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Matthew Harwood
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Matthew Harwood is a journalist in Washington, DC, and a frequent contributor to the Guardian's Comment is Free. His writing has appeared in The Washington Monthly, Progress Magazine (U.K.) as well as online at Columbia Journalism Review, CommonDreams, and Alternet. He is currently working on a book about evangelical Christian rhetoric and aggressive US foreign policy.

Entries by Matthew Harwood

To Terrify and Occupy

(53) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:36 AM

How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents

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Jason Westcott was afraid.

One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They...

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Invasion of the Data Snatchers

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Big Data and the Internet of Things Means the Surveillance of Everything

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Estimates vary, but by 2020 there could be over 30 billion devices connected to the Internet. Once dumb, they will have smartened up thanks to sensors and other...

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Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

(173) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 10:29 PM

The NSA Isn't the Only Government Agency Exploiting Technology to Make Privacy Obsolete

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For at least the last six years, government agents have been exploiting an AT&T database filled with the records of billions of American phone calls from as far back...

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Political Violence and Privilege

(82) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 9:54 AM

Why Violent Right-wing Extremism Doesn't Scare Americans

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The evangelical Christians of Greenville County, South Carolina, are afraid.

There has been talk of informants and undercover agents luring young, conservative evangelicals across the South into sham terrorist plots. The feds and the area’s...

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No Dominion: The Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists in the Armed Forces

(16) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 4:36 PM

In his fight against British imperialism, Mahatma Gandhi described the life cycle of successful civil disobedience: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mikey Weinstein, the 55-year-old founder of the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), likes to quote...

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The Pentagon Prevents a Poison Prayer

(14) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 2:42 PM

Christian dominionists are in high dudgeon at that most holy of government agencies, the Department of Defense. The Family Research Council says that the Pentagon's decision to rescind a speaking invitation to cleric Franklin Graham for early May's National Day of Prayer isn't mere discrimination, it rises to...

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Downward Christian Soldiers

(17) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 12:35 PM

The recent resurgence of right wing violence turned particularly bizarre and creepy over the weekend.

Beginning Saturday evening, the FBI staged multiple raids across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio to arrest nine members of an apocalyptic Christian militia who were allegedly conspiring to murder police officers, carry out terrorist atrocities, and...

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This Agency Needs an Exorcism

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 7:26 PM

The recent revelations that employees of the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) accuse supervisors of widespread corruption, discrimination, and mismanagement is nothing new. Rather it's an old story made new by the botched terrorism attack of Christmas Day.

On that day, 23-year-old jihadist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried

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The Other Extremists Inside the Ranks

(166) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 6:03 PM

On Nov. 5th, Maj. Malik Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and self-radicalized jihadist, stepped inside the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas. Just before he allegedly opened fire on his comrades-in-arms, Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" By the time a police officer's bullet paralyzed Hasan, he had murdered 13 people--12...

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Classism at Union Station?

(7) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 2:19 PM

Early Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama's storied night ended inside Union Station at the Eastern States Inaugural Ball, accompanied by the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

But the efforts to secure the venue, one of the busiest transportation hubs in the District, left many people out in the...

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