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Glenn Greenwald is one of three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn's column was featured at The Guardian and Salon. He was the debut winner, along with Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the abusive detention conditions of Chelsea Manning. For his 2013 NSA reporting, he received the George Polk award for National Security Reporting; the Gannett Foundation award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation watchdog journalism award; the Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil (he was the first non-Brazilian to win), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for The Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018 (11 comments)     

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Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the UK. What Comes Next? The withdrawal of asylum and physical ejection of Assange could come as early as this week. On Friday, RT reported that Ecuador was preparing to enter into such an agreement. It's likely that the UK will extradite Assange to the U.S., where top Trump officials have vowed to prosecute Assange and destroy WikiLeaks.

Monday, July 16, 2018 (8 comments)     

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A Spirited, Substantive Debate on the Trump-Putin Summit, Russia, and U.S. Politics There seems to be a growing recognition, one I certainly share, that Twitter is a uniquely poor, even destructive, medium for conducting complex political debates and should be avoided for those purposes.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Bay Area Muslim Leader Has Her Award Rescinded by Interfaith Group After Pro-Israel Activists Objected Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has had an award rescinded by an interfaith group after pro-Israel activists vehemently objected to the award due to her criticisms of the Israeli government and various pro-Israel groups.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (17 comments)     

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FBI Informant Who Monitored Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw CIA Spying Operation in 1980 Presidential Election Over the past several weeks, House Republicans have been claiming that the FBI during the 2016 election used an operative to spy on the Trump campaign, and they triggered outrage within the FBI by trying to learn his identity.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Ecuador's Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as "Torture" Assange has been confined to the embassy for almost six years, when Ecuador granted him asylum in August 2012. The grant of asylum was made on the grounds that Assange's extradition to Sweden for a sexual assault investigation would likely result in being sent to the U.S. for prosecution, where he could face the death penalty.

Friday, April 27, 2018     

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MSNBC's Joy Reid Claims Her Website Was Hacked, Bigoted Anti-LGBT Content Added, a Bizarre Story Liberal Outlets Ignore MSNBC WEEKEND HOST Joy-Ann Reid apologized last December for a series of homophobic blog posts she wrote from 2007 to 2009. In her apology, Reid insisted that she has some gay friends ("The LGBT community includes people whom I deeply love") and that her writings were "insensitive, tone deaf and dumb."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (29 comments)     

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Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an "Act of War" Like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response Be Similar? Since last week's indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an "act of war" against the U.S., but one so grave that it is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Dutch Official Admits Lying About Meeting With Putin: Is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia? Human nature craves a belief in an existential foreign threat because it confers a sense of purpose and cause, strengthens tribal unity and identity, permits scapegoating, shifts blame for maladies from internal to external causes, and (like religion) offers a simplifying theory for understanding a complex world.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 (7 comments)     

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In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott The Kansas federal court ruling that people cannot be punished by the U.S. government or state governments due to disapproval of their political activism and viewpoints -- even if the goal is to protect the Israeli government and its decadeslong illegal occupation from criticism and activism.

Friday, January 19, 2018 (6 comments)     

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Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleaseTheMemo--and Evidence. Not Doing So Will Prove Them to Be Shameless Frauds Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election.

Monday, January 15, 2018     

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Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Power That leading House Democrats (their minority leader and top Intelligence Committee member) united with Trump to support this bill and oppose reform amendments, was sufficient to cause enough Democrats to side with Trump and ensure passage of the bill. The Trump-favored bill ended up passing by a vote of 256-164.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (4 comments)     

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First France, Now Brazil Unveils Plan to Empower the Government to Censor the Internet in Name of Stopping "Fake News" Among the most confounding aspects of the Twitter announcement is that it is very difficult to identify any existing law that actually authorizes the federal police to exercise the powers they just announced they intend to wield, particularly over the internet. At least as of now, they are claiming for themselves one of the most extremist powers imaginable.

Saturday, December 30, 2017 (18 comments)     

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Facebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments What makes this censorship particularly consequential is that "96 percent of Palestinians said their primary use of Facebook was for following news." That means that Israeli officials have virtually unfettered control over a key communications forum of Palestinians.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 (3 comments)     

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The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened It's hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived -- filled with false news and propaganda -- by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump/Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it's certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Four Viral Claims Spread by Journalists on Twitter in the Last Week Alone That are False One of the primary ways that democracy is degraded by platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is, for obvious reasons, typically ignored in such discussions: the way they are used by American journalists to endorse factually false claims that quickly spread and become viral, entrenched into narratives, and thus can never be adequately corrected.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Brazil's Latest Outbreak of Drug Gang Violence Highlights the Real Culprit: the War on Drugs Portugal has definitively won the argument on how ineffective, irrational, and counterproductive drug prohibition is. Portugal's clear success with decriminalization, compared to the tragic failures of countries, such as the U.S. (and Brazil), which continue to treat addiction as a criminal and moral problem rather than a health problem.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 (7 comments)     

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The Clinton Book Tour Is Largely Ignoring the Vital Role of Endless War in the 2016 Election Result Calls for Clinton to be quiet and disappear are misguided for all sorts of reasons, including the fact that she is a very smart, informed, and articulate politician, which means her interviews -- especially when she's liberated from programmed campaign mode -- are illuminating about how she, and her fellow establishment Democrats who have driven the party into a ditch, really.

Friday, September 1, 2017 (2 comments)     

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In Europe, Hate Speech Laws are Often Used to Suppress and Punish Left-Wing Viewpoints In 2006, after a series of attacks carried out by Muslims, Republican Newt Gingrich called for "a serious debate about the First Amendment" so that "those who would fight outside the rules of law, those who would use weapons of mass destruction, and those who would target civilians are, in fact, subject to a totally different set of rules."

Sunday, August 13, 2017 (5 comments)     

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The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis' Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville Each time horrific political violence is perpetrated that is deemed to be terrorism, a search is immediately conducted for culprits to blame other than those who actually perpetrated the violence or endorsed the group responsible for it. It's usually only a matter of hours before the attack is exploited to declare one's own political views vindicated, and to depict political adversaries as responsible for, if not complicit.

Sunday, August 6, 2017 (1 comments)     

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What's Worse: Trump's Campaign Agenda or Empowering Generals and CIA Operatives to Subvert it? It was foolish to assume that the campaign vows of any politician, let alone an adept con man like Trump, would be a reliable barometer for what he would do once in office. And, as expected, he has betrayed many of these promises within months of being inaugurated, while the very Wall Street interests he railed against have found a very welcoming embrace in the Oval Office.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (13 comments)     

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With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons ONE OF THE most under-discussed yet consequential changes in the American political landscape is the reunion between the Democratic Party and the country's most extreme and discredited neocons. While the rise of Donald Trump, whom neocons loathe, has accelerated this realignment, it began long before the ascension of Trump and is driven by far more common beliefs than contempt for the current president.

Friday, July 7, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Rachel Maddow's Exclusive "Scoop" About A Fake NSA Document Raises Several Key Questions Maddow said her report should serve as a "heads up" to other news organizations that someone is attempting to destroy the credibility of those who report on Trump's connections to Russia by purposely giving them false information. She suggested, without stating, that this may have been what caused CNN and other outlets recently to publish reports about Trump and/or Russia that ended up being retracted.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017     

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CNN Warns It May Expose an Anonymous Critic if He Ever Again Publishes Bad Content There is something untoward about the fact that CNN -- the subject of the original video -- was the news outlet that uncovered his identity. That fact creates the appearance of vengeance: If you, even as a random and anonymous internet user, post content critical of CNN, then it will use its vast corporate resources to investigate you, uncover your identity, and threaten to expose you if you ever do so again.

Friday, May 19, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Chelsea Manning Is a Free Woman: Her Heroism Has Expanded Beyond Her Initial Whistleblowing EVER SINCE Chelsea Manning was revealed as the whistleblower responsible for one of the most important journalistic archives in history, her heroism has been manifest. She was the classic leaker of conscience, someone who went at the age of 20 to fight in the Iraq War believing it was noble, only to discover the dark reality not only of that war but of the U.S. government's actions in the world generally

Thursday, March 30, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Why Has Trust in Media Collapsed? Look at Actions of WSJ, Yahoo, Business Insider and Slate. Contrary to the fable these outlets dispensed to their readers -- that Snowden did not check in to the Mira Hotel on May 21 as he claimed but only did so on June 1, 11 days later -- these new documents, obtained from the Mira, prove that Snowden arrived there exactly when he always said, rendering their published stories factually false.

Monday, March 27, 2017     

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Trump's War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised Donald Trump's "war on terror" has entailed the seemingly indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people in the name of killing terrorists. Trump is attempting to liberate the U.S. military from the minimal constraints it observed in order to avoid massive civilian casualties. And this should surprise nobody: Trump explicitly and repeatedly vowed to do exactly this during the campaign.

Thursday, March 23, 2017     

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Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden's Accusers Is a Fraud For almost four years, a cottage industry of media conspiracists has devoted itself to accusing Edward Snowden of being a spy for either Russia and/or China at the time he took and then leaked documents from the National Security Agency. There has never been any evidence presented to substantiate this accusation.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Trump Administration Ousts UN Official to Protect Israel From Criticism Ehud Barak, Israel's former Prime Minister and its most decorated soldier, explicitly warned that Israel was on a path to what he called a permanent "apartheid" state. As he put it: "As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (17 comments)     

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Rand Paul Is Right: NSA Routinely Monitors Americans' Communications Without Warrants That the NSA is empowered to spy on Americans' communications without a warrant -- in direct contravention of the core Fourth Amendment guarantee that "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause" -- is the dirty little secret of the U.S. Surveillance State.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 (9 comments)     

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Trump's Use of Navy SEAL's Wife Highlights All the Key Ingredients of U.S. War Propaganda It was, as intended, an obviously powerful TV moment. Independent of the political intent behind it, any well-functioning human being would feel great empathy watching a grieving spouse mourning and struggling to cope emotionally with the recent, sudden death of her partner.

Friday, February 24, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Key Question About DNC Race: Why Did Obama White House Recruit Perez to Run Against Ellison? As Ellison's momentum built, the Obama White House worked to recruit Perez to run against Ellison. They succeeded, and Perez announced his candidacy on December 15 -- a full month after Ellison announced.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 (7 comments)     

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The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn's Lie Committed Serious -- and Wholly Justified -- Felonies In the spectrum of crimes involving the leaking of classified information, publicly revealing the contents of SIGINT -- signals intelligence -- is one of the most serious felonies. Journalists (and all other nongovernmental citizens) can be prosecuted under federal law for disclosing classified information only under the narrowest circumstances.

Friday, February 3, 2017 (1 comments)     

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The CIA's New Deputy Director Ran a Black Site for Torture The CIA's New Deputy Director was centrally involved in the worst abuses of the CIA's Bush-era torture regime. She was "directly involved in its controversial interrogation program" and had an "extensive role" in torturing detainees.

Monday, January 30, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Trump's Muslim Ban Is Culmination of War on Terror Mentality but Still Uniquely Shameful Trump's own defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, said when Trump first advocated his Muslim ban back in August that "we have lost faith in reason," adding: "This kind of thing is causing us great damage right now, and it's sending shock waves through this international system."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (1 comments)     

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The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer When it comes time to expose actual Trump corruption and criminality, who is going to believe the people and institutions who have demonstrated they are willing to endorse any assertions no matter how factually baseless, who deploy any journalistic tactic no matter how unreliable and removed from basic means of ensuring accuracy?

Saturday, January 7, 2017 (1 comments)     

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WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived IN THE PAST six weeks, the Washington Post published two blockbuster stories about the Russian threat that went viral. Both articles were fundamentally false. Each now bears a humiliating editor's note grudgingly acknowledging that the core claims of the story were fiction: The first note was posted a full two weeks later to the top of the original article; the other was buried the following day at the bottom.

Saturday, December 31, 2016 (11 comments)     

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Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid The key scary claim of the Post story -- that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid -- was false. All the alarmist tough-guy statements issued by political officials who believed the Post's claim were based on fiction. Even worse, there is zero evidence that Russian hackers were even responsible for the implanting of this malware on this single laptop.

Friday, December 9, 2016 (1 comments)     

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A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs That the emails in the Wikileaks archive were doctored or faked -- and thus should be disregarded -- was classic Fake News, spread not by Macedonian teenagers or Kremlin operatives but by established news outlets such as MSNBC, the Atlantic and Newsweek. And, by design, this Fake News spread like wildfire all over the internet, hungrily clicked and shared by tens of thousands of people eager to believe it was true.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 (1 comments)     

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The Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington Three days ago, the now ironically named Anti-Defamation League pronounced Ellison's 2010 comments about Israel "deeply disturbing and disqualifying." Other Israel advocates have now joined in. What are Ellison's terrible sins? He said in a 2010 speech that while he "wanted the U.S. to be friends with Israel," the U.S. "can't allow another country to treat us like we're their ATM."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group The individuals behind this newly created group are publicly branding journalists and news outlets as tools of Russian propaganda -- even calling on the FBI to investigate them for espionage -- while cowardly hiding their own identities. The group promoted by the Post thus embodies the toxic essence of Joseph McCarthy, but without the courage to attach individual names to the blacklist.

Monday, November 28, 2016     

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In Brazil, Major New Corruption Scandals Engulf the Faction that Impeached Dilma Dilma Rousseff's impeachment was not designed to punish corruption but to protect it. The last two weeks have produced new corruption scandals that have vindicated that view beyond what even its proponents imagined was possible. In his short time in office, Michel Temer has already lost five ministers to scandal, but these new controversies are the most serious yet.

Monday, November 14, 2016 (1 comments)     

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In the Trump Era, Leaking and Whistleblowing Are More Urgent, and More Noble, Than Ever One of the very few remaining avenues for learning what the U.S. government is doing -- beyond the propaganda that it wants Americans to ingest and thus deliberately disseminates through media outlets -- is leaking and whistleblowing.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance is in the West, Vindicating Snowden Just this month, two key members of the Five Eyes alliance have been found by courts and formal investigations to be engaged in mass surveillance that was both illegal and pervasive, as well as, in the case of Canada, abusing surveillance powers to track journalists to uncover their sources. When Snowden first spoke publicly, these were exactly the abuses and crimes he insisted were being committed by mass surveillance.

Thursday, October 13, 2016     

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On WikiLeaks, Journalism, and Privacy: Reporting on the Podesta Archive is an Easy Call WikiLeaks has always been somewhat controversial but reaction has greatly intensified this year because many of their most significant leaks have had an impact on the U.S. presidential election and, in particular, have focused on Democrats. As a result, Republicans who long vilified them as a grave national security threat have become their biggest fans.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 (13 comments)     

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U.S. Admits Israel Is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime -- Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion This week, with its fresh new $38 billion commitment in hand, the Israeli government announced the approval of an all new settlement in the West Bank, one that is particularly hostile to ostensible U.S. policy, the international consensus, and any prospects for an end to occupation.

Sunday, September 25, 2016     

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Brazil's Big Media Ignores Temer's Confession -- Except Estadao Columnist Who Falsely Claimed Video Was Altered Speaking to a group of U.S. business and foreign policy elites, the country's installed president, Michel Temer, admitted that what triggered the impeachment process was not any supposed "budgetary crimes," but rather Dilma's opposition to the neoliberal platform of social program cuts and privatization demanded by Temer's party and the big-business interests that fund it.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 (6 comments)     

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WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer) In the face of a growing ACLU and Amnesty-led campaign to secure a pardon for Snowden, timed to this weekend's release of the Oliver Stone biopic "Snowden," the Post editorial page today not only argued in opposition to a pardon, but explicitly demanded that Snowden -- the paper's own source -- stand trial on espionage charges...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored Israel is about to legislatively force Facebook to censor content deemed by Israeli officials to be improper, and Facebook appears eager to appease those threats by working directly with the Israeli government to determine what content should be censored.

Monday, September 12, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Barbara Lee's Lone Vote on Sept. 14, 2001, Was as Prescient as It Was Brave and Heroic It's impossible to overstate how correct Rep. Barbara Lee was when she warned that this resolution would constitute "a blank check" to wage war "anywhere, in any country," and "without time limit." Fifteen years later, this "war" is raging as destructively as ever, with no end in sight.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (3 comments)     

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The Unrelenting Pundit-Led Effort to Delegitimize All Negative Reporting About Hillary Clinton In his New York Times column yesterday, Paul Krugman did something that he made clear he regarded as quite brave: He defended the Democratic Party presidential nominee and likely next U.S. president from journalistic investigations. Complaining about media bias, Krugman claimed that journalists are driven by "the presumption that anything Hillary Clinton does must be corrupt...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Congressional Democrats Call on FBI to Investigate Their Political Adversaries' Kremlin Ties Leading House Democrats sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey, asking the agency to investigate whether the Trump campaign and the Russian government have entered into a joint plot "to interfere with the U.S. presidential election."

Saturday, August 27, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation? Hillary Clinton was America's chief diplomat, and tyrannical regimes such as the Saudis and Qataris jointly donated tens of millions of dollars to an organization run by her family and operated in its name, one whose works has been a prominent feature of her public persona. That extremely valuable opportunity to curry favor with the Clintons, and to secure access to them, continues as she runs for president.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Bernie Sanders Denounces Brazil's Impeachment as Undemocratic, Calls for New Elections As the Brazilian Senate heads toward a final vote later this month, Sanders described his position, set forth in a statement posted on his Senate site, as "calling on the United States to take a definitive stand against efforts to remove Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from office."

Monday, August 1, 2016 (2 comments)     

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As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even More Usually, when someone hands you billions of dollars in aid, you're not in much of a position to demand more. But the rules for Israel when it comes to U.S. policy, as is so often the case, are simply different. Even as Israel has aggressively expanded settlements of the West Bank (often in a way designed to most humiliate the U.S.) and slaughtered civilians in Gaza, U.S. aid simply increases more and more.

Monday, July 18, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Would Turkey Be Justified in Kidnapping or Drone-Killing the Turkish Cleric in Pennsylvania? In light of the presence on U.S. soil of someone the Turkish government regards as a "terrorist" and a direct threat to its national security, would Turkey be justified in dispatching a weaponized drone over Pennsylvania to find and kill Gulen if the U.S. continues to refuse to turn him over, or sending covert operatives to kidnap him?

Friday, July 8, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Chilcot Report and 7/7 London Bombing Anniversary Converge to Highlight Terrorism's Causes Blair was expressly warned before the invasion that his actions would provoke al Qaeda attacks on the U.K. the report's executive summary quotes Blair confirming he was "aware" of a warning by British intelligence that terrorism would "increase in the event of war, reflecting intensified anti-U.S./anti-Western sentiment in the Muslim world, including among Muslim communities in the West."

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 (10 comments)     

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Washington Has Been Obsessed With Punishing Secrecy Violations -- until Hillary Clinton Secrecy is a virtual religion in Washington. Those who violate its dogma have been punished in the harshest and most excessive manner -- at least when they possess little political power or influence. As has been widely noted, the Obama administration has prosecuted more leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all prior administrations combined.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Hillary Clinton's Likely Pentagon Chief Already Advocating for More Bombing and Intervention note the clinical euphemism Michele Flournoy created -- "military coercion" -- for creating a "no-bomb zone" that would entail "a declaratory policy backed up by the threat of force. 'If you bomb the folks we support, we will retaliate using standoff means to destroy [Russian] proxy forces, or, in this case, Syrian assets,'" she said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Stop Exploiting LGBT Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies Over the last several years, Christian zealots in the U.S. have agitated with both activism and money -- often successfully -- for the implementation of severely repressive anti-LGBT laws in Christian Africa. That includes Uganda, where they tried to implement the death penalty for homosexuals. The law that was passed, criminalizing homosexuality, has led to severe increases in violent attacks against LGBTs.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Perfect End to Democratic Primary: Anonymous Superdelegates Declare Winner Through Media That the Democratic Party nominating process is declared to be over in such an uninspiring, secretive, and elite-driven manner is perfectly symbolic of what the party, and its likely nominee, actually is. The one positive aspect, though significant, is symbolic, while the actual substance -- rallying behind a Wall Street-funded, status quo-perpetuating, multimillionaire militarist -- is grim in the extreme.

Saturday, June 4, 2016     

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Credibility of Brazil's Interim President Collapses as He Receives 8-Year Ban on Running for Office President Michel Temer, overwhelming evidence has emerged proving that to be true: Already, two of the interim ministers in Temer's all-white-male cabinet, including his anti-corruption minister, have been forced to resign after the emergence of secret recordings showing them plotting to obstruct that investigation, which they, along with one-third of his cabinet, are personally implicated.

Saturday, May 28, 2016     

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The New York Times's (and Clinton Campaign's) Abject Cowardice on Israel Essentially the entire world recognizes the reality of Israeli occupation with the exception of a tiny sliver of extremists in Israel and the U.S. That's why Chris Christie had to grovel in apology to GOP billionaire and Israel-devoted fanatic Sheldon Adelson when the New Jersey Governor neutrally described having seen the "occupied territories" during a trip he took to Israel.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Watch: First Interview With Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff Since the Senate's Impeachment Vote Rousseff's suspension will last up to 180 days as her Senate impeachment trial takes place, at which point she will either be acquitted or (as is widely expected) convicted and permanently removed from her office. Rousseff -- who was imprisoned and tortured for three years in the 1970s by the U.S.-supported military dictatorship that ruled the country for 21 years -- is more combative, defiant, and resolute than ever.

Monday, May 16, 2016     

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The Intercept Is Broadening Access To The Snowden Archive. Here's Why FROM THE TIME we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded.

Friday, May 13, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Interview With BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti: Banned by Israel From Traveling, Threatened With Worse As one of the pioneers of the increasingly powerful movement to impose boycotts, sanctions and divestment measures (BDS) on Israel, Barghouti, an articulate, English-speaking activist, has frequently traveled around the world advocating his position. The Israeli government's refusal to allow him to travel is obviously intended to suppress his speech and activism.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 (4 comments)     

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The Joke of U.S. Justice and "Accountability" When They Bomb a Hospital Ever since the U.S. last October bombed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the U.S. vehemently denied guilt while acting exactly like a guilty party would. First, it changed its story repeatedly. Then, it blocked every effort -- including repeated demands from MSF -- to have an independent investigation determine what really happened.

Friday, April 29, 2016 (3 comments)     

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New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship There are numerous psychological studies demonstrating that people who believe they are being watched engage in behavior far more compliant, conformist and submissive than those who believe they are acting without monitoring. Writers are not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 (5 comments)     

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To See the Real Story in Brazil, Look at Who Is Being Installed as President -- and Finance Chiefs The most important means for understanding the truly anti-democratic nature of what's taking place is to look at the person whom Brazilian oligarchs and their media organs are trying to install as president: the corruption-tainted, deeply unpopular, oligarch-serving Vice President Michel Temer

Thursday, April 14, 2016     

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To Protect Hillary Clinton, Democrats Wage War on Their Own Core Citizens United Argument The key argument of the right-wing justices in Citizens United has now become the key argument of the Clinton campaign and its media supporters to justify her personal and political receipt of millions upon millions of dollars in corporate money: "Expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption" -- at least when the candidate in question is Hillary Clinton.

Monday, April 11, 2016     

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WATCH: Exclusive Interview by Glenn Greenwald with Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva Nobody who has watched Lula's career -- including those who want to see him imprisoned -- can be dismissive of the prospect that he will again be Brazil's president (a new poll released today shows Lula leading the 2018 presidential race along with the evangelical/environmentalist Marina Silva).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016     

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A Key Similarity Between Snowden Leak and Panama Papers: Scandal Is What's Been Legalized dozens of newspapers around the world reported on the Panama Papers: a gargantuan leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm that specializes in creating offshore shell companies. The documents reveal billions of dollars funneled to offshore tax havens by leading governmental and corporate officials (the U.S. was oddly missing from the initial reporting, though journalists vow that will change shortly).

Sunday, April 3, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is "Terrorism." Boycotting Is "Anti-Semitism." What's Allowed? Even ardent defenders of Israel admit that "the West Bank is under a legal regime of belligerent occupation" and "Israel's settlement enterprise is, and has always been, grossly illegal under international law." Despite this world consensus, Israeli settlements continue to grow rapidly. Israel is not engaged in any meaningful efforts to negotiate an agreement to end the occupation.

Saturday, March 26, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Highlighting Western Victims While Ignoring Victims of Western Violence No famous American TV correspondents will be sent to the places where people have their lives ended by the bombs of the U.S. and its allies. At most, you'll hear small, clinical news stories briefly and coldly describing what happened -- usually accompanied by a justifying claim from U.S. officials, uncritically conveyed, about why the bombing was noble.

Monday, March 14, 2016 (3 comments)     

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The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic "Neutrality" Imagine calling yourself a journalist, and then--as you watch an authoritarian politician get closer to power by threatening and unleashing violence and stoking the ugliest impulses--denouncing journalists who warn of the dangers. That is the embodiment of the ethos of corporate journalism in America, and a potent illustration of why its fetishized reverence for "objectivity" is so rotted and even dangerous.

Friday, March 11, 2016     

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Hillary Clinton, Stalwart Friend of World's Worst Despots, Attacks Sanders' Latin American Activism Vehement opposition to Reagan's covert wars in Central America, as well as to the sadistic and senseless embargo of Cuba, were once standard liberal positions. Is Hillary Clinton a credible voice for condemning support for despots and human rights abusers?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Nobody Knows the Identities of the 150 People Killed by U.S. in Somalia, but Most Are Certain They Deserved It The U.S. used drones and manned aircraft yesterday [Mar 7] to drop bombs and missiles on Somalia, ending the lives of at least 150 people. As it virtually always does, the Obama administration instantly claimed that the people killed were "terrorists" and militants -- members of the Somali group al Shabaab -- but provided no evidence to support that assertion.

Friday, March 4, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Donald Trump's Policies Are Not Anathema to U.S. Mainstream but an Uncomfortable Reflection of It Trump is self-evidently a toxic authoritarian demagogue advocating morally monstrous positions, but in most cases where elite outrage is being vented, he is merely a natural extension of the mainstream rhetorical and policy framework that has been laid, not some radical departure from it. He's their id.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Apple Wins Major Court Victory Against FBI in a Case Similar to San Bernardino Apple scored a major legal victory in its ongoing battle against the FBI on Monday when a federal magistrate judge in New York rejected the U.S. government's request as part of a drug case to force the company to help it extract data from a locked iPhone.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (9 comments)     

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Georgetown Law Professors Say Students Are "Traumatized" by Criticisms of Scalia, Demand "Remedies" A full two days after Scalia's death, Professor Peller wrote an email -- first to the dean and the faculty, and thereafter to the entire law school -- explaining his dissent from the dean's praise. Like a huge number of Americans generally, and legal professionals particularly, Professor Peller viewed Scalia's role on the Supreme Court as toxic in the extreme, and he explained why.

Friday, February 19, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Hillary Clinton, With Little Notice, Vows to Embrace an Extremist Agenda on Israel Bill Clinton's vow of even greater support for Israel is completely consistent with what Hillary Clinton herself has been telling American Jewish audiences for months. In November, she published an op-ed in The Forward in which she vowed to strengthen relations not only with Israel, but also with its extremist prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Two Former U.S. Presidents Simultaneously Advocate for a Close Family Member as the Next U.S. President Dynastic power is not a new phenomenon in the U.S., but this past week featured a particularly vivid illustration of how potent it is. The two U.S. presidents prior to President Obama -- Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- made appearances on the campaign trail to urge Americans to elect their favorite candidate, which, in both cases, happens to be a close family member.

Monday, February 1, 2016 (3 comments)     

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The "Bernie Bros" Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism truth doesn't matter here -- at all. Instead, the goal is to inherently delegitimize all critics of Hillary Clinton by accusing them of, or at least associating them with, sexism, thus distracting attention away from Clinton's policy views, funding, and political history. It's an effective weapon when wielded by Clinton operatives. But, given its blatant falsity, it has zero place in anything purporting to be "journalism."

Friday, January 29, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Paul Krugman Unironically Anoints Himself Arbiter of "Seriousness": Only Clinton Supporters Eligible Paul Krugman, a Clinton supporter, says, "As far as I can tell, every serious progressive policy expert on either health care or financial reform who has weighed in on the primary seems to lean Hillary."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (7 comments)     

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The U.S. Intervention in Libya Was Such a Smashing Success That a Sequel Is Coming Libya -- so predictably -- has all but completely collapsed, spending years now drowning in instability, anarchy, fractured militia rule, sectarian conflict, and violent extremism. The execution of Saddam Hussein was no vindication of that war nor a sign of improved lives for Iraqis, and the same was true for the mob killing of Qaddafi.

Thursday, January 21, 2016     

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The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition Sanders is a more fundamental, systemic critic than the oligarchical power centers are willing to tolerate, and his rejection of corporate dominance over politics, and corporate support for his campaigns, is particularly menacing. He is thus regarded as America's version of a far-left extremist, threatening establishment power.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Meet Debbie Wasserman Schultz's First-Ever Primary Challenger: Tim Canova Debbie Wasserman Schultz is widely perceived to have breached her duty of neutrality as DNC chair by taking multiple steps to advance the Clinton campaign, including severely limiting the number of Democratic debates and scheduling them so as to ensure low viewership (she was co-chair of Clinton's 2008 campaign).

Friday, January 15, 2016 (3 comments)     

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U.S. Radically Changes Its Story of the Boats in Iranian Waters: to an Even More Suspicious Version The U.S. government itself now says this story was false. There was no engine failure, and the boats were never "in distress." Once the sailors were released, AP reported, "In Washington, a defense official said the Navy has ruled out engine or propulsion failure as the reason the boats entered Iranian waters."

Thursday, January 14, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Al Jazeera America Terminates All TV and Digital Operations While AJAM has struggled with its television programming, its online reporting and digital opinion sites have been successful, finding relatively large audiences among American news consumers. Nonetheless, all of AJAM is terminating, and both the TV and digital employees are expected to lose their jobs.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (7 comments)     

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U.S. Media Condemns Iran's "Aggression" in Intercepting U.S. Naval Ships -- in Iranian Waters Most U.S. news accounts last night quickly skimmed over -- or outright ignored -- the rather critical fact that the U.S. ships had "drifted into" Iranian waters. Instead, all sorts of TV news personalities and U.S. establishment figures puffed out their chest and instantly donned their Tough Warrior pose to proclaim that this was an act of aggression -- virtually an act of war: not by the U.S., but by Iran.

Thursday, January 7, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The Deceptive Debate Over What Causes Terrorism Against the West Most people need some type of fervor to be willing to risk their lives and kill other people: It can be nationalism, xenophobia, societal pressures, hatred of religion, or religious convictions. But typically, such dogmatic fervor is necessary but not sufficient to commit such violence; one still needs a cause for the targets one selects.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016     

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A Redaction Re-Visited: NSA Targeted "The Two Leading" Encryption Chips The NSA vehemently argued that any reporting of any kind on this program would jeopardize national security by alerting terrorists to the fact that encryption products had been successfully compromised. After the stories were published, U.S. officials aggressively attacked the newspapers for endangering national security and helping terrorists with these revelations.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS Gingrich's anti-free-speech remarks were, for the most part, quickly dismissed as unworthy of serious debate. Even National Review, which employs former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, included Gingrich's anti-free speech proposal on its 2011 list of the bad ideas the former speaker has espoused in his career.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (1 comments)     

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When the State Department Tries to Choose Muslim Thought Leaders to Win "Hearts and Minds" Last year, the State Department announced with great fanfare a new social media campaign to counter ISIS' online messaging. They called it "Think Again, Turn Away," and created Twitter and Facebook accounts in that name. Its self-described purpose on Facebook: "Our mission is to expose the facts about terrorists and their propaganda."

Friday, December 11, 2015     

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Freedom of Press Launches Fundraiser to Aid Heroic Journalists in Police Brutality Investigations Freedom of the Press Foundation is announcing a new crowd-sourced fundraising campaign called the Transparency for Police Fund, which "will fund local journalists around the United States to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other transparency lawsuits aimed at uncovering police misconduct and video evidence of brutality against unarmed men and women."

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Donald Trump's "Ban Muslims" Proposal Is Wildly Dangerous But Not Far Outside the U.S. Mainstream Given that an ISIS attack in Paris just helped fuel the sweeping election victory of an actually fascist party in France, it's a bit mystifying how someone can be so sanguine about the likelihood of a Trump victory in the U.S. In fact, with a couple of even low-level ISIS attacks successfully carried out on American soil, it's not at all hard to imagine.

Friday, December 4, 2015 (6 comments)     

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U.S. First Shields Its Torturers and War Criminals From Prosecution, Now Officially Honors Them he U.S. government unambiguously signaled to the world that not only does it regard itself as entirely exempt from the laws of wars, the principal Nuremberg prohibition against aggressive invasions, and global prohibitions on torture, but believes that the official perpetrators should be honored and memorialized provided they engage in these crimes on behalf of the U.S. government.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Let's Not Whitewash George W. Bush's Actual, Heinous Record on Muslims in the U.S. This valid praise for Bush's post-9/11 rhetoric can whitewash many of the truly heinous things he and his administration did to Muslims after that attack. The actions he took outside of the U.S. are obvious, from torture to Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib to the invasion and destruction of Iraq.

Sunday, November 29, 2015     

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What Foreign Policy "Debate" Means on "Face the Nation" There is, needless to say, an enormous amount of viewpoint, experience and mentality homogeneity among these Face the Nation panelists extending far beyond their vocal enthusiasm for the attack on Iraq. The fact that the nation's most watched Sunday morning news TV show convenes such similar "experts" to comment on foreign policy illustrates how illusory is the supposed "free debate" which establishment media outlets permit.

Friday, November 27, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Why the CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after the Paris attacks Snowden did not tell terrorists anything they did not already know. They have known for years that the US government is trying to monitor their communications. What the Snowden disclosures actually revealed was that the US government is monitoring the Internet communications and activities of hundreds of millions of innocent people under the largest program of suspicionless mass surveillance ever created.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 (4 comments)     

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CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism Labott's crime wasn't that she expressed an opinion. It's that she expressed the wrong opinion: after Paris, defending Muslims, even refugees, is strictly forbidden. I've spoken with friends who work at every cable network and they say the post-Paris climate is indescribably repressive in terms of what they can say and who they can put on air.

Thursday, November 19, 2015     

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NYT Editorial Slams "Disgraceful" CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key Why do the CIA and other U.S. government factions believe -- accurately -- that they can get away with such blatant misleading and lying? The answer is clear: because, particularly after a terror attack, large parts of the U.S. media treat U.S. intelligence and military officials with the reverence usually reserved for cult leaders, whereby their every utterance is treated as Gospel.

Sunday, November 15, 2015     

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Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS We've entered the inevitable "U.S. Officials Say" stage of the "reporting" on the Paris attack -- i.e., journalists mindlessly and uncritically repeat whatever U.S. officials whisper in their ear about what happened. So now credible news sites are regurgitating the claim that the Paris Terrorists were enabled by Snowden leaks -- based on no evidence or specific proof of any kind.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015     

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Interview with Charlie Savage on Obama's War on Terror Legacy Very early on in his administration, I defended Obama from the "he's-just-like-Bush" critique as premature. But six months later, the evidence piled up higher and higher that there was far more continuity with the Bush/Cheney model than almost anyone expected.

Saturday, November 7, 2015 (1 comments)     

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U.S. Journalists Who Instantly Exonerated Their Government of the Kunduz Hospital Attack, Declaring it an "Accident" What possible motivation would the U.S. government have for submitting to an independent investigation when -- as usual -- it has an army of super-patriotic, uber-nationalistic journalists eager to act as its lawyers and insist, despite the evidence, that Americans could not possibly be guilty of anything other than a terrible "mistake"?

Thursday, November 5, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism On Israel, CAP's efforts to manipulate the content of its publications are even more aggressive and overt. Under Tanden, the group has repeatedly demonstrated it will go to almost any length to keep AIPAC and its pro-Israel donors happy, regardless of how such behavior subverts its pretense of independent advocacy.

Monday, November 2, 2015     

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Why Is The Daily Beast's Russia Critic Silent About So Many Hideous Abuses? What could possibly explain Hamad's stunning, disgraceful silence about these massacres, abuses, injustices, and extreme levels of avoidable human suffering? One might conclude from his utter silence that he supports these heinous actions. Or perhaps he is an apologist for the perpetrators, seeking to conceal their culpability by never acknowledging these crimes?

Friday, October 30, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Anti-Israel Activism Criminalized in the Land of Charlie Hebdo and "Free Speech" As more and more people around the world recognize the criminal and brutal nature of the Israeli government, its loyalists have been increasingly trying literally to criminalize activism against the Israeli occupation. For that reason, "pro-Israel" activists this week celebrated this French assault on basic free speech rights.

Monday, October 26, 2015     

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BBC Protects U.K.'s Close Ally Saudi Arabia With Incredibly Dishonest and Biased Editing the Saudis, says the anonymous official, are only arming groups such as the "Army of Conquest," but not the al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front. What's the problem with this claim? It's obvious, though the BBC would not be so impolite as to point it out: The Army of Conquest includes the Nusra Front as one of its most potent components. This is not even in remote dispute.

Thursday, October 22, 2015     

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Israel Calls a Man Its Soldiers Killed a "Terrorist": Until They Realized He Was an Israeli Jew Killing a man by two IDF soldiers was a mistake. The soldiers claim, he was acting erratically and tried to grab one of their guns. When he was fatally shot by the IDF, says the paper, he was "believed to be an Arab terrorist." As it turns out, he was not an Arab Palestinian but rather an Israeli Jew. Upon learning this, the "terrorist" designation was officially and "immediately" rescinded.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 (12 comments)     

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Why Is the U.S. Refusing An Independent Investigation If Its Hospital Airstrike Was An "Accident"? The U.S. State Department, through its spokesman Mark Toner, insisted that no independent investigation of the hospital bombing was needed on the ground; that the U.S. Government is already investigating itself and everyone knows how trustworthy and reliable this process is.

Monday, October 5, 2015 (6 comments)     

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The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification Doctors Without Borders are clearly infuriated at the attack on their hospital and the deaths of their colleagues and patients. From the start, they have signaled an unwillingness to be shunted away with the usual "collateral damage" banalities and, more important, have refused to let the U.S. military and its allies get away with spouting obvious falsehoods.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 (1 comments)     

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One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan This last week has been a particularly gruesome illustration of continuous U.S. conduct under the War on Terror banner. The formula by now is clear: bombing whatever countries it wants, justifying it all by reflexively labeling their targets as "terrorists," and then dishonestly denying or casually dismissing the civilians they slaughter as "collateral damage."

Thursday, October 1, 2015 (12 comments)     

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U.S. Bombs Somehow Keep Falling in the Places Where Obama "Ended Two Wars" How do you know when you're an out-of-control empire? When you keep bombing and deploying soldiers in places where you boast that you've ended wars. How do you know you have a hackish propagandist for a president? When you celebrate him for "ending two wars" in the very same places that he keeps bombing.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 (6 comments)     

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The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech is Coming From Dianne Feinstein and her Military-Contractor Husband Adoption of this "anti-Semitism" definition clearly would function to prohibit the advocacy of, say, a one-state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict, or even the questioning of a state's right to exist as a non-secular entity. How can anyone think it's appropriate to declare such ideas off limits in academic classrooms or outlaw them as part of campus activism?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (3 comments)     

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U.S. State Department "Welcomes" News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel Saudi Arabia--easily one of the world's most brutally repressive regimes--was chosen to head a UN Human Rights Council panel provoked indignation around the world. Most of the world may be horrified at the selection of Saudi Arabia to head a key U.N. human rights panel, but the U.S. State Department most certainly is not. Quite the contrary: they seem quite pleased about the news.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (7 comments)     

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Arrest of 14-Year-Old Student for Making a Clock: the Fruits of Sustained Fearmongering and Anti-Muslim Animus The Dallas Morning News reports that "Ahmed Mohamed -- who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart -- hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High," but "instead, the school phoned police."

Tuesday, September 15, 2015     

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Hostile BBC Interview of a Saudi Loyalist Shows Prime Journalistic Duty: Scrutiny of One's Own Side The primary role of journalists is to expose and thus check abuses committed by their own nation and its allies. "The public interest" is served far more by focusing on the bad acts of one's own government than on the acts of foreign governments for which one is not responsible and over which one has little or no control.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Two Short Paragraphs that Summarize the US Approach to Human Rights Advocacy What baffles me most about U.S. political discourse: how -- whenever it's time to introduce the next "humanitarian war" or other forms of attack against the latest Evil Dictator or Terrorist Group of the Moment -- so many otherwise intelligent and well-reasoning people are willing to believe that the U.S. Government is motivated by opposition to human rights abuses and oppression.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Hillary Clinton Goes To Militaristic, Hawkish Think Tank, Gives Militaristic, Hawkish Speech The core purpose of Clinton's speech was to assure those nervous precincts that, despite the Iran Deal support, she's still the same aggressive, war-threatening, obsessively Israel-devoted, bellicose hawk they've grown to know and love. To achieve that, Clinton repeatedly invoked the Netanyahu-cartoon image of Iran as a Grave and Evil Terrorist Menace.

Friday, September 4, 2015 (5 comments)     

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NYT Claims U.S. Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality As Americans, we should feel proud that our government, though refusing to sign the cluster ban treaty, has nonetheless "abided by its provisions" -- if not for the fact that this claim is totally false. The U.S. has long been and remains one of the world's most aggressive suppliers of cluster munitions, and has used those banned weapons itself in devastating ways.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 (7 comments)     

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Jorge Ramos Commits Journalism, Gets Immediately Attacked by Journalists What is more noble for a journalist to do: confront a dangerous, powerful billionaire-demagogue spouting hatemongering nonsense about mass deportation, or sit by quietly and pretend to have no opinions on any of it and that "both sides" are equally deserving of respect and have equal claims to validity?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (6 comments)     

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Email from a Married, Female Ashley Madison User The private lives and sexual choices of fully formed adults are usually very complicated and thus impossible to understand -- and certainly impossible to judge -- without wallowing around in the most intimate details, none of which are any of your business. That's a very good reason not to try to sit in judgment and condemn from afar.

Friday, August 21, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The Puritanical Glee Over the Ashley Madison Hack That the cheating scoundrels of Ashley Madison got what they deserved was a widespread sentiment yesterday. Despite how common both infidelity and online pornography are, tweets expressing moralistic glee were legion. Websites were created to enable easy searches of the hacked data by email address.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Hillary Clinton on the Sanctity of Protecting Classified Information When it comes to low-level government employees with no power, the Obama administration has purposely prosecuted them as harshly as possible to the point of vindictiveness: It has notoriously prosecuted more individuals under the Espionage Act of 1917 for improperly handling classified information than all previous administrations combined.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Democrats Continue to Delude Themselves About Obama's Failed Guantanamo Vow Obama's current Guantanamo plan -- like all his previous ones -- does not seek to end indefinite detention. It does the opposite: It insists on the right to continue to indefinitely imprison detainees, most of whom have already been kept in a cage for more than a decade with no charges or trial.

Friday, August 7, 2015 (3 comments)     

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To Defend Iran Deal, Obama Boasts That He's Bombed Seven Countries Our nation's Churchillian warriors are such sensitive souls: sociopathically indifferent to the lives they continually extinguish around the world (provided it all takes place far away from their comfort and safety), but deeply, deeply hurt -- "especially insulted" -- by mean words directed at them and their motives.

Sunday, August 2, 2015     

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Listen to WSJ's Bret Stephens Secretly Plot With "Pro-Israel" Evangelical Group Against Iran Deal yet again we find journalists at newspapers claiming the pretense of objectivity who are in fact full-on activists: here, to the point of colluding with a right-wing group to sink the Iran Deal -- there's nothing wrong with that on its own terms, other than the conceit that journalism is distinct from activism.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Dylann Roof Is Not a "Terrorist" -- But Animal Rights Activists Who Free Minks From Slaughter Are While some E.U. countries have severely regulated or even banned many of the animal abuses targeted by activists, the U.S. factory farms that produce furs are among the cruelest and most sadistic anywhere, imposing extreme amounts of suffering and torture on the animals they slaughter -- both in terms of how they confine them and then kill them.

Monday, July 27, 2015     

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A Crucial Realization About Journalism is Learned by Being its Subject For the past decade, I've been writing critically about the American media, usually with a focus on the specific policy and legal topics I know best. So like most politically engaged people, I've long been rationally aware of how frequently deceitful and inaccurate claims are passed off by the most respected media outlets as fact, using highly authoritative tones.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (1 comments)     

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The Spirit of Judy Miller is Alive and Well at the NYT, and It Does Great Damage That the New York Times mindlessly disseminates claims from anonymous officials with great regularity is, at this point, too well-documented to require much discussion. But it is worth observing how damaging it continues to be, because, shockingly, all sorts of self-identified "journalists" -- both within the paper and outside of it -- continue to equate un-verified assertions from government officials as Proven Truth.

Friday, July 17, 2015 (3 comments)     

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The Chattanooga Shootings: Can Attacking Military Sites of a Nation at War be "Terrorism"? The argument that even attacks on military bases should be regarded as "terrorism" rests on the proposition that soldiers who are not actively engaged in combat when attacked are not legitimate targets. Instead, it is legitimate only to target them when engaging them on a battlefield.

Thursday, July 16, 2015     

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Announcing Our Matching Fund Donation to Chelsea Manning's Legal Defense Chelsea Manning could have enriched herself by selling those documents to a foreign intelligence agency or media outlet for enormous sums, but did none of that. That's because she had only one motive: to inform citizens around the world of what their governments are doing in the dark. For her noble choice, Manning has been persecuted, brutalized and imprisoned by the U.S. government.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Iranians' View Of The Nuclear Deal: Optimistic, With Significant Caveats U.S. media coverage of the Iran deal is, as usual, overwhelmingly focused on American and Israeli voices, with the hard-liner fanatics in each country issuing apocalyptic decrees, insisting that the deal is far too lenient on Iran and provides it with far too many benefits. The optimistic Iranian view is grounded in the expectation that the deal will usher in a normalization of relations between Iran and the Wes

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Tony Blair and the Self-Exalting Mindset of the West: in Two Paragraphs While the leading lights of the West love to celebrate themselves as beacons of civilized, progressive rationality, their overriding mentality is just the crassest and most primitive form of tribalism: when Our Side does it, it is right, and when Their Side does it, it is wrong. That is the primitive, banal formulation that lies at the heart of the vast, vast majority of foreign policy discourse in the West.

Monday, July 6, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Today's Civilian Victims In Yemen Will Be Ignored Because U.S. And Its Allies Are Responsible Because these deaths of innocents are at the hands of the U.S. government and its despotic allies, it is very predictable how they will be covered in the U.S. None of the victims will be profiled in American media; it'll be very surprising if any of their names are even mentioned. No major American television outlet will interview their grieving families.

Saturday, July 4, 2015 (1 comments)     

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NSA's Top Brazilian Political and Financial Targets Revealed by New WikiLeaks Disclosure That Rousseff's personal cell phone was successfully targeted by NSA spying was previously reported in 2013. That revelation -- along with others exposing NSA mass surveillance on hundreds of millions of Brazilians, and the targeting of the country's state-owned oil company Petrobras and its Ministry of Mines and Energy -- caused a major rupture in relations between the two nations.

Saturday, June 27, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Court Ruling, Though Expected, Is Still Shocking -- Especially For Those Who Grew Up LGBT In The U.S. All the legal debates over the ruling are predictable and banal. Most people proclaim -- in the words of Justice Scalia's bizarre and somewhat deranged dissent -- that it is a "threat to democracy" and a "judicial putsch" whenever laws they like are judicially invalidated, but a profound vindication for freedom when laws they dislike are nullified.

Sunday, June 14, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The Sunday Times' Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst -- and Filled with Falsehoods The official accusers are being hidden by the journalists so nobody can confront them or hold them accountable when it turns out to be false. The evidence can't be analyzed or dissected because there literally is none: they just make the accusation and, because they're state officials, their media-servants will publish it with no evidence needed.

Sunday, June 7, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources The LAT editors are opposed to a pardon or to clemency for Edward Snowden. While generously conceding that Snowden has "a strong argument for leniency," they nonetheless insist that "in a society of laws, someone who engages in civil disobedience in a higher cause should be prepared to accept the consequences."

Saturday, June 6, 2015     

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Did Max Boot And Commentary Magazine Lie About Eward Snowden? You Decide. It's not surprising that someone whose entire adult life is shaped by extreme cowardice would want to accuse others of lacking courage, as it distracts attention away from oneself and provides the comfort of company. Nor is it surprising that government-loyal journalists spew outright falsehoods to smear whistleblowers.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015     

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In Boston, Media Again Trash a Police Shooting Victim by Uncritically "Reporting" Police Accusations Major American media outlets converted someone about whom they knew nothing into a dangerous terrorist in the middle of executing an ISIS-related terror plot. And the heroic law enforcement officials didn't just kill an ISIS Terrorist on the loose in America, but likely disrupted a vicious sleeper cell. All of that was achieved without a shred of evidence or investigation.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Denny Hastert is Contemptible, But His Indictment Exemplifies America's Over-Criminalization Pathology Hastert was indicted for two alleged felonies: 1) withdrawing cash from his bank accounts in amounts and patterns designed to hide the payments; and 2) lying to the FBI about the purpose of those withdrawals once they detected them and then inquired with him. That's it. For those venial acts, he faces five years in a federal prison on each count.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 (4 comments)     

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In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking "National Security" As the U.S. and U.K. governments endlessly highlight the bad acts of those who are adverse to them, they vigorously hide their own, thus propagandizing their publics into believing that only They -- the Other Tribe Over There -- commit such acts.

Monday, May 18, 2015 (3 comments)     

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GCHQ's Rainbow Lights: Exploiting Social Issues for Militarism and Imperialism Gay Brits are now just as free as everyone else to spy on people, covertly disseminate state propaganda, and destroy online privacy. Whatever your views on all this nasty surveillance business might be, how can you not feel good about GCHQ when it drapes itself in the colors of LGBT equality?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Greatest Threat To Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming To Fight It Threats to free speech can come from lots of places. But right now, the greatest threat by far in the West to ideals of free expression is coming not from radical Muslims, but from the very Western governments claiming to fight them. The increasingly unhinged, Cheney-sounding governments of the UK, Australia, France, New Zealand and Canada -- joining the U.S. -- have a seemingly insatiable desire to curb freedoms.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Writers Withdraw From Pen Gala To Protest Award To Charlie Hebdo Numerous prominent writers who were to serve as "table heads," or who are longtime PEN members, have withdrawn from the group's annual awards gala and otherwise expressed anger over PEN's decision to bestow its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 (45 comments)     

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What Explains The Power Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Middle Finger? This one photo, standing alone, was designed to produce a visceral, bottomless contempt for Tsarnaev which even disgust at his actual crime could not achieve. The expectation was that it would irreversibly establish the jury and public's view of him as not just evil but sub-human, deserving of state-imposed death.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Jeb Bush Praises Obama's Expansion of NSA Surveillance Jeb Bush appeared on Michael Medved's conservative talk radio program, and was asked by the host what his favorite part of the Obama administration has been. His answer? As McClatchy's Lesley Clark noted on Twitter, Bush hailed "Obama's enhancement of NSA."

Friday, April 17, 2015 (4 comments)     

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NBC's Conduct In Engel Kidnapping Story Is More Troubling Than the Brian Williams Scandal Nobody can blame Engel -- a courageous reporter -- for falling for what appears to be a well-coordinated ruse. When he and his fellow captives believed with good reason that their lives were in immediate danger, it's completely understandable that he believed he had been captured by pro-Assad forces. There is no real evidence that Engel did anything wrong. is most certainly not true of NBC News executives.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Religious Fanaticism Is A Huge Factor In Americans' Support For Israel There is no denying that religious extremism plays a very significant role in American attitudes toward Israel. Given its importance, this is a remarkably under-discussed phenomenon, mostly because American media figures are very comfortable maligning other countries as being driven by religious fanaticism while ignoring how much their own country is.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Iranians Are Much Talked About On Sunday Morning TV, But Never Heard From Over the last couple months, the Sunday morning TV shows -- NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face The Nation, ABC's This Week, Fox's News Sunday, and CNN's State of the Union -- have focused on a deal with Iran as one of their principal topics. In doing so, they have repeatedly given a platform to fanatical anti-Iran voices, including Israeli officials such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT's 1967 Attack on MLK's Anti-War Speech The script for smearing never changes -- it stays constant over five decades and through the establishments of both parties -- and it's one of the reasons Ellsberg so closely identifies with Snowden and has become one of his most vocal defenders.

Monday, April 6, 2015 (6 comments)     

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Why John Oliver Can't Find Americans Who Know Edward Snowden's Name (It's Not About Snowden) it's actually not surprising at all that a large number of Americans are unaware of who Snowden is, nor does it say much at all about the surveillance debate. That's because a large number of Americans, by choice, are remarkably unaware of virtually all political matters.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Obama Personally Tells The Egyptian Dictator That U.S. Will Again Send Weapons (And Cash) To His Regime the White House announced that during a telephone call with Egyptian despot Abdelfattah al-Sisi, President Obama personally lifted the freeze on transferring weapons to the regime, and also affirmed that the $1.3 billion in military aid will continue unimpeded.

Friday, March 27, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Court Accepts DOJ's "State Secrets" Claim To Protect Shadowy Neocons: A New Low A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Netanyahu's Spying Denials Contradicted By Secret NSA Documents Israel's claim that it does not conduct espionage against the United States is not only incredible on its face. It is also squarely contradicted by top-secret NSA documents, which state that Israel targets the U.S. government for invasive electronic surveillance, and does so more aggressively and threateningly than almost any other country in the world.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 (2 comments)     

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US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says There has been a sustained debate in Germany over whether to grant asylum to Snowden, and a major controversy arose last year when a Parliamentary Committee investigating NSA spying divided as to whether to bring Snowden to testify in person, and then narrowly refused at the behest of the Merkel government.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (3 comments)     

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What's Scarier: Terrorism, Or Governments Blocking Websites In Its Name? Forcibly taking down websites deemed to be supportive of terrorism, or criminalizing speech deemed to "advocate" terrorism, is a major trend in both Europe and the West generally. Last month in Brussels, the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator issued a memo proclaiming that "Europe is facing an unprecedented, diverse and serious terrorist threat," and argued that control of the Internet is crucial to combating it.

Friday, March 13, 2015     

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The Orwellian Re-Branding Of "Mass Surveillance" As Merely "Bulk Collection" Just as the Bush administration and the U.S. media re-labelled "torture" with the Orwellian euphemism "enhanced interrogation techniques" to make it more palatable, the governments and media of the Five Eyes surveillance alliance are now attempting to re-brand "mass surveillance" as "bulk collection" in order to make it less menacing (and less illegal).

Thursday, March 12, 2015 (7 comments)     

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Maybe Obama's Sanctions on Venezuela are Not Really About His "Deep Concern" Over Suppression of Political Rights As for Obama's decree that Venezuela now poses an "extraordinary threat to the national security" of the United States, is there anyone, anywhere, that wants to defend the reasonability of that claim? Think about what it says about our discourse that Obama officials know they can issue such insultingly false tripe with no consequences.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (5 comments)     

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The Parties' Role Reversal on "Interfering" with the Commander-in-Chief's Foreign Policy members of both parties who are trying to subvert a peace agreement with Iran -- out of some warped allegiance to Israeli interests and/or a commitment to endless militarism -- are acting in destructive and dangerous ways. That they have disrespected and undermined our Glorious Commander-in-Chief, or breached precious inter-court protocols for who gets to exercise power are quite misguided positions.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (2 comments)     

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The "Snowden Is Ready To Come Home!" Story: A Case Study In Typical Media Deceit When U.S. political and media figures say Snowden should "man up," come home and argue to a court that he did nothing wrong, they are deceiving the public, since they have made certain that whistleblowers charged with "espionage" are legally barred from even raising that defense.

Sunday, March 1, 2015     

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Clapper Calls For Arming Ukrainian Forces: Who Would That Actually Empower? Anyone pointing out that arming the regime in Kiev would strengthen fascists and neo-Nazis is instantly accused of being a Putin propagandist: exactly like those arguing that the best anti-Assad fighters were al-Qaeda-affiliated were accused of being Assad propagandists (until that became the official position of the US Government).

Thursday, February 26, 2015 (4 comments)     

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Why Does The FBI Have To Manufacture Its Own Plots If Terrorism And ISIS Are Such Grave Threats? The agency's latest counter-terrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. We should all pause for a moment to thank the brave men and women of the FBI for saving us from their own terror plots.

Monday, February 16, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Hailed As A Model For Successful Intervention, Libya Proves To Be The Exact Opposite What we see here is what we've seen over and over: the west's wars creating and empowering an endless supply of enemies, which in turn justify endless war by the west. It was the invasion of Iraq that ushered in "Al Qaeda in Iraq" and ultimately ISIS. It has been the brutal, civilian-slaughtering drone bombing of Yemen which spawned Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in that country.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (1 comments)     

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The U.S. Media And The 13-Year-old Yemeni Boy Burned To Death Last Month By A U.S. Drone If it were American teenagers rather than Yemeni ones regularly being burned to death -- on American soil rather than Yemeni soil -- does it take any effort to understand why there'd be widespread calls for violence against the perpetrators in response? Consider how much American rage and violence was unleashed by a single-day attack on American soil 13 years ago.

Thursday, February 5, 2015     

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Exclusive Interview: Sami Al-Arian, Professor Who Defeated Controversial Terrorism Charges, Deported From U.S. Despite the personal harm he suffered and the intense surveillance to which he had been subjected since as early as 1993, the government ultimately failed to produce any evidence of Al-Arian's involvement in terrorist activities, instead relying at trial overwhelmingly on the pro-Palestinian writing and speaking he had done over the years.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 (1 comments)     

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The Petulant Entitlement Syndrome of Journalists Prior to the advent of blogs, establishment journalists were largely immunized even from hearing criticisms. If a life-tenured New York Times columnist wrote something stupid or vapid, or a Sunday TV news host conducted a sycophantic interview with a government official, there was no real mechanism for the average non-journalist citizen to voice critiques.

Friday, January 16, 2015 (8 comments)     

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Latest FBI Claim Of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny And Skepticism The known facts from this latest case seem to fit well within a now-familiar FBI pattern whereby the agency does not disrupt planned domestic terror attacks but rather creates them, then publicly praises itself for stopping its own plots. Predictably, political officials instantly exploited the news to justify their powers of domestic surveillance.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (51 comments)     

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France arrests comedian for Facebook comments, showing the sham of the West's "Free Speech" Celebration Since that glorious "free speech" march, France has reportedly opened 54 criminal cases for "condoning terrorism." AP reported this morning that "France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (19 comments)     

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Dianne Feinstein, Strong Advocate Of Leak Prosecutions, Demands Immunity For David Petraeus Feinstein wanted Julian Assange, who isn't a US citizen and never served in the US Government, prosecuted for espionage for exposing war crimes, and demanded that Edward Snowden be charged with "treason" for exposing illegal eavesdropping which shocked the world. But a four-star general who leaked classified information not for any noble purpose but to his mistress should be protected from any legal consequences.

Friday, January 9, 2015 (40 comments)     

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In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons This week's defense of free speech rights was so spirited that it gave rise to a brand new principle: to defend free speech, one not only defends the right to disseminate the speech, but embraces the content of the speech itself. One should not merely condemn the attacks and defend the right of the cartoonists to publish, but should publish and even celebrate those cartoons.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 (3 comments)     

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North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government claims None of the expert skepticism made its way into countless media accounts of the Sony hack. Time and again, many journalists mindlessly regurgitated the U.S. Government's accusation against North Korea without a shred of doubt, blindly assuming it to be true, and then discussing, often demanding, strong retaliation.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, The Senior Officer At The Center Of The CIA's Torture Scandals The person described by both NBC and The New Yorker is senior CIA officer Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. Multiple news outlets have reported that as the result of a long string of significant errors and malfeasance, her competence and integrity are doubted -- even by some within the agency.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (4 comments)     

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Jeb Bush V. Hillary Clinton: The Perfectly Illustrative Election Having someone who is the brother of one former president and the son of another run against the wife of still another former president would be sweetly illustrative of all sorts of degraded and illusory aspects of American life, from meritocracy to class mobility.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014     

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U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform For American Torturers, But None To Their Victims When America is forced to confront its heinous acts, the central strategy is to disappear the victims; render them invisible. That's what robs them of their humanity. That is what enables American elites first to support atrocities, and then, when forced to reckon with them, tell themselves that--despite some isolated and well-intentioned bad acts--they are still really good, elevated, noble, admirable people.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Live Coverage Of The Senate Torture Report American torture was not confined to a handful of aberrational cases or techniques, nor was it the work of rogue CIA agents. It was an officially sanctioned, worldwide regime of torture that had the acquiescence, if not explicit approval, of the top members of both political parties in Congress. It was motivated by far more than interrogation.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Release of Six Detainees After Twelve Years Highlights the Historic Evil of Guantanamo The U.S. military overnight transferred six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay. All of them had been imprisoned since 2002 -- more than 12 years. None has ever been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of any wrongdoing. They had all been cleared for release years ago by the Pentagon itself, but nonetheless remained in cages until today.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (3 comments)     

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In US-Supported Egypt, 188 Protesters Are Sentenced To Die Days After Mubarak Is Effectively Freed While Mubarak and his cronies are immunized for their savage crimes, 188 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who participated in anti-Sisi protests that led to the deaths of 11 police officers, were handed death sentences today en masse.

Friday, November 28, 2014 (4 comments)     

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Talking To James Risen About Pay Any Price, The War On Terror And Press Freedoms There have been lots of critiques of the War on Terror on its own terms, but Risen's is one of the first to offer large amounts of original reporting on what is almost certainly the most overlooked aspect of this war: the role corporate profiteering plays in ensuring its endless continuation, and how the beneficiaries use rank fear-mongering to sustain it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (2 comments)     

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The US/UK Campaign To Demonize Social Media Companies As Terrorist Allies All of this is part of a clear and definitely coordinated campaign by the U.S. and UK Governments to demonize social media companies as terrorist-helpers in order to force them to act as (even more) obedient snooping agents for the National Security State.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Congress Is Irrelevant On Mass Surveillance -- Here's What Matters Instead The pro-NSA Republican senators were actually arguing that if the NSA were no longer allowed to bulk-collect communication records of Americans inside the U.S., then ISIS would kill you and your kids. But because they were speaking in an empty chamber and only to their warped and insulated D.C. circles and sycophantic aides, there was nobody there to cackle contemptuously or tell them how self-evidently moronic it all was.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 (54 comments)     

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Cynics, Step Aside: There is Genuine Excitement Over A Hillary Clinton Candidacy One shouldn't be jaded. There is genuine and intense excitement over the prospect of (another) Clinton presidency. Many significant American factions regard her elevation to the Oval Office as an opportunity for rejuvenation, as a stirring symbol of hope and change, as the vehicle for vital policy advances.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (1 comments)     

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John Cook Is Leaving The Intercept To Retun To Gawker At The End Of The Year The Intercept's editor-in-chief, John Cook, who spent the year tripling our staff size and significantly increasing our daily journalistic output, is leaving at the end of the year to return to Gawker Media. Deputy Editor Ryan Tate will continue to work with John and the rest of the newsroom to effect a smooth transition until the search for Cook's permanent replacement, already underway, is completed.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 (14 comments)     

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The Inside Story of Matt Taibbi's Departure From First Look Media Taibbi's departure means that First Look has lost a talented, unique, and influential journalistic voice before he published a single word. After months of struggle and negotiation, The Intercept has arrived at the point where it can function effectively: with full editorial freedom and an ample budget. But First Look and Taibbi failed to reach a similar mutual understanding.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 (2 comments)