Commentary - Transparency & Accountability

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Separate the C.I.A.’s Intelligence and Operations

by Melvin A. Goodman

New York Times, Dec-21-2014 | Article

The C.I.A. needs to be eliminated and replaced by two new agencies for conducting intelligence analysis and clandestine operations... Read More »

Inside the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: The CIA’s Disgrace

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Dec-12-2014 | Article

The disgraceful and unconscionable role of the CIA in President George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror included the sadistic torture and abuse that predated and exceeded the so-called Torture Memoranda of the Department of Justice; the pathetic mismanagement by CIA directors and deputy directors that actually abetted the sadism; and the pathological lying that has accompanied the CIA’s campaign to marginalize the Senate report and the Senate intelligence committee’s chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein... Read More »

The War on Drugs is a War on Young People: Mexico’s Youth Under Siege

by Laura Carlsen

CounterPunch, Dec-04-2014 | Article

Since the beginning of the war on drugs, launched by former president Felipe Calderon in December of 2006, an alarming number of young Mexicans have been killed in a context of almost total impunity... Read More »

U.S. Support for Mexico's Drug War Goes Beyond Guns and Money

by Philippe Régnier, Sonya Jubar Carter, Adam Gerlach, Franco Bastida, Alexis Kedo, Harron Young, Leah Schulz, Ted Lynch, Gabriella Linardi, Jackie Mahler, Chris Marks, Robert Muse, Security Assistance Monitor, Aref Dostyar, Sydney Walley, Hailey Choi, Lissette Miller, Kate Leary, Security Assistance Monitor, Colby Goodman, Faith Koleszar, Jeff Blum, Seth Binder, Darryl Chappell, Christian Freymeyer, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Adele Simmons, Financial Transparency Coalition, Robert L Muse, Nadia Elguindy, Sabrina Cleary, Win Without War, Angela Miller, Jack Blum, Joshua Clement, Porter McConnell, Anya Landau French, Sustainable Defense Task Force, Charles Knight, Carl Conetta, Amnesty Int’l, WOLA, LAWG, John O. Niles III, Avoided Deforestation Partners, David Cortright, Katherine Magraw, Shukria Dellawar, William J. Butler, Don Soldini, Francesc Vendrell, Winifred Tate, Craig Eisendrath, CIP, Caitlin Ward, Lourdes Villanueva, Tiana S. Gierke, Bruna Genovese, Eva Silkwood, Jennifer Schuett, Donald Herr, James Morrell, Lauren Gilbert, Global Financial Integrity, Fiorella Mejia, Elizabeth Newhouse, Ingrid Vacius, Lucy Lehman, Conrad Martin, Luís Murillo, Robert Stark, Tom Cooper, Karly Curcio, Jeremy Haken, Sarah Stephens, Vincent Parascandolo, Barton Beeson, Darcy Burner, Jennifer Schuett, Cynthia McClintock, Gilbert Brownstone, Matt Balitsaris, Alfredo G Duran, Joseph Eldridge, Paul Sack, Mike Farrell, Tom Andrews, Robert White, Adam Isacson, Bill Goodfellow, Wayne Smith, Meredith Pierce, Abigail Poe, Paul Lubeck, Stephen Miles, Glenn Hurowitz, Matthew Hoh, William D. Hartung, Selig S. Harrison, Melvin A. Goodman

Truth Out, Dec-01-2014 | Article

In spite of widely acknowledged and rampant corruption in Mexico's security and law enforcement institutions, implicated in the September disappearance of more than 40 college students, the United States continues to supply the country with well over $100 million per year in military and police assistance... Read More »

What If Chuck Hagel Had Resigned for a Reason?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-25-2014 | Article

Why did Chuck Hagel step down as secretary of defense? Was it his choice, as President Obama has suggested, or was he pushed? We may never be absolutely sure. But one thing that is clear is that Hagel's tenure was a missed opportunity to put our security policy on a sounder footing at a time of increasing uncertainty... Read More »

The Ouster of Chuck Hagel: The Dumbing Down of National Security Policy

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Nov-25-2014 | Article

The forced resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel points to two major problems in the national security policies of the Obama administration that have not been corrected in the past six years... Read More »

Serious Setback for Justice in Colombia if Bills to Expand Jurisdiction of Military Courts Approved

by CIP

Nov-24-2014 | Letter

We view with grave concern renewed legislative efforts by the Colombian government that could deny justice for serious human rights abuses—including extrajudicial executions—committed by members of the military and police... Read More »

CIA Reorganization Would be Risky

by Melvin A. Goodman

Washington Post, Nov-21-2014 | Letter

CIA Director John Brennan’s consideration of breaking up the operational and analytical directorates of the Central Intelligence Agency would do great harm to the production of strategic intelligence... Read More »

The $5 Billion the Pentagon Doesn't Need

by William D. Hartung

The Fresno Bee, Nov-18-2014 | Article

Congress must subject the president's new $5.6 billion war funding request to careful scrutiny, and reject it if questions about the budgetary need and human rights impacts cannot be adequately answered... Read More »

President Obama and the Rohingya Genocide Threat in Burma

by Tom Andrews

Huffington Post, Nov-11-2014 | Article

The UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide has expressed deep concern for targeting of the Rohingya and warned of a "considerable risk of further violence." Hardly surprising given Burmese President Thein Sein's statement, two years ago, that the "only solution" for the Rohingya was deportation or camps. Quite surprising, however, was the U.S. announcement, hours later, lifting investment sanctions... Read More »

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