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4 Reasons Our Democracy Is Broken

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

With all due warnings about nostalgia about a golden age of American democracy that never existed, here are four especially disturbing and depressing signs that our political institutions are doing a worse and worse job of reflecting meaningful the interests of "We, The People."

The Big Chill: How Obama Is Operating in Unprecedented Secrecy -- While Attacking the Secret-Tellers

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

Far from reversing the Bush-Cheney executive power grab, President Obama is taking it to new extremes. More than a decade after it started, we still have no clue how much the government is listening in on us or reading our email. And the government's response to this unprecedented secrecy is a war on leaks.

Leaks and the Public Right to Know

Morton H. Halperin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Morton H. Halperin

Congress is, in fact, much more likely to enact a statute which does make it a crime, at least for government officials, to disclose any classified information to the press. It must be urged to move slowly and deliberately.

Dan Froomkin

Squelching Secrets: Obama's Prosecutors Are Pursuing The Wrong Target

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of Patrick J. Fitzgerald's last cases as one of the nation's most prominent U.S. attorneys may turn out to be a misfire. John Kir...

President Correa, Please Protect Julian Assange From My Government

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

WikiLeaks has made a tremendous contribution to exposing U.S. foreign policy to public scrutiny. The importance of transparency and public information to reforming U.S. foreign policy cannot be overstated.

The Obama Administration Is Criminalizing Investigative Reporting

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.12.2012 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Criminally investigating the kinds of leaks that are the bread and butter of national security investigative reporting is a noxious overreaction by hyper-controlling government officials who don't want us to know what's being done in our name.

Obama Administration Called Out for Hypocrisy Over Whistleblower Prosecutions

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The Obama Administration has brandished the Espionage Act in six cases to prosecute leaks of classified information to the media, compared to just three such cases in all previous administrations.

Obama's War on Journalism

Dan Kennedy | Posted 04.28.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Kudos to David Carr of the New York Times for shining a light on an issue that doesn't attract nearly the attention that it should: the Obama administration's abuse of the Espionage Act, which in turn has led to a virtual war on journalism and free expression.

Case Unlikely To Deter Obama Administration's Vigorous Legal Attack On Leakers

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Criminal defendants of all stripes in national security cases, including Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North in the Iran-Contra affair and...

Obama Admin Rebuffed In War Against Whistleblowers

AP | DOUGLAS BIRCH | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

BALTIMORE — Prosecutors asked a federal judge Friday to drop their Espionage Act case against National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drak...

Why Thomas Drake Is Not an Enemy of the State

Jesselyn Radack | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jesselyn Radack

Former NSA senior official Thomas Drake is a whistleblower. Through legal and proper channels, he disclosed massive corruption, gross waste and mismanagement to tune of billions of taxpayer dollars, and widespread illegal domestic surveillance.

WikiLeaks and Democracy

Vincent Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vincent Warren

The cables present evidence that this administration has been tampering with other countries' legal systems to prevent prosecutions against government employees for committing human rights abuses.

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

Espionage Act: How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United States

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Activating the Espionage Act is an act of profound aggression against the American people because we are all Julian Assange. Under this act, anyone who publishes or discusses WikiLeaks material can be arrested.

Assange in the Grasp of U.S. Empire

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Julian Assange has entered the firm embrace of the U.S. Empire after publishing diplomatic cables that embarrassed the United States and many countries around the world.

The F Word: Shifting Goalposts on Terrorism

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

We've seen so many definitions of terrorist in the last few years, it can be hard to keep them straight. So I suppose it's understandable when someone like Rep. Peter King from New York can't remember what the word means anymore.

How to Really Prevent the Next Wikileaks Episode

Martin London | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin London

I recently read a blog post by a distinguished First Amendment lawyer of the view that once the cables were leaked, the U.S. was helpless to act because all prior restraints on publication are a violation of the First Amendment. Baloney.

Prosecutors Considering Dropping Espionage Charges Against Former AIPAC Lobbyists

Jerry Markon | Jerry Markon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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