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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.

Brazil Doubles Down on China Trade

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

While American consumer culture drives Brazil's young, wired and affluent, the China deals are reminders of why Beijing has pulled ahead of Washington as Brazil's top trade partner.

United States Lags in Top Math Students

Joanne Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joanne Jacobs

Only 6 percent of U.S. students scored at the advanced level on the PISA 2006 math exam, compared to 28 percent of Taiwanese students and at least 20 percent of students in Hong Kong, Korea, and Finland.

Take Michael Hayden Off the "Curtis LeMay Today List"

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

We at The Washington Note move retired USAF General Michael Hayden out of the "Curtis LeMay Today List" that we are beginning to compile -- and back on to the roster of reasonably sensible strategists.

Court Ruling Highlights Need for New State Secrets Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of an Islamic charity and its lawyers during the Bush administration had violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

NSA To Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center

InformationWeek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The massive complex, comprising up to 1.5 million square feet of building space, will provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threa...

Cartoon: al-Qaida's Statement

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Adam


Obama State Secrets Privilege Affidavit Sounds Just Like Bush

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Attorney General Eric Holder invoked the "state secrets" privilege to quash a lawsuit alleging illegal National Security Agency spying last Frida...

Was Izzy an Agent?

D. D. Guttenplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
D. D. Guttenplan

I've always had a soft spot for Ron Radosh. This may seem surprising, particularly since Radosh just penned an attack on me, my I.F. Stone biography, ...

Extent Of NSA's E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns In Congress

New York Times | JAMES RISEN and ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress s...

Judge Who Ordered Judith Miller Jailed Appointed To Spy Court

Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The judge who ordered former New York Times journalist Judith Miller jailed for refusing to reveal her sources has been appointed to the Foreign Intel...

Obama Blackberry In Final Stages Of Development At NSA

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama will soon get his souped-up, high-security BlackBerry for use in and around the White House and during presidential travel, said Obama...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi Denies Being Threatened By Funder Over Harman | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denied Tuesday that a Democratic donor, Haim Saban, threatened to withhold campaign contributions if Pelosi woul...

Ryan Grim

Sen. Jay Rockefeller Speculated NSA Was Wiretapping Him | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this year, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) speculated that the National Security Agency may have wiretapped him. His statement came at the very...

Ryan Grim

Which Congressman Did NSA Try To Wiretap Without A Warrant? | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The National Security Agency sought to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant, the New York Times reported Thursday. The paper couldn't determ...

Intel Court Expected To Okay Bush's Warrantless Wiretapping

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, is expected to issue a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wire...

The Whistleblower Who Tried to Prevent the Iraq War

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A new book, The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War explains in personal, political and historic terms what Katharine Gun did.

Google Recruited By CIA For Spy Work

London Times | Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Google has been recruited by US intelligence agencies to help them better process and share information they gather about suspects. Agencies such as ...

Bush Admin Plan To Broaden Wiretapping Powers Gains Victory In Senate

New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A White House plan to broaden the National Security Agency's wiretapping powers won a key procedural victory in the Senate on Thursday, as backers def...

Ex-CEO: Spy Agency Sought Phone Company Help Months Before 9/11

The New York Times | Scott Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The phone company Qwest Communications refused a proposal from the National Security Agency that the company's lawyers considered illegal in February ...

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...

Two Months After Vow To Reign In NSA, Dem Concessions On Wiretapping Expected

New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU and CARL HULSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Two months after vowing to roll back broad new wiretapping powers won by the Bush administration, Congressional Democrats appear ready to make concess...

NSA Schools Reporters On Damage Of Leaks

New York Sun | Josh Gerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Frustrated by press leaks about its most sensitive electronic surveillance work, the secretive National Security Agency convened an unprecedented seri...