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The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

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AK-47 Designer: ‘My Spiritual Pain Is Unbearable’

Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the world’s most popular gun, may not have been as proud of his deadly creation as we previously reported.

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates Book Bounce

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America’s Black-Ops Blackout

“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Maj. Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.

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Americans’ Isolationist Instincts Are Sound

The Washington Post and the International New York Times had the same front-page headlines today. Both had to do (as the Times put it) with the “Power Void” in the Mideast, deploring that America’s decade of attempting to create a new order in the region now is blowing up in its face.

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The ACA: Here to Stay

Now that the fight over Obamacare is history, perhaps everyone can finally focus on making the program work the way it was designed. Or, preferably, better.

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Patriotism: Signs of Saturation

Maddening that so many people can’t see through a selling technique that, while cleverly done, shouldn’t fool anybody. Sad to witness the Dependent Mind, the mind given over to authority and orthodoxy. Tragic that the young will learn to hate, fight, and die, and cause the reciprocal.

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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.

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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



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‘Israel Can Do No Wrong’: Jewish Dissent, Jewish Repression

American Jews are expected to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but Israeli policies of the moment can and do betray values held by a large swath of American Jewry.

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2014: Seize the Moment

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

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2014, As Seen from Syria

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We Need Your Prayers This Season, Pope Francis

Christmas this year seems more the occasion of religious war than of the peace to which the greeting cards routinely allude.

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Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

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Designer of the World’s Most Popular Gun Dies After a Lifetime of Sleeping Well

Mikhail Kalashnikov is dead 64 years after creating the AK-47, a gun so simple, cheap and effective, it continues to be the weapon of choice for the world’s killers.

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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

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NSA Puff Piece Is ‘60 Minutes’ Latest Shame

Hot off the heels of a reporting scandal that saw the vaunted news program ooh and ahh over Benghazi lies, “60 Minutes” has just aired a mind-blowingly charitable “report” on the NSA’s mass surveillance.

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Bloody Fashion Show

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In the Shadow of War

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there’s remarkably little evidence of it.

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How History Will Remember Obama (Hint: Not Well)

The man elected to end war and turn the page on George W. Bush instead expanded American militarism and persecution of dissidents.

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President Obama Shook Raul Castro’s Hand: Big Whoop

Thousands of words are being generated over an incidental greeting between two world leaders.

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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

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U.S. Determined to Mend Fences With Iran, Critics Notwithstanding

Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not.

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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.

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The American Way of Manners

Dear Col. Manners, In a recent New York Times piece, reporters James Risen and Laura Poitras describe the agency’s long-term goal as “being able to collect virtually everything available in the digital world.” Or as one of the NSA’s programs, Treasure Map, puts it: “any device, anywhere, all the time.” Doesn’t this strike you as overreach of a major sort?

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Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

The deal with Iran is potentially an international game changer comparable to Richard Nixon’s opening to Mao’s Red China and Ronald Reagan’s overtures to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

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The Benefits of a Deal

The U.S.-led deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program is a great accomplishment on many levels. Begin with the most basic: What if the talks in Geneva had failed?

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Why Iran Deal Is Good for the Economy

As Reuters reports, the wizards of finance expect the landmark nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran to boost global growth and make us all feel a little bit richer. Here’s why.

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Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

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‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

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A More Benevolent Nation?

Tired of gloom and ceaseless talk of American decline? Me too. So let’s celebrate an important way in which the United States has become stronger—and a genuinely kinder and gentler nation.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

This month alone, at least 140 books about our 35th president have been or will be released.

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Transfat Apocalypse

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New Republican Icon, Same Old Policies

From the moment he was declared the winner in his re-election campaign, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has been billed as a new kind of Republican. Is it a fair characterization? Yes and no.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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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


Our Good Old Todays

Years from now, when someday the nation is mired in another recession or bogged down in another ill-conceived war, these may be remembered as the good old days.

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Q & A: ‘God Loves Uganda’

A gay filmmaker investigates how American Christians turned Uganda into arguably the most homophobic country on Earth.

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Veterans Day

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Congress Diverts Funds From Poor to Military

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ann Jones

Jones’ new book, “They Were Soldiers,” was written to give veterans and their families alienated and estranged by war a chance to find their way back to one another.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE



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They Didn’t Know What They Were Getting Into

The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent. Knocked out by gunfire and explosions that left them grievously injured, as well as drugs, they were carried from medevac helicopters into a base hospital to be plugged into machines that would measure how much life they had left to save. They were bloody. They were missing pieces of themselves. They were quiet.

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Bodies of Missing Afghans Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base

The bodies of 10 Afghan villagers were found near a base in the country’s Wardak Province shortly after the U.S. military was forced to vacate it in the spring. All of the people had disappeared after being detained by U.S. Special Forces, including, it seems, a unit known as “The A-Team,” which has also been linked to eight other slayings in Wardak.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



Obamacare Is a Rip-Off of the Worst Kind

Redacted and pushed through Congress by the health care industry, it’s no surprise the Affordable Care Act is just one big scam; a Toronto newspaper urged Canada to arrest Dick Cheney for war crimes upon his visit to the country; meanwhile, corporate America has both political parties in its pocket. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE


What the President Knew and When He Knew It

The president knew. Presidents always know, but are supposed to be protected from what they saw, heard and did when the best-laid plans hit the fan.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE


Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE


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