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Mouth Wide Shut

John Feffer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It's a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate. Still, it was refreshing. So what happened?

The Devils of Darwin: Satan Takes on the Tea Party

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Democrats do not seem up to the task of taking on this new breed of crazy. With the freak show called the GOP primary season in full swing, the time has come to offer up a political counterbalance to dangerous right wing extremism -- beyond what traditional Democrats can muster.

Multilingualism Is a National Asset, Not a Personal Shame

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The ability to speak other languages is sorely needed for our national security and economic success. Yet, speaking another language is viewed unfavorably by many Americans who fear a weakening of our national character. Consequently, this unique strength is daily losing its vitality.

Are We Heading Towards a Global Energy Proliferation Crisis?

Julian Popov | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Julian Popov

Our history is doted by the ups and downs of real or anticipated energy scarcity crises. The energy shortage tide however might be about to turn. The next energy crisis is more likely to be triggered by abundance of economically available energy resources rather than by their shortage.

The Postal Service Is Still Sloppy About Mass Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States Postal Service continues to mismanage its mail tracking program, an operation used by several federal agencies t...

Three Exceptional Facts About America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you were to isolate the single most striking, if little discussed, aspect of American foreign policy in the first 15 years of this century, it might be that Washington's inability to apply its power successfully just about anywhere confirms that very power; in other words, failure is a marker of success.

To Keep Pace With Peacekeeping, US Must Show Leadership

Peter Yeo | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Peter Yeo

With growing strains on our allies' resources, such as the refugee crisis that has recently deluged borders, how can the U.S. ensure such a call will not fall on deaf -- or at least distracted -- ears, no matter how urgent?

The Iran Nuclear Deal

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

This deal is done. The future of this deal with Iran depends on the next President who I hope and pray will be someone with backbone, someone who will not draw red lines in the sand and then walk away from them.

Dear Mr. Huckabee, You're Wrong!

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

As an Army Veteran, having served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and as a past political appointee having worked for Eric Fanning in the Pentagon, I would like to respond to your comments about my former boss.

The No-Fly Follies

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver's licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. "There's something wrong with the computer," she said. "I need to talk to my supervisor."

Republicans on Defense: Breathing Fire or Blowing Smoke?

William Hartung | Posted 09.19.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's a given that to be a Republican candidate you have to bash President Obama as being weak on defense. But as evidenced in Wednesday's debate, while a few of the candidates depart from the party's most heated foreign policy rhetoric, none of them have come up with a coherent alternative.

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

David Vine | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics
David Vine

With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe.

Refugees Are Not a Risk to National Security

Anne Speckhard | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

As a national security expert who has spent more than 20 years working alongside government defense and security experts, I know that the majority of Syrian refugees fleeing war are not using the opportunity of refugee status to embed themselves as terrorists in the West.

An American Family Saved Their Son From Joining ISIS, But He Might Go To Prison

The Washington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

SPRING, Tex. — Asher Abid Khan sat in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and considered his next move — forward to Syria and enlistment in ...

Cyber Sherlocks and the Case for Digital Watsons

Martin Giles | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Martin Giles

Machine learning models are only as good as the quality of the data sets on which they are based and the algorithms they employ. However, if the financial industry is any guide, the opportunity for security startups pioneering this approach is hugely exciting.

Military Cutbacks: The Perils of Downsizing

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The cutback of 40,000 active duty army personnel is a grave mistake that will cost us. Those are 40,000 highly trained, experienced professionals who have been trained to work with and support each other under adverse conditions.

All Americans Not Equal: Mistrust and Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens in the U.S.

Alev Dudek | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, of which about six percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the image associated with immigrants, one would assume that all Americans in the U.S., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case.

To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

H2H Solutions to S2S Problems in the Information Age: A Case for Digital Diplomacy in East Asia

Meicen Sun | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Meicen Sun

The world we live in is digital, and individual, as it is also political and persistently statist. State actors' control of economic resources, combined with their monopoly in the legitimate use of force, has helped maintain their superiority over non-state actors.

The Republican Juggernaut Marching Us to War

David Coates | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
David Coates

If the Republican circus of presidential candidates manages to persuade -- by the regular repetition of inadequate and ill-informed talking points -- that the route to future U.S. economic prosperity and national security is through ever more military belligerence abroad, then we are on the way to yet more wars.

Chris Christie And Rand Paul Get In A Shouting Match Over Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

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Climate Change Is a National Security Problem

Dina Badie | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Dina Badie

Because information on the scientific consensus and the potential dangers take a backseat to the alleged debate and cliche images of polar bears clinging to ice blocks, the public remains severely uninformed about the many potential dangers that require action.

Why Chris Van Hollen's Statement Could Be The Tipping Point For The Iran Deal

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Van Hollen also addressed his hawkish colleagues in Congress, many of whom decried the deal even before fully reading it, who have been quick to move the goalposts of the agreement to include everything Iran does that we find objectionable.

A Way Out of Afghanistan's Crisis

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah.

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

These ambassadors join the overwhelming majority of former diplomats and national security officials who have come out in favor of the deal to block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. There is fierce opposition to the agreement, but most is from political figures and neoconservative groups, with few former senior officials backing them.