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Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

Steve Horn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

Commander Behind Bin Laden Killing: FBI/DHS Wasting Time Tracking Environmentalists

Steve Horn | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a ...

Pakistan's Disconnect With Reality

Aparna Pande | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Aparna Pande

The recent leak of the report of the Commission set up to investigate the 2011 raid and killing of Osama Bin Laden (also known as the Abbottabad Commission) has brought to the fore once more the growing radicalization and deepening cleavages within Pakistan.

Report Reveals 'Gross Incompetence' In Bin Laden Case

Al Jazeera | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

On the night of May 1, 2011, US special forces launched a raid deep into Pakistani territory to capture or kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ...

Drones: What's the Fuss About?

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Unquestionably, there have been a number of innocent people killed in drone attacks, either by proximity and/or mistake. But what is this in comparison to the land invasions and mass aerial bombings of the pre-drone era?

Pakistan's Osama Bin Laden Amusement Park

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Travel

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan plans to build a $30 million amusement park and outdoor activity centre on the edge of the northwestern town o...

Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You've no doubt heard about a little movie called Zero Dark Thirty, which suddenly is the controversial odds-on Oscar favorite. The controversy has to do with a couple of scenes of torture -- or "harsh interrogation techniques," as the Orwellian Bush-era new-speak had it.

Why Torture Is Still Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Kathryn Bigelow's new film, Zero Dark Thirty, has reignited the debate over the role torture should play in U.S. counterterrorism policy. Here's the CliffsNotes answer: none.

Insecurities Over Sovereignty: Why Pakistan Sentenced Shakil Afridi

Aziz Nayani | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

On the surface, it makes little sense for Pakistan to convict the man who assisted in operations aimed at capturing bin Laden. The decision reveals a larger insecurity within the Pakistani psyche.

Sealed Up, But Not Sealed Over: The Osama bin Laden Raid at 1

William Bradley | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

The daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden was a triumph of American arms, satisfying retribution for al Qaeda's attacks on New York and Washington. But it points up the many mistakes we've made and continue to make in the wake of 9/11.

Bin Laden's Compound Rubble Goes On Sale

Posted 05.01.2012 | World

What to do with remnants of the world's most loathed terrorist leader's final home? Sell them, naturally. In February, heavy machinery tore down ...

One Year After Bin Laden Raid, No Answers From Pakistan

AP | ZARAR KHAN and CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 07.01.2012 | World

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan — One year since U.S. commandos flew into this Pakistani army town and killed Osama bin Laden, Islamabad has failed to answ...

Bin Laden's Home Demolished

AP | ANJUM NAVEED | Posted 04.27.2012 | World

MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen attacked a bus in northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 18 passengers on board, police said. The inc...

After Abbottabad: To Visit or Not to Visit Osama's Death House

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Adam Valen Levinson

This house was an instant memorial to the day when America regained the edge in its own war on symbols. And there I was, staring at it.

Documentary Shows There Were Last-Minute Doubts On Bin Laden Raid

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 10.31.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — A new documentary reveals that a last-minute double-check of intelligence before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last spring cas...

Reverence for the Saudis?

Anthony Amore | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Anthony Amore

The popularity of all things SEAL Team Six-related couldn't be more fitting. The success of the eponymous book by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin...

Report: Pakistan Gave China Access To Downed Bin Laden-Raid Helicopter

AP | PAULINE JELINEK and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 10.14.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The U.S. suspects that Pakistan retaliated for the humiliating American raid that killed Osama bin Laden by allowing the Chinese mi...

Pakistan To Allow Bin Laden's Widow To Return To Yemen

AP | By MUNIR AHMED | Posted 08.24.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD -- Officials in Pakistan say the country has agreed to let Osama bin Laden's youngest widow return to her native Yemen. But they would not r...

Pakistan's Army Chief Fights To Keep His Job

The New York Times | JANE PERLEZ | Posted 08.15.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's army chief, the most powerful man in the country, is fighting to save his position in the face of seething anger fro...

Pakistan Denies Report Of CIA-Related Arrest Involving Bin Laden Raid

AP | By MUNIR AHMED and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 08.15.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani army denied Wednesday that one of its majors was among a group of Pakistanis who Western officials say were arrested for fe...

Sources: Pakistan Arrests Multiple C.I.A. Informants Involved In Bin Laden Raid

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER and KATHY GANNON | Posted 08.14.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Pakistan's intelligence service has arrested the owner of a safe house rented to the CIA to observe Osama bin Laden's compound before th...

Bin Laden Documents Help U.S. Piece Together Intelligence Puzzle

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 08.08.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is tracking possible new terror targets and stepping up surveillance of operatives previously considered minor al-Qaida fi...

Doctor Reveals Details On Children Who Lived In Bin Laden's Compound

AP | By MUNIR AHMED | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan -- For pediatrician Mehar Dil Wazir, they were a normal bunch of kids, like the dozens of others he treats daily for tummy upsets...

What Pakistan Intelligence Doesn't Want The World To Know About Bin Laden's Couriers | Issam Ahmed | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

Osama bin Laden's couriers, Arshad and Tariq Khan -- who were killed alongside him during the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan -- were bor...

Pakistan Forms Commission To Investigate Bin Laden Raid

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 07.31.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's government on Tuesday named the members of a commission tasked with probing the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, in...