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Fred Kaplan

Why Snowden's Disclosures of Foreign Surveillance Are Legitimate

Bea Edwards | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

If we live in a country that allows us only the official line about an extremely controversial story that involves torture and death, then we live in an authoritarian state, not a democracy.

War Strategies of the Blind

Rick Ayers | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Rick Ayers

The problem is that the U.S. media has no voice critical of the overall enterprise. Even liberal outlets like National Public Radio and The New York Times are all united in the project of occupation. No one bothers to examine the history.

How Many Dead and Wounded Soldiers Ago Did Obama Give Up on Afghanistan?

Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

Why did Obama wait two years to "change his mind," and four years to pull out? Over 1,300 American servicemembers have died in Afghanistan since the summer of 2009 -- well over half of all the dead during the entire war. When did he know it was hopeless?

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.

Wikileaks -- After the Gold Rush, What Then?

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

I have seen plenty of leaked material over my career and I know that 'leaked' adds a patina of mystery and capital-I Importance to documents that is sometimes not deserved.

The Doctrine of "Sovereign Immunity" Presents a Grave Danger to Our Security

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Sovereign Immunity has its roots in old English law postulating that neither the sovereign nor the sovereign state can commit a legal wrong. It is an anachronism of another time and poses a great danger to our security.

Details Of Pentagon Nerve Center Revealed

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A tiny office in the Pentagon employs a handful of military officers, teamed up with outside contractors, to study the future....