National Security

Surveillance Blowback

The American surveillance state is now an omnipresent reality, but its deep history is little known and its future little grasped. Edward Snowden’s leaked documents reveal that, in a post-9/11 state of war, the National Security Agency (NSA) was able to create a surveillance system that could secretly monitor the private communications of almost every American in the name of fighting foreign terrorists.

Surveillance State

A Prime Aim of the Growing Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald Several weeks ago, a New York Times article by Noam Cohen examined the case of Aaron Swartz, the 24-year-old copyright reform advocate who was arrested in July, after allegedly uploading academic articles that had been placed behind a paywall, thus making them available for free…

Iraq War Dead

1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War — And Why We Let Them By John Tirman Most Americans turn a blind eye to the violent acts being carried out in their name. July 19, 2011 | As the U.S. war in Iraq winds down, we are…

President Obama Speaks on Manning and the Rule of Law

President Obama Speaks on Manning and the Rule of Law By Glenn Greenwald Protesters Thursday interrupted President’s Obama speech at a $5,000/ticket San Francisco fundraiser to demand improved treatment for Bradley Manning. After the speech, one of the protesters, Logan Price, approached Obama and questioned him. Obama’s responses are revealing on multiple levels. First, Obama…

Budget Showdown Aims To Quietly Exempt Pentagon

Budget Showdown Aims To Quietly Exempt Pentagon and Focus All Cuts on Social Programs David Sirota http://www.davidsirota.com/ The unwritten and unspoken story of the budget showdown in Washington is the tale of both parties deliberately working to once again exempt the ever-growing Pentagon from America’s larger budget/deficit discussion. This is the thrust of the new…

Reasons Why Capitalism Can’t Recover Anytime Soon

Reasons Why Capitalism Can’t Recover Anytime Soon By Shamus Cooke There are important social, political, and economic developments that belie the rosy predictions of politicians. As the recession grinds on, politicians in most industrial countries have an incentive to make exaggerated claims about the supposed coming economic recovery. Some say the recession is over. Obama…

When Banks Are the Robbers

When Banks Are the Robbers By Amy Goodman The big banks that caused the collapse of the global finance market, and received tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailouts, have likely been engaging in wholesale fraud against homeowners and the courts. But in a promising development this week, attorneys general from all 50 states…

The Real US Government

Map of National Security Buildings Since 2001 Government Locations 2,164 Company Locations 6,944 An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances. The Real US Government By Glenn Greenwald http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/ http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_60680.shtml The Washington Post’s Dana Priest demonstrates once again why she’s easily one of the best investigative…

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