Archive for the ‘War On Terror’ Category
Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News has posted a thoughtful review of Jesselyn Radack’s new memoir Traitor: The Whistleblower and the American Taliban. In Aftergood’s words:
In 2001, Ms. Radack was a Justice Department attorney and specialist in legal ethics. In response to an official inquiry, she advised that the newly captured John Walker Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban,” should not be interrogated without an attorney present — which he then was anyway. When Department officials publicly denied having received any such legal advice, and even destroyed evidence to the contrary, she exposed the deception.
Ms. Radack was not looking for a fight, but only to do the right thing. For her trouble, she was forced out of her Justice Department position, put under criminal investigation, fired from her subsequent job, reported to the state bar, and put on the “no fly” list.
Radack now works for the Government Accountability Project, a legal organization dedicated to supporting whistleblowers, which we looked at recently in a related post on the government’s ongoing abuse of anti-terrorism laws to stifle constitutionally-protected speech.
Mr. Aftergood’s full review is here.
In a new article for the New Yorker, Seymour Hersh, the superstar journalist who broke COINTELPRO, My Lai, and Abu Ghraib, reports that the US government provided operational training in tactics and strategy for an officially-designated terrorist organization, the Iranian dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khal (MEK), beginning in 2005.
The MEK has made public contributions to several prominent figures in American national politics on both sides of the aisle, including Rudy Giuliani and Howard Dean. Author and lawyer Glenn Greenwald, who has been covering the surprisingly-overt support for the MEK in his column, notes that providing such assistance to a terrorist group is a federal crime in the United States, punishable by life in prison.
It’s worth noting that under the NDAA act recently signed into law by President Obama, Giuliani and Dean may now be legally detained indefinitely by the US military, with no right to due process, until such time as “hostilities end,” whatever that may mean in this case.