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AUDIO: Whistle-Blower John Kiriakou to Robert Scheer: Whistle-Blowers ‘Are Not Alone’

The U.S. government is out to “ruin… in every conceivable way” people who expose official wrongdoing, says John Kiriakou in an interview with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Kiriakou is a 14-year CIA veteran who was jailed for confirming the U.S. government tortured prisoners via waterboarding.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Rand Paul Got One (Huge) Thing Right

The Kentucky senator’s filibuster against renewing the Patriot Act made the widely covered campaign speeches of the other presidential candidates—including Hillary Clinton—look shallow.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges: For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control (Part 4/7)

In this installment of their seven-part interview series posted on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges drill into the motivations for the collusion between big tech companies and the U.S. government. The end result: Control of Americans’ data leads to control of citizens themselves.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask why coverage of the deadly biker gang dispute in Texas was so different from that of the Baltimore unrest. Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for 10 hours to discuss the Patriot Act, and Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Scheer Article Found Among Reading Materials in Osama bin Laden’s Last Hideout

On Wednesday the White House released a list of English-language documents found among the al-Qaida founder’s belongings in 2011, after U.S. Navy SEALs killed him in a compound in Pakistan, to which he had been traced.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO:  Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

As Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points out to Chris Hedges in this interview for The Real News Network, the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, the NSA Is a Latter-Day King George

In an appearance on “The Campaign With Ernie Powell,” a radio show concerned with learning how progressives can win political campaigns, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says the NSA is engaged in the same invasive behavior “that sparked the American Revolution.”

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jeb, Trade and Hillary

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s struggle to answer whether he would have gone to war in Iraq. Also, Obama and Democrats clash over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t taken a question from the press since mid-April.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE


NSA Whistleblower William Binney: Seeking Blackmail Power, U.S. Officials Enabled 9/11

The 31-year National Security Agency veteran blew the whistle when he realized technology that he had developed to protect Americans was being used to spy on them. In a wide-ranging, 45-minute discussion, he and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discuss who’s responsible for the surveillance program, how authorities’ desire for blackmail power through mass spying was a factor in their failure to stop the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE


Interview: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex (Part 1)

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

Posted on May 13, 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 READ MORE


VIDEO: William Binney on the NSA: ‘They’re Scrapping Our Constitution’

Find out how the National Security Agency harvests data on you, your family and everyone you know.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Baltimore, Same-Sex Marriage and Bernie Sanders

It’s been a busy news week, to say the least. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer happened to be in Baltimore and relays what he saw, on the latest episode of “Left, Right & Center.” Also: Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid and same-sex marriage’s upcoming day in court.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer, Binney and Blum on the Patriot Act

“They can do anything with your cellphone once they have your SIM card and your key.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Drone Strikes, David Petraeus, Clinton Trouble

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether the unintended killing of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike was a mistake inherent to war. Also, David Petraeus is sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for sharing classified information, and the Clinton Foundation is under fire for its financial dealings.

Posted on Apr 25, 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 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Dull Candidates, a Trade Deal and a Gyrocopter

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists label Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush bland and incapable of lighting up a room. Also, the Senate secretly examines a massive trade deal and a protester lands a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE


Progressives Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy in a Lively Debate on ‘Democracy Now!’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer joined Seattle’s Kshama Sawant, writer Joe Conason and The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg on “Democracy Now!” to discuss the official beginning of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: 2016, Barack and Raul, Murder in South Carolina

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 presidential hopefuls coming into view: Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. Also, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro talk on the phone, and why isn’t police brutality being discussed on the campaign trail?

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: an Iran Deal and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists address the question of whether the deal between the Obama administration and Iran will keep the Iranian nuclear program inside the box. Also, the fix that Indiana lawmakers negotiated for the state’s religious freedom / sexual discrimination law.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE


Does Barney Frank’s New Book Let Democrats Off the Hook?

In a discussion about former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s new book, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Message,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer confronts Frank over President Bill Clinton’s role in creating the Great Recession and other issues dividing progressives from the Democratic Party leadership.

The interview was produced by Joshua Scheer and broadcast April 2 on KPFK.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE


Does Barney Frank’s New Book Let Democrats Off the Hook?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer confronts the former Massachusetts representative over President Clinton’s role in creating the Great Recession and other issues dividing progressives from the Democratic Party leadership.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



A Forceful Call to Rescue Democracy: Peter Richardson on Robert Scheer’s New Book

The Truthdig editor-in-chief’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” continues the important work on the abuse of power he began five decades ago, writes Peter Richardson at The National Memo.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks Privacy With Scholar Aleecia McDonald

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center hosted Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and scholar Aleecia McDonald in a public conversation about the themes at the center of Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a new proxy war in the Middle East as the U.S. supports Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. Also, Ted Cruz announces his run for president and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will not seek re-election.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Budgets, Loretta Lynch and Benjamin Netanyahu

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 Republican budget, Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings for the post of attorney general, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral victory.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE


Farewell to Privacy

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Speaks With Seattle About Privacy and Surveillance

The Truthdig editor-in-chief spoke about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” at a town hall event in Seattle.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Letter to Iran, Hillary’s Emails, ‘Blurred Lines,’ Racist Fraternity Members

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Republicans’ letter to Iran, Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, a federal judge’s ruling that “Blurred Lines” is a Marvin Gaye rip-off, and the racist chanting of University of Oklahoma fraternity members.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: ‘Fear, Secrecy and Data Fuel America’s Modern Surveillance State’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on the radio program “This Is Hell!” on Saturday to discuss his new book, “They Know Everything About You.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE



Robert Scheer: Liberation and Enslavement in the Same Tool

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes how leaders in business and government abuse the Internet to deprive people of the privacy that is essential to the creation of a strong, independent self.

Posted on Mar 7, 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 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: CPAC, Bibi, Pot in D.C.

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the applause that Israel received at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a “clean” funding bill that keeps the Department of Homeland Security open without picking a fight over immigration rules, and the announcement that marijuana is now legal in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE



Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, Obama’s ‘Probably the Worst President We’ve Had’

Barack Obama “makes George W. Bush and Richard Nixon look good by comparison,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief told Salon in an interview about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Higher Wages at Wal-Mart and Obama’s Views on Radical Extremism

On this edition of “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists discuss Wal-Mart’s decision to raise wages for about 500,000 workers. President Obama likes to say that “America deserves a raise,” but this week’s conversation tackles the question: Is Wal-Mart’s move enough?

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE


Why Are Intelligence Agencies So Unintelligent?

Robert Scheer, Leslie Cockburn and Juan Cole discuss how intelligence agencies have failed when it comes to the Middle East, terrorism and other areas.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every cell in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every mobile phone in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



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How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE


How Google Met the CIA, Plus Other Scary Stories From ‘They Know Everything About You’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer connects the dots on surveillance, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership could break the Internet, a Super Bowl commercial embarrasses minimum-wage workers and the Republican candidates for president embarrass themselves.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE


How Google Met the CIA, Plus Other Scary Stories From ‘They Know Everything About You’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer connects the dots on surveillance, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership could break the Internet, a Super Bowl commercial embarrasses minimum-wage workers and the Republican candidates for president embarrass themselves.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Matt Miller & Mitt Romney Say Goodbye

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists note Mitt Romney’s announcement that he will not run again for the Republican presidential ticket. Also, the Senate approves the Keystone pipeline, Syriza’s victory means a “Grexit” from the euro is possible, and Matt Miller leaves “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE


We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Paris Reacts, Gay Marriage, Romney Again?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists take stock of Paris one week after horrific attacks on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, Switzerland’s surprise decision to remove the cap on its currency, and the Supreme Court’s commitment to deciding whether states must allow same-sex unions.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Paris

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the tragic events in Paris that killed 17 journalists, civilians and police officers. Also, oil prices fall, and Scheer notes a false logic in approving the Keystone pipeline, and Harvard professors revolt against their new health insurance plan.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Mario Cuomo, Bush-Clinton, Afghanistan Legacy

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York who said he wanted to be remembered as a man who tried. Also, is Jeb Bush going to be our next president?

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: 2014, The Year That Was

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the most consequential stories of 2014: the fracking revolution, the global economic slowdown, technological advances and police and race.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE


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