War on Terror

Albert Melise

Moazzam Begg, a British citizen of Pakistani heritage, and Albert Melise, a former housing police officer in the Boston area, were unlikely to have their life stories intersect and become friends; but then September 11 happened.

Auschwitz Birkenau Under a Gitmo Sky
C.Puisney

For a little more than a century, there’s been at least one concentration camp somewhere on earth. The fact that camps still exist and that humans can justify forcing other humans into such inhumane living conditions is the “us and them” dynamic taken to the most vile extreme.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
State of West Virginia / State of West Virginia

The CIA torture report was released last week.  It was a seven year investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into interrogation tactics used during the war on terror.  While the report has left the nation’s headlines in favor of more current news, the report still resonates with West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, a member of that committee.  He spoke to us from Washington earlier this week.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
Courtesy Photo

In a press conference call with reporters Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) made a passionate case to bring most American forces back from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Manchin says after this year, American forces should only be at Bagram Airfield in that country. It is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

Manchin says that both his frustrations with the American nation’s financial instability, along with the nation’s lengthy stay in that country, are reasons for his feelings.