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Peter Van Buren

The News on Surveillance and Spying: Worse Than You Think

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

A new book, as well as the first account written by a participant, remind us that, in the world of the national security state, when it comes to pure and simple illegality in the monitoring of, spying on, and surveillance of American citizens, there really is nothing new under the sun.

Take a Minute and Stick Up for Whistleblower, Peter Van Buren

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Radical abolitionist John Brown led a raid on Harpers Ferry October 16, 1859. His goal was to encourage the slaves to revolt against their masters. ...

U.S. Diplomat Peter Van Buren Speaks About American Public Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
John Brown

"Any communications strategy plays second to reality. So as long as deaths from misplaced drone attacks, atrocities by soldiers and videos of Abu Ghraib exist, you are not going to fool anyone regardless of how many tweets you send out."

State Department Sex Scandal In Iraq?

Posted 04.19.2012 | World

Blogger and foreign service officer Peter Van Buren made potentially damning claims on Wednesday on his blog, We Meant Well, alleging that a high-rank...

Speaking Truth to Power

William Astore | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Peter Van Buren's story is a cautionary tale of waste, mismanagement, and hubris, one that should serve to discourage (or at least to inform) current efforts in Afghanistan.

"Do as I Say, Not as I Do"

Jean-François Julliard | Posted 01.01.2012 | DC
Jean-François Julliard

The world over, repressive governments censor or blackout the press and the Internet to shield itself from the forces of social change. Disturbing then to see the same thing happening in the United States.

State Department Tries To Bully Iraq Author Into Silence

Foreign Policy | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

I never intended to create this much trouble. Two years ago I served 12 months in Iraq as a Foreign Service Officer, leading a Provincial Reconstr...