Reading Time: 14 minutes Barrett Brown and filmmaker Alex Winter remind us that all of our broken institutions needed reform before Trump — and will need even more reform after he is gone.
Reading Time: 38 minutes The first of a three-part series exploring Iran-Contra and its implications. Part 1 focuses on the Reagan Administration’s secret wars and illegal arms deals exposed in the scandal.
Reading Time: 15 minutes 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.”
Reading Time: 6 minutes Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been allowed to speak in his own defense. What do his defense attorneys—or governmental security agencies—have to gain by his silence?
Reading Time: 2 minutes We know Huffington Post loves celebrities and buzz. But its new National Security Fellow really pushes the boundaries of incredulity.
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 1 minute 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
Reading Time: 1 minute Part 5 of a new five-part documentary on the national security state
Reading Time: 1 minute Part 4 of a new five-part documentary on the national security state
Reading Time: 1 minute Part 3 of a new five-part documentary on the national security state
Reading Time: 1 minute Part 2 of a new five-part documentary on the national security state
Reading Time: 1 minute Part 1 of a new five-part documentary on the national security state
Reading Time: 1 minute RT Television interviews WhoWhatWhy editor-in-chief about breaking news on NSA internet surveillance.
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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.”
Reading Time: 5 minutes Weird just keeps getting weirder. A close read of the New York Times’s profile of a mysterious top Obama speechwriter and advisor raises questions about the media, the presidency, and power itself.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Mitt Romney is accusing Barack Obama of leaking sensitive national security material, essentially betraying the country. But everyone leaks—including Romney…and especially the “national security” people.
Reading Time: 5 minutes On torture and secrecy, Obama is carefully treading a path laid by his predecessor. What gives?
Reading Time: 1 minute So, the Cheney family is fanning out on all fronts. Younger daughter Mary is setting up a new family-run DC strategic consulting firm, modeled on Henry Kissinger’s. Eldest daughter Liz is partnering up in a new advocacy group called “Keep America Safe.” And both, together with their father, are on the hustings attacking President Obama…
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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