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The Fourth Branch

As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: It’s just not so.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



John Brennan Admits to Agency Spying on Senate Staffers

In an extraordinary development Thursday, the CIA director reversed months of angry public denials and apologized for the agency’s past spying on staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



‘Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report’

A tentatively titled and reported New York Times article glimpses former agency director George Tenet’s efforts to suppress and discredit a report accusing “former C.I.A. officials of misleading Congress and the White House” about the agency’s detention and interrogation program.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



Democrats Demand Answers From Obama, Warren Blasts Republicans, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sarah Palin announces her next book project and Iran mulls a lawsuit against Hollywood.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Rand Paul

The confirmation of John Brennan, the man tapped by President Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency, appeared to be a slam dunk. That is, until Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor to begin a lengthy filibuster of Brennan’s nomination that served as a scathing indictment of the Obama administration’s targeted killings policy.

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE


Rand Paul Talks the Talk

Rand Paul was right. There, I said it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Tale of Two Economies, Obama’s Charm Offensive

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new jobs being added match the ones that are lost. Should we mourn a permanent decline in the middle class? Accept it and train for it? Should we cheer the recent economic growth, or fear another crash?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul’s Filibuster Win, Bill O’Reilly Apologizes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new poll reveals the early favorite for the 2016 presidential race and a possible culprit is named in Los Angelenos’ apathy toward this week’s mayoral election. 

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul’s Filibuster of John Brennan

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan’s CIA Nomination

Telling his colleagues he would “speak until I can no longer speak,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to mount an old-school filibuster of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



Christie Slams Congress, Krugman Debates Scarborough, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major development in the confirmation hearing of John Brennan and Jeb Bush flip-flops on immigration reform once more.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in recent years.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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The Shooting Gallery: Obama and the Vanishing Point of Democracy

We live at a time in the United States when the notion of political enemies has become a euphemism for dismantling prohibitions against targeted assassinations, torture, abductions and indefinite detention.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Dumb and Dumber

Last week there was a perfect drone storm of a story, only a year or so late. The most striking thing is that it should have set everyone’s teeth on edge, yet next to nobody even noticed.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Drones and the Saturday Mail Shocker

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the war over drones that has erupted during confirmation hearings for John Brennan as CIA director. Should the president be allowed to use unmanned drones to execute a U.S. citizen overseas without due process or judicial review?

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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An Interview With Marjorie Cohn About Targeted Killings

We have a global battlefield, where if there is someone, anywhere, who might be associated with Al-Qaida, according to a high government official, then Obama can authorize on Terror Tuesday who he is going to kill after consulting with counterterrorism guru John Brennan.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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CIA Nominee Can’t Evade Drone Questions at Senate Hearing

The confirmation hearing of John Brennan to become CIA director began and ended Thursday with questions about his oversight of the drone program that is said to have been responsible for the deaths of at least 2,629 people.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



Sanders Wants to End Corporate Tax Handouts, O’Reilly Makes Big Error, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including GOP infighting involving Karl Rove and the latest Republican-led assault on women’s rights.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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U.N.’s Drone Investigator Backs Brennan for Top CIA Job

The head of the United Nations inquiry into drone strikes and targeted killings has endorsed John Brennan, President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser who is facing Senate scrutiny Thursday at his confirmation hearing to become CIA director.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


What Brennan Should Explain

Amrit Singh, author of a new report showing the extent of international complicity in the United States’ secret prison, rendition and torture program, discusses her findings and the role of counterterrorism czar John Brennan, whose nomination to head the CIA is being considered by a Senate panel Thursday morning.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



Brennan and Kiriakou, Drones and Torture

John Brennan and John Kiriakou worked together years ago, but their careers have dramatically diverged. Brennan is now on track to head the CIA, while Kiriakou is headed off to prison.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Place in History Already Assured

The overall failure of American foreign policy during the first Obama presidency was foreseeable.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



John Brennan, Sami Al-Hajj and the Blight of Guantanamo

A journalist’s 7-year detention by the United States should be front and center in the forthcoming confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s choice the lead the CIA, John Brennan.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s CIA Pick Stinks of Torture, Targeted Killings

John Brennan has spent the last four years as President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and the “architect” of the administration’s expansive drone assassination program. Some time before that, he was a deputy executive director of the CIA when that agency pioneered the use of extradition and torture under President George W. Bush.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Counterterrorism Chief Says Bullets Alone Won’t Do the Job

John Brennan has known controversy for his defense of torture and rendition, but the president’s top counterterrorism adviser has just condemned the Bush administration’s approach by declaring: “We cannot shoot ourselves out of this challenge.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


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