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SecureDrop: A New Infrastructure for Strong, Secure Investigative Journalism

(15) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 12:31 PM

In February Chelsea Manning delivered a lengthy statement to the military court that would eventually sentence her to 35 years in prison for leaking classified military secrets to WikiLeaks. In her statement she revealed that before approaching WikiLeaks she tried to deliver her cache of documents to the...

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The Snowden Principle

(2434) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:45 AM

At the heart of Edward Snowden's decision to expose the NSA's massive phone and Internet spying programs was a fundamental belief in the people's right-to-know. "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," he...

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Freedom of the Press Foundation - Updates From Our Front

(138) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 3:45 PM

When we launched Freedom of the Press Foundation -- a new organization dedicated to supporting the 1st Amendment and journalism that focuses on transparency and accountability in government -- a little over six weeks ago, we knew the need was there. President Obama had come into office

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What Is an Assange? Part 2

(228) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 11:00 PM

Two and a half weeks ago, I was pleased to help launch the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which aims to promote and help fund independent journalism organizations who aggressively report on issues that the U.S. government considers secret. You can read about it here (and...

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What Is an Assange?

(930) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 6:28 PM

This week, I was proud to join the board and help launch the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a new organization which plans on crowd-funding for a variety of independent journalism outlets whose prime mission is to seek transparency and accountability in government. You can read about the...

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California's Historic Opportunity to End the Death Penalty

(488) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 5:25 PM

This Sunday I met with John Dear, a longtime Jesuit priest and peace activist who has been arrested many times during acts of peaceful civil disobedience, including with the late Phil Berrigan. He is also an editor and curator of Daniel Berrigan's works. We spoke at length and I want...

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The Alchemists: A Conversation with Phil Stutz, Part III

(137) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 3:07 PM

Psychiatrist Phil Stutz and psychotherapist Barry Michels bestselling book, The Tools, brilliantly distills the dynamic methodology developed in their private practice. Through their particular brand of alchemy, which draws in part on the Jungian principle of active imagination, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and spiritual precepts...

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The Alchemists: A Conversation with Phil Stutz, Part II

(123) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Psychiatrist Phil Stutz and psychotherapist Barry Michels first came to national attention in a profile ("Hollywood Shadows") that ran in the New Yorker last year. Their bestselling book, The Tools, distills the dynamic methodology developed in their private practice. Through their particular brand of alchemy, which...

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The Alchemists: A Conversation With Phil Stutz, Part I

(251) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Psychiatrist Phil Stutz and psychotherapist Barry Michels first came to national attention in a profile ("Hollywood Shadows") that ran in the New Yorker last year. They have written a book, THE TOOLS, that distills the dynamic methodology developed in their private practice. Through their particular brand...

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A War on Terror by Any Other Name

(462) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 5:23 PM

Like many other American progressive-types (title for sake of argument), I voted for Obama and hope every day he'll facilitate the change he promised. A big part of the change progressives interpreted that promise to mean was to bring an end to the Bush administration's "War on Terror." The White...

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A Hollow and Horrible Equivocation

(1116) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 6:03 PM

If I had the President's Blackberry, I would send this.

President Obama,

On Wednesday you reversed your administration's promise to finally release pictures of detainee abuse.

The release of the photos was won by ACLU lawyers who have fought to bring to light the full extent of the brutality...

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Basic Algebra: What Will the Verdict Be?

(246) Comments | Posted February 27, 2009 | 1:11 AM

This:

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Two Questions

(646) Comments | Posted January 11, 2009 | 10:38 PM

Two questions we should demand Congress ask of Eric Holder before confirming him. The same two questions Mukasey refused to answer.

1. Is waterboarding torture?

We all know, and every legal opinion outside of Alberto Gonzales knows this to be the case. Waterboarding is torture and torture is a war...

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Real Shock and Awe

(230) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 2:24 PM

More powerful than was imaginable,
We are almost in a state of collective shock/awe.
The promise -- Antigone before the king comes to mind -- wonderfully hard to process.
He looked as a man with providence; the opposite mirror of Bush.
There was...

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No Currency Left to Buy the Big Lies

(990) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 7:09 PM

As I contemplated the real possibility of an Obama victory and listened to right wing pundits revise history still unfolding, I thought of titles for this blog:

"Neocon Logic: This Statement is Untrue"
"The Modern Free Market System is False But a New Revelation Shall Come"
" They...

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The Final Distraction: McCain/Palin Worse Than Bush

(623) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 8:27 PM

We all know McCain has sold his soul to win. Big mistake: the Democrats are taking the GOP bait, especially on Palin. She is the ultimate distraction. If we're not careful she'll be the final distraction. The perfect new celebrity -- Sarah Barracuda -- to capture the message in the...

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Bleary-eyed in Bangkok: Daybreak Memories of Chicago

(43) Comments | Posted August 14, 2008 | 8:59 AM

I've had pressing business in the Far East as of late so I happened to be in Bangkok working nights when my friend, the good and great Arianna, reminded me she was launching HuffPost Chicago and asked if I remembered my promise that I'd write something about my memories of...

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The $3 Trillion Shopping Spree

(148) Comments | Posted May 8, 2008 | 3:12 PM

THAT WAS FUN. Just got done spending $3 trillion. Try it yourself - it's a lot harder than you might think. Honestly, it would have been a whole lot easier just to follow the president's example and blow it all on one illegal occupation of Iraq.

$3 trillion...

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The Real Blackwater Scandal: Build a Frontier, You Get Cowboys, Part II

(200) Comments | Posted October 10, 2007 | 4:30 PM

Read Part I of this conversation here.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been posting pieces of my ongoing conversation with Naomi Klein, about her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. You can watch our first encounter here, and read our earlier conversations...

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The Real Blackwater Scandal: Build a Frontier, You Get Cowboys

(138) Comments | Posted October 9, 2007 | 4:06 PM

Two weeks ago, I talked with Naomi Klein about her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. If you missed the original video, you can watch it here, and the longer transcript is here. You can also learn more about the book and read excerpts...

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