Forever Wars

Spencer Ackerman
Tracking the continuities, departures and permutations of the War on Terror.
Created 25 Jun 2021
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  • U.S. Economic Strangulation Could Kill More Afghans Than 20 Years of U.S. War
    18 Jan 2022 • 8 min read • 11 4
    People wait in front of a bakery in Kabul to receive bread distributed by the Save Afghans From Hunger campaign on January 18. Wakil Kohsar, via Getty Edited by Sam Thielman "OFTEN IT FEELS like we ar...
  • Jonathan and Spencer Go to White Castle
    11 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 6 1
    Kal Penn and John Cho as Harold and Kumar with President George W. Bush (James Adomian), center. Via New Line Cinema This week we got Spencer on Jonathan Katz’s The Racket where they talked about thei...
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
    10 Jan 2022 • 9 min read • 24 1
    Cuchillas de Baracoa mountain range, Guanatanamo province, Cuba. Prisma by Dukas, via Getty Edited by Sam Thielman THE FOREVER-WAR PRISON at Guantanamo Bay began operations on Jan. 11, 2002, and withi...
  • The Onset of Normalization
    05 Jan 2022 • 7 min read • 22 3
    Trump supporters rally outside the Capitol before attempting to storm the building and prevent the certification of the 2020 election. Brent Stirton, via Getty Edited by Sam Thielman THE SECURITY BURE...
  • Today We’re Gonna Give It 35 Percent
    03 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 19 1
    Edited by Sam Thielman TODAY IS THE WORST DAY in any newsroom of the entire year. I don’t mean the worst day in terms of news production. There will be bad journalism produced every day of every year,...
  • We Hope Yule Log Off Whenever Possible
    21 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 14 2
    An Iraqi youth dressed in Father Christmas suits stands past a bullet-ridden wall in the old city of Mosul on December 26, 2018. Ahmad Al-Rubaye, via Getty Edited by Sam Thielman DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPP...
  • Here’s The Money You Raised To Protect Abortion Access in Texas
    20 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 8 0
    Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on December 1. Jim Watson, via Getty Edited by Spencer Ackerman TODAY WE HAVE DON...
  • A Murder Scheme Straight Out of Early Steely Dan
    17 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 10 2
    Edited by Sam Thielman EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS COMES FROM an indictment. The Justice Department will have to prove its accusations in court. People are innocent until proven guilty; cops lie; prosecut...
  • CAIR Infiltrated by Islamophobic Organization; Alleges Israeli Connection
    16 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 18 1
    The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, built in Perrysburg, Ohio in 1982. Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis, via Getty Edited by Sam Thielman THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS said on Thursday morning th...
  • The Bastard Children of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force
    14 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 13 1
    NYPD Sergeant Joseph Freer demonstrates how to use and operate a body camera on Dec. 3, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton, via Getty Images. Edited by Sam Thielman THE FIRST NUMBER to know is 22. T...
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