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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 READ MORE



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.

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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.

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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.

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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



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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.

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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



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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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What We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Internet Surveillance

Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data.But like other aspects of NSA surveillance, virtually everything about this kind of NSA surveillance is highly secret and we’re left with far from a full picture.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Secret Court Renews Controversial NSA Surveillance Program

A top U.S. intelligence official has confirmed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court on Friday extended the National Security Agency’s authority to gather the telephone metadata of tens of millions of Americans.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Groundwork Obama’s Laying for America’s Future

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter Kuznick argue that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that began during George W. Bush’s administration and has been expanded by President Barack Obama “is laying the foundation for a frighteningly dystopian future.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Fact Check: The NSA and Sept. 11

In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program had been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporatizing National Security: What It Means

There’s big money to be made in moving government-owned functions and assets into corporate hands.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Pentagon’s Preparations for War Against Us

A score of recent defense department and other official documents warn that climate change, energy shocks and economic crisis could trigger waves of civil unrest. The understanding seems to explain the proliferation of security and surveillance programs over the last decade.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Three Questions Left Unanswered by Obama’s Counterterrorism Speech

The president’s address Thursday left at least three core issues in the war on terror entirely unsettled: when Guantanamo will close, who will oversee future drone attacks and when surveillance of the press will end.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


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Cantor Wants to End Overtime, Limbaugh Claims Palin’s ‘Never Wrong,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s warning about the sequester cuts and a Michigan Republican lawmaker’s latest attempt to rig the vote.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE


Dismal Indeed: Why Dick Cheney Disdains the ‘Second-Rate’ Obama Team

No doubt President Obama was deeply stung over the weekend to hear Dick Cheney criticize his new national security team.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Living in a Constitution-Free Zone

Unlike on our southern border, there is still no wall to our north on what was once dubbed the “longest undefended border in the world.” But don’t let that fool you. The U.S.-Canadian border is increasingly a national security hotspot watched over by drones, surveillance towers and agents of the Department of Homeland Security.

Posted on Feb 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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Indefinite War by Design

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald asks “whether [the United States’] endless war [on terror] is the intended result of U.S. actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Do Americans Deserve to See These Secret Documents?

From the memo detailing the right to assassinate U.S. citizens worldwide to the paper negotiating the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, the U.S. government has kept many documents classified for dubious reasons. David Wallechinsky of AllGov looks at 11 of them.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Government Requests for Users’ Google Data Spikes

Were you a target of any of the nearly 21,000 requests made by governments worldwide in the first half of 2012 for access to search results, Gmail accounts and other data Google holds for its users?

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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How the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Was Uncovered

It appears modern technology and a jealous lover cost the ex-CIA director his job.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Memo to the Military: Give a Damn About the Warming Planet

Global warming could be American imperialism’s undoing if Pentagon officials don’t prepare accordingly, a group of experts effectively reported in a study warning against such “climate surprises” as natural disasters, sea-level rise, drought and epidemics.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



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NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ is an ‘Undisciplined Slaughter’

Former National Security Agency official and whistle-blower William Binney is appalled but unsurprised by last week’s revelation that President Obama has institutionalized a mechanism for generating targets for his secretive assassination list.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



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War Power Abuse Makes Iran Conflict More Likely

A congressman, two retired military officials and a former deputy attorney general denounced President Barack Obama at a recent news conference for overstepping his authority in wartime and warned that unless war powers are restored to Congress the country could soon be involved in a battle with Iran and its allies.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 READ MORE


Nader Says ‘War Criminal’ Obama Is Worse Than George W. Bush

Ralph Nader famously argues against choosing between the lesser of two evils, but did you know that between the current president and the last, he might consider the lesser evil to be George W. Bush?

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War

From Asia and Africa to the Middle East and the Americas, the Obama administration is increasingly embracing drones and special operations forces to fight scattered global enemies on the cheap. A centerpiece of this new American way of war is the outsourcing of fighting duties to local proxies around the world.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Blasts Fox’s Judith Miller for Hypocrisy

If it’s a case of hypocrisy involving a Fox News personality, Jon Stewart is on the case.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Will Write for The Guardian

Did you hear? Salon’s star blogger is moving his soapbox to The Guardian, where he says he will reach a new audience while retaining full editorial control over his political writing.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Best Watchdog Journalism on Obama’s National Security Policies

Inspired by The New York Times’ expose on Obama’s “secret ‘kill list,’” we collected some of the best pieces of watchdog journalism on Obama’s national security policies.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE



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The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget

With major wars winding down, has Washington already cut war spending so close to the bone that further reductions would be perilous to our safety?

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE


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Secrecy, Wars and Civil Liberties

As Chris Hedges reported Monday, American Muslims are being dragged into jail on dubious and unclear connections to terrorism. Meanwhile, the president retains the authority to kill U.S. citizens without trial. But most Americans aren’t speaking up. Salon blogger and constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald discusses why.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


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Obama Wants FBI Chief to Stick Around

He’s been in charge since just before the 9/11 attacks, and if President Obama gets his way, FBI Director Robert Mueller will stay at his post for another two years—an unusual move aimed at keeping some aspects of Obama’s intelligence and security strategy consistent.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



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All the WikiLeaks Fit to Print

There is a craven disconnect between the eagerness of leading editors to exploit the important news revealed by WikiLeaks and their efforts to distance themselves from both the courageous website and Bradley Manning, the alleged source of documents posted there.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Mortgage Moratoriums and Midterm Madness

Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer schools listeners about the mortgage mess and the need for a moratorium on foreclosures in the opening minutes of this week’s “Left, Right & Center.” Tony Blankley joins him for a discussion of this and other topics.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Court Dismisses Torture Flights Case

Five men who say they were kidnapped and tortured would like to sue a Boeing subsidiary for flying them to their agony, but the Obama administration successfully convinced an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the case. One judge said the court “reluctantly” bought the national security argument.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Ruling Targets Egyptian-Israeli Marriages

The Egyptian high court has upheld a ruling that allows the state to strip citizenship status from Egyptian men who wed Israeli women if the government believes the marriage poses a threat to the country’s national security.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE


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This Man May Become Our New National Intelligence Director

The job that James R. Clapper Jr. may take over from his could-be predecessor, Dennis C. Blair, is not an easy one—in fact, it has been described by insiders as “the second-toughest in Washington” ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Rewrites America’s Nat’l Security Strategy

The first-strike mentality of the Bush years, along with the attendant unilateral military exploits, has fallen from favor in President Barack Obama’s revised national security scheme for the U.S.—or so goes the spin on that plan.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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