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Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler writes the "Right to Know" column for ExposeFacts. She is best known for providing in-depth analysis of legal documents related to "war on terrorism" programs and civil liberties. Wheeler blogs at emptywheel.net and publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon and theProgressive. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy. Wheeler won the 2009 Hillman Award for blog journalism.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 16, 2017 On "Fake News
here are the reasons I find the term "fake news" to be counterproductive, even aside from the way Washington Post magnified it with the PropOrNot campaign amidst a series of badly reported articles on Russia that failed WaPo's own standards of "fake news."
Most people who use the term "fake news" seem to be fetishizing something they call "news." By that, they usually mean the pursuit of "the truth"...
SHARE Wednesday, September 2, 2015 DOD's Inspector General Investigating Administration Propaganda Again
In the last few weeks, there have been reports that senior intelligence officials were skewing the intelligence on how (un)successful the military campaign against ISIS has been. "Officials at US Central Command -- the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State -- were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers...
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Is the Intelligence Community Inspector General Trying to Give Contractors Whistleblower Protections?
ast week, McClatchy's Marisa Taylor reported on two cases showing the new appeals process for whistleblower retaliation claims ordered by President Obama is now operational; in the cases of Army whistleblower Michael Helms and CIA whistleblower John Reidy, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, Charles McCullough, has bounced the appeals back to the agencies in question for re-review.
SHARE Sunday, August 2, 2015 Roll Call Embarrasses Congress into Considering Whistleblower Protections for Its Staff
When Congress passes good governance laws -- most notably FOIA -- they tend to exempt themselves. They've done the same with a series of Whistleblower Protection laws. While they've amended the Whistleblower Protection Act and added protections to employees in the private finance industry, they have not offered the same protections to their employees.
SHARE Monday, May 25, 2015 The Section 215 Rap Sheet
Marco Rubio, who is running for President as an authoritarian, claims that "There is not a single documented case of abuse of this program."
He's not alone. One after another defender of the dragnet make such claims.
Here's what we actually know about the abuses, illegality, and unconstitutionality of Section 215, both the phone dragnet program and Section 215 more generally.
SHARE Sunday, January 25, 2015 Introducing Mrs. Merlin: To Prosecute Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Exposed an Asset
The govt engaged in a great deal of security theater during the Jeffrey Sterling trial, most notably by having some CIA witnesses -- including ones whose identities weren't, technically, secret -- testify behind a big office divider so the general public couldn't see the witness.
But along the way, the govt revealed a great number of secrets, including a number of secrets about how its counterproliferation programs work.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 4, 2014 The Government's Single-Source Theory of Investigative Journalism
By proceeding as if journalists reported stories relying on a single source, the government facilitates witch hunts against single individuals, all while dismissing other possible sources and presenting the illusion that the trade in secrets is not widespread in government.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 19, 2014 A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers
James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling remain in limbo, one a reporter, the other a whistleblower-- both, apparently enemies of Obama, already known for prosecuting more whistleblowers than all past presidents combined, now, called by NY Times reporter James Risen "the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation."