Nick Turse
A boy stands in front of a barricade during a demonstration after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari, Central African Republic, on May 22.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A boy stands in front of a barricade during a demonstration after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari, Central African Republic, on May 22.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A Syrian woman stands inside a heavily-damaged building following reported barrel bomb air strikes by Syrian government forces on May 26, in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Baraa Al-halabi / AFP - Getty Images

A Syrian woman stands inside a heavily-damaged building following reported barrel bomb air strikes by Syrian government forces on May 26, in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Baraa Al-halabi / AFP - Getty Images

U.S. Special Operations Forces are training hundreds of African commandos for elite counterterror units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania, and Mali (via U.S. Trains African Commandos to Fight Terrorism - NYTimes.com)
Photo: A United States Army Special Forces captain with leaders in Amaloul, Niger, one of the nations in an antiterrorism program.  Credit Peter Tinti

U.S. Special Operations Forces are training hundreds of African commandos for elite counterterror units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania, and Mali (via U.S. Trains African Commandos to Fight Terrorism - NYTimes.com)

Photo: A United States Army Special Forces captain with leaders in Amaloul, Niger, one of the nations in an antiterrorism program. Credit Peter Tinti

Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden And Laura Poitras Reunite For A Selfie In Moscow (via Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden And Laura Poitras Reunite For A Selfie In Moscow)

Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden And Laura Poitras Reunite For A Selfie In Moscow (via Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden And Laura Poitras Reunite For A Selfie In Moscow)

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What is Operation New Normal and why won’t the U.S. military talk about it?
In my latest investigation of shadowy U.S. military missions in Africa, I try to figure out just that. The article begins:
“What is Operation New Normal? It’s a question without an answer, a riddle the U.S. military refuses to solve. It’s a secret operation in Africa that no one knows anything about. Except that someone does. His name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee Magee. He lives and breathes Operation New Normal. But he doesn’t want to breath paint fumes or talk to me, so you can’t know anything about it.
Confused? Stay with me.
“Whatever Operation New Normal may be pales in comparison to the real “new normal” for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). The lower-cased variant is bold and muscular. It’s an expeditionary force on a war footing. To the men involved, it’s a story of growth and expansion, new battlefields, ‘combat,’ and ‘war.’ It’s the culmination of years of construction, ingratiation, and interventions, the fruits of wide-eyed expansion and dismal policy failures, the backing of proxies to fight America’s battles, while increasing U.S. personnel and firepower in and around the continent. It is, to quote an officer with AFRICOM, the blossoming of a ‘war-fighting combatant command.’ And unlike Operation New Normal, it’s finally heading for a media outlet near you.”
Read the entire article here: Nick Turse, How “Benghazi” Birthed the New Normal in Africa | TomDispatch

What is Operation New Normal and why won’t the U.S. military talk about it?

In my latest investigation of shadowy U.S. military missions in Africa, I try to figure out just that. The article begins:

“What is Operation New Normal? It’s a question without an answer, a riddle the U.S. military refuses to solve. It’s a secret operation in Africa that no one knows anything about. Except that someone does. His name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee Magee. He lives and breathes Operation New Normal. But he doesn’t want to breath paint fumes or talk to me, so you can’t know anything about it.

Confused? Stay with me.

“Whatever Operation New Normal may be pales in comparison to the real “new normal” for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). The lower-cased variant is bold and muscular. It’s an expeditionary force on a war footing. To the men involved, it’s a story of growth and expansion, new battlefields, ‘combat,’ and ‘war.’ It’s the culmination of years of construction, ingratiation, and interventions, the fruits of wide-eyed expansion and dismal policy failures, the backing of proxies to fight America’s battles, while increasing U.S. personnel and firepower in and around the continent. It is, to quote an officer with AFRICOM, the blossoming of a ‘war-fighting combatant command.’ And unlike Operation New Normal, it’s finally heading for a media outlet near you.”

Read the entire article here: Nick Turse, How “Benghazi” Birthed the New Normal in Africa | TomDispatch

I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.
Edward Snowden, from a document titled README_FIRST given to Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald. Tomgram: Glenn Greenwald, How I Met Edward Snowden | TomDispatch
I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return of this information to the public marks my end. I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon, and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed for even an instant. If you seek to help, join the open source community and fight to keep the spirit of the press alive and the internet free. I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.
Edward Snowden, from a document titled README_FIRST given to Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald. Tomgram: Glenn Greenwald, How I Met Edward Snowden | TomDispatch
That is an agreement the United States ‘has with no country.’
An unnamed U.S. government official speaking to the New York Times, about Germany’s demand that the U.S. respect their laws on their territory.  U.S. and Germany Fail to Reach a Deal on Spying - NYTimes.com
A compound in Mali, an airfield in Niger, a string of air bases across the north of the continent and more than two years of “war” in Africa. Read my latest article to know what U.S. officials say behind closed doors about the future of U.S. ops in Africa.

A compound in Mali, an airfield in Niger, a string of air bases across the north of the continent and more than two years of “war” in Africa. Read my latest article to know what U.S. officials say behind closed doors about the future of U.S. ops in Africa.