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Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.05.2015 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The guys with the guns in the old days usually got caught eventually and sent off to the lockup. The cyber thieves of today are living it up on our money, contemptuous of the law.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Helped Fuel The Syrian Conflict, New Paper Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

An unprecedented climate change-fueled drought contributed to the political unrest in Syria, a new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the Na...

It May Be Speaker John Boehner and the GOP That Do Not Love America

Michelle Kraus | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Rudy, oh dear Mr. Former Mayor, it seems that that you got it all wrong when you accused the president of not loving America. It's so hard to watch you spout such stuff because you were such a respected man.

Boehner's and Bibi's Blunders 'Liberate' U.S. Foreign Policy from NeoCons

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now, thanks to Speaker Boehner, the Republicans have no credibility or standing on national security. None, zero, zorch, nada. The next time you hear a Republican bleating about national security, you can have a good laugh.

Republicans Shift To National Security Ahead Of 2016

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb 28 (Reuters) - If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 p...

4 Ways the Drug War Harms National Security

James Carli | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
James Carli

Just think of where we could be as a nation if some of the people spending years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense could have, instead, studied sustainable architecture or climate change adaptation?

National Security and the 2016 Election

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Like it or not, the 2016 presidential election will be about national security. And most Americans and most voters will be very fearful of the threat that the Islamic State represents and confused about how we should respond. The Islamic State is a true threat, and one that presents difficult if not impossible choices.

Jeb, Swearing He's His Own Man, Bear Hugs Brother's Failed Foreign Policy

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

For anyone who served on the ground in Iraq there is something horrifying about the idea of the ideologically blind, strategically ignorant "thinkers" -- Paul Wolfowitz chief among them -- who sent us into a misguided war without a plan to win the peace coming back into office. And yet, Jeb wants to get the gang back together.

'Green News Report' - February 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another day, another oil explosion, this time at an Exxon refinery in C...

In Whose America?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In sum, we, the people, are ever less in control of anything. The police are increasingly not "ours," nor are the NSA and its colleague outfits "our" intelligence agencies, nor are the wars we are fighting "our" wars, nor the elections in which we vote "our" elections.

Iowa Wants to Let You Carry Your Drivers License On Your Phone

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 02.13.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

There's now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to becoming obsolete.

Obama's Last National Security Strategy

John Feffer | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

This National Security Strategy will not likely silence administration critics or secure the White House for a Democratic successor in 2016. But it at least illuminates what Obama will try to accomplish globally in his last two years in office and, more importantly, how he will spin those efforts.

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuel Is Taking Us on the Road to Nowhere

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Energy security was high on the agenda of world leaders in 2014. Governments all over the world are now trying to come up with plans to ensure stable energy supply. Our quest for energy security must go hand in hand with the quest for true security. Our addiction to fossil fuel is taking us on the road to nowhere.

Countering Domestic Terrorism

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

The attacks on Pearl Harbor and September 11th angered and catalyzed America into action. But terror can also terrorize a nation into inaction and even panic. Overreaction is always possible. Much more needs to be done to counter domestic terror -- and not just in America.

America Needs a More Focused and Restrained National Security Strategy

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

As the American cable news entertainment channels focus on the artificial American Sniper controversy, the Obama administration's issuance of its second and final national security strategy was buried deep in the back pages of the newspapers.

The Kennedy-Johnson Climate Legacy

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Fifty years after President Johnson signaled a new concern to Congress in carbon pollution, we know he was right. Fifty years from now, how will the next generation look back on us? Will they say that we dealt with a moral and technological challenge of our time?

Kate Sheppard

Obama's National Security Strategy Lists Climate Change Among 'Top Strategic Risks' To U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new national security strategy, released Friday, puts a top priority on climate change, calling it "an urgent...

Opening Shots Fired in the War Over Guantanamo

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Republican lawmakers are exploiting the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in order to strengthen their argument that Washington is still in the middle of an active war on Islamist extremism. To put the message more alarmingly: If it could happen in broad daylight in Paris, it could happen in DC or New York.

Missing What's Being Built Right Before Our Eyes

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

From the point of view of the U.S. military and the national security state, the period from September 12, 2001 to late last night could be summed up in a single word: more. What Washington funded with your tax dollars was a bacchanalia of expansion.

Jimmy Carter Believes Surveillance Has 'Gone Too Far'

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter thinks surveillance programs have “gone too far," the Georgia Democrat told HuffPost Live in an interview Tuesday. He ...

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

New Year, Old Challenges... For Climate Change

Ghislaine Maxwell | Posted 03.06.2015 | Green
Ghislaine Maxwell

Americans, according to a recent Pew poll, are the most worried they've been about Islamic extremism since 2007. But what boggles the mind is that fewer than half name climate change as a potential threat. This is disturbing.

Book Excerpt: A World of Giving

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Today, many of America's most prominent foundations support institutions or programs abroad, but few have been active on the global stage for as long as Carnegie Corporation of New York.

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

Keith Thomson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Keith Thomson

The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base in January, 1966. A total of thirty-two Blackbirds served until 1998, never succumbing to enemy action.

Real Americans

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Our record says more about our real identity more than the one we imagine.