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The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived.

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Lavabit Owner’s Farewell Warning: Don’t Trust Your Data to American Companies

The owner and CEO of the secure email service reportedly used by Edward Snowden decided to shut down Thursday rather than help the U.S. spy on his customers.

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U.S. Policy Is to Keep the Veil of Secrecy in Place

For some 20 years, in another and more youthful phase of my life, I was one of the (apparently) several hundred thousand Americans who possessed a “top secret” security classification.

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We Still Need This Debate

The important thing right now isn’t whether Edward Snowden should be labeled hero or villain. First, let’s have the debate he sparked over surveillance and privacy.

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Military Secrets

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Google’s Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

There is a growing acceptance and indeed a demand for additional surveillance cameras, cellphone eavesdropping, location checks and biometric identifiers.

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Nonsense Squared

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Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

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Let ‘Argo’ Take You Hostage

I don’t know how much of the picture—beyond its basic premise—is “true.” And, frankly, I don’t give a damn.

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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?

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On 9/11, New Evidence From Another Massacre

While Americans paused Tuesday to reflect on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives, the National Archives has released new evidence of Washington’s cover-up of an atrocity 72 years ago that killed more than seven times as many people.

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The War in the Shadows

There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency.

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That Makes No Sense!

When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours. In a series of scenes, a frustrated young girl booms out: “that makes me mad!” For our present national security moment, however, I might amend the book’s punch line slightly.

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A New Standard for Oxymoronic Newspeak

As Wired’s Spencer Ackerman reports, “Surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency [because] it would violate your privacy to say so.”

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The NSA Is Watching You

Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Likely to Endorse Obama’s War on Whistle-Blowers

The Supreme Court is expected to uphold the use of the Espionage Act of 1917 to punish those who expose war crimes and state lies.

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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



The Man Nobody Knew

The Sad, Secret Life of a Spy

A fascinating new documentary seeks to unravel the mysteries of William Colby, or, as the title would have it, “The Man Nobody Knew.”

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9/11 Monument

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How Little We Know About the Origins of 9/11

For a decade, the main questions about 9/11 have gone unanswered while the alleged perpetrators who survived the attacks have never been publicly cross-examined as to their methods and motives.

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Anonymous Is Going to Try to Kill Facebook (Video)

Remember, remember the fifth of November 2011. That’s the day hactivist collective Anonymous plans to “kill” the second-busiest website on the Internet “for the sake of your own privacy.” In a video message, Anonymous warns that “you are not safe from them [Facebook] nor from any government” to which the social networking website feeds information. (more)

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WikiLeaks, Wimbledon and War

Last Saturday, Julian Assange joined me and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek for a public conversation about WikiLeaks, the power of information and the importance of transparency in democracies.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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FBI Makes It Easier to Pry

The FBI is making it easier for agents to snoop on their fellow Americans without leaving a paper trail, raising disturbing questions outlined by The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer. A former agent quoted by Serwer says it may return the agency to the COINTELPRO era.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



LulzSec

Hackers Punish PBS for ‘Less Than Impressive’ WikiLeaks Show

“Less than impressed” with “Frontline’s” “WikiSecrets” episode, a hacker or group of hackers called LulzSec hijacked the PBS.org website late Sunday night, posting, among other things, a fake news story claiming Tupac Shakur is alive and living in New Zealand. If you caught “WikiSecrets,” you might sympathize with the crusading hacker(s). (more)

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Patriot Act Renewal

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No Laws, No Secrets: The Anarchist Creed of Julian Assange

About the only intelligent thing the U.S. government has said to date about Julian Assange is that the man is an “anarchist.” What they don’t seem to get is that he is channeling Thomas Paine.

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Are You in the FBI’s Suspicious Activities Database?

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest has another phone book’s worth of terrifying revelations about our national security/police/prison state. One that really chills given the FBI’s track record is the “vast repository” the Bureau is building that ... (more)

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WikiLeaks Exposes Secrecy Abuse

Ronald Goldfarb, writing in The Hill, points out that 90 percent of the 16 million classified documents generated each year should be open in the first place. “The burden,” he writes, “ought to be on those classifying confidentially to make the clear case for secrecy, and the presumption should be for openness.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



WikiLeak This Ear

Today on the list: The GOP vs. Sarah Palin, what Google charges for government surveillance, and WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange’s political philosophy explained.

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Just the Fibs, Ma’am

It’s a sad day when working journalists condemn those who would pry loose a few secrets from the national security state. Glenn Greenwald has done an excellent job tracking the hypocrites, hacks and access addicts. His latest target is Joe Klein (above), who describes WikiLeaks’ work as a “human disaster.” ... (more)

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WikiLeaks Files Show Torture, Civilian Deaths and Contractor Abuses

Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” team dig into the hundreds of thousands of documents that whistle-blowers released to the public and summarize the revelations.

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Justice Dept. Hand-Slaps FBI for Spying on Greenpeace and Friends

The supervising bureaucrats at the Justice Department acknowledged that the FBI should not have been spying on activists, although they decided that the bureau was not targeting anti-war and environmental groups for political reasons.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE



Pentagon to Make Secrets Book an Instant Best-Seller

Anthony A. Shaffer, a former spy for the military who went by the preposterous pseudonym “Christopher Stryker,” was clever enough to publish a memoir with information the Pentagon would prefer to keep secret. As a result, the military is in negotiations to buy every single copy.

Posted on Sep 9, 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.

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How to Lose Big Brother’s Interest

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U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. JT May III

WikiLeaks Reveals 6 Years of Afghanistan War Secrets

The whistle-blower website just dropped 91,000 secret documents, which were simultaneously published by The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel. There are many revelations and more to come, but we already know that NATO forces appear to be responsible for hundreds of unclaimed civilian deaths and injuries ... continued.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


Our Secret Leviathan

Back in the bad old days of the Cold War—when mutual nuclear annihilation was a policy option—a culture of secrecy arose in Washington. What wise observers understood even then was that while governments tried to keep secrets from each other, their chief concern was to keep secrets from their own people.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Russian Spy Has Confessed, Authorities Say

Federal prosecutors claimed Thursday that one of the alleged Russian spies confessed to working for the Russian foreign intelligence service. Uncle Sam is trying to keep the accused in custody, fearing they might otherwise try to flee, armed no doubt with bullet pens, microdots and perhaps even a briefcase jetpack.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Accused Russian Spies Rekindle Cold War Passions

Russian authorities are up in arms over the arrest of 11 Russians accused of spying on the U.S. The FBI announced the arrests Monday, “in the spirit of the spy novel intrigues of the Cold War era,” as the Russian Foreign Ministry put it.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



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The Secret Police of Los Angeles: Daryl Gates’ Paranoid Legacy

The former L.A. police chief, who died Friday, was notorious for presiding over a racist and brutal department (it had a nasty habit of strangling and shooting unarmed suspects to death), but he also had more than 200 spies keeping tabs on city bigwigs. One was even dispatched to Russia and Cuba, reports David Cay Johnston. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Judge Rules That Bush’s Illegal Wiretap Program Was Just That

Lagging a few years behind the liberal media, public opinion and common sense, the justice system has come to the conclusion that President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program broke the rules. (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Joseph Kaczmarek

A Hundred Holocausts: An Insider’s Window Into U.S. Nuclear Policy

The document in his hand was almost unthinkable: It projected roughly 600 million deaths in a U.S.-Soviet war. Here’s the first installment of a memoir of the nuclear era by Daniel Ellsberg, the man who revealed the Pentagon Papers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Military Is Spying on U.S. Peace Groups

Anti-war activists in Olympia, Wash., have exposed Army spying and infiltration of their groups, as well as intelligence gathering by the Air Force, the federal Capitol Police and the Coast Guard.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / David Bohrer

CIA Program Too Good to Be True?

What is so controversial about killing al-Qaida bigwigs and avoiding civilian casualties that the CIA would have to conceal such things from Congress? The usual anonymous officials have emerged to explain the secret CIA program Dick Cheney and the agency are supposed to have hidden, and something smells awfully fishy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Bush’s Wiretaps Now Even More Warrantless

It turns out George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretap program wasn’t just illegal, it was pretty useless. A new report by the inspectors general of the agencies charged with catching the evildoers determined that many agents were flummoxed by the vague information coming out of the overly secretive program, and those who weren’t couldn’t demonstrate how it was helpful.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE



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CIA ‘Lied’ to Congress

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes wrote that his panel “has been misled, has not been provided full and complete notifications, and (in at least one occasion) was affirmatively lied to” by the CIA. The committee learned of the matter in the secret testimony of CIA Director Leon Panetta, who revealed that the agency he just inherited has been deceiving Congress since 2001.

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