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Homeland Insecurity

With a recent semi-victory, whistle-blower Robert MacLean may not only have given himself a shot at getting his old job back, but he may have also created a precedent for future federal whistle-blowers. In the post-9/11 world, people like him show us how deep the Washington rabbit hole really goes.

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An All-American Nightmare

Torture can’t be disappeared like the body of a political prisoner, or conveniently deep-sixed simply by wishing it elsewhere or pretending it never happened or closing our bureaucratic eyes. After the fact, it can be dealt with only by staring directly into the nightmare that changed us—that, like it or not, helped make us who we now are.

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Leaking War

What lies at the nexus of Obama’s targeted drone killings, his self-serving leaks, and his aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers is a president who believes himself above the law, and seems convinced that he alone has a preternatural ability to determine right from wrong.

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Silent State: Washington’s Campaign Against Whistle-Blowers

There can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistle-blowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organized strategy to deprive Americans of knowledge of the more disreputable things their government does.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department

On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in my 23-year State Department career by State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security for posting on my blog a link to a WikiLeaks document already available elsewhere on the Web.

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