Trump's War on the Press
The Espionage Act has been used for leaks to the American public only against government officials or former ones. Obama prosecuted nine cases, or three times as many as all previous presidents together. It's being taken for granted that Trump will follow Obama's pattern, but also believed that he will go further to use the Act against reporters for the first time.
Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial -- and Kerry is wrong
Nothing excuses Kerry's slanderous and despicable characterizations of a young man who, in my opinion, has done more than anyone in or out of government in this century to demonstrate his patriotism, moral courage and loyalty to the oath of office the three of us swore: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Thursday, January 9, 2014(4 comments)
On Secrecy, Oaths, and Edward Snowden
Snowden, as he said to Gellman and as I've repeatedly said, did take a real "oath," just one oath, the same oath that every official in the government and every Congressperson takes as an oath of office. He and they "swore" ("or affirmed") "to support and defend the Constitution of the U.S., against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
Monday, June 10, 2013(12 comments)
Edward Snowden: Saving Us From The United States Of America
For the president to say that there is judicial oversight is nonsense -- as is the alleged oversight function of the intelligence committees in Congress. Not for the first time -- as with issues of torture, kidnapping, detention, assassination by drones and death squads --they have shown themselves to be thoroughly co-opted by the agencies they supposedly monitor.
Thursday, January 17, 2013(1 comments)
Secrecy and National Security Whistleblowing
In the "national security" area of the government -- the White House, the departments of state and defense, the armed services and the "intelligence community," along with their contractors -- there is less whistleblowing than in other departments of the executive branch or in private corporations.
Sunday, October 21, 2012(28 comments)
Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama
Progressives have to be persuaded to vote, and to vote in a battleground state for Obama not anyone else, despite the terrible flaws of the less-bad candidate, the incumbent. That's not easy. As I see it, that's precisely the "effort" Noam is referring to as worth expending right now to prevent the Republicans' rise to power.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011(4 comments)
Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now
To motivate voters and Congress to extricate us from these presidential wars, we need the Pentagon Papers of the Middle East wars right now. Not 40 years in the future. Not after even two or three more years of further commitment to stalemated and unjustifiable wars.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011(1 comments)
Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers
"Vietnam was a fiasco for thirty years, essentially, that would not have stood the light of public discussions had the very documents in the Pentagon Papers been available [much earlier] during that [whole] time. 50,000 American lives and several million Vietnamese died. . . because the Congress and the American public had been kept in the dark." On releasing them, "I expected to go to prison for life."
Thursday, January 28, 2010(7 comments)
A Memory of Howard
I just learned that my friend Howard Zinn died today. Earlier this morning, I was being interviewed by the Boston Phoenix, in connection with the release in Boston in February of a documentary in which he is featured prominently. The interviewer asked me who my own heroes were, and I had no hesitation in answering, first, "Howard Zinn."
Friday, January 1, 2010(9 comments)
Nuclear Hero's 'Crime' Was Making Us Safer
Mordechai Vanunu -- my friend, my hero, my brother -- has again been arrested in Israel on "suspicion" of the "crime" of "meeting with foreigners." His offense has been to defy openly and repeatedly, conditions put on his freedom of movement and associations and speech after he had served his full sentence, restrictions on his human rights.