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A Salute to Bradley Manning, Whistleblower, As We Hear His Words for the First Time

(1427) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 9:13 AM

Today, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an organization that I co-founded and of which I'm on the board, has published an audio recording of Bradley Manning's speech to a military court from two weeks ago, in which he gives his reasons and motivations behind leaking...

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Secrecy and National Security Whistleblowing

(144) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 10:00 PM

I) Reflections on Secret-keeping and Identity

In the "national security" area of the government -- the White House, the departments of state and defense, the armed services and the "intelligence community," along with their contractors -- there is less whistleblowing than in other departments of the executive branch or in...

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Crowd Funding the Right to Know

(34) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 10:38 PM

"A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, an ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know." -- Judge Murray Gurfein, Pentagon Papers case, June 17, 1971

In December 2010, WikiLeaks...

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Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama

(1359) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 10:21 AM

It is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013.

The election is now just weeks away, and I want to urge those whose values are generally in line with mine -- progressives, especially activists -- to make this goal one of your...

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A Memory of Howard

(22) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 11:38 PM

I just learned that my friend Howard Zinn died today. Earlier this morning, I was being interviewed by the Boston Phoenix, in connection with the release in Boston in February of a documentary in which he is featured prominently. The interviewer asked me who my own heroes were, and I...

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Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years

(20) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 12:25 PM

It was a hot August day in Detroit. I was standing on a street corner downtown, looking at the front page of The Detroit News in a news rack. I remember a streetcar rattling by on the tracks as I read the headline: A single American bomb had destroyed a...

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Covering Up the Coverage: The American Media's Failure to Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case

(48) Comments | Posted January 22, 2008 | 2:22 PM

In an Exclusive BRAD BLOG Op-Ed, the Legendary 'Pentagon Papers' Whistleblower Calls on the Media to Perform Their First Amendment Obligations, on Congressional Leaders to Perform Their Oversight Duty, and for Insider Sources to Come Forward to the American Public...

For the second time in two weeks,...

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