Why the New Boss Is Just like the Old Boss

Who actually runs the country? If you said our elected officials, think again. Despite what candidates promise while running for office, the national security policy of each successive president and administration tends to look very similar, irrespective of party or stated philosophy. In this podcast interview, Michael J. Glennon, Professor of International Law at Tufts Fletcher School, lays bare the truth few are willing to acknowledge: “We have a structure of double government in which even the president now exercises little substantive control over the overall direction of US national security policy.”

Homeland Security Still Dodging Questions on Terrorist “Hands Off” List

Sen. Chuck Grassley still has no answers to his questions about the existence of secret “hands off” list that lets some people with terrorist ties enter the U.S. And that’s even after Customs and Border Protection officials briefed his staff. WhoWhatWhy looks at the latest case of national security stonewalling.

Worth Reading: Headline Grab Bag

Headlines—Greenwald explains how Ed Snowden got to him; the ugly truth about Dallas’s paper on 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination; establishment to fact-check establishment pundits; Patriot Act Author now hates his handiwork; new movie fiction on Boston bombing; permanent climate change mid-century; some blunt talk about failed drug policy

FBI: Knew About Saudi 9/11 Hijacker Ties—But Lied to Protect “National Security”

In new court filings, the FBI has tacitly admitted that it knows about ties between members of the Saudi royal family and 9/11 hijackers, that it lied about not knowing, and that no one should learn more about this — for reasons of “national security.”

A Drive for Unrestricted Executive Power

The New York Times comes out with a strong editorial, calling for an investigation into Bush administration security abuses, now that it is clear that the practices were not necessary to protect the national interest. We’ve known for years that the Bush administration ignored and broke the law repeatedly in the name of national security. Read More