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The Taliban: Dealing, Not Dealing, But Judging - Shadowproof

The Taliban: Dealing, Not Dealing, But Judging - Shadowproof

For some funtime reading to close out #McClusterfuck Day, you really want to , the man who brought you . (.) It’s ostensibly a paper about the prospects for negotiations between Karzai and the Taliban through the prism of analyzing the Taliban’s command structure. The short answer there is Not Good.Not only do the Taliban see themselves as having “successfully counteracted the military surge,” but the Taliban would require a fundamentally different structure for incorporation into any form of coalition government with Karzai. “In the existing presidential system,” Giustozzi writes,...

June 23, 2010
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Protesters Tear-Gassed for Trump ‘Law and Order’ Photo Op

Protesters Tear-Gassed for Trump ‘Law and Order’ Photo Op

WARZONEDemonstrators were peacefully protesting near the White House when police unleashed tear gas on the crowd. was scheduled to take the against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death, police officers near the North Lawn of the White House charged at peaceful protesters, throwing tear gas as they aggressively attempted to disperse the crowd.Dozens of people in the crowd were yelling, some with both hands above their heads, as police continued to infiltrate the scene, pushing them back with shields emblazoned “MILITARY POLICE.”At various junctures, the startling sound of...

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June 1, 2020
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Bill Barr Takes Charge of Trump’s Crackdown as the Military Tries to Back Away

Bill Barr Takes Charge of Trump’s Crackdown as the Military Tries to Back Away

ATTORNEY, GENERALIt’s a controversial move, even within Barr’s own department. A senior law enforcement official called it “a political ploy to make being anti-Trump look like terrorism.”s President Trump continues to try and drum up support for his call for states to “” protesters and beef up police presence against them, Attorney General Bill Barr and a team of senior Justice Department officials have quietly taken the lead on disrupting the and going after the petty criminals who may be using the demonstrations as cover. It’s been a controversial move, even within . One federal...

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June 3, 2020
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Trump’s Plan: Break the Internet to Suppress the Vote

Trump’s Plan: Break the Internet to Suppress the Vote

The internet, and Twitter in particular, is central to President Donald Trump’s power. His tweets move everything from Pentagon policy on Syria and transgender service to how Republican lawmakers vote on surveillance law. Their frequent falsity is beside the point. It’s the influence that matters. Now Trump is trying to push a lasting structural change upon the internet, one that internet-freedom advocates fear will entrench a disincentive for any social media company to block disinformation on their platform. And it comes after Twitter, an open sewer for disinformation, took a very...

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May 28, 2020
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‘Antifa’ Is Literally Never Mentioned in the First Prosecutions of Protest Violence

‘Antifa’ Is Literally Never Mentioned in the First Prosecutions of Protest Violence

For all the implications by President Trump and Attorney General William Barr that “antifa” “terrorists” have hijacked protests against institutional police racism, none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention antifa in any way. One case references anarchism as a motivating ideology, not anti-fascism. Another in Las Vegas references the so-called “Boogaloo” far-right trend of provoking a race or civil war. But the early charges do not indicate that antifascist motivations have provoked the violent activity that the Trump administration...

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June 5, 2020
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Amidst U.S. Crackdown, Pompeo Will Meet Tiananmen Survivors

Amidst U.S. Crackdown, Pompeo Will Meet Tiananmen Survivors

CHEAT SHEETTOP 10 RIGHT NOWCHEAT SHEETTOP 10 RIGHT NOWA day after President Trump promised to “dominate” nationwide protests against institutionalized racist police brutality, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet with survivors of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, according to his State Department schedule. NYPD vehicles have already plowed into crowds of protesters; police backed by the National Guard cleared protesters outside the White House with tear gas and rubber bullets; and the president, who chastised governors Monday for using insufficient violence, is vowing...

June 2, 2020
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Trump’s ‘ANTIFA’ Threat Is Total Bullshit—And Totally Dangerous

Trump’s ‘ANTIFA’ Threat Is Total Bullshit—And Totally Dangerous

Fuel for the FireAmid chatter about outside agitators, a top-down federal attack on left-wing activists could unleash new violence.t’s not a real organization, “.” And even if it were, there is no such thing as a .But President Donald Trump’s tweet that the U.S. “will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization” is a very real threat.Trump’s Sunday offering came as in the wake of in Minneapolis. Trump, who over several years has launched numerous tirades against anti-fascists, blamed the movement—really, a set of organizing tactics—for vandalism at the protests. Although he has...

June 1, 2020
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Trump’s Plan: Break the Internet to Suppress the Vote

Trump’s Plan: Break the Internet to Suppress the Vote

The internet, and Twitter in particular, is central to President Donald Trump’s power. His tweets move everything from Pentagon policy on Syria and transgender service to how Republican lawmakers vote on surveillance law. Their frequent falsity is beside the point. It’s the influence that matters. Now Trump is trying to push a lasting structural change upon the internet, one that internet-freedom advocates fear will entrench a disincentive for any social media company to block disinformation on their platform. And it comes after Twitter, an open sewer for disinformation, took a very...

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May 28, 2020
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Trump Is First to Use PATRIOT Act to Detain a Man Forever

Trump Is First to Use PATRIOT Act to Detain a Man Forever

For the 18-year lifespan of the war on terrorism, an obscure provision of the PATRIOT Act permitting the indefinite detention of non-citizens on U.S. soil has gone unused. But to keep a Palestinian man behind bars even after he finished serving his sentence, the Trump administration has fired this bureaucratic Chekhov’s gun.Adham Amin Hassoun, now in his late 50s, has spent nearly the entire war on terrorism in cages. First picked up on an immigration violation in June 2002, he ended up standing trial alongside once-suspected “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla. But Hassoun was never accused of any...

December 3, 2019
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Newsies! - Shadowproof

Newsies! - Shadowproof

You should feed your children to the wolves before you miss :That isn’t the view of Democrats who have been burned by the Telegraph’s stories. “They use anonymous sources to a degree that makes you wonder if they actually have them,” said Bob Shrum, the retired political consultant who managed the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). “I would have murdered someone from the Kerry campaign if they talked to the Daily Telegraph.”Democrats have a long list of grievances with the Telegraph, the most recent examples all traceable to Shipman. In the past year he...

March 30, 2009
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