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Undeterred by Veto Threat, Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Survivors to Sue Saudi Arabia

“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE


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What Should Left-Wing Foreign Policy Look Like?

Perhaps what’s missing from the 2016 presidential race “isn’t the anti-imperialist [Bernie] Sanders” but “the antiwar movement he was once part of, and which no longer exists.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



New Document Shows the CIA Is Investing in Data-Mining Firms

A report by The Intercept shines a light on social-media mining and surveillance-oriented companies receiving funding from In-Q-Tel, the intelligence agency’s venture capital firm.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



WhatsApp Adds Encryption to All of Its Communications

WhatsApp, an online messaging service owned by Facebook, has over a billion users—and as of Tuesday, any exchanges done via the app will be encrypted.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Offers to Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Homicide Case

If the FBI succeeds, it will be the first time that the “backdoor” technology used in the San Bernardino case will have been used elsewhere—exactly the situation that Apple said it wanted to prevent.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Denounces the Trump and Cruz Responses to Brussels Attacks

“Slogans aren’t a strategy,” the Democratic front-runner said in a speech at Stanford University. “Loose cannons tend to misfire.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE


Salon With Robert Scheer: John Kiriakou Challenges the American Injustice System

Kiriakou opposes torture and went to prison for exposing it. Now he is working to reform the American security state. The former CIA officer explains how to Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Hillary the Hawk: NYT Calls Clinton’s Libyan Intervention, and Her Leadership, Into Question

The New York Times formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but that stance might seem surprising after a close read of the paper’s in-depth investigation of her assured, yet ultimately failed, strategy for compulsory regime change in Libya five years ago.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Apple’s Tim Cook

This week, it’s a no-brainer. Tim Cook is our Truthdigger of the Week for his willingness to take on the “1984”-like security state with a statement of principle on behalf of privacy.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



How Did Apple End Up in the Government’s Encryption Crosshairs?

The tech giant has positioned itself as a champion of privacy by engaging in a potentially momentous conflict with the federal government over encryption.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Six National Security Questions the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Answer

Instead of considered discussion of first-order security concerns, the candidates have regularly opted for bluff and bluster, their chief aim being to remove all doubts regarding their hawkish bona fides.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



What’s Your Threat Score?

Authorities are harvesting and evaluating your data to calculate your “threat score.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer: 2015: ‘The Year the Ruling Class Came Unglued’

By Robert Scheer

Speaking with Philip Madari on 94.1 KPFA, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief reviews the economic madness and national security mania that prevailed in 2015 and promises to shape 2016.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The National Security State’s Incestuous Relationship With Islamic State

Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing. Each view is, in its own way, undoubtedly true. And here’s a third sentence I know to be true: This can’t end well.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Senior National Security Advisers Urge Obama to Put Spec Ops Troops Close to Islamic State Front

President Obama’s senior national security advisers have recommended positioning U.S. special operations forces closer to the enemy lines of Islamic State (Daesh) in Iraq and even in Syria.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by ACLU and Nation Magazine Against the NSA

In dismissing the plaintiffs’ claim that they were threatened by unwarranted surveillance, the judge ludicrously reasoned that, because the NSA did not admit to its spying, the plaintiffs’ fears were “subjective.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.

If you look at the country that its top politicians hardly mention without defensively wielding the words “exceptional” or “indispensable,” the exceptional thing is this: As a great power, the United States still stands alone on planet earth, and Americans can exhibit all the paranoia they want in remarkable safety and security.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



Garrisoning the Globe: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

Our network of overseas bases have helped lock us inside a permanently militarized society that has made everyone on this planet less secure, damaging lives at home and abroad.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



Dealing With Mass Killings in America

Imagine you’re in the FBI and a 16-year-old male with no criminal record shows a sudden interest in Islamic State. His grades, previously stellar, are starting to fall, and he’s increasingly clicking on jihadist websites. What’s more, his parents own legally registered guns, he has been treated by a psychiatrist, and he has repeatedly read news stories about mass killings in the U.S. What do you do?

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE



The New York Times Vows to Do Better on National Security

Nearly 14 years after its uncritical reporting helped enable the “war on terror,” the paper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan admits to a mixed performance on its coverage of all things related to war and security.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, here are my top nine American repeat headlines, each a surefire news story guaranteed to appear sometime, possibly many times, between June 2015 and the unknown future.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: What Does Chris Hedges Really Want From Us? (Updated)

In advance of the May 12 release of Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer asks Hedges what he’s really asking people to do when he urges them to revolt. Update: Transcript added.

Posted on May 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act

Twin bills that would revise the Patriot Act and curb the state surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden look certain to become law as bipartisan support mounts in both chambers of Congress.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



Bill Intended to Rein In NSA Spying Retains Significant Powers

Modifications to the USA Freedom Act made on behalf of the National Security Agency permit officials to warrantlessly monitor foreign targets in the U.S. and track certain domestic individuals.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: ‘Disturbing the Government Is an Obligation of Citizenship’

In a discussion with C-SPAN about the spying and civil liberty matters at the heart of his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says that “the word is not ‘privacy,’ it’s really ‘sovereignty.’ ”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Ecuadorean Official: The U.S. Is the Threat in the Americas, Not Venezuela

The Obama administration is being criticized across Latin America for instituting new sanctions against Venezuela and declaring the country an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security.” Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says the U.S. has it backward.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE



Uncle Pentagon: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American War State

The Pentagon loomed so large in my childhood that it could have been another member of my family. Maybe a menacing uncle who doled out put-downs and whacks to teach us lessons or a rich, dismissive great-aunt intent on propriety and good manners.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Ratchets Up Conflict With Venezuela

Tensions between the U.S. and Venezuelan governments mounted this week following the news that President Obama had officially declared Venezuela a national security threat and had levied sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on National Security: ‘We Don’t Have Adults Watching the Store’ (Video)

“To treat this apparatus of the national security state as if it’s on any level acting in a rational sense, other than trying to have an enemy so we can have a big defense industry … is utter nonsense,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief told an audience at a conference on nuclear weapons Sunday.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap

The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist. But most of what pundits and officials claim about it simply isn’t true.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE



‘More’ and ‘War’: The Tao of Washington

In a sense, there are only two operative words in twenty-first-century Washington: more and war. In this context, there really is just one well-policed party of thought in town.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Imagine yourself in January 1963, alive and chastened by a world in which you could be obliterated at any moment. Imagine as well that someone from our time suddenly invited you into the American future some 52 Januaries hence.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE


Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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



An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does—torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it—will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Shredding the Fourth Amendment in Post-Constitutional America

The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the people from their government. If the First Amendment’s right to speak out publicly was the people’s wall of security, then the Fourth Amendment’s right to privacy was its buttress. It was once thought that the government should neither be able to stop citizens from speaking nor peer into their lives.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Posted on May 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Road From Abu Ghraib

As the White House, the CIA, and various senators still battle over the release of a summary of a 6,300-page report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Bush-era torture policies, it’s worth considering, on the 10th anniversary of Abu Ghraib, the strange journey we’ve taken, and wondering just where we as a nation mired in the legacy of torture might be headed.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



They Are Watching You

It is here at the Border Security Expo 2014 that U.S. Homeland Security officials, local law enforcement, and border forces from all over the world talk contracts with private industry representatives, exhibit their techno-optimism, and begin to hammer out a future of ever more hardened, up-armored national and international boundaries.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Knowledge Is Crime

There is but one crime for which anyone in America’s national security state can be held accountable in a court of law, and that’s leaking information that might put those in it in a bad light or simply let the American public know something more about what its government is really doing.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Intelligence Director to Edward Snowden: Hand Over Your Documents

If former NSA analyst-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden is sitting on any more classified documents with intent to leak their contents, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper believes Snowden ought to give them back to the U.S. government.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE



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American Jihad 2014

Imagine what we call “national security” as, at heart, a proselytizing warrior religion. It has its holy orders, sacred, classified texts, dogma and warrior priests. It has seminaries, which we call think tanks. It is a monotheistic faith that broaches no alternatives to itself. And as with so many religions, its god is an eye in the sky, an all-seeing being who knows your secrets.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

The Government Leakers Who Truly Endanger America Will Never Face Prosecution

Officials leak secrets compulsively to advance careers or justify wars and are far more threatening to national security than Edward Snowden.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Area 51 a Place of Secrets—and Government Evasion

The biggest secrets at famed Area 51 had less to do with rumored UFOs and extraterrestrials than with the poisoning of government workers.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE



NSA

Top 10 Things That Don’t Make Sense About NSA Surveillance, Drones and Al-Qaida

All the stories about the government’s quest for Total Information Awareness about the phone calls, email, Internet searches, etc. of 312 million ordinary Americans raise some questions in my mind. There are so many things about these stories that don’t make sense.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


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