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Archives by Tag 'NSA'
The Age of Regression
JOHN PILGER
London. I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?” “Ne...
Obama’s Legacy, Before Snowden and Now
ANDREW LEVINE
Like Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama will be remembered for crossing a seemingly infrangible color line. However the comparison stops there.  Playing in the major leagues, even for the Brooklyn Dodgers, hardly compares with becoming President of the United States....
Freedom and Spy Control
GRAHAM PEEBLES
As millions take to the streets demanding political participation, social justice and freedom, opponents to change – governments and reactionary forces worldwide – centralise power, tighten control of civil society and the media and trample on democratic ideals. T...
Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment
NORMAN SOLOMON
It’s now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to...
NSA Surveillance Through the Prism of Political Repression
CARLOS BORRERO
July 28th marks the 35th anniversary of the political assassination of two Puerto Rican independence activists, Carlos Soto Arriví and Arnaldo Darío Rosado, in the infamous Cerro Maravillai case. This case, which was widely followed among Puerto Ricans, involved an agen...
Who’s Really ‘The Enemy’ In the Bradley Manning Case?
JOHN GRANT
We now have clarity from a full-bird colonel in judicial robes that Bradley Manning is to be charged with “aiding the enemy.” OK, not much of a surprise here. ...
We Can’t Get Along
MISSY BEATTIE
I awoke this morning feeling like a shit sandwich without the bread. And then, “Oh, Grandma Fletcher, I’m 64 today.” I lay in bed, thinking, thinking, thinking—knowing the additional year couldn’t be the problem. It’s just one day after being 63. The acquittal...
The United State’s Futile Search for ‘World Domination’
RAMZY BAROUD
Those enchanted by pseudo-reality must have been at the edge of their seats as they watched ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, a Hollywood account of how US SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011. But a recently leaked report shows that the ‘riveting’ Hollywo...
Like Hale’s Philip Nolan, Snowden Has Become a ‘Man Without a Country’
DAVE LINDORFF
In Edward Everett Hale’s short story “The Man Without a Country,” US Army Lt. Philip Nolan, following a court-martial, is exiled from his country, his citizenship snatched away, leaving him doomed to sail the seven seas confined to a Navy vessel, unable ...
Political Asylum Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up To Be
DAVID MACARAY
As Edward Snowden, the young American accused of blowing the whistle on NSA surveillance tactics, continues his search for a fresh start in a new country in order to avoid extradition and perhaps a lengthy prison term in a U.S. prison, he needs to ask himself a couple of ...
Frustrating Snowden’s Asylum Bid
BINOY KAMPMARK
In its struggle against whistleblowers, the United States has exerted a variegated form of power, one that focuses on documents and an anaemic reading of the law. The international relations canon searches desperately for what that might be. In the classically obtuse lang...
The New York Times and the NSA’s Illegal Spying
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This article is excerpted from End Times: The Death of the Fourth...
The Emperor Strikes Back
ANDREW LEVINE
Governments abhor transparency, and governments lie.  To keep them (comparatively) honest, an engaged and informed citizenry is indispensable. That requires media that are aggressive and probing, and that are not afraid to speak the truth.  We have precious littl...
Air Piracy Over Europe
JOHN PILGER
Imagine the aircraft of the President of France being forced down in Latin America on “suspicion” that it was carrying a political refugee to safety – and not just any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world with proof of criminal activity on an...
In Obamaland, ‘Rule of Law’ is for the Other Suckers
DAVE LINDORFF
It is clear that the entrapment and forced landing in Austria of the official airplane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was the work of the US, which was obviously behind the decision by France and Portugal to deny air rights to the flight, and which also was obvio...
Killers and Roller-Coaster Rides
JOHN GRANT
We’re all aware of the reputed Chinese curse about living in interesting times. Upheaval seems to be in the air. According to Wikipedia, the interesting times curse was linked with a second, more worrisome curse: “May you come to the attention of those in auth...
The Snowden Controversy and Our Legacy of Choices
ALFREDO LOPEZ
In one of the most innovative uses of the bizarre rules of international travel, whistle-blower Edward Snowden sits in an airport transit lounge outside the customs barrier that is Russian enough to not invade but not Russian enough to claim the Russians are hiding him. H...
The National Security State Exposed
JEFF MACKLER
President Obama’s well-publicized May 23 speech to the nation was aimed at moderating the present U.S. dictum that the country is and should remain in a never-ending state of war—that is, the undeclared, undefined “war on terror.” This “war,” codified ...
The Real Traitors to America are in Washington and New York
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry as the US goes all out to get its hands on National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. We’ve got the US leaning on Russia to push him out of his sanctuary in their Moscow airport. We’ve got Obam...
Treason
ROB URIE
U.S. military adventures have historically combined imperial ambition—the acquisition of territory and colonies, limiting the reach of competing empires and ‘acquiring’ economic resources—‘natural’ resources, existing economic infrastructure and labor, under a...
Obama’s Grave Threat to Democratic Governance
ANDREW LEVINE
In the mid-70s, when de-Nixonification was a national priority, a not yet spineless Congress made it possible for Americans to access the files that their government kept on their activities.  Over the years, Administrations intent on keeping their foul deeds secret did ...
Is Edward Snowden a Lawbreaker?
SHELDON RICHMAN
Most people believe that Edward Snowden, who has confirmed that the U.S. government spies on us, broke the law. Even many of his defenders concede this. While in one sense the statement “Snowden broke the law” may be trivially true, in another, deepe...
Snowden’s Case for Asylum
DENNIS J. BERNSTEIN
The US government is putting on a full-court press to track down, arrest and prosecute Edward Snowden for blowing the whistle on the National Security Agency’s massive collection of data on phone calls by Americans and Internet u...
Small Lies to Conceal Greater Lies
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful manner, by saying no.” — James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence in an ...
Eavesdropping on the Planet
WILLIAM BLUM
The above is the title of an essay that I wrote in 2000 that appeared as a chapter in my book ...