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Elliot D. Cohen
Elliot D. Cohen

Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., is an ethicist, media critic and political analyst. He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Applied...


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AP / Matt Rourke

Help Stop Destruction of the Free Internet Now

The recent FCC decision to “protect” the free and open Internet was long awaited by activists but it turned out to be smoke and mirrors, catering largely to service providers such as Comcast and AT&T.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE

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Beyond ‘1984’: New Frontiers of Mass Surveillance

Does the notion of remote-controlled soldiers—the fully human kind—seem only a sci-fi vision or the product of someone’s paranoid imagination? Guess again: There’s a project in the works as the military and big business join forces to make privacy a thing of the past.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Taking a Page From the Bush Playbook

The Obama administration is now considering reinstating the Military Commissions Act after a four-month suspension, in contradiction to the president’s promise to end military tribunals for detainees and to close down Gitmo. 

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Hell to Pay

Sen. John McCain’s ideological ties to the Bush-Cheney administration have mostly passed beneath the radar of the mainstream media, but if McCain loses the presidential race to Barack Obama, his neoconservative legacy could erupt into the open with a force that should not be underestimated.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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John McCain’s Chilling Project for America

John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


The End of Privacy

It’s not enough for George W. Bush’s government to eavesdrop on phone calls, monitor financial transactions and sneak a peek at other people’s e-mails. Now the administration says it needs to monitor all Internet activity in the United States. That means you and everything you do online.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


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America Is Watching You

The “Last Days of Democracy” author warns that Congress is about to aid the Bush administration with its Orwellian plans by granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications giants for helping the government spy on Americans.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Elliot D. Cohen
Elliot D. Cohen

Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., is an ethicist, media critic and political analyst. He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Applied Philosophy, ethics editor for Free Inquiry magazine, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Philosophical Counseling Association (NPCA); and President of the Institute of Critical Thinking:  National Center for Logic-Based Therapy. The author or editor of many books in journalism, professional ethics and philosophical counseling his books include “News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership and Its Threat to Democracy,” “Journalistic Ethics,” “Philosophical Issues in Journalism,” “The New Rational Therapy”, “The Dutiful Worrier: How to Stop Compulsive Worry Without Feeling Guilty” and “What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control Through the Power of Reason.” Cohen has been a guest on such national radio programs as “Ring of Fire,” “Majority Report,” the Mike Malloy show and the Thom Hartmann show. He was the first-prize recipient of the 2007 Project Censored Award for his investigative reporting on the corporate takeover of the Internet.

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