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Jason Ditz
Jason Ditz is news editor at, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of non-interventionism. His work has appeared in Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times and Detroit Free Press.

Entries by Jason Ditz

Tyranny of the Majority: Why It's OK Not to Be OK With Israel's New Government

(12) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 1:25 PM

Israel's March 17 election has swept in a new coalition government dominated by the far-right of its already rightward-leaning political spectrum. The vote, and also the unseemly campaigning of the final few days, has stirred no small measure of grumbling within Israel, as all pretense of moderation flew...

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Federal Online IDs: A Bad Idea in 2011 Looks Even Worse Today

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 9:13 AM

In April 2011, President Obama unveiled the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NTSIC), a plan to get around the relatively minor inconvenience of having to remember multiple passwords for various web sites and services by implementing a single, federally standardized online identification that would be used...

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White House Lies Underscore the NSA's Indefensibility

(34) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 11:07 AM

Does everyone still remember when Edward Snowden leaked all that information about the NSA spying on ordinary Americans? The White House is sure hoping you don't.

Despite repeated leaks showing the NSA programs routinely violated the privacy of ordinary Americans, including a series of revelations Wednesday that...

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Forget Transparency: Now Is The Time to End the NSA's Surveillance

(47) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 11:06 AM

On Friday, President Obama delivered a speech meant to answer Americans' concerns about NSA surveillance. Like most 50-minute speeches by major politicians, it amounts to 50 minutes of life we'll never get back, and little substance.

The take-away from the speech is that President Obama is "comfortable"...

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A Victory for Press Freedom Happens In Spite of Obama

(6) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 6:09 PM

As of Tuesday, Abdulelah Haider Shaye is a free man. One of the top journalists in Yemen, he's been in prison for two and a half years on charges of providing aid to a terrorist organization. His crime is a straightforward one: reporting the unvarnished truth.

In December...

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Scapegoat Snowden: Outrage Over US Surveillance Predates Recent Leaks

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 3:47 AM

Amid the recent NSA surveillance scandal US officials have loudly condemned whistleblower Edward Snowden, accusing him of "threatening" America and putting vital programs "at risk" by the unspeakable crime of making the American public aware of what they're doing.

As with the surveillance schemes themselves, the effort to demonize...

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The Obama Administration's Hostility to Whistleblowers Is Both Immoral and Illegal

(14) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Faced with a public backlash at the revelation of NSA surveillance against the average American citizen, the Obama Administration has responded with a new program, dubbed the "Insider Threat" program, which aims to preempt future whistleblowers from speaking out.

The system works by encouraging government workers to...

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It's Time to Bring Bowe Bergdahl Home

(6) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Sunday marked the four-year anniversary of the capture of Sergeant (then Pfc.) Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban fighters in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan. Four years and several Taliban offers later, he is still in their custody, and the Obama administration shows little interest in getting him released.

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Chilling Effects: US Government's War on the Media Is Frighteningly Effective

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:10 PM

This month's reporting on enormous NSA surveillance schemes sparked a lot of major concerns about government overreach, but it also made many people forget the May revelation that the Justice Department had moved against the Associated Press (AP), seizing the media outlet's phone records in an effort to...

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The Philippines: Remembering a Forgotten Occupation

(17) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:27 PM

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the last major battle in one of the most brutal military occupations in American history, and one that has gone almost entirely forgotten, left as little more than a footnote in the history books of children. I am speaking, of course, of the...

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First, Do No Harm

(8) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Last week's revelation of the NSA's PRISM scheme, a pervasive Internet surveillance system facilitated by nine major U.S.-based Internet content providers (the PRISM Nine) has left the online world reeling. Firstly with the realization that we are facing a surveillance system broader and more onerous than the nightmares of dystopian...

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Surveillance: The God That Failed

(13) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Over a few short days, we have learned the Obama Administration and the NSA are engaged in worldwide surveillance on a scale unprecedented in human history. The president and other officials have dismissed the privacy concerns therein, insisting that the security benefits outweigh basic human dignity. Yet even if this...

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