How the Bush Administration Used the 2001 Anthrax Attacks to Manufacture Consent for the Iraq War

In a deep investigative piece, Abby and Robbie Martin explore the 2001 Anthrax Attacks––what led to them, why they happened, and how the Bush administration used them to manufacture consent for the illegal invasion of Iraq.

American Anthrax

 ABBY MARTIN : 17 years ago, less than one month after the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, weaponized anthrax was sent through the mail in a biological attack that stunned an already traumatized nation. The first American died from anthrax infection on October 5th. During the weeks that followed, letters sent through the US postal

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Trump’s Tainted CIA Nominations Recall Failure to Prosecute Bush-Era Torture

President Donald Trump’s nominations of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA and Mike Pompeo to be America’s top diplomat are the latest indications of steadily eroding human rights standards in the United States and the rollback of the rule of law that has characterized U.S. counterterrorism policies since Sept. 11, 2001.

Iraqi Torture

President Donald Trump’s nominations of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA and Mike Pompeo to be America’s top diplomat are the latest indications of steadily eroding human rights standards in the United States and the rollback of the rule of law that has characterized U.S. counterterrorism policies since Sept. 11, 2001. Haspel, a CIA operative who

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What If We Never Fell for Al-Qaeda’s Trap & Avoided the ‘War on Terror’?

“Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.”
— Thucydides

U.S. Marines pay their final respects at a memorial service for 1st Marine Division Combat Photographer Cpl. William Salazar, 26, of Las Vegas, NV, at Camp Blue Diamond, on the outskirts of Ramadi, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 18, 2004. (AP/Jim MacMillan)

You’ve heard the platitude that hindsight is 20/20. It’s true enough and, though I’ve been a regular skeptic about what policymakers used to call the Global War on Terror, it’s always easier to poke holes in the past than to say what you would have done. My conservative father was the first to ask me what exactly I would have suggested on September

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Why Did Bush Reject Aid Offers From Cuba After Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Harvey brings to mind the devastation of predecessors like Katrina, whose death toll would have been reduced had the Bush administration accepted Cuban doctors.

A New Orleans family tries to make their way through floodwaters in the downtown area of the Crescent City on Aug. 30, 2005. The water continued to rise after Hurricane Katrina pounded the area. (AP/Bill Haber)

Of the many stories written about Hurricane Katrina in autumn 2005 and its devastating consequences, one crucial element is virtually overlooked. During the all-important hours after the tropical cyclone laid waste to sections of south-eastern United States, the Bush administration ignored the aid of its Cuban neighbor. Cuban leader Fidel

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UK To Consider Stripping Tony Blair Of Immunity Over Role In Iraq war

If the immunity verdict is overturned, Tony Blair may face formal charges of war crimes over one of the worst foreign policy disasters in British history.

Tony Blair, George W. Bush

Tony Blair may face formal charges over war crimes if judges overturn a controversial ruling that gave the former Prime Minister, immunity from prosecution over the Iraq War. Last year a British court blocked a private criminal prosecution against Blair by General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat, a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army. British

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Saddam Hussein’s CIA Interrogator Reveals New Information About Bush’s Invasion Of Iraq

“You know, they had their minds made up from day one. And then after 9/11, that’s when the death warrant for Saddam Hussein was signed.”

U.S. soldiers cover the face of a statue of Saddam Hussein with an American flag before toppling the statue in downtown in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP/Jerome Delay)

(ANALYSIS) --- Last month, former CIA analyst John Nixon made headlines when he asserted that while he was interrogating Saddam Hussein after the 2003 invasion, the dictator warned him that the U.S. would fail in Iraq. Now, Nixon has revealed yet another unsettling detail: the Bush administration knew they were going to take on Iraq on “day one”

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