The September 11 Terrorist Attacks
By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2010
In his memoir to be released next week, former US President George W. Bush boasts of having personally given the order to the CIA to employ the torture method of waterboarding.
By Robert Stevens, 1 November 2010
The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is pushing ahead with plans to allow Britain’s security services and police to spy on the activities of every citizen who uses a phone or the internet.
By Barry Grey, 1 November 2010
In what has become a regular feature of American public life—especially on the eve of major elections—the airwaves were taken over Friday by breathless reports of a new terror threat.
By Keith Jones, 30 October 2010
The Canadian government has aided and abetted the prosecution and persecution of child soldier Omar Khadr, from the time that it first learned of the detention of a Canadian citizen at Guantanamo Bay through this week’s plea-bargain.
By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2010
The terrorism scare that dominated the US media Friday afternoon is one of a long series of such episodes that have become a regular part of American public life.
By Hiram Lee, 29 October 2010
A key witness in the case against former child soldier Omar Khadr based his testimony in part on the work of Danish psychologist and anti-Muslim bigot Nicolai Sennels.
By Keith Jones, 27 October 2010
With Canada’s Conservative government acting as their accomplice and in violation of international law, the Obama administration and US military have coerced child soldier Omar Khadr into a plea bargain.
By John Burton, 20 October 2010
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court accepted review in its first “war on terror” case of the 2010 term, a suit brought against former Attorney General John Ashcroft
By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2010
The major voice of what passes for liberalism in America openly defends the right of the US government to assassinate anyone it pleases.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2010
The confused and repulsive spectacle surrounding a religious crackpot’s planned burning of Korans has overshadowed the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
By Don Knowland, 18 June 2010
The US Supreme Court has denied the request of Maher Arar to review the dismissal by a federal appellate court of his civil suit against former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other US government officials in his “extraordinary rendition.”
By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2010
Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Obama administration would support legislation that would weaken or eliminate Miranda rights for terrorist suspects, while Secretary of State Hilary Clinton indicated support for a bill giving the government broad powers to revoke US citizenship.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2010
The failed attempt to set off a car bomb in New York City’s Time Square has underscored terrorism’s reactionary role as well as the terrible price that the US and the entire world are paying for Washington’s wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.
By John Andrews, 17 April 2010
According to a formerly secret email message made public Thursday, Bush-era CIA head Porter J. Goss agreed to the destruction of about 100 videos depicting the repeated waterboarding and other torture of two alleged Al Qaeda prisoners at a secret Thailand prison.
By Sandy English, 7 April 2010
A panel discussion held March 25 at New York University Law School drew attention to the US government’s use of agents provocateurs to persecute Muslims and opponents of American foreign policy.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2010
With almost no debate, the Democratic leadership in Congress pushed through an unamended extension of the USA Patriot Act’s most notorious provisions, granting sweeping powers to eavesdrop and seize library, Internet and other personal records of US citizens.
By Robert Stevens, 22 February 2010
Each day brings new revelations about the full extent of British involvement in the torture of those detained by the United States during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
By Robert Stevens, 17 February 2010
The political fallout over revelations of Britain’s complicity in the torture by US forces of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed has embroiled the Brown government and MI5 in equal measure.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 February 2010
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last week confirmed that it would not seek a retrial of Mohammed Atif Siddique on charges brought under the draconian Terrorism Act 2000.
By Alex Lantier, 10 February 2010
In keeping silent on evidence of the US government’s role in the failed Flight 253 bombing, the mass media are helping to facilitate more anti-democratic plots.
By Richard Dufour, 6 February 2010
The Harper government’s suspension of parliament, an act carried out to try to hide the brutal reality of the Canadian Armed Forces’ “Afghan Mission,” underscores the close connection between the growth of militarism in Canada and the threat to the democratic rights of its citizens.
By Joe Kishore, 5 February 2010
The unprecedented statement by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair comes amidst increased warnings from government officials of planned terrorist attacks in the US.
US jury convicts Aafia Siddiqui
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2010
Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets in angry protests Thursday after a New York jury convicted Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist subjected to rendition and torture, on frame-up charges of shooting at US soldiers.
By Tom Eley, 21 January 2010
The US Senate Homeland Security Committee began hearings Wednesday on how Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allowed to board Northwest Flight 253.
By Andre Damon, 20 January 2010
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation illegally obtained thousands of telephone records between 2002 and 2006, according to documents leaked to the Washington Post.
By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2010
The statement made by President Barack Obama Thursday about the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit is a continuation of a government-wide cover-up of the actions of US intelligence and security agencies in the period leading up to the failed terrorist attack.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2010
After a White House meeting Tuesday with US intelligence chiefs, President Obama acknowledged that their agencies had all the information needed to detect the Christmas Day airline bombing plot, but failed to stop it.
By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2010
The official claim that US intelligence agencies were unable to detect the plot to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253, despite many warnings months in advance, is simply not credible.
By Barry Grey, 28 December 2009
The nearly catastrophic attempt to blow up a US passenger jet in its final approach to Detroit Metro Airport on Christmas Day raises a number of serious questions.
Eight years since 9/11
By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2009
September 11, 2001 marked a watershed in US imperialist policy. Each new outrage—invasions, torture, kidnappings, domestic spying, flouting of constitutional norms—was justified with the all-purpose argument that “ 9/11 changed everything.”
By Julie Hyland, 9 September 2009
Three men have finally been found guilty of the 2006 transatlantic airline terror plot, which it was claimed at the time threatened imminent mass carnage.
German magazine reports
By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2009
The German news magazine Der Spiegel announced Saturday that the security firm formerly known as Blackwater Associates was hired by the CIA to transport prisoners from Guantánamo Bay to secret prisons in Central Asia where they could be tortured.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2009
The indictment unsealed Monday against two young Somali-American men signals the start of the first major “war on terror” prosecution under the Obama administration.
By Joe Kishore, 30 June 2009
The high court decision lets stand a appellate court ruling that members of the Saudi royal family cannot be sued in a US court for alleged ties to 9/11. The Obama administration intervened to support the Saudi families.
By Barry Grey, 26 June 2009
The Obama administration has intervened to quash a civil suit filed against Saudi Arabia by survivors and family members of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
By Tom Eley, 28 May 2009
Police arrested four men in New York City May 20, alleging they planned to blow up synagogues and shoot down US military planes in New York. The case against the men has been created and orchestrated by the FBI and a paid informant.
By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2009
The past week has seen a series of incidents that suggest a mounting crisis within the American state machine.
By Tom Eley, 13 May 2009
US President Obama continues to prepare to resume the military trials of “terrorism detainees,” according to leaks, while Republicans have attacked Obama and the Democrats over the possible trial, imprisonment, or release of detainees on US soil.
By Robert Stevens, 5 May 2009
Last week, following a retrial, 3 men were found not guilty of helping to plan the London terrorist bombings in July 2005.
By John Andrews, 4 May 2009
A federal appellate court has unanimously reinstated the lawsuit brought by five men against a Boeing subsidiary for allegedly flying them to secret prisons to be tortured as part of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, rejecting arguments by Bush and Obama administration lawyers.
By Alex Lantier, 29 April 2009
On the morning of April 27, one of two Boeing 747 jetliners used by the US president flew at low altitude over downtown New York, escorted by fighter jets. The official explanations and media commentaries concerning this extraordinary event raise more questions than they answer.
By Peter Daniels, 27 April 2009
A New York man was sentenced last week to 69 months in prison on charges of assisting Hezbollah, the mass-based Lebanese Shiite movement, by providing satellite television services that included broadcasts by the party’s television station, Al Manar.
By Alex Lantier, 27 April 2009
The use of torture is itself inseparable from the central criminal act that was sanctioned by the entire US political establishment--the launching of illegal and aggressive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2009
The revelation has further exposed the internecine struggles within the US state apparatus as well as the intimate involvement of the Democratic Party and the media in the assault on democratic rights.
By Tom Eley, 22 April 2009
The Obama administration has made repeated assurances that it will not investigate top Bush administration officials or CIA agents, while leaving open the possibility of a whitewash commission.
By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2009
President Barack Obama opposes prosecution of the Bush administration officials who authorized torture of CIA prisoners and wrote the documents laying out the pseudo-legal justification for this abuse, top aide Rahm Emanuel said Sunday.
By Tom Eley, 20 April 2009
The full release of Bush administration torture memos provide overwhelming evidence of horrific crimes, organized from the White House, perpetrated on prisoners at “black sites” around the world.
By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2009
By declaring an amnesty for those who carried out actions that—even according to the Obama administration—constituted torture and were illegal, the White House is sanctioning criminal activity by the state.
By Julie Hyland, 15 April 2009
One week after a series of high profile arrests, little evidence has come to light of plans for the mass terrorist atrocity that supposedly triggered the detentions.
By Keith Jones, 26 March 2009
Lawyers for British anti-war MP George Galloway are mounting a court challenge to a Canadian government order that prohibits him from entering the country on the grounds he is a “national security” threat and terrorist accomplice.
By Robert Stevens, 18 March 2009
The Conservative Party is leading a right-wing campaign against Guantánamo torture victim Binyam Mohamed.
A change in name only
By Tom Eley, 16 March 2009
In a court filing Friday, the Obama administration abandoned the Bush administration's legal designation of “enemy combatant.” However, the filing defended the president's right to seize and hold suspected prisoners indefinitely as part of the “war on terror.”
By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2009
Binyam Mohamed, finally released from Guantánamo Bay, has accused British intelligence of complicity in his torture.
By Alexander Fangmann, 3 March 2009
In testimony given in December to a US human rights organization, former Army Spc. Brandon Neely, previously a guard at Guantánamo, detailed the torture and abuse that he witnessed or personally participated in at the notorious US military prison.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2009
In a cynical bid to quash a Supreme Court ruling on the Bush administration’s detention of “enemy combatants,” the Obama Justice Department has brought criminal charges against the last individual held in the US on this basis, Saleh Kahla al-Marri.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2008
A federal court convicted five young men from New Jersey Monday on conspiracy and gun charges for an alleged “terrorist plot” that would not have existed outside of the activities of undercover informants for the FBI.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2008
Jurors have rejected police claims that Jean Charles de Menezes was lawfully killed and returned an open verdict. The decision was the most damaging outcome possible for the Metropolitan Police after the coroner ruled out the possibility of an unlawful killing verdict.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 December 2008
In a letter released December 10, 33 relatives of people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks have condemned the Guantánamo military tribunals as illegitimate and politically motivated.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2008
Washington’s plans to stage a 9/11 show trial at its Guantánamo Bay prison camp were thrown into disarray Monday when it was revealed that the five defendants are seeking to enter immediate guilty pleas and forego any further legal proceedings.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2008
The inquest into the shooting of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes on July 22, 2005, has revealed more about Britain’s secret shoot-to-kill policy.
By Marcus Morgan and Paul Mitchell, 18 November 2008
Several eye witness accounts given at the inquest into the death of Jean Charles De Menezes reveal how British police shot an innocent man without warning.
By Mike Head, 11 November 2008
Five men, held for more than five years in some of Australia’s worst isolation cells in “super-max” prisons, will finally face trial in Sydney this week in the second major “terror” trial to be held under the Rudd Labor government.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 November 2008
Since 2004, the Bush administration has secretly authorized military raids against up to 20 countries without any declaration of war or even any explicit congressional authorization for armed action.
By Mike Head, 5 November 2008
The Australian Federal Police submission to the Rudd government’s inquiry into the failed “terrorist” prosecution of Dr Mohamed Haneef has provided new evidence that senior ministers of the former Howard government directed his detention and charging last year.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 November 2008
The imposition of the death penalty by the Indonesian government and judicial system is an act of state-sponsored murder that serves to promote backwardness and confusion and to obscure the real political issues involved in the Bali bombings.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 17 October 2008
Explosive testimony has been presented to the inquest into the police killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, suggesting that he was shot even though he was known to be unarmed.
Rudd government rushes to claim “success”
By Mike Head, 26 September 2008
Australia’s largest and most protracted terrorist trial ended with distinctly mixed results last week in Melbourne. After a Victorian Supreme Court trial that ran for 115 days, the jury took nearly four weeks to reach their verdicts.
The media’s hostile reaction
By Keith Jones, 13 September 2008
In a transparent election ploy, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared this week that his government is “planning” to end the Canadian Armed Forces’ counterinsurgency mission in southern Afghanistan three years hence—i.e., in December 2011—when the mission’s current commitment to NATO expires.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain walked side by side down the ramp into the pit where the World Trade Center once stood Tuesday in what was promoted as a demonstration of national unity on the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Showings in Europe spark demands for war crimes probe
By Stefan Steinberg, 17 June 2002
A documentary film, Massacre in Mazar, by Irish director Jamie Doran, was shown to selected audiences in Europe last week, provoking demands for an international inquiry into US war crimes in Afghanistan.
By Stefan Steinberg, 17 June 2002
Jamie Doran is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been producing films for the past 22 years. He spent seven years working for the BBC before establishing his own independent television company. He has spent much of the last eight months working in Afghanistan on film projects. The WSWS conducted this interview with Doran on June 14.
By Nick Beams, 24 May 2002
The following is the third and final part of a report delivered to a public meeting held in Sydney on May 12, 2002, organised by the Socialist Equality Party of Australia. Parts 1 and 2 were published on Wednesday May 22 and Thursday May 24 respectively.
By Nick Beams, 23 May 2002
The following is the second part of a report delivered to a public meeting held in Sydney on May 12, 2002, organised by the Socialist Equality Party of Australia. Part 1 was published on Wednesday May 22. Part 3 will be published on Friday May 24.
By Nick Beams, 22 May 2002
The following is the first part of a report delivered to a public meeting held in Sydney on May 12, 2002, organised by the Socialist Equality Party of Australia. Part 2 was published on Thursday May 23 and Part 3 on Friday May 24.
By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2002
An event that failed to take place in Kabul this week reveals a good deal about the chaotic state of affairs in Afghanistan, as well as who is pulling the political strings in the country.
By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2002
A strange war is taking place in eastern Afghanistan—at least, if one accepts at face value the statements made by the US administration and the military. Victories are being won, successes are being registered, the remnants of Al Qaeda and Taliban are being mopped up. Yet, according to President Bush, the US has “a lot more fighting to do in Afghanistan” and at least 1,700 more British troops are required.
By Richard Phillips, 11 March 2002
In an internationally coordinated campaign, Australian, British and the US lawyers have launched a wide-ranging legal challenge to the Bush administration’s detention of prisoners captured in Afghanistan and currently being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Attorneys representing three of the 300 Camp X-Ray prisoners—David Hicks from Australia and Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal from Britain—filed a law suit in a US federal court in Washington on February 22 declaring that their clients were being held illegally and in violation of US and international legal conventions.
By Peter Symonds, 11 March 2002
In what is being billed as the largest battle of the war in Afghanistan, a US-led force has over the last week killed an estimated 500 fighters near Gardez in the eastern Paktia province. The US and allied troops have suffered minimal casualties in an unequal contest, in which Kalashnikovs and mortars have been pitted against the latest American hi-tech weaponry, including attack helicopters, precision-guided munitions and thermobaric bombs, designed to suck oxygen from defensive cave complexes.
the Editorial Board, 7 March 2002
No amount of lies or distortion from the American media can disguise the fact that US forces are carrying out a colonial-style massacre in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Hundreds of Taliban and Al Qaeda forces have been killed in five days of fighting, according to American military officials, who make clear that they intend to see the remainder exterminated.
By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2002
Two US Air Force planes brought forty American military personnel to Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, on February 21, marking the first deployment of US combat forces in the Caucasus region, adjacent to one of the world’s largest oilfields.
The "fog of war"
By Jerry Isaacs, 26 February 2002
A key aspect of the American media’s role as a propaganda arm of the Pentagon is its treatment of the death and destruction wrought by the US in Afghanistan. Unable to simply deny the mounting evidence of civilian deaths caused by some 18,000 bombs dropped on the country, the media has resorted to other means to defend the slaughter of civilians, as well as combatants, by Washington’s war machine.
By Mike Ingram, 26 February 2002
British troops came under fire in Kabul last week in what was widely suspected of being a revenge attack for the army’s shooting at an Afghan family attempting to take a 22 year-old pregnant woman to hospital.
By Kate Randall, 21 February 2002
In the face of mounting international condemnation over US treatment of fighters captured in Afghanistan, George W. Bush announced February 7 what was purported to be an amended policy concerning the prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2002
In a speech February 12, his first major political address since the US Supreme Court stopped a vote count in Florida and handed the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, the Democratic presidential candidate, Al Gore, declared his full support to the Bush administration’s plans for expanded warfare in the Middle East. Gore called for a “final reckoning” with Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
By Julie Hyland, 15 February 2002
The first person to be accused by the FBI of involvement in the September 11 terror bombings to have gone before a judge looks set to walk free, following the collapse of the supposed case against him. The Algerian citizen, Lotfi Raissi, was released on bail by a London court on February 12 after five months in custody. British police arrested the 27-year old pilot last September, acting on an international warrant issued by the United States, which was seeking his extradition. The pilot has always protested his innocence.
By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2002
After a fortnight of flat denials from the Bush administration and the US military, the truth is finally emerging about the bloody events in the early hours of January 24 in the Afghan village of Hazar Qadam in Uruzgan Province.
12 February 2002
The following are a selection of letters received in response to the series “Was the US government alerted to September 11 attack?” by Patrick Martin, posted January 16, 18, 22 and 24.
7 February 2002
Below are some the letters received in response to “Release Daniel Pearl!” published on the World Socialist Web Site January 31.
By Kate Randall, 5 February 2002
The US treatment of the 158 prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has generated shock and revulsion around the world. Photographs showing the captives on their arrival, kneeling on rocky ground, with blacked-out goggles and their hands shackled behind their backs, conjure up images of the treatment meted out by Latin American dictatorships against their opponents.
By Jeremy Johnson, 2 February 2002
Relatives of several of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks spoke at a public meeting in Brooklyn, New York on January 27, after returning from an eight-day trip to Afghanistan. They reported on the plight of Afghan civilians whose lives have been devastated by the US war on their country.
1 February 2002
I have read with interest your article concerning the Taliban and Al Qaeda personnel being held at Guantanamo Bay. I think your comments are well intentioned but completely oblivious to the fundamental issue of how to stop these guys doing it again.
By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2002
In a one-sided battle in Kandahar on Monday, a US-led military force shot and killed six foreign Taliban supporters who had been barricaded into a ward of the Mirwais hospital since early December. The US military put the incident down to the intransigence of the six and their desire to be Islamic martyrs. But if one strips away the obfuscations, half-truths and bald-faced lies, what took place was another case of cold-blooded murder.
WSWS editorial board, 31 January 2002
The World Socialist Web Site urgently calls upon those who are holding Daniel Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, to release him unharmed.
By James Conachy, 28 January 2002
The International Conference on Reconstruction Aid for Afghanistan, held in Tokyo from January 21 to 22, ended with just $US4.5 billion in grants and loans being pledged toward rebuilding the war-ravaged and famine-stricken country. Some $1.8 billion will be paid this year, with the remaining $2.7 billion trickling in by 2006.
25 January 2002
The following is a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site .
Part 4: The refusal to investigate
By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2002
This series has reviewed evidence that US intelligence agencies had ample advance information about the September 11 attacks, from specific details of the methods and the likely targets to the identities of a number of the hijackers, including the alleged principal organizer, Mohammed Atta.
By Shannon Jones and Patrick Martin, 23 January 2002
The brutal treatment by the United States of Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners in its custody, who are being held in open-air cages at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba, is provoking growing worldwide condemnation as a violation of international law.
Part 3: The United States and Mideast terrorism
By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2002
An essential aspect of the official version of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon—which maintains that these attacks came as a complete surprise to the US government and its intelligence apparatus—is the claim that the CIA and other intelligence agencies relied too heavily on electronic surveillance rather than on-the-spot agents infiltrated into the terrorist organizations.
By Julie Hyland, 18 January 2002
The British government has publicly defended the conditions under which Afghan prisoners are being held at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite growing international criticism. Among those being held are believed to be at least six Britons, two Frenchmen and an Australian.
Part 2: Watching the hijackers
By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2002
The least likely and least credible explanation of the events of September 11, 2001 is that the vast US national security apparatus was entirely unaware of the activities of the hijackers until the airliners slammed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.