Without our free media, all our other freedoms can be stolen from us under the darkness of fear. Our free press is under assault by the very institutions whose claim is that they are protecting us.
Both Bradley and Chelsea are part of the LGBT community. Shouldn't we have treated them with equal care, particularly given the extreme nature of Manning's valor, the disproportionate nature of the risks Manning took?
Resurrecting the mighty I. F. Stone into the fray with Snowden, the NSA, and Washington: First, as to the facts.
One of the oddest aspects of Barack Obama's presidency is its sometimes quite strange mix of the ultra-politically correct and the anti-politically correct. They've led to some of the most crashingly boneheaded things this White House has done.
I think it's obvious to any reasonable observer that the UK authorities detained David Miranda to intimidate journalists and whistleblowers. Does this sort of "deny and disrupt" campaign sound familiar? It should: you've seen it before, deployed against terror networks.
Every publication makes mistakes. Every major publication has, at some point, botched a story. But the way things are going with The Guardian as it publishes this series of Edward Snowden "bombshells," we're well beyond isolated glitches.
Could President Obama's second term be marred by further revelations stemming from the NSA scandal?
Ironically, a number of elite journalists have emerged as among Snowden's harshest detractors and of the brand of investigative journalism practiced, for example, by Glenn Greenwald. But this week Jeffrey Toobin appeared to be positioning himself as the leader of that particular pack.
Washington has still not accepted Latin America's second independence, and expects its southern neighbors to behave in the same embarrassingly obedient way as Europe. On the positive side, Latin America has done quite well over the past decade.
Maybe events in London have made this American pastor paranoid, or maybe we have awakened to an America that is not the One Nation, Under God and Indivisible, to which we long have pledged allegiance. Perhaps ours has become a land where those who truly are brave no longer are entirely free.
Journalists and government watchdogs are right to express their anger over the detention of Mr. Miranda. But we should also, as a media corps, shine as strong a light on these other journalists' struggles.
In fact, there is nothing to stop the U.S. government from censoring the media with regard to revelations such as those contained in the Snowden files -- nothing, that is, except longstanding tradition.
Glenn is right in describing it as "designed to send a message of intimidation." At this point, the governments involved are desperate to shut things down and don't seem to care how arrogant, over-reaching or unbelievable they come off.
As a nation at peace becomes a fading memory, so does privacy. Commitments to idealism -- seeking real alternatives to war and upholding democratic values -- are under constant assault from the peaks of power.
"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 ...
In light of the N.S.A. and earlier "Cable Gate" scandals, the Brazilian government may believe the Pentagon sees the country as a menace or potential threat. If that is Washington's view, however, such a policy may become more problematic in future.