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What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

Rep. Engel Urges A Strong US-India Relationship

Rep. Eliot Engel | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Rep. Eliot Engel

Following the signing of the civil nuclear agreement in 2008, it was hoped that the United States and India could leave behind the Cold War legacy of mistrust, and open a new chapter in the U.S.-India story. It appears to many that both countries have lost momentum.

Barack Obama's Africa Trip Misses Military Mission Creep on Continent

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Not on President Obama's oversight agenda: The troubling ramp up of military and counterterror assistance to these countries and the human rights abuses committed by these same actors. It should be.

INTERVIEW: Journalist Jeremy Scahilll on Dirty Wars

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.22.2013 | Media
Zaki Hasan

For more than fifteen years, Jeremy Scahill's investigative work has earned him accolades the world over for speaking truth to power and for shining a...

Is 'Terrorism' a War Crime Triable by Military Commission? Who Knows?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Thirteen years after the USS Cole was bombed, a military commission in Guantanamo Bay is trying to figure out if the act constituted "terrorism" and if "terrorism" is a crime that can be charged in a military commission. We still don't know.

Does the Accused USS Cole Bomber Have a Right to Hear Evidence of his Own Torture?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Does an accused man have the right to hear classified evidence he already knows, when it's directly relevant to whether he'll be put to death? Not in a U.S. military commission, according to the government.

Alleged Cole Bombing Mastermind Scheduled to Appear in Court -- 13 Years Later

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The alleged mastermind of that attack, a 48-year-old Saudi Arabian named Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, still has not been brought to justice. Yet the U.S. government has held him in custody for over a decade.

Dirty Wars, The Documentary: Notes in the Margins

Aldo Civico | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Aldo Civico

With Dirty Wars it is as if Jeremy Scahill is holding up a mirror against the U.S. government's war against al Qaeda and its affiliates across the Middle East and Africa, while inviting us to look into the abyss of its practices.

Can We Stop the Lone Wolf Terrorist?

Matthew Dunn | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dunn

The best tactic that democratic societies can adopt to combat radicalized, homegrown terrorists is to confront the cause itself and expose it for what it is: a factually incorrect, intellectually flaccid, bundle of vitriolic nonsense.

You Have No Privacy. So What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

We can, and should, be angry to learn that all of our communications and movements have been secretly monitored for years. But we can't escape our own responsibility by claiming to be surprised.

Top 8 Lessons of the NSA Spying Scandal

Seriously Skewed | Posted 08.07.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

In the wake of the spying scandal involving the National Security Agency, also known as the NSA, here is my top eight list of things we learned from this revelation

Act Two of US Drone Policy Reform

Yaron Schwartz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Yaron Schwartz

The Obama administration recently lifted its veil of secrecy about its drone usage by providing a substantial amount of information for the first time to a public audience about the program.

Pushing Past the 'Grey Area' on Homegrown Radicalization

Peter Henne | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Peter Henne

The time has come to seriously consider (1) the relationship between radical beliefs and behaviors, (2) trajectories of violent and non-violent radicalization, and (3) the radicalization process across the ideological spectrum.

Winning the Ideological Battle Against Terrorism

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Salam Al Marayati

Al-Qaeda made war rather than let Muslim communities survive, and mainstream Muslims must accept this challenge rather than let the union of God's religions break up and let extremists define Islam.

Leak Investigation of Fox News' James Rosen Crosses Red Line by Seizing Contents of Emails, not Just Data

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Media
Peter Scheer

We take for granted a loss of privacy for all manner of data generated by our connection to, and use of, the internet. But government's access, on a secret basis, to the content of my communications -- that is a difference in kind that is exponentially more "chilling."

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

Everyday Counterterrorism

Joseph Young | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Joseph Young

If people want to use violence, completely preventing it is nearly impossible. Everyone can, however, respond in ways that confront these acts and reduce their destructive power.

Is The George W. Bush Administration Finally At An End?

New York Times | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics

DALLAS — DO we dare to hope that the Bush administration is finally at an end? After four years of bending the Constitution, the constitutional l...

Drones Gone Wild: Uncensored!

Seriously Skewed | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Seriously Skewed

The following conversation between a drone and its operator was intercepted by Wikipedia (or is it Wikileaks?) during a seek-and-destroy mission somewhere in Pakistan.

'As Madison Wrote In Article 3, Yippee-Ki-Yay Motherf***er!'

Posted 05.24.2013 | Comedy

With President Obama's announcement that he intends to depart from Bush-era counterterrorism tactics, some critics have questioned whether his actions...

What Obama Should Not Say on Thursday

Ramzi Kassem | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ramzi Kassem

In his years in office, Obama has retreated from the moral argument against Guantánamo. If he is serious about closing the prison and not repeating the errors of the past, then he should reclaim that moral high ground.

Pentagon To Take Over Some CIA Drone Operations, Sources Say

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

* Pentagon control could open program to more congressional oversight * Strikes in Yemen to be run by armed forces * CI...

Asymmetrical Warfare: For all Americans a 21st Century Challenge

Darryl Woodard | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

The United States is now the sole technological super power in the world, and spends far more on defense than any other nation in the world. America had spent $711 billion on the War on Terror which also included the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the brief involvement in Libya.

Ryan J. Reilly

Witness Protection Lost 'Known Or Suspected' Terrorists: DOJ Report | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Marshals Service gave new names and identities to "known or suspected" terrorists admitted to the witness protection program an...

Free Jimmy Haslam! Go After Terrorists!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.09.2013 | Crime
Marty Robins

One would not think that the Cleveland Browns football team has much to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, and it may not, but the connection is wor...