

 Senior officials with the Obama administration recently told the United States Senate that the War on Terror, including the renewed invasion of Iraq, premised on fighting the so-called Islamic State of ISIS, will continue for “at least” another decade or two, in their words. 1,093 more words


Britain's GCHQ Stores Millions of Yahoo User's Webcam Photos

It appears the extent of the state of surveillance we live in continues to grow. Today, The Guardian published an article citing documents from NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, that show Britain’s GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) compiled in bulk the webcam photographs of millions of innocent web users. 224 more words