Tag Archives: terrorism

Edward Snowden: ““If I defected at all, I defected from the government to the public.”

In a long interview with The Washington Post‘s Barton Gellman, Edward Snowden, international man of mystery, said a few things: In the Moscow interview, Snowden said, “What the government wants is something they never had before,” adding: “They want total … Continue reading

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“This is an administration that simply does not want the people to know what is being done in its name.”

Charles Pierce: It’s that last bit — the part about Manning’s being credited with the 112 days in the military jail — that ought to be remembered, along with the fact that we know more about what was done in … Continue reading

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“There’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out.”

Amazing how TV reporters can’t jog their aerosol-damaged memories to ask NSA officials about this incident that broke a little over four years ago: Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely … Continue reading

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“How can I talk about NSA actions I can’t learn anything about except from press accounts?”

And the sun sets in the west: Members of Congress have been repeatedly thwarted when attempting to learn basic information about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the secret FISA court which authorizes its activities, documents provided by two House … Continue reading

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“Leaking is tantamount to aiding” the U.S.’s enemies

You want “Nixonian”? Here it is: President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most … Continue reading

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A secret court does not guarantee a program’s constitutionality

A week after Edward Snowden proved how a former male model with a GED can blow Cokie Roberts’ eyebrows off her face, here’s where things stand: Some Snowden critics have attempted to deny him the mantle of “whistleblower” because he … Continue reading

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“You got the right ta-ta but the wrong ho-ho!”

I’ll agree on the timing of The Guardian and Washington Post stories on the NSA metadata collection fascinates: a few days before the president meets with his Chinese counterpart. No More Mister collates a couple of exchanges between Marc Ambinder … Continue reading

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The assurances of moral men

Charles Pierce: The speech, then, was not only notable for what the president said. It was notable — primarily notable — for the fact that he said it. The danger of the Lethal Presidency has always been its assurance that … Continue reading

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“The bombing was a political act”

Yes, by all means, let’s “politicize” the Boston bombings: It is in no way “politicizing” the events by mentioning that history teaches us that, on events like this, the universe of suspects is wider than many people would like to … Continue reading

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N’est plus ça change

About that leaked white paper authorizing drone strikes on American citizens. Actions have consequences: …This document helpfully underscored the critical point that is otherwise difficult to convey: when you endorse the application of a radical state power because the specific … Continue reading

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Due versus “judicial process”

Wonderful: The memo appears to be a briefing paper that was derived from the real legal memorandum in late 2011 and provided to some members of Congress. It does not discuss any specific target and emphasizes that it does not … Continue reading

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“Who should be the next to die”

Let the games begin: the NYT’s comprehensive account of how Obama decides who dies. Thanks to a “legalistic” mind that can both shade and obscure nuance, Obama’s managed to fulfill a few public pledges while still killing more terrorists, keeping … Continue reading

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