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Betty Medsger

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.

Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a historic burglary, to put it mildly. It was also the first time modern newspapers were faced with the ethical question of whether to publish news stories which had as their sole source stolen government documents that arrived anonymously in the mail.

Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty-three years ago this month, an obscure branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations located in a Philadelphia suburb was burgled. All their files were stolen (being 1971, these files were all on paper) and whisked away to a secret hideout, then they were sorted and sent to the media.

Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and COINTELPRO

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of those making the case that Snowden should "return to the United States and face the music in a court of law" regularly offer up (as an example for how whistleblowers should act) the story of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. But a better parallel exists.

The News on Surveillance and Spying: Worse Than You Think

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

A new book, as well as the first account written by a participant, remind us that, in the world of the national security state, when it comes to pure and simple illegality in the monitoring of, spying on, and surveillance of American citizens, there really is nothing new under the sun.

All the Focus on Edward Snowden Is Misplaced

Debbie Hines | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Debbie Hines

Setting aside for the moment the issues surrounding Edward Snowden's legal dilemma, more focus needs to be placed on the issue of NSA surveillance. Specifically, now that we have the information provided by Snowden, what are we going to do about it?

The Cointelpro Burglars' Brilliantly Simple Robbery Plan

Benjamin Hart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In 1971, a group of burglars broke in to an FBI office in Pennsylvania, stole reams of documents, and uncovered a vast intelligence program known as C...

Matt Sledge

FBI Burglars Praise Edward Snowden -- And His Decision To Flee

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The activists who stole FBI documents exposing widespread, illegal domestic surveillance in 1971 say Edward Snowden did the right thing in fleeing the...