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.
Whatever label you want to give Edward Snowden, 'hero' doesn't quite cut it for many observers of this convoluted scenario.
Obama's slogans -- "change we can believe in" and so on -- sound like empty promises. His lofty rhetoric and certainly his Nobel Peace Prize are insults to educated people everywhere.
While Americans are split over the program's legality and effectiveness, recent polls show nearly unanimous agreement regarding one key aspect: those PowerPoint slides are so goddamn terrible.
Bradley Manning stands convicted, though not of the biggest charge. Edward Snowden is out of Moscow's main airport, his latest revelation of NSA surveillance echoing loudly. Two cases of conviction, though imperfect, with only one convicted, bringing mixed tidings and mixed reactions.
Reporters like Hersh and Greenwald, coupled with leakers like Snowden, principled or not, may bring some pain, but they cleanse the democracy, or at least open it up to light. Sunshine, still, is the best disinfectant, even as it opens some wounds along the way.
The way forward is clear: Congress must finally begin to exercise its Article I constitutional powers and rein in executive branch lawbreaking.
Ultimately, if we're going to engage in a debate about the NSA, certain people need to calm down and very carefully read everything that drops. It's a complicated issue that demands an even-keel and a clear understanding of what's being reported.
A couple of weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC posted a letter to Edward Snowden. Some believe that the letter was a bit sarcastic. Let me try...