In the twenty-first century, it was not death itself -- no stranger to this country -- but the fear of prospective death by terror that settled comfortably into Washington.
Who do we trust? Who can we trust? In a world where the NSA and Homeland Security probably know what I'm wearing as I'm typing this article, we are awash in information, but bereft of knowledge and integrity; flooded with stories, but left to die in a drought of truth.
News headlines to the contrary, there is actually more taking place right now than just the Obama administration's conveniently distracting push for military action against Syria.
Rout 7 is U.S. highway, but it doesn't read like it was ever a road for moving goods or getting where you need to go.
There was a collective holding of breath on Thursday when the NASDAQ suddenly shut down trading. Terse reports and statements that "technical problems...
The White House has made cybersecurity one of its top priorities, topping off its efforts with an Executive Order that set out to do many things, including establishing a "Cybersecurity Framework" that would set forth basic measures companies could take to protect themselves from a range of cyber-attacks.
TSA airport security is excessive for the rarity of the threat and in the face of the better intrinsic security already provided from enhanced vigilance by passengers and crew.
The overarching challenge for the next Secretary will be responding to the looming security threats and managing the homeland security enterprise responses, which must include Federal, state and local actors.
We're using our borderlands and undocumented migrants as an excuse to build, experiment with, and test out a new kind of surveillance state, drones included.
The $46 billion border security price tag in the immigration reform bill will simply expand on what has already been built. After all, $100 billion was spent on border "enforcement" in the first decade after 9/11.
Warm, and full of puffing sailboats, and washing-machine clean. I am having a hard time believing this is New York harbor -- and that I am kayaking it.
What does it say about us, that we have no problem with tens of thousands of people being killed by guns, yet a terrorist act that kills hundreds or even several thousand justifies Orwellian surveillance?
Just remember, next time you're buying a book at the airport, speeding on the highway, posting a Tweet, sending a text message, or reading an article like this one online: They're always watching - and we're the ones who decided we could live with that.
The prosecution of Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks' source inside the U.S. Army, will be pulling out all the stops when it calls to the stand a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that assassinated Osama bin Laden.
Recent NSA revelations bring up some grave concerns about civil liberties. But they also raise other profound questions -- about the privatization of our military, our inflated expectations for digital technology, and the increasingly cozy relationship between Big Corporations (including Wall Street) and Big Defense.
A four-month hunger strike, mass force-feedings, and widespread media coverage have at last brought Guantanamo back into American consciousness. Still unnoticed and out of the news, however, is a comparable situation in the U.S. itself.