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The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’

Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won’t return to her home country because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE

AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE

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The War on Terror Jumps the Shark as Everyone in the Mideast Accuses Everyone Else of Terrorism

In early December, Lebanese Shiite leader Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbullah accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut—i.e., charged Riyadh with terrorism.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE

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A New Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia Pressures Qatar on Muslim Brotherhood, American Think Tanks

Saudi Arabia’s listing of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and the withdrawal of the Saudi, Kuwaiti and Bahrain ambassadors from Qatar signal a big geopolitical realignment in the Middle East.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

DoD photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson, U.S. Marine Corps

American Departure Will Leave Behind Carnage and Ruin

This is probably, but not certainly, the year that sees the end to the United States’ three-decades-long effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE

Revealed: Abuse of Secrets Privilege in Obama’s DOJ

For almost a decade the U.S. government refused to let Stanford Ph.D. student Rahinah Ibrahim back in the country after putting her on a no-fly list and not telling her why. Invoking the state secrets privilege, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed the information she wanted “could reasonably be expected to cause significant harm to national security.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE

Legalizing Oppression

The disbarring and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart, one of the nation’s most courageous civil rights lawyers, is a window into the collapse of our judiciary.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE

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Another Non-Terrorist Non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE


The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

A Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, that annual celebration of violence as sport, featured a most joyous homecoming for a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Future of the Death Penalty on Trial

In a very real way, the future of the death penalty—a barbaric relic of a bygone era abolished by more than two-thirds of the world’s nations—will also be on trial with the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

Posted on Feb 3, 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


Why the NSA’s Metadata Program Won’t Change Anytime Soon

Whatever legal test is utilized by the FISA Court, there is no reason to believe that it will act as anything other than a rubber stamp for the NSA as it has so often in the past.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE

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The U.S. Government Is Using Fear to Consolidate Power and It’s Working

Rather than diminish the fear that inspires humans to act in irrational violent ways, philosophy professor Peter Ludlow writes that so-called democracies are using it as a weapon to “control the rabble.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE

Russian Islamists Threaten Terrorist Attack at Sochi Olympic Games

Islamist militants from Russia’s Caucases region released a video taking credit for a previous attack (unconfirmed) and promising to give a “present” if Russia goes ahead with the Winter Games next month.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE

NSA Spying

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Scare Tactics Distort NSA Debate

In order to have a genuinely constructive debate, data must be compiled, evidence must be amassed and verifiable truths must be presented.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE

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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

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You Can’t Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked

Instead of a careful examination of what the NSA does, the legality of its actions, and how effective it has been in its stated mission of protecting Americans, we increasingly have government officials or retired versions of the same demanding—quite literally—Edward Snowden’s head and engaging in the usual fear-mongering over 9/11.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


Defining the NSA’s Role

President Obama’s anticipated reform of the National Security Agency’s practices needs to go beyond ending the mass surveillance of innocent Americans’ phone calls. He should force the agency to think less about the quantity of information it gathers and more about the quality.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE

Putin and Olympics

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE

Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, but It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts say the NSA could have avoided the pre-9/11 failure even without the metadata surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE

Emotional Video Shows Lynne Stewart Returning Home

Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart, who was sentenced to prison for 10 years, has been compassionately released because of terminal breast cancer. She was greeted on her arrival home by a throng.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Evan Vucci

NSA, Benghazi and the Monsters of Our Own Creation

“We know everything but learn nothing” would be an honest slogan for the NSA, CIA and lesser-known spy agencies that specialize in leading us so dangerously astray.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE


2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Charles Dharapak

The NSA Strikes Back

Just when you thought that momentum in the struggle to rein in the NSA was shifting in the direction of civil liberties, along comes another reminder that momentum is fleeting.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

Drone Strikes

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Making the Right Call on NSA

Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


Presidential Panel to NSA: Stop Undermining Encryption

The National Security Agency should not undermine encryption standards that are designed to protect the privacy of communications, the panel of experts appointed by President Obama to review NSA surveillance recommended in a report released Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE


Demand Your Privacy

It seems our elected officials have no intention of reining in the National Security Agency’s mad-scientist quest to know everything about our communications and movements. If we want our privacy back, we’re going to have to fight for it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE


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Guardian Threatened With Terrorism Charges for Reporting NSA Story

British police are investigating the staff of The Guardian newspaper to determine whether acts of journalism can be prosecuted as acts of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


Morally Questionable Go-To Weapon

U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE

Drone Delivery

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Eight Common Excuses for Mass Spying and Why They’re Wrong

The Electronic Frontier Foundation compiled a list of “common refrains of folks confused, nonplussed, or simply exhausted from the headlines” about NSA surveillance and informed responses that can be used to enlighten a conversation.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE


The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Gregory Bull

The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Shakil Adil

Pakistani Taliban Pick Provisional Leader

After Friday’s U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, the militant network was left without a leader, but by Sunday, the position was filled for the time being.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE

Propaganda: Securiotic

An excerpt from an animated film in production skewers claims that police state-style measures of social control are undertaken for the good of citizens.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE

New Amy Goodman: The Rising Resistance to Obama's Drone Wars @democracynow

The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 8-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE


Spying Scandal Makes Clear That Europe Must Declare Independence

The crisis caused in Europe by American intelligence interceptions of its allies’ electronic communications derives from a problem Europeans have known and put up with since the Second World War. The time has come to call a halt.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Spying: It’s About the Money, Honey

European Union Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding says the NSA surveillance of top allies has nothing to do with terrorism, and may instead be an effort to seek advantages for American corporations.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE


The Out-of-Control NSA

Let’s get this straight: The National Security Agency snooped on the cellphone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Perhaps for as long as a decade? And President Obama didn’t know a thing about it?

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE

Don McCullough (CC BY 2.0)

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

AP/Jerome Delay

The French Method: How Africa’s Old Colonial Nemesis Fights Terrorism in the Sahara

Few Americans outside the Pentagon have been watching Mali, where a midsummer election marked the end of a painful year of civil war and incendiary Islamic radicalism.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE

Jerome Philips (CC BY 2.0)

Bill Ayers, Public Enemy

I asked Ayers, the man many Americans know as the “unrepentant domestic terrorist,” to share his advice for young Americans today. He had three basic tenets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE

AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

The federal shutdown fits seamlessly into the long ideological war to reduce Washington’s role to little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Navy/MC2 Matt Daniels

U.S. Military Strikes Where It Wants, When It Wants

Separate raids over the weekend in Libya and Somalia call into question the meaning of sovereignty as the U.S. pursues suspected terrorists irrespective of borders.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE

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