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Emails Confirm Hillary Clinton Used Her State Department Role to Press Countries to Embrace Fracking

The emails belie both an upstate New York campaign commercial in April touting Clinton’s work as secretary of state forcing “some of the world’s worst polluters” to make “real change” and her promise to “stand firm with New Yorkers opposing fracking, giving communities the right to say ‘no.’ ”

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE


MSNBC Thrashes Hillary Clinton: ‘It Feels Like She’s Lying Straight Out’

As polling showed Bernie Sanders gaining on the Democratic candidate in California on Thursday, MSNBC hosts and analysts severely and unanimously criticized the candidate after the inspector general of the State Department she once led published a damning report contradicting her claims that she was allowed to conduct official correspondence on a private email server.

Posted on May 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



State Department Inspector General Says Hillary Clinton Violated Rules

The investigator announced Wednesday that the Democratic presidential candidate violated agency policy by using a private email server for official business, saying she did not seek permission to use it, that she would have been denied permission if she had, and she did not cooperate with the department’s investigation.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows

To many Americans, Clinton is best-known for her advocacy of a national health care system, her assertion that it takes a village to raise a child, and her championing of women’s empowerment. The rest of the world knows her better for her passion for bombing.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



John Cusack and an Ex-Clinton Aide Wage a War of Tweets Over Internet Freedom

The spat between the actor and former State Department staffer Alec Ross frames an issue that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves in the presidential race.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



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United States Recognizes Islamic State Atrocities as Genocide

Following a unanimous vote in the House, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a statement in which he officially used the term “genocide” to describe Islamic State crimes against religious minorities. But how will this affect foreign policy?

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Is Urged to Come Clean on Honduras Coup as Another Indigenous Activist Is Killed

As Nelson Garcia becomes the second indigenous activist to be assassinated in Honduras this month, the former secretary of state and President Obama are being urged to take responsibility for having provided support to “the 2009 military coup and to the current Honduran government that is fueling abuses by military personnel and the use of death squads against organizers, journalists, and students.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Could a President Hillary Clinton Be Impeached Over Her Emails?

In a word: yes. The pundit who claimed she would be shielded from the consequences of pre-inaugural actions was wrong. The big question is whether her email operations amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” ... whatever those words might mean at a given political moment.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Federal Agencies Spar Over Hillary Clinton’s ‘Top Secret’ Emails

Tensions in the dispute over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to store and exchange classified information while secretary of state have risen as U.S. intelligence agencies have sought to block the State Department from releasing emails on the basis of their “top secret” classification.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



22 Clinton Emails Deemed ‘Top Secret’ by State Department (VIDEO)

Some previously released emails have since been redacted, but the 22 now declared top-secret are the first to be withheld outright.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE



Half the Foreign Policy Experts Behind Clinton’s Anti-Sanders Letter Have Military Industry Ties

Earlier this week, the media reported on a letter by 10 experts claiming that Sanders had “not thought through … critical national security issues”—without telling readers that fully half of the signers have strong connections to military contractors.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Intelligence Official Says Some of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Were ‘More Than Top Secret’

Clinton’s campaign has dismissed a U.S. intelligence community inspector general’s finding that some of the classified emails found on a home Internet server she used while serving as secretary of state were more sensitive than “top secret.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



2015: The Year in Government Secrecy

Here’s a rundown on how this past year shaped up on the issue of government accountability (hint: not well) from someone who knows quite a bit on the subject: reporter Jason Leopold, who’s familiarized himself thoroughly on the secrecy tip as well as on the Freedom of Information Act and its uses.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton Opened Her Door to Financial Supporters

Official calendars obtained by The Associated Press show that while serving as secretary of state, the Democratic presidential candidate made herself available to dozens of influential fundraisers, loyalists of the former Clinton administration and her current campaign, and corporate donors to her family’s global charity.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is on Cuba

Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of American efforts to strangle its economy. So they might have been puzzled by the U.S.’ opposition to a recent U.N. resolution.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe

The real issue is not protection of a diplomat but the bipartisan zeal for creating military mayhem throughout the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

The journalist bravely called out Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her businessman husband for trying to squelch free speech on University of California campuses under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Here’s What Happened When Cynthia McKinney Tried to Use WikiLeaks Info in Her Dissertation

So, former U.S. Representative and current Green Party politician Cynthia McKinney recently accomplished the impressive feat of earning her Ph.D. at Antioch University. So far, so good.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Apologizes as Email Controversy Lingers

She has weathered many a political scandal in her time, but here she is, running for president in 2016. That said, she can’t seem to shake the well-engineered scandal over her past use of her private email account for State Department business, and on Tuesday, she apologized for her “mistake.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



Lawyer: Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Was Wiped Before Feds Got It

Well, this doesn’t make Hillary Clinton look so great, unless what was on her server was worse.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Is Her Own Worst Enemy

This isn’t about whether Clinton becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It’s about basic respect—for us and for the truth.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE



John Kerry to Attend Embassy Reopening in Cuba on Friday

The U.S. secretary of state will attend a flag-raising ceremony at the American Embassy in Cuba on Friday and promote the effort to rebuild ties between the Caribbean island country and the United States after more than half a century of enmity.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails, Mexico’s Energy Privatization and the Revolving Door

Recently released emails confirm that Clinton’s State Department helped break state-owned company Pemex’s oil and gas industry monopoly in Mexico and open the resource to international businesses. And two of the people responsible now work in the private sector and stand to gain financially from the reforms they helped create.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Gives Justice Department Access to Email Server

The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has given federal investigators access to a personal email server she used to send emails that contained information that U.S. officials say may have been designated “top secret” and “sensitive compartmented information”—one of the highest classification ratings.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trouble, of course, is that Clinton’s declaration does not square with the facts.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



Newly Released Emails Reveal the Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

With the release of the first batch of the thousands of emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department, what has America learned about the former secretary of state and current presidential candidate?

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Aides Blocked the Release of Public Records

During her tenure as secretary of state, Clinton’s staff “scrutinized politically sensitive documents requested [by members of the public] under public-records [disclosure] law” and chose not to release them when they felt like it, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing “people with direct knowledge of the activities.”

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton: ‘I Want the Public to See My Email’ (Updated)

Is the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s clandestine approach to email, involving her exclusive use of a personal email account while secretary of state, about transparency or partisan politicking in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign season?

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries

En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.” Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary’s embrace went unrecorded.

Posted on Jan 30, 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


Ex-State Dept. Official Blasts Obama’s Doubling of Troops in Iraq

Former Marine and State Department official Matthew Hoh, the first known U.S. official to resign in protest over the Afghan War, describes President Obama’s authorization of 1,500 additional troops to Iraq in the campaign against the Islamic State as “for lack of a better phrase ... crazy.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. General in Nigeria to Aid Search for Schoolgirls

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



Washington’s Pivot to Ignorance

As Washington increasingly comes to rely on the “forward projection” of military force to maintain its global position, the Fulbright Program, now on the State Department’s chopping block, may be the last vestige of an earlier, more democratic, equitable, and generous America that enjoyed a certain moral and intellectual standing in the world.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



An Apartheid of Dollars

There are many sides to whistle-blowing. The one that most people don’t know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family relations, that follows the decision to risk it all in an act of conscience. Here’s a part of my own story I’ve not talked about much before.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Unidentified Leaker of State Department Call

Someone—maybe the Russians—leaked an audio recording of a high-ranking State Department official and the American ambassador in Kiev seeming to plot a coup d’etat against the elected government of Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

State Department Finally Releases List of ‘Special Government Employees’

Last year, Politico reported that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had a special arrangement under which she simultaneously worked for the State Department and a corporate consulting firm.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Keystone XL Pipeline Passes Major Hurdle, Remains on Course for Approval

The State Department has provided President Obama the cover he needs to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, dealing a severe blow to environmentalists who oppose the oil and gas project.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



Times Books

The Brothers

Stephen Kinzer tells the story of the Dulles brothers, who served as secretary of state and director of the CIA in the Eisenhower administration. It is a bracing, disturbing, and serious study of the exercise of American global power.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders

Documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA monitored phone calls by 35 world leaders after getting the numbers from an official in another department of government.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Each Drone Strike in Yemen Makes as Many as 60 New U.S. Enemies

A former official of the U.S. State Department in Yemen says every drone killing by the American military there creates 40 to 60 new enemies of the United States.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Andrew Cockburn

In reporting on decades of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Harper’s Magazine’s Washington editor fully uncovers a mass destruction and murder scheme on a Napoleonic scale.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



GuySie (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Stay Home and Forget the Rest of the World

More and more it seems that “don’t go far” is the message the U.S. government is sending Americans. The global travel alert issued Aug. 2 is a perfect example of how the State Department uses fear to keep people “safely” at home, and ignorant.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert Based on Terror Threat

If the State Department wanted our attention, it has it.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning

With a “Nuremberg defense” and other key avenues blocked by the judge in his trial, the Army private has been left with little option but to beg for mercy from the court. The erosion of judicial protection for those who expose state crimes is a dire development.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Moises Castillo

Pakistan Says Senior Taliban Leaders Killed in Drone Strike

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has reportedly killed senior Taliban militants, including the group’s second in command. Four people were said to be dead after the attack in the North Waziristan region.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


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