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Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a writer, activist, and lawyer who specializes in free speech and government transparency issues. He has contributed to  The AtlanticAl JazeeraForeign PolicyThe GuardianHarvard Law and Policy Review  and  PBS MediaShift . He currently works as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Previously, Timm helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times , James Goodale, write a book on the First Amendment.

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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 1, 2013
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and one of the NSA's biggest defenders, released what she calls an NSA "reform" bill today. Don't be fooled: the bill codifies some of the NSA's worst practices, would be a huge setback for everyone's privacy, and it would permanently entrench the NSA's collection of every phone record held by U.S. telecoms.
Sorry, Bernie Sanders., From GoogleImages
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 18, 2017
Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party In the long term, change may be coming for Democrats whether they like it or not. Sanders loyalists are quietly attempting to take over many local Democratic party positions around the country. Sanders' supporters are already organizing primary challenges to incumbent Democrats who aren't sufficiently opposing Trump. One thing's for sure: Democrats who refuse to change do so at their peril.
Press Freedom Index 2010 Map; that map may need changing soon, as the Obama administration leans harder and harder on whistleblowers, journalists and media organizations, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 14, 2013
DOJ Investigation of AP Part of Larger Pattern to Intimidate Sources and Reporters As part of a new leak investigation, the Justice Department has secretly obtained the call records for twenty phone lines owned by the Assocated Press (AP), which could put sources for as many as one hundred reporters at risk. We agree. It's time to stop looking at all of these leak investigations and prosecutions as ancillary to press freedom; they are a direct attack on it. This should be an important wake-up call ...
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 13, 2016
If Trump leaks are OK and Clinton leaks aren't, there's a problem Leaks sometimes make the subject of them uncomfortable, and increasingly large leaks of private emails raise questions about internet security and privacy. But ultimately we should ask ourselves: would we rather reporters not cover what politicians are doing behind closed doors?
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Why the Panama Papers should be a US election issue While the investigation has not named any well-known US citizens -- though "just wait for what is coming next" as one of the lead editors said -- the scandal should be a critical issue in US presidential election. This is especially true in the Democratic primary, where the story once again calls into question free trade agreements which the party's elite have been pushing on its rank-and-file for years.
Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 12, 2015
One good thing about Donald Trump's campaign: it's ruining Jeb Bush's While Trump remains strongly disliked by the vast majority of Americans who are not members of the Republican party, Jeb is often pitched as the "moderate" candidate who can appeal to a large swath of voters. Yet in substance, he is far more dangerous than Trump.
.All leak investigations -- whether they directly target reporters or not -- are a grave threat to press freedom.., From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 9, 2018
Trump's Justice Dept Escalates Its Crackdown on Leaks by Seizing New York Times Reporter's Phone and Email Records Ali Watkins is an excellent reporter. She is having her private records scrutinized and spied on by the government for doing her job as a journalist, and the Justice Department's move should be loudly condemned by everyone no matter your political preference.
Why Aren't Candidates Discussing Domestic Surveillance?, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 12, 2018
Democrats Just Handed Trump More Domestic Surveillance Powers. They Should Know Better. With Section 702 expiring next week, the Trump administration has of course, demanded that Congress pass an extension with supposed "reforms" that do hardly anything to stop the feds from abusing their powers and actually codify the ability for the FBI, in many cases, to search Americans' emails without a warrant.
New WHATSAPP Style iPhone on android 2019 in its latest updates, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 2, 2019
The Trump Administration Is Coming After WhatsApp While Barr acknowledges it's clear that end-to-end encryption (which he dubbed "irresponsible encryption") provides some consumer protections, he claims it weakens people's overall safety and national security at the same time. Banning strong encryption is a terrible idea no matter the administration in charge. But why should anyone trust Donald Trump, of all people, with this incredible new power?
Edward Snowden and NSA Surveillance, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 1, 2017
The future of American privacy rights will be defined this year If the US supreme court rules the right way, it could protect the data emitted from our cellphones, often without our knowledge and provide safeguards for police abuse. If they don't, police may have cart blanche power to turn any American's smartphone into a tracking device on demand. This is the most important privacy case in front of the supreme court in a generation concerning NSA surveillance reform.
President Donald Trump and Donald Jr., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 14, 2017
Here's a reality check: this Trump Jr storm will not lead to impeachment While pro-impeachment advocates scream "treason!" on Twitter every time a new story is published, the truth is much more complicated. Some legal experts wonder whether the Trump clan actually did break any laws in their interactions with Russian nationals, even if their behavior pre-election was incredibly shady, unethical and nefarious.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 11, 2017
Trump's terror policies are bad enough now. What about after an attack? Trump apparently wants to upend society, tear families apart and amplify the terrorists' message for them. Worse, he's doing all this while trying to blame judges and the American people for coming attacks. It's beyond cynical; it's deplorable, and he's only going to get worse.
'Why you kill my family?' Civilian drone victims call US to account, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 6, 2015
Killing civilians to vanquish Isis will only make besieged people hate us If the US is being a little more careful about civilian deaths on its third go-around in Iraq--and that's a giant "if"--we should be commending that. Perhaps they've learned that if our second invasion of Iraq didn't lead to the deaths of 100,000 Iraqi civilians, we wouldn't be in this Isis mess in the first place. A call for a return to anything short of only killing enemy soldiers should be called what it is: sociopathic.
Rudy Giuliani, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 15, 2017
Rudy Giuliani is an absurd choice to defend the US from hackers While Giuliani is just a particularly cartoonish example of a longstanding problem, he is, in one sense, a perfect fit for the Trump administration: yet another already rich man taking a position in which he clearly has a vested interest, set to more money for himself and likely to fail those he's supposed to be helping.
From Donald Trump, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 22, 2015
It hurts to say it, but sometimes Donald Trump speaks the truth Trump's deliberate forays into xenophobia and arrogance on immigration and foreign policy certainly remain awful and ugly, but there's also another reason he continues to sit atop the Republican polls: he speaks a particular kind of truth about some issues the way only someone with no filter can.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Is Hillary Clinton a neocon? It's entirely possible that these Republicans are endorsing Clinton because Trump is an unhinged maniac who has given people of all political persuasions plenty of reason to not want him anywhere near the levers of power. But here's the thing: the neocon love affair with Clinton started well before Trump was even in the discussion of Republican candidates, let alone the party's likely nominee.
The commander of U.S. Africa Command says 3,500 U.S. service members serve in Africa any given day., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 29, 2017
Niger is the perfect example of the US state of perma-war Congress, of course, has shamefully abdicated its constitutional role as legislative body in charge of declaring war since it passed the AUMF shortly after 9/11. That law -- just 60 words -- has been used for 16 years now to justify conflicts on multiple continents against enemies that didn't exist at the time of its enactment.
From Jeff Sessions, From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 27, 2017
If Trump wants to fire Jeff Sessions, let him -- it would be a gift to America Sessions leaving office leads to the best of all worlds: a uniquely horrible Trump cabinet official who is making life miserable for millions of Americans is gone; it will be incredibly tough for Trump to get a new attorney general confirmed; he won't be able to make a recess appointment; and it might further the obstruction of justice case against him.
Vladimir Putin, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 28, 2016
The rush to blame Russia for the DNC email hack is premature If politics led to logical conclusions, the disastrous hack of the DNC might encourage the party to take a much stronger stance embracing end-to-end encryption, which is a cybersecurity tool as much as a privacy enhancer. But we don't live in a logical world, so we can probably look forward to politicians continuing to stoke cybersecurity fears and escalating international tensions without doing anything effective about it.
facebook, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2019
How Facebook Borrows From the NSA Playbook Facebook has been under a consent decree with the FTC since 2012, when the agency reprimanded the social media giant for violating users' privacy. Facebook was at least supposed to follow strict rules about when and why it could not share users' data with others. But as the Times reported, Facebook relied on quietly redefining "service provider" to get everything it wanted.
Obama and Putin stare-down at the G20 summit in China, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 8, 2016
Almost everyone gets Russia wrong -- apart from Obama The media largely seems to be eager to portray Putin as an 11th dimensional chess grandmaster, who is behind every major world event. (Conspiracy theories are almost universally mocked in the US, unless they involve Putin and Russia -- then they are encouraged.)
President Donald Trump, From GoogleImages
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Donald Trump's bloodlust for war in the Middle East risks chaos Lost among the deluge of stories about the Russia investigation and the Republicans' push to take healthcare away from millions of people, the Trump administration is laying the groundwork for a disastrous regional proxy war against Iran in Syria, and possibly beyond.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Don't punish Chelsea Manning -- release her Manning has been denied proper medical care for gender dysphoria and has to fight in court every step of the way to get the government to recognize her rights as a transgender prisoner. In 2015, she was punished by the Army and was restricted in her recreation activities for having non-approved magazines and "expired toothpaste."
Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general?, From YouTubeVideos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 18, 2016
If Donald Trump gets his way, his administration will be disastrous Trump surrogates have said he's exempt from ethics laws related to his future office and his businesses -- which are conflicts of interest disasters at this point. He at first claimed he'd put his businesses into a blind trust, and then said his children would continue to run them. Trump's transition website is literally promoting his business brands.
New York marches in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Nation., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 1, 2016
Attention all journalists: US border patrol agents can search your phones The US watch lists that prevent all sorts of people from entering the country are a due process-free nightmare, in which everything is kept secret from those affected and often there is no meaningful way to challenge it. This is a stark reminder that journalists need to do everything possible to protect themselves and their sources when traveling over any border -- including into or out of the United States.
Yemen Hospital Bombed, From GoogleImages
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 19, 2016
The US is promoting war crimes in Yemen This US-backed war is not just a case of the Obama administration sitting idly by while its close ally goes on a destructive spree of historic proportions. The government is actively selling the Saudis billions of dollars of weaponry. They're re-supplying planes engaged in the bombing runs and providing "intelligence" for the targets that Saudi Arabia is hitting.
Whistleblowers Shouldn't Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 3, 2018
Whatever You Think of the Trump-Russia Investigation, Whistleblower Reality Winner Deserves Your Support Winner, unfortunately, is caught between two camps -- a whistleblower without a constituency -- even as her alleged transgression proved a pivotal moment in the hot-burning media story of the investigation into potential attempts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 2, 2016
Donald Trump's anti-terror policies sound a lot like war crimes The amount of damage an unchecked Trump could do with the national security infrastructure in place -- the CIA drone program, NSA warrantless spying, the ability to conduct unilateral war with no congressional approval, etc -- is truly extraordinary. We learned Thursday from BuzzFeed that Trump allegedly listened secretly to the phone calls of employees at his Florida resort Mar-A-Lago.
Obama Administration OKs Weapons To Syria, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 19, 2015
The US decision to send weapons to Syria repeats a historical mistake This bizarre "I was peer pressured into sending more weapons into the Middle East" argument by the president is possibly the most blatant example of blame shifting in recent memory, since he had every opportunity to speak out against it, or veto the bill.
Inside Charlottesville's White Supremacy Rally and Counter Protests, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 18, 2017
Did you visit this anti-Trump site? The US government wants your IP address If this extraordinary broad legal order is allowed to stand, Jeff Sessions and the justice department could extend the same type of legal order to a whole host of situations. It should be strongly protested not just in court, but in public and the halls of Congress in the strongest terms possible.
Sen. Rand Paul, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 3, 2017
Trump wants to keep our draconian surveillance laws. Don't let him do it The last time Congress had to reauthorize Section 702, they waited until the very last possible moment -- just a few days before the law was to expire -- and used the holiday season, when most people were with their families on vacation and phone calls to the Capitol would be at a minimum, as cover. Many members of Congress then lamented the lack of time to work on reforms.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 16, 2016
Bernie Sanders is winning with the one group his rivals can't sway: voters It's clear that Sanders is not going to fade away, as many predicted in the fall after it looked like his support was leveling off; he is only getting stronger. Given that most voters don't even start paying attention until after the Iowa caucus, Democrats would do themselves well by putting the Clinton coronation on hold for now.
Vladimir Putin, From GoogleImages
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 20, 2016
If the US hacks Russia for revenge, that could lead to cyberwar NBC News reported late last week that the CIA is working up blueprints for an "unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia," and it sounds a lot like they're planning on leaking documents on Vladimir Putin, just as the Russians are accused of doing to the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
From Hillary Clinton, From Images
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 1, 2016
Clinton's embrace of Republicans will harm her own party's future Instead of hanging Trump around all Republicans' necks, she is cleaving him off from other GOP candidates and giving them an easy out, despite the fact that Trump is a direct product of the GOP's pandering to classist and racist elements of society for a decade. (Leaked Democratic National Committee emails show that at least some Democrats were worried about this exact scenario.)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 3, 2017
Ice agents are out of control. And they are only getting worse With arrests of non-violent undocumented immigrants exploding across the country, it's almost as if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agents are having an internal contest to see who can participate in the most cruel and inhumane arrest possible.
US bombing Libya, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The US is bombing Libya again. It's a too-familiar vicious cycle Whoever is in office after Obama leaves in January will have many decisions to make about wars across the Middle East. But one thing seems clear: the government's established pattern of needing to address the problems its own past actions helped create will continue.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 1, 2016
President Obama, pardon Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning Samuel Morrison, the first leaker convicted under the Espionage Act, was pardoned by Bill Clinton during his presidency. Given how powerful figures who have also mishandled or leaked classified information, such as David Petraeus, have gotten off almost scot-free, it's past time the administration did the right thing and made sure these two American heroes can return from exile and prison.
Trump's New CIA Nominee, Gina Haspel, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 17, 2018
ProPublica's mistake was inevitable in age of CIA secrecy over torture A brave government official who has access to the torture report can still leak it to the press. They would be doing a vital public service. Though such an act would put any individual at great risk, there are few things more important to our democracy than holding government officials accountable when they commit crimes against humanity, such as those committed by the CIA.
President Obama Delivers An Address To The Nation Dec. 6th, From YouTubeVideos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 6, 2015
Obama's speech reminded Americans that the war with Isis is still illegal What the president said in his speech Sunday is nothing new: he has been half-heartedly calling on Congress to authorize the war since January. But the White House has put forth no language of their own for a bill that would satisfy their requirements, and the administration has made clear they don't think they really need legislation anyway.
WH Press Secy. Josh Earnest, From YouTubeVideos
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 1, 2015
US special forces in Syria are Obama's latest broken foreign policy promise No one denies Isis is barbaric and extremely depraved, or that Bashar al-Assad is a murderer, but it is supposed to be the American public's decision as to whether we go to war. The administration has changed that calculus. It alone now decides when it goes to war: Congress and the public be damned.
Bernie Sanders with supporters, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 20, 2016
Five things people should stop saying about Bernie Sanders It seems to be open season on Bernie Sanders in the Democratic party now that his chances of winning the nomination are dwindling. But the criticism of him is misguided and hypocritical, and he is doing the right thing by largely ignoring it. Bernie Sanders has certainly been a shot in the arm for the Democratic party. But that is only a good thing, and I, for one, hope he continues.
Donald Trump, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 13, 2017
Trump's threats amount to a First Amendment violation Everyone knows Trump regularly issues legal threats that he never follows through on. But that may not matter either: Even if Trump's comments on punishing NBC and the NFL are seen as empty threats, it's still a First Amendment issue. it would be interesting if NFL Players Union or individual players decided to sue Trump for violating their First Amendment rights.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 23, 2016
As quietly as possible, the government is renewing its assault on your privacy In Congress, Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote this week on controversial new warrantless surveillance measures that would let the FBI use unconstitutional National Security Letters to get email records and internet browsing history from countless US citizens -- without going to a judge or court at all.
Police Brutality, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 12, 2016
People who film police violence are citizen journalists. We stand with them Almost all police departments have been forced to concede in recent years that everyone in the United States has a first amendment right to record the police in public spaces. So while they can't prosecute people for filming them killing unarmed civilians, it's clear that police departments are using their position of power to intimidate those who have led to more scrutiny of police.
Drone War, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Obama is bullish on war, no matter how you spin it Gone are the battalions of tens of thousands of soldiers, torching everything in their paths. Obama's wars are fought with special forces, drones and other high-tech weaponry that, he argues, lead to fewer American deaths. But they pose the same dangers to world peace that the wars in Vietnam and Iraq once did, while making them far easier to fight.
Protest against Donald Trump's Muslim ban, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Muslim ban has brought the US close to constitutional crisis The fact that the White House is attempting to circumvent legal advice, install dubious appointees to incredible powerful national security positions and violate court orders is outrageous and despicable, so let's be clear: Congress needs to quickly move towards impeachment if this is true.
James Comey, From GoogleImages
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 1, 2016
James Comey has been abusing his power for years During his stints in the Bush and Obama administration Comey has continually taken authoritarian and factually dubious public stances both at odds with responsible public policy and sometimes the law. The Clinton case is not an aberration, it's part of a clear pattern. The evidence against Comey has been available ever since President Obama nominated him. All that's changed is that people are finally paying attention.
Gen. David Petraeus, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 3, 2015
David Petraeus' bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists Continually ignored in the debate over arming Syrian rebels, is that the CIA itself produced a study that concluded that arming any rebel force, whether they are a notorious terrorist group or not, is generally a bad idea. The study found that most of the time such attempts either fail spectacularly or backfire in the face of the US, even if they initially succeed.
Jair Bolsonaro, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Brazil's charges against Glenn Greenwald reek of authoritarianism The move to retaliate against Greenwald, who has reported critically on Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, is a threat to the press everywhere
Paul Ryan, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 27, 2017
Why Paul Ryan is just Donald Trump in better wrapping No matter the controversy, it is virtually guaranteed that telegenic and slippery Ryan will be there, using his clean-cut image to tamp down criticism of the increasingly unstable president. Make no mistake: there is no daylight between Ryan and Trump. They are one and the same. The question is, when will everyone stop falling for his act?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 22, 2016
The Washington Post is wrong: Edward Snowden should be pardoned We know the US government makes all sorts of dire predictions when information is leaked to the press (the Pentagon Papers, the Chelsea Manning disclosures and the release of the torture report, to name a few cases), and it is always caught exaggerating. The Snowden disclosures are no exception.
Vote, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 8, 2016
America's voting system is broken. It's time to overhaul it It's not just Bernie Sanders' campaign that should (and has) argued that the voting system in this country is "rigged." Virtually every major campaign in both parties griped about how the other was winning at some point during this campaign, and along the way almost all of them were right.
Chilcot report, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2016
The US needs its own Chilcot report As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country's role in the Iraq war on Wednesday, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush?
Bernie Sanders, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 6, 2016
Bernie Sanders lacks foreign policy experience, but also his rivals' errors It's true, as his detractors claim, that Sanders often falls back on his opposition to the Iraq war when asked about his foreign policy expertise. But pretty much everything he said before the war did come to pass. He also refused to support the Libyan intervention in 2011, that Clinton was the key architect of inside the Obama administration.
Jeb Bush, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2015
Jeb Bush is the ultimate anti-internet candidate A lot of the White House candidates have made worrying comments about the future of surveillance and the internet -- from Chris Christie's bizarre vow to track 10 million people like FedEx packages, to Hillary Clinton's waffling on encryption backdoors -- but Jeb Bush's deliberate campaign to roll back internet rights is the perfect storm of awful.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Victory against secret fake cell phone towers shows privacy isn't dead The extreme secrecy surrounding the government's use of the tools has been controversial for years, not only since stringrays can vacuum up information on whole neighborhoods at a time, but because the government has been concealing their use from even prosecutors and judges.
Police could be vacuuming up telecommunications in a neighborhood near you., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Many police departments spy on you without oversight. This must end Stingrays facilitate a particular controversial and invasive form of surveillance, where the police essentially own a roving, fake cell phone tower that force all the cell phones in its vicinity to connect to it. They then vacuum up the cell phone data of their suspect, as well as that of potentially hundreds of innocent citizens.
The Isis war so far was a tragic waste with no clear goal and no end in sight., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 10, 2015
We're a year into the unofficial war against Isis with nothing to show for it US officials were apparently shocked that the al-Nusra Front would attack the rebels despite the fact that the US has been engaged in a bombing campaign targeting the group in Syria, and the fact that another group of CIA-backed rebels were attacked by al-Nusra Front the year before. It is the perfect analogy to the Isis war so far: a tragic waste with no clear goal and no end in sight.
Republican Candidates talk war, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 19, 2015
Republicans are so bullish on war that 30% would bomb a fictional country Republican voters, urged on by the Republican candidates, are now eager to bomb anywhere that has a Muslim-sounding name regardless of whether it comes from a cartoon. While the poll itself may be amusing, it's not exactly surprising given the cartoonish levels of tough-guy militarism that spews from the mouth of every Republican candidate.
Trump will have a free hand to use the law meant for the perpetrators of 9/11 to wage war around the world, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Think Trump's scary now? Obama is leaving him with broad war powers Trump is now coming into office with ever expanding war powers, and they're being served to him on a silver platter by the same people who told the American public two months ago that Trump was so unstable and thin-skinned that he couldn't be trusted with the nuclear codes.
Donald and Melania Trump, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 24, 2016
First Thiel, now the Trumps: how billionaires threaten free speech Media organizations should not face the financial death penalty for a mistake, even a deplorable and egregious one. After all, there is probably one billionaire or another who hates pretty much every news organization in the world worth their salt. If they all decide to go down the path Thiel took, how many publications will be left when they're done?
Statue of Freedom with flag flying over US House of Representatives, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 30, 2016
Yes, US elections are rigged -- but not in the way Donald Trump thinks There's almost no chance the Republicans will lose control of the House of Representatives this election -- or in the one after it -- since Republicans in statehouses across the country have fixed the election process by redrawing the congressional district maps in several key states in 2010. They can retain a majority even when Democrats received far more total votes.
Ben Carson, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 16, 2015
Republican presidential candidates would jump straight into war with Russia It seems most people think that no-fly zones are enforced by magic. But they aren't: they involve destroying the air defenses of the entire country. That means the US will have to take out Syria's air force and ground artillery for it to come close to "working."
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 29, 2016
Donald Trump's foreign policy speech shows: we have no anti-war candidates Clinton has run on a more hawkish foreign policy than most Democrats and Republicans. As many have pointed out, her positions are often more militaristic than anyone else in the race. She is in favor of a no-fly zone in Syria -- a euphemism for declaring war on the Assad regime on one side, while also bombing Isis on the other. She was for the Iraq war, the 2011 Libyan war and the Afghanistan surge.
From Wikileaks Hour Glass, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 9, 2017
WikiLeaks says the CIA can use your TV to spy on you. But there's good news There will be a heated debate over WikiLeaks and the value of having these documents in the public record for the days and weeks to come -- as any publication by WikiLeaks inevitably does. But whether Trump administration officials like it or not, the hacking powers of our government is a vital topic that needs much more public debate, and this latest release may end up fueling it.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 13, 2016
If Omar Mateen were white, we'd have a different Orlando shooting narrative Lone wolf attacks are notoriously hard -- and in many cases impossible -- to stop, no matter what invasive laws are in place. If you have an unstable individual who is set upon destruction, doesn't tell anyone and is willing to die, there is often little recourse for law enforcement. Tragedies like these will, sooner or later, inevitably result.
WikiLeaks briefing on criminal case involving Julian Assange, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 13, 2019
Assange's indictment is Trump's next step in his war on press freedom To those who have no sympathy for Assange, are you going to trust Trump's justice department here over Obama's? Given the Trump DoJ is relying on nine-year-old evidence on a flimsy charge of "conspiracy" to crack a password, an alleged scheme even the DoJ admits didn't work, do you think they might have ulterior motives when it comes to this case?
Chelsea Manning, From GoogleImages
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Chelsea Manning did the right thing. Finally, Barack Obama has too The commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence cannot be looked at in a vacuum. President Obama, while commendably showing her mercy, also oversaw a justice department that prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other administrations combined, while casting an unmistakable chill over investigative reporting and press freedom.
Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2016
Bernie Sanders' focus on Clinton's Iraq war vote isn't harping -- it's necessary More politicians should be bringing up the Iraq war at every opportunity. The dismissive tone Clinton supporters have taken to the issue belies a callous indifference to the most disastrous foreign policy calamity in our lifetime -- a decision that continues to directly affect US foreign policy across the entire Middle East.
Is the United States actually witnessing a crime wave?, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 6, 2015
The "Ferguson effect" is just a ploy to reduce scrutiny of the police Unless you are choking an unarmed man to death who is not resisting, shooting an unarmed man in the back as he is running away or body slamming a calm teenage girl to the floor in front of her classmates, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. No one's career is going to get ruined by a "viral video" of you doing your job professionally (as countless police officers do every day).
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 8, 2014
Guilty Plea In Fox News Leak Case Shows Why Espionage Act Prosecutions Are Inherently Unfair to Sources Former State Department official Stephen Kim announced today he will plead guilty to leaking classified information to Fox News journalist James Rosen and will serve 13 months in jail. It’s clear the Espionage Act is inherently unfair to sources and whistleblowers. As Congress debates NSA reform, they should also be considering repealing the Espionage Act once and for all.
Oil field in Lybia on fire, From TwitterPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 31, 2016
Is America about to sleepwalk into a war in Libya? We need a debate now If we are really planning on going to war against Isis in a third country (or actually a fourth, since the Afghanistan war is now expanding too), it sure would be nice if this was debated in front of the American people and decided by our representatives, instead of in complete secrecy.
Obama Rolls Out Plan To Close Guantanamo Prison, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 25, 2016
Guantanamo Bay is only the symptom of a sickness: indefinite detention Opponents of closing the controversial facility claim to be acting for the sake of public safety, as if Obama is going to release battle-hardened terrorists onto the streets of New York City. They seem to think terror suspects arriving in the US will suddenly develop cartoonish Magneto-like superpowers, allowing them to do things like escape maximum security prisons.
Edward Snowden Conference 2015, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Snowden effect: new privacy wins await after data transfer ruling In the US, there are still a series of lawsuits alive and well that are challenging different aspects of the NSA's surveillance. Wikipedia was just in court, represented by the ACLU, arguing that the NSA's "upstream" surveillance program -- where the spy agency has access to entire Internet streams coming into and out of the country -- is illegal and unconstitutional.
President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey discuss the mass shooting in Orlando, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 19, 2016
The "solutions" to the Orlando shooting that will only make things worse Of course the best way to stop murderers from killing large numbers of people would be to categorically ban the sale of weapons that make mass murder so easy. That, however, seems to be the one thing that everyone understands is the least likely thing to happen.
FBI Director James Comey, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Congress showed it's willing to fight the FBI on encryption. Finally The court hearing in the San Bernardino case is in two weeks, and there is no doubt that this is really only the beginning of the debate. But, for the first time, it seems like Congress has finally opened its eyes to the long-term effects of designing vulnerabilities into our communications systems and forcing tech companies to becomes investigative arms of the government.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Apple's Tim Cook defends encryption. When will other tech CEOs do so? If we're going to avoid having a horrible law banning encryption passed in the next year, more of the tech company giants' high-profile representatives -- the Mark Zuckerbergs, Marissa Mayers and Eric Schmidts -- need to use their platforms as the world's most well-known technology chiefs to make crystal clear how important encryption is to users everywhere.
President Barack Obama, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It ain't over til it's over: America's wars drag on no matter what officials say In all three of the countries where the Obama administration declared US wars "over" in the past few years -- Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya -- the US military is expanding its presence or dropping bombs at an ever-increasing rate. And the government seems to be keeping the American public in the dark on the matter more than ever.
Facebook, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 11, 2016
If Facebook hides conservative news, a Senate inquiry is a bad idea Facebook should certainly have to reckon with the criticism it has received over the allegations. Its unprecedented power to control and shape the news threatens how the public receives its news. This is the moment for news organizations to appraise how to prevent Facebook from controlling them. We can protect press liberties without the government having to threaten the first amendment in the process.
Hillary Clinton, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 1, 2015
Sorry, Hillary Clinton fans: her email errors are definitely newsworthy None of this means that Clinton's presidential campaign is over or she is going to jail (of course she's not). But it does show exactly why government transparency is important, and the Clinton campaign, the State Department and the Obama administration in general should be embracing transparency, rather than running from it.
The only way to make sure our date is safe is to keep it encrypted., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The "Athens Affair" shows why we need encryption without backdoors The White House is reportedly close to coming to a decision on their official policy on encryption. Despite the FBI and NSA's best efforts to convince them that they should push for a law mandating backdoors -- a catastrophe for human rights, cybersecurity and the US economy -- the White House may be on the verge of openly condemning the FBI's approach.
Detainees sit in a holding area in Guantanamo Bay. Trump has vowed to expand the prison., From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 5, 2016
Imagine Obama's national security policies in Trump's hands The extraordinary national security powers George W Bush pioneered and Obama shamefully entrenched could now fall into the hands of someone many people consider a madman. Someone whose opinion changes with the wind -- or the sound of the crowd -- and whose entire candidacy is based around personal vendettas.
Touting transparency while working behind the scenes for its opposite., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Obama claimed to want transparency. His actions suggest the opposite The Obama administration has taken a lot of well-deserved criticism over the years for claiming to be the most transparent presidency ever while actually being remarkably opaque, but they've now reached a new low: newly released documents show they aggressively lobbied Congress to kill bipartisan transparency reform that was based on the administration's own policy.
President Obama, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Obama's troop increase in Syria is part of a troubling trend No one doubts that the destructive and complex situation in Syria is certainly a tragedy, but there's no proof that adding more US guns and troops to the situation will make it any better, and history tells us it will only make it worse. Unfortunately, recent history seems to be the last thing our leaders take heed of in times like these.
THe Magnificent Paris - City of Light Stunning pictures from Paris -City of light and accordion music,Cook fast your food and eat slowly. Here is a true philosophy of life. This is one of the principle ..., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 21, 2015
Paris is being used to justify agendas that had nothing to do with the attack As dishonest as the "debate" over encryption, the dark descension of the Republican party into outright racism and cynically playing off the irrational fears of the public over the Syrian refugee crisis has been worse. Virtually every Republican candidate has disavowed any refugees to the US, and they are competing over who is more in favor of banning those who are fleeing the very terrorists that they claim to be so against.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Donald Trump's views are impossible to discern. Why pretend otherwise? Trump's GOP opponents tried to criticize him for one flip-flop or another during the primary season, even his past support and good words for Hillary Clinton, and he vanquished all of them one by one. But it should at least matter to journalists reporting on him and pundits attempting to analyze his nonexistent positions.
The CIA, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The CIA naked photos scandal is a wake-up call Stripping suspects, taking humiliating photographs of them, sending them around the world into the hands of torturers: these sound like the actions of a crazed dictatorship. They should be the stuff of nightmares. In fact, they're the stuff of American policy in the 21st century. This is the latest in a series of wake-up calls. We ignore it at our peril.
US secretary of defense Ashton Carter, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 2, 2015
More troops in Iraq will sow the exact same chaos as America's Libya folly In Syria, we're fighting both sides of a civil war, not just one -- with no one even coming close to explaining what the end game looks like, and how we avoid making the situation even worse than it already is. Our military interventions have created the generation of terrorists that fight us now. As we gear up for the second or third generation of creating this same problem, when will the cycle stop?
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 14, 2016
Money influences everybody. That includes Hillary Clinton In the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Clinton harshly criticized then senator Obama for accepting donations from oil and gas executives -- and even cut a campaign commercial about it. The kicker? It was less money than Clinton has accepted from people working for fossil fuel companies so far this campaign season.
George W Bush and military, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 22, 2016
After invading Iraq 13 years ago the US is still making the same mistakes With the Iraq invasion 13 years behind us, one thing is for sure: you can turn on Sunday morning television and see an Iraq war advocate -- whether it's a politician or pundit or a journalist -- eagerly explaining why we should throw ourselves into our next war and no one will blink an eye.
Obama's Proposal To End NSA Bulk Data Collection Won't Protect Privacy, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Lawmakers only care about others' privacy when their own is at stake The NSA often uses its vast powers for surveillance of things that have little or nothing to do with terrorism directed at the United States. As former NSA director Michael Hayden candidly put it last year, the "NSA doesn't just listen to bad people. NSA listens to interesting people. People who are communicating information."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) Legalizes Corporate and Government Spying Partnership, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2015
The Senate, ignorant on cybersecurity, just passed a bill about it anyway The Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa), a spying bill that essentially carves a giant hole in all our privacy laws and allows tech and telecom companies to hand over all sorts of private information to intelligence agencies without any court process whatsoever. Congress has passed a surveillance bill in disguise.
Muhammad Ali, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Muhammad Ali wasn't just a boxing legend. He was also a muse Ali certainly brought the best out of sportswriters, lifting their prose to new heights. But more than that, he forced them to grapple with the fact that sports are never just that. He taught a generation that political and social events are often intertwined, and they should be confronted head on rather than shunted or ignored.
The Fisa court declines to stop the surveillance of Americans at every available opportunity., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 22, 2016
Why does the court charged with protecting our privacy keep doing the opposite? The NSA engages in what's known as "Section-702" surveillance -- that's the name of the same law used for the Prism program -- where they collect information without a particular warrant on all sorts of people overseas that are suspected to be involved in terrorism, or whose communications contain "foreign intelligence" information.
War on Yemen, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 13, 2016
The five foreign policy questions every candidate should be asked Clinton has skated through the entire election cycle while only getting a handful of questions about the Libyan catastrophe, while continuing to call for more military intervention elsewhere. But it's not just Clinton. Republicans have never been pinned down on Libya either, and now, are of course all in favor of us sending our drones and special forces in yet again.
People gather in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at the Place de la Republique., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Intelligence agencies pounce on Paris attacks to pursue spy agenda Government officials are wasting no time in attempting to exploit the tragedy in Paris to pass invasive anti-privacy laws and acquire extraordinary new powers that they have wanted for years. In the process, they are making incredibly dishonest arguments and are receiving virtually no pushback from the media.
Barack Obama and François Hollande, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Obama kept his cool after the Paris attacks. Too bad his critics haven't If Obama is taking a hit for his calm and rational rhetoric, then that's a shame, because he's actually the only one responding the way he should: by not elevating Isis to the status its members crave. President Obama seems to be the only one not spinning out of control and becoming unhinged because of a single horrific terrorist attack.
Rand Paul, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 5, 2016
Rand Paul was a sane voice in the Republican field. Well, almost Before presidential aspirations forced Rand Paul to pander to the right, he was a promising candidate for those who care about privacy, constitutional rights and a foreign policy that does not cause destruction. Now his campaign will just be remembered as a disappointing lost opportunity.
Guantanamo Prison, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 13, 2015
Obama doesn't need Congress to close Guantanamo -- so what's keeping him? The president has the power to close Guantanamo himself without approval from Congress. He's had this power for years, and has continually failed to use it. Unfortunately, like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's increasingly looking like Obama's vow to end one of the Bush administration's most damaging legacies will actually live on as his own.
Paul Ryan: Keep Selling Guns To Terrorist Watch List, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 5, 2015
It's messed up for Democrats to use the no-fly list to push for gun laws If Republicans want to vote down this largely symbolic and hypocritical gun control legislation by Democrats, that's their prerogative. But let's not pretend that they suddenly care about the due process rights that they have spent the last decade and a half attempting to destroy.
President Barack Obama, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 18, 2015
Is the political imperative to be "tough on crime" finally over? It will take more than just bipartisan talk and pretty speeches to achieve any kind of criminal justice reform, but it should be the number-one priority of the Obama administration and Congress until the end of his term. For once, both parties have a chance to do something unquestionably good; we'll see if they take it.

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