The Department of Justice’s Inspector General report of the FBI’s Russian investigation has fully exposed one more dangerous aspect of the steady abuses of national-security surveillance against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil. Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 of the national security abuses of the National Security Agency exposed the massive surveillance of U.S. citizens in the expanded campaign against terrorism. Michael Horowitz, the inspector general of the DoJ, has highlighted the abuses of the FBI and the misuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court over an extended period. It will require a comprehensive and bipartisan congressional reform program to gain control over national-security wiretapping. More
Russiagate, Ukrainegate and impeachment aren’t conspicuously economic issues. But they are, to a large extent, class issues. They are inside-the-beltway dramas about foreign policy arcana that are important to people who see their lots tied in one way or another to the established order. This includes, by degree, those of us who would like to make room for outside-the-beltway concerns like ending militarism, solving environmental crises, providing meaningful employment for all who want it and creating functioning healthcare and educational systems. More
For four years, Jeremy Corbyn was smeared in a relentless and savage campaign of vilification and outrageous slander by the British press, much of it orchestrated by liberal outlets like The Guardian and the New York Times, using a kind of berserker Zionism as truncheon. And so, the dreadful result was predictable: the worst showing of Labour since 1935. But it’s the poor and the immigrant communities that will bear the brunt of what they have wrought. More
This Week on CounterPunch Radio
Exclusively in the New Print Issue of CounterPunch
Jennifer Matsui on global capitalism’s killer rampage; Thomas Adams on Corruption Inside the UAW; Laura Carlsen on the Collapse of Honduras; TJ Coles on using Aid as a Weapon Against Venezuela; Christopher Ketcham on the Fantasy of Sustainable Development; Andrew Smolski on FOIA and Transparency; and Alexander Cockburn on George Orwell as Snitch. PLUS: Kent Paterson goes inside El Paso and Juarez; Jeffrey St. Clair on impeachment; Pete Dolack, Daniel Raventos and Julie Work on Brexit; Ron Jacobs on Marianne Williamson and Lucy Schiller on a Body in Fukushima.