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Military Tribunals Can't Try Terrorists for Civil Crimes: D.C. Cir

Following the D.C. Circuit's decision on Friday, military tribunals will have a more difficult time prosecuting terrorists. The court threw out another charge brought against Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a former assistant to Osama bin Laden. For the past 13 years, al-Bahlul has been held in Guantanamo Bay. A number......

CIA Refuses To Release Osama's Porn Collection Information To Bro Who Submitted FOIA For It

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Who could have possibly thought that something of interest would actually come out of something called BroBible? As it turns out, the site that calls itself the best place for all the world's bros to gather on the internet -- which sounds...Show More Summary

Divided D.C. Circuit Restricts Authority of Military Commissions

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday placed new limits on the jurisdiction of U.S. military commissions, vacating the conspiracy conviction of a man accused of serving as Osama bin Laden’s spokesman.       

What Was in Osama Bin Laden's Law Library?

Just in time to update your summer reading list, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has declassified "Osama's Bookshelf." The list details the 400 some pieces of writing Osama had on hand when his bunker was raided and he was killed by Navy SEALs in 2011. So, what beach......

Osama bin Laden's Porn and Policy Library (and the Banal Evil of the Unread War Novel Over Memorial Day Weekend)

Osama bin Laden begged his favorite wife to join him in paradise (should death come by drone or SEAL raid or hypertension triggered by a Hunker Down Diet of dried meat and Pepsi.) But first, The Most Wanted Man on Earth generously suggested...Show More Summary

Osama bin Laden Read Leftist American Literature

Not a big surprise that he read Bob Woodward, Noam Chomsky and William Blum. Maybe bin Laden was a long-distance student at Cal-Berkeley.

Media Minutiae

GalleyCat: Bob Woodward wishes Osama bin Laden would’ve read his book more closely. Oh, and he wishes he wasn’t such a terrible person. We assume, at least. FishbowlDC: Jon Stewart will headline GW’s Colonials Weekend. Early rumor is he will discuss politics. TVNewser: Great Van Susteren wants to help the worst Republican candidates. Yes, that means all of them.

Osama bin Laden was reading Bob Woodward? It’s not news to Woodward.

3 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Journalist Bob Woodward’s book, “Obama’s Wars.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) One of our most fabled journalists was not exactly surprised Wednesday with disclosure of declassified government documents that touched on the reading habits of Osama bin Laden. It included word that at the time of the U.S. Show More Summary

Bob Woodward On Bin Laden Reading Obama’s Wars

3 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Journalist & author Bob Woodward thinks that Osama Bin Laden didn’t read his book closely enough. If he did, he might not have lived in the Pakistan hideout. Woodward shared his opinion with The Washington Post after news came out that...Show More Summary

Osama Bin Laden’s Reading List

3 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The United States has declassified a number of documents that were confiscated during the raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan during which he was assassinated. Among the trove of documents, there were also 39 English-language books...Show More Summary

No, Just Because Seymour Hersh Had The Same Story As You, It's Not 'Plagiarism'

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We already wrote a bit about Seymour Hersh's big story, arguing that pretty much everything the public has been told about the Osama bin Laden raid is false. There are plenty of questions that have been raised about some of the specifics...Show More Summary

Osama bin Laden: Anticlimax

--It's a Wrap: National Command Authority viewing the Osama bin Laden execution make em laugh make em cry make em dance in the aisles make em pay make em stay make em feel ok we've got to get on with the film show Hollywood waits atShow More Summary

The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful

Seymour Hersh has done the public a great service by breathing life into questions surrounding the official narrative of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Yet instead of trying to build off the details of his story, or to disprove his assertions with additional reporting, journalists have largely attempted to tear down the messenger. Barrels of ink have been...

NBC News Revises Report on Pakistan and Bin Laden

On the heels of Seymour Hersh‘s report that, essentially, everything we were told about the killing of Osama bin Laden “was a lie,” NBC News seemed to confirm parts of Hersh’s report in a story reported by four NBC News journalists. The...Show More Summary

Looks Like CIA's 'Torture Revealed Osama's Courier' Story Now Even More False Than Previously Believed

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For quite some time now, there have been serious questions about how how the US was able to track down Osama bin Laden's "hiding place" to send in special forces to kill him. The story many people have heard was that the CIA was able...Show More Summary

SEAL Who Allegedly Killed Bin Laden Says Hersh Report is ‘Garabage’

4 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

Former Navy SEAL who allegedly shot Osama bin Laden and current Fox News contributor, Rob O’Neill, is the latest personality to rebuff Seymour Hersh‘s report that claims the Obama administration was part of an elaborate conspiracy to...Show More Summary

Seymour Hersh Is Living a bin Laden Fantasy

No sooner had Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden bombshell dropped than critics were rushing in to pick apart his 10,000-word report, the stuff of instant controversy. But whereas Hersh may have once been a journalistic heavyweight, writes Max Fisher at Vox, his latest "story simply does not hold up...

Morning Report for May 11, 2015

Seymour Hersh‘s piece on the killing of Osama bin Laden “simply does not hold up to scrutiny.” (vox.com) | “It seems hasty, shrill, and unprofessional.” (@geneweingarten) Netflix almost decided against green-lighting the $100 million “House of Cards” series. (qz.com) A black broadcast journalist tells Lloyd Grove: “If Brian [Williams] does not come … Read More

Today in Media History: In 2011, Twitter broke the news of Osama bin Laden’s death

4 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Were you following Twitter four years ago today? On May 1, select journalists received simple, three-word e-mails from the White House: “Get to work.” The President had an announcement to make, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said. Show More Summary

Jay Z Likely Headed to Trial in 'Big Pimpin' Sampling Lawsuit

A California federal judge on Monday was inclined to reject Osama Ahmed Fahmy's bid for early judgment of his copyright claims against the rapper. read more

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