This configuration of secrecy and political connections is ideal for cashing in. In a field with billions of dollars in public money, no oversight and a corner on the expertise, Ridge, like Chertoff, Hayden and Alexander, is well-positioned to convert government funds into private profit.
An inability to predict the lay of tomorrow's land may, in a way, be par for the course. If so, however, remind me: Why exactly are we supporting 17 versions of intelligence gathering to the tune of at least $68 billion a year?
Under the cloak of powerful buzzwords like "convenient" and "free", Apple both convinces us that Google's "Don't Be Evil" corporate motto applies to them, too, while spell-binding us into states of diminished privacy in licenses and rights we grant them.
As a 1974 high school junior, I couldn't envision that a day would come 10 years later where I would join Hart's initial 1984 insurgent presidential campaign challenging establishment candidate VP Walter Mondale.
In Post-Constitutional America (2001-Present), the government has taken a bloody box cutter to the original copy of the Constitution and thrown the Fourth Amendment in the garbage.
When there's such a great difference between what the American population thinks and wants, and what the government desires, how can we feel we're actually being represented? The government will claim they're acting in our best interests -- even if we don't know it.
Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.
If you watched this drama closely, you surely noticed how narrowly we conceptualize corruption in America. In effect, general influence peddling and election purchasing, which we see more commonly, are legitimate.
No matter how hard I work to protect my privacy, my emails, my spending habits and the fact that I have seen several movies starring Scarlett Johansson, someone out there knows about it.
There is no doubt that the Visa Waiver Program merits a national discussion free from partisan politics. Terrorists have already used the VWP to gain access to soft targets. Whether additional security measures would have prevented their entry is the $64 million question.
Recent U.S. history paints a clear picture of abuses by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often with the approval of politicians. Despite paternalistic assurances that Americans have no reason to fear their own government, caution is warranted.
In his latest article for The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald takes a highly critical look at a story by NPR's counterterrorism correspondent, Dina Temple-Raston, which aired on Morning Edition earlier this month.
co-authored by Tom Malatesta, CEO, Ziklag Systems For those focused on the subject matter, yesterday's Tweet fest from TeamAndIRC and Blackphone was ...
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.
The two guys at the top of national security (the Director of National Intelligence and the director of the CIA) have both been caught lying to the American people and to the U.S. Senate -- they have no right to lie.
The bottom line is this: just because we can obtain a piece of information, or listen into a conversation, doesn't mean we should. This is especially true when it comes to our nation's most important allies, like Germany.