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5 Hot Books: Sliding Toward Big Brother, and a Novel About Brooklyn That's Now a Major Motion Picture

The National Book Review | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

This article first appeared in The National Book Review. 5 books people are talking about this week -- or should be. 1. Power Wars: Inside Obama's P...

Rand Paul Stands Firm

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rand Paul is leading on an issue that is near and dear to his political philosophy. You may not agree with where he's leading, and you may not think this is going to help him politically, but you've got to at least admit that he is showing leadership. And that, to me, is admirable.

War in Two Directions

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

By all means, the VA is failing American veterans terribly, with wholesale claim denials and scandalous waiting times and a general, contemptuous dismissal of the psychological and physical wounds American vets are coming home with.

The Week to Week News Quiz for 4/18/14

John Zipperer | Posted 06.18.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Edward Snowden now has a friend in high places. See who made or lost friends in the news by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz.

The Week to Week News Quiz for 4/4/14

John Zipperer | Posted 06.04.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Before you start celebrating the weekend, find out how much you know about this week's news by taking the latest Week to Week news quiz.

Did Rand Paul Just Accuse Barack Obama of Being 'Not Black Enough?'

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Barack Obama has a lot to answer for when it comes to the NSA. However, the president certainly does not have to answer to Rand Paul when it comes to whether he is black enough.

Matt Sledge

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

Matt Sledge

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

These Four Organizations Are Also Spying On You, And You Had No Idea

The Huffington Post | Cezary Jan Strusiewicz | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

When Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency has been accessing phone and email records of American citizens, the news shook the wor...

Now Who Is the Real "Narcissist"? Edward Snowden or the NSA?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

It's only a matter of time until the NSA capability begins targeting the left in this country, if it has not already. J. Edgar Hoover and Richard Helms did it in the 1960s and 1970s. There are no real safeguards in place that would prevent it from happening again.

EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden's Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov't

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Democracy Now!

"My biggest fear when I shutdown the service was that no good would come of it," says Ladar Levison, the owner of Lavabit, an encrypted email service ...

Glenn Beck To Michele Bachmann: Shame On You

Posted 07.26.2013 | Media

Glenn Beck went on a rant against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Thursday, blasting the congresswoman's support of the NSA's spying on Americans. ...

Michael McAuliff

FBI Director: We Use Drones In The U.S. | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Robert Mueller revealed Wednesday that the bureau uses drones to conduct surveillance on U.S. soil. Asked by Sen. Chuck ...

Domestic Surveillance: Spy vs. Spy, American vs. American

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Spy technology continues to become ever more sophisticated-and deadly too. That's sparked a major debate about how domestic spying should be limited to ensure constitutional safeguards of US citizens.

When the Tea Party Rules America

Glenn W. Smith | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Glenn W. Smith

A portrait of America under Tea Party rule runs the risk of reading like dystopian science fiction. So be it. We should take the risk because a future Tea Party America would likely be such a dystopia, a place even tea partiers might fear to tread.

We Won't Spy On Americans' Emails, NSA Chief Claims

Reuters | Tabassum Zakaria and David Alexander | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Am...

When the Drones Come Home to Roost

Robert Friedman | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Robert Friedman

The very same drone technology deployed around the world is currently circling in the skies over our heads. It's worth considering how the proliferation of drones domestically impacts the very freedoms we hold dear.

What Do We Celebrate this July Fourth?

Shahid Buttar | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

When the United States championed democracy, freedom, and opportunity, it made sense to celebrate the Fourth of July. But are we still promoting those values? If we are paragons of neither opportunity nor freedom, what exactly do we celebrate today?

Oops! Air Force Drones Can Now (Accidentally) Spy On You

Wired | Posted 05.08.2012 | Technology

As long as the Air Force pinky-swears it didn’t mean to, its drone fleet can keep tabs on the movements of Americans, far from the battlefields of A...

U.S. Collecting Information About Americans To Strengthen FBI Investigations

The Washington Post | Dana Priest and William M. Arkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Am...

Brennan Suggests He Played Role In Domestic Surveillance

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'll have a broader piece up soon about John Brennan's speech about counterterrorism, which in many ways represented a stark departure from several ke...

Jason Linkins

Cheney "Aggravated" By New York Times Pulitzer | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Bill Bennett's fawn-tastic Morning In America exit interview with Dick Cheney is filled with precisely the sort of ass-kissing and side-stepping you'd...

My Co-Worker is a Terrorist

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Brewer

My co-worker, Josh's, most terrorizing activities? Helping pass landmark legislation like the Maryland Healthy Air Act and the Clean Car Bill.

White House Pushes For Expanded Domestic Spying

Washington Post | Spencer S. Hsu and Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about A...

Former CEO Says NSA Punished Phone Firm

Washington Post | Ellen Nakashima and Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction for insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew a $100 mil...