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Robert Scheer

Pardon Edward Snowden

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

How do you justify criminally charging a government contractor for revealing an alarming truth that the public has every right to know?

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

Gag Me With Lawrence Summers

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

The idea that Barack Obama would still consider appointing Lawrence Summers to head the Federal Reserve rather than order an investigation into this former White House official's Wall Street payments mocks the president's claimed concern for the disappearing middle class.

The Return of Lawrence Summers, Mr. Spectacular Failure

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

Tell me it's a sick joke: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, the guy who tops the list of those responsible for sabotaging the world's economy, is lobbying to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

A Gift From the United States to Mideast Zealots

Robert Scheer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Embarrassingly, our law professor president refuses to label the arrest of Egypt's freely elected president by the military a coup because that would trigger an end to the $1.5 billion in U.S. aid as a matter of law.

The Good Germans in Government

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Treason is a word that dictators love to hurl at dissidents, and when both Cheney and Feinstein bring it back into favor, you know that courageous whistle-blowers like Snowden are not the enemy.

The Terror Con

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

For defense contractors, the government officials who write them mega checks, and the hawks in the media who cheer them on, the name of the game is threat inflation. And no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton.

One American Who Isn't For Sale

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The folks at Booz Allen, and its parent company the Carlyle Group, love that world as a fabulous profit center, and it is truly inspiring that there are still folks like Edward Snowden whom they can't buy.

Congress Still Puts Out for Wall Street

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Not content with having swindled tens of millions of Americans out of their homes and life savings, the very bankers who caused the biggest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression are now subverting government regulations designed to prevent comparable disasters in the future.

When Good Sites Sell Out, Who Loses?

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Robert Scheer

Shredding privacy is the essence of Tumblr's appeal to Yahoo, and even though it has said it will retain the social networking site's founders in key positions, one way or another that very personal data will be mined and inevitably fall into what users will discover to be the wrong hands.

Obama Did It For the Money

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The love fest between Barack Obama and his top fundraiser Penny Pritzker that has led to her being nominated as Commerce secretary would not be so unseemly if they both just confessed that they did it for the money

277 Million Boston Bombings

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil. President Obama made clear that "any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror." But are we as a society prepared to be judged by that standard?

It Wasn't David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why is David Stockman driving everyone crazy? The shoot-the-messenger frenzy that has greeted Sunday's New York Times op-ed by Ronald Reagan's former budget director leaves one searching for the message that has so unhinged his critics.

Occupy Passover

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Robert Scheer

If one is an observant vegan, isn't it troubling that a first born animal, say the offspring of a pet cat, let alone a human child, is to be sacrificed while the life of the lamb is saved?

Time Heals All Hubris

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

How is it that there is no palpable sense of soul searching associated with the 10th anniversary of a war based on officially concocted lies and a policy of torture? It is because the presumption of a unique American claim to an original and enduring innocence perseveres, no matter the death and destruction.

It's Good to Be the Multinational Corporations

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Go offshore, young man, and avoid paying taxes. Plunder at will in those foreign lands, and if you get in trouble, Uncle Sam will come rushing to your assistance, diplomatically, financially and militarily, even if you have managed to avoid paying for those government services.

Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It is brutally immoral that the proposed cuts in federal spending now be imposed on the victims of the meltdown rather than the perpetrators of their financial ruin.

Oscar 2013: Hollywood's CIA Celebration

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

This is the movie season to consider the CIA as a benign force, occasionally stumbling but in the end, driven by good intentions. The example of Iran, where the Argo caper is set, is instructive of the absurdity of that view.

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president's nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

Shame on You, Goldman Sachs. Now Here's Your Bonus

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.02.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

In the end, it doesn't matter whether these folks are Democrats or Republicans, nor whether they are operating at the highest levels of government or banking -- they take care of their own.

Another Word for Propaganda

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why aren't film director Kathryn Bigelow's claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning? Or, at the very least, being investigated for their role in one of the most damaging leaks of national security information in U.S. history?

The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

I suppose that he can't be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.

Crony Capitalism's Power Couple

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

Where is Phil Gramm hiding? The former Republican senator from Texas has not been heard from since his bank got nailed by the G-men. Or, as the Times put it, UBS now has the distinction of being "the first big global bank in more than two decades to have a subsidiary plead guilty to fraud."

A Sign That Obama Will Repeat Economic Mistakes

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

Please don't tell me that these reports in the business press touting Sallie Krawcheck as a front-runner for chairman of the SEC or even a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary are true.

Yes We Can, We Did, and Now Obama's Second Term Is Our Responsibility

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Morning in America already feels too much like a hangover. The house is still a wreck, the family is dysfunctional and there are enormous bills to pay that are not about to go away.