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National Security State

More Confessions of an Economic Hitman: This Time They're Coming for Your Democracy

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.22.2017 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Perkins was recruited, he says, by the National Security Agency (NSA), but he worked for a private consulting company. His job as an undertrained, overpaid economist was to generate reports that justified lucrative contracts for U.S. corporations, while plunging vulnerable nations into debt.

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, David Talbot, (New York: HarperCollins, 2015)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home
Joseph A. Palermo

If one reads carefully The Devil's Chessboard along with James Douglass's superb book, JFK and the Unspeakable, the reader will come away with a deeper understanding of the "crime of the century" that synthesizes the most relevant details that 50 years of scholarship and investigation have provided.

A Post-Paris 'Clash of Civilizations'? It's the Islamic State's Dream and Marco Rubio Agrees

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

What bin Laden grasped before 9/11: with a relatively small number of followers, he and his movement couldn't hope to create the world of their fervid dreams. If, however, he could lure the planet's "sole superpower" into stepping into his universe, military first, it would change everything and so do his work for him.

How the National Security State Becomes Us

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Microscopic act by microscopic act, whoever we are, whatever we think we think, we can't help but absorb the limits, the directives, the intentions that our ascendant national security state wants to impose on us.

Secrecy, Privacy and the Future of American Liberty

Patrick G. Eddington | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
Patrick G. Eddington

The "security vs. liberty" strawman argument remains the rhetorical weapon of choice for National Security State officials terrified by the spread of public encryption technologies. They argue that, absent some form of technological "back door" to break into private encrypted communications, federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be blinded, unable to fend off potential terrorist attacks here at home.

The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Nan Levinson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

Edward Snowden, Won't You Be My Valentine?

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Our Valentine's Day heartthrob is none other than whistleblower Edward Snowden! You may be wondering why we're crushing so hard after Ed, so here you'll find four reasons that you should have a crush on him too.

More and War: The Tao of Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the wake of the 2014 midterm elections, the capital is said to be a big government town being taken over by smaller government types -- not, however, if you're talking about the national security state.

The Fourth Branch

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Generally speaking, its powers and prerogatives remain beyond constraint by that third branch of government, the non-secret judiciary. It is deferred to with remarkable frequency by the executive branch and, with the rarest of exceptions, it has been supported handsomely with much obeisance and few doubts by Congress.

Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Tthere is but one crime for which anyone in America's national security state can be held accountable in a court of law, and that's leaking information that might put those in it in a bad light or simply let the American public know something more about what its government is really doing.

Why Hasn't Obama Reined in NSA?

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

After the 2008 election, Barack Obama supporters had high expectations for his national-security policy. He's accomplished some of these objectives but he hasn't reined in the NSA. Why not?

American Jihad 2014

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In bang-for-the-buck practical terms, Washington's national security state should be viewed as a remarkable failure. And yet, in faith-based terms, it couldn't be a greater success. Its false gods are largely accepted by acclamation and regularly worshiped in Washington and beyond.

Slowly, A Consensus Emerges To Oppose The Security State

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

From a new Reason/Rupe poll (pdf): Do you think local police departments using drones, military weapons and armored vehicles are necessary for...

A Sense of Proportion

Stephan A. Schwartz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Stephan A. Schwartz

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?

Enough With Scandals and Gridlock: How About Real Patriotism?

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Today, for instance, Facebook, Google, Amazon, eBay and any number of other online enterprises, as well as companies you never heard of, all know more about you than should be possible in any free society.

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."

Religion and Technology in America

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.15.2012 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Garry Wills, professor of American history and author of Bomb Power, says that the atomic and nuclear bomb remade the country into a National Security State fostering perpetual emergency, secrecy and war.

What Woodward and Bernstein Got Wrong About Watergate

Will Bunch | Posted 08.18.2012 | Media
Will Bunch

The real crimes of the last 40 years didn't fit into the box that Woodward and Bernstein and the Watergate scandal helped to create. In the end, the real exceptionalism of Richard Nixon was merely that he was dumb enough to get caught. The rest of them all got away with it.

Arab Spring, American Fall

Jim Garrison | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Jim Garrison

The American Fall symbolizes America's fall. Tahrir Square brought down a regime. Zuccotti Park never even phased it. Wall Street is the same after Zuccotti Park as it was before.