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Stephen Colbert on the ‘Growing Cable News Consensus’ That Bowe Bergdahl Doesn’t Deserve to Be Alive

Traitor, loser, deserter. While Fox News can’t seem to find enough insults to describe Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, CNN is busy wondering whether the prisoner of war modeled his life after the fictional TV series “Homeland.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



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How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

The Invisible Government, published by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross in 1964, was groundbreaking, shadow-removing, illuminating. It caused a fuss from its very first paragraph, which was then a shockeroo: “There are two governments in the United States today. One is visible. The other is invisible.”

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE


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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy

Moving Day for Some at Guantanamo

While President Barack Obama will miss his goal of shutting down Guantanamo by January, the U.S. has returned 12 detainees from the notorious prison to their respective homelands. That leaves more than 100 detainees awaiting repatriation.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


Homeland Insecurity

The president and other fear mongers love to harangue Americans with the specter of terrorism when their pet projects (and our freedoms) are on the line, but when it comes to the basic programs that protect us from disaster, money talks louder than threats.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


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nwa.com

Website Exposes Airline Security Flaw

Christopher Soghoian created a boarding pass generator, allowing visitors to his website to sneak through airport security with fake documents.  Though the FBI has shut down Soghoian’s site, the flaw that enabled it remains a security threat.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


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securityinfowatch.com

Airport Security Beset by Technology Failures

The Transportation Security Administration has suspended the installation of trace-detection portals, the machines that detect explosives on passengers.  The move comes amid criticism that the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security have been unable to develop and implement effective airport security tools.

Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Terror Targets: Petting Zoo and Flea Market?

The official anti-terrorism database is so flawed that it lists 8,591 potential terrorism targets in Indiana—50% more than in New York and twice as many as in California. Examples: “Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory and the Mule Day Parade.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Fire Chertoff, for Starters

Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff may have again revealed his incompetence by slashing New York’s anti-terror funding, but the problems plaguing that agency reach far deeper than one man. 

Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


Feds Cut Anti-Terror Funding in NYC, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security slashed anti-terrorism money for Washington and New York in favor of cities like Jacksonville and Sacramento. Stunner: “A DHS risk scorecard for the city asserted that the home of the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge has ‘zero’ national monuments or icons.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


Claim: Ridge Forced a Whitewash of Security Criticisms

The former inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security says he was confronted by then-Secretary Tom Ridge ?to intimidate me, to stare me down, to force me to back off” from criticizing security failures in advance of the 2004 presidential election.

Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


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