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Your iPhone and J.Edgar Hoover

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Today, in the digital age, our surveillance tools are much more powerful than they were in the days when the FBI tapped MLK's phone and bugged his hotel rooms. That's why the legal dispute between Apple and the FBI is so important.

Two Years After Snowden, a Plea for Perspective

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Riley Roberts

In the days ahead, as we reappraise Edward Snowden's complicated legacy, now two years old -- and as Congress considers a package of sensible NSA reforms -- what's called for is a dose of clear-eyed realism, an appetite for nuance, and a high tolerance for uncertainty.

If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. Disturbed by the National Security Agency's actions? Check your local listings for when the PBS show Independent Lens airs. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film.

Obama's Big Move: Time to Bring Cuba Through the Time Tunnel

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's way past time for the rest of us to let Cuba as it is, imperfect though it may be, like the rest of us, find what future it can.

At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

From the Bay of Pigs to the 'Bay of Tweets'

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Another covert action, another effort to conceal the truth from the American people, another deceit in our endless struggle to overthrow Cuba's government.

Rand Paul Eats Obama and Clinton for Lunch on Government Spying

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Clinton is a charter member of the Deep State. Paul is one of the few national politicians who have questioned it. And challenging the Deep State may be the most important issue of our times.

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.

NSA? No Problemo... Until?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

This level of dangerous blowback is exactly the harm Snowden blew the whistle on! But isn't it also what Senator Obama campaigned he would change, if elected to the presidency, before further damage could occur to our Constitutional rule of law?

Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If the CIA becomes regarded as monstrous and out of control by not just the usual critics but also by much of the mainstream in the U.S. and around the world -- and they are on that cusp right now -- some of the most important tools in protecting the United States and its interests short of war become, at best, decidedly double-edged swords.

The CIA Is Not a Fourth Branch of Government

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Senate must prevail in this Constitutional showdown between a secretive Executive Branch relic of the Cold War that has a long history of doing nasty things in our name.

Friday Talking Points -- Freedom From Job Lock

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The next big legislative fight (raising the debt ceiling) is just around the corner, and the Republicans can't seem to agree on what to hold as hostage.

Matt Sledge

John McCain Introduces Legislation To Create Special NSA Leaks Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

At least four different Senate committees have jurisdiction over the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden -- and now Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz...

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.

Matt Sledge

Group That Curbed NSA Spying In 1970s May Have To Do It Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

Four decades ago, a special Senate committee exposed what was then the worst of domestic surveillance abuses by the FBI, CIA and National Security Age...

The NSA: 'The Abyss From Which There Is No Return'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The National Security Agency's capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, suc...

Can a Balance Between Privacy and Security Ever Be Struck?

Monte Frenkel | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Monte Frenkel

It is tempting to think that advancing technology has launched us into a brave new world of surveillance in which history can provide no guidance. But that is rarely the case, and it is not so here.

The Military Industrial Complex: We Know It Just Didn't Stick -- It Was Our Fault

Martin Garbus | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Martin Garbus

Those in government, both Republic and Democrats, knew exactly what was going on. They knew, ever since the Church Committee of 1975 of decades ago, of the overstepping of our intelligence agencies. We all knew. We just did not pay attention.

Obama Pivots Amidst Encroaching Chaos: Is the Promise of the California Summit Receding in the Rearview Mirror?

William Bradley | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

We just don't live in a world in which it makes sense to leave our doors unlocked. But that's not a justification for an anything goes attitude.

On NSA Leaks, It's the Government Versus the People

John Glaser | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Glaser

Despite continuing efforts to politicize the revelations about the NSA's domestic spying programs, the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden transcend America's trivial two-party politics. This isn't Republicans versus Democrats. It's the government versus the people.

Former CIA Director William Colby Subject of New Documentary

Michael Rose | Posted 12.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Rose

The Man Nobody Knew chronicles the life of the filmmaker's father, CIA Director William Colby, whose testimony to the Senate panel prompted numerous reforms in the agency.

The New FBI Powers: Cointelpro on Steroids

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Listen closely and what you will hear, beneath the babble of political chatter and other mindless political noises distracting you from what's really going on, are the dying squeals of the Fourth Amendment.

How Top Secret America Misfires

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Why has Congress not yet awoken to the fact that since 9-11 we have been sailing into a perfect storm? Here are just some of the turbulent winds blowing and pushing officials in the wrong direction.

Update About the Government's New War on Peace

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The raids on anti-war activists indicate to me that the FBI is merely seizing the moment in opportunistic fashion and abusing its discretion under the overbroad series of "war on terror" laws.