Beginning in late 2004, shocking news reports of CIA operatives illegally kidnapping suspected terrorists and flying them to foreign countries for torture and interrogation began to enter the public conscience. However, lacking any visual image to connect with the allegations, public debate around the issue was quickly subsumed by more spectacular news events. Trevor Paglen and the Institute for Applied Autonomy are working to fill this void through the production of a website that provides a way for the general public to track the movements of these CIA torture planes as they enter and exit American and European airspace.
Werner Herzog et Trevor Paglen débattent sur le fait d’envoyer des œuvres d’art dans l’espace | The Creators Project
« C’est de la merde. Je n’y crois pas une seconde », insiste le réalisateur Werner Herzog face à un écran de projection. Il répètera cette phrase trente minutes plus tard lors d’une discussion animée sur Walter Benjamin, mais cette fois-ci, il parle bien de l’écran derrière lui, qui représente une peinture rupestre de Lascaux. Herzog se moque gentiment « C’est une fausse interprétation, je ne vois aucune érection sur ce tableau ».
Brain Waves 3: Neuroscience, conflict and security | Royal Society
This report considers some of the potential military and law enforcement applications arising from key advances in neuroscience.
‘OK, fine. Shoot him.’ Four words that heralded a decade of secret US drone killings: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
he Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) usually gets all the credit for the first US drone targeted killing beyond the conventional battlefield.
But it was the military which gave the final go-ahead to kill on November 3 2002.
Lt General Michael DeLong was at Centcom headquarters in Tampa, Florida when news came in that the CIA had found its target. The deputy commander made his way down to the UAV Room, showing live video feeds from a CIA Predator high above Marib province in Yemen.
The armed drone was tracking an SUV on the move. The six terrorist suspects inside were unaware that a decision had already been made to kill them.
Une carte sur la répartition des tweets racistes aux Etats-Unis après la réélection d’Obama.
floatingsheep : Mapping Racist Tweets in Response to President Obama’s Re-election
Un revers intéressant de l’affaire Stevens. CIA, security contractors... Homeland style
CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya - WSJ.com
“The U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation, according to officials briefed on the intelligence. Of the more than 30 American officials evacuated from Benghazi following the deadly assault, only seven worked for the State Department. Nearly all the rest worked for the CIA, under diplomatic cover, which was a principal purpose of the consulate, these officials said.
The coordinated attacks stirred up a political hornet’s nest over whether the administration provided adequate security and whether it was forthcoming with its assessment of what happened. In the election season, that cast a shadow over the Obama administration’s foreign policy record.”
Après les diverses déclarations scandaleuses sur le viol aux Etats-Unis, un rappel nécessaire sur les déplorables politiques de soutien aux victimes.
THE silliness began when Todd Akin claimed during his Senate campaign in Missouri that in the case of “legitimate rape,” women “shut that whole thing down” to prevent pregnancy. Then, a few days ago, Richard Mourdock of Indiana seemed to blame God for such pregnancies, saying this was “something God intended to happen.” I think God should sue him for defamation.
But our political system jumps all over verbal stupidity, while giving a pass to stupid policies. If we’re offended by insensitive words about rape, for example, shouldn’t we be incomparably more upset that rape kits are routinely left untested in the United States? And wouldn’t it be nice if Democrats, instead of just firing sound bites, tackled these underlying issues?
CINÉMA • Cinquante ans : les James Bond se suivent… | Courrier international