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Change, Dance and Hoover: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Brodinsky

Change is inevitable, growth is optional. Change will happen, everything will change, but if you embrace it and are open to it, then life can change for you.

Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a historic burglary, to put it mildly. It was also the first time modern newspapers were faced with the ethical question of whether to publish news stories which had as their sole source stolen government documents that arrived anonymously in the mail.

Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty-three years ago this month, an obscure branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations located in a Philadelphia suburb was burgled. All their files were stolen (being 1971, these files were all on paper) and whisked away to a secret hideout, then they were sorted and sent to the media.

All the Way on Broadway

Rob Taub | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Rob Taub

My father told me many stories about LBJ, and I've read even more, so I can't imagine anyone better than Bryan Cranston playing him.

Goodnight, Shirley

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Celebrity
Keith Runyon

I suppose that there are some people who have never heard of Shirley Temple, and probably quite a few who don't recognize her as one of the great cultural icons of the 20th Century. But by the reaction to her death at the age of 85, I expect they are about to find out.

Questioning Authority: Edward Snowden

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

What we learned in 1971 is essentially the same thing we learned from the Snowden documents. The federal government is conducting illegal surveillance on Americans. Edward Snowden is a whistleblower. He is a patriot.

The History of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the F.B.I.

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I bet if you made these sorts of statements to the average American-on-the-street in 1964, they would have wholeheartedly agreed. Because the public simply had no idea of what was going on, back then. Those of us who know our history, however, just don't have that excuse today.

FBI Tried To Blackmail Martin Luther King Jr. Into Suicide

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

Every year, the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. evokes a nationwide sense of self reflection. The legendary Civil Rights leader forced the c...

Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and COINTELPRO

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of those making the case that Snowden should "return to the United States and face the music in a court of law" regularly offer up (as an example for how whistleblowers should act) the story of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. But a better parallel exists.

Matt Sledge

FBI Burglars Praise Edward Snowden -- And His Decision To Flee

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The activists who stole FBI documents exposing widespread, illegal domestic surveillance in 1971 say Edward Snowden did the right thing in fleeing the...

The Doors App and Beyond: A Conversation with Elektra/Nonesuch Founder Jac Holzman

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.07.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Photo courtesy Holzman Family Archive A Conversation with Jac Holzman Mike Ragogna: Jac, it's an honor to interview you. You and your label Elektra...

Ryan J. Reilly

J. Edgar Hoover Ordered FBI To Ignore Rep Who Badmouthed Him

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- J. Edgar Hoover ordered his bureau to ignore Rep. Jack Brooks back in 1958 after the then-36-year-old Texas Democrat reportedly badmouth...

The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Part One)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Given its epic flaws and omissions, it's little wonder that the Warren Report, which the Commission presented to President Johnson with great fanfare on September 28, 1964, has been over the years widely condemned as a monumental government fraud.

'Spies, Lies, and Unsavory Ties'

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Metadata mining sounds so cool and innocent. High-speed, high-resolution, high-on-drones and the intergalactic intertwined net is no longer a spy web of the future.

More Than a Dream

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The future -- as well as the present -- is what we make of it. That's how dreams come true: "We ... will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water."

A Case of Conviction: Many Troubling Aspects of the Manning Verdict and Snowden Saga

William Bradley | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Bradley Manning stands convicted, though not of the biggest charge. Edward Snowden is out of Moscow's main airport, his latest revelation of NSA surveillance echoing loudly. Two cases of conviction, though imperfect, with only one convicted, bringing mixed tidings and mixed reactions.

Only the One Percent Need Worry About NSA's PRISM

Chris Abraham | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Abraham

If I were you, I wouldn't think too much about PRISM. You're more likely to get found out by your wife, your husband, your boss, your friends, or your community than you will from the NSA, the FBI, or anyone with Top Secret clearance -- with a caveat.

History Of Black Surveillance Influences African-American Attitudes On Spying

thegrio.com | Posted 06.14.2013 | Black Voices

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked information on the secret surveillance programs, is now a fugitive in hiding in Hong Kong. And yet, wh...

The IRS Scandal, and Hoover's Brutalist Legacy

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Any time a federal agency decides to intimidate those in the political arena in any way, large or small, it should be seen as a scandal by everyone -- no matter your political leanings. Because we've seen what happens when this sort of thing is allowed and encouraged, and it isn't a pretty sight.

UN to Review Whether the FBI Killed the Kids at Kent State

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.06.2013 | Crime
Pat LaMarche

Time will tell what will come of Laurel's struggle to get justice for her sister and the other victims. And justice for Laurel means that the government will one day acknowledge the truth.

April 4, 1968

Janus Adams | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

The next day as my mother brushed my hair for school, I saw a different me in the mirror. At age 8, northern, white parents had spat on me and torn my clothes for trespassing what they saw as their "turf" and I saw as school. Now, touched by King, I felt cleansed.

'Nothing but a Northern Lynching': The Assassination of Fred Hampton

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

While we will never know what heights Fred Hampton would have reached as a leader had he lived, we do know that the spirit of Fred Hampton continues to live on.

Edgar Embraces History at The Mayflower

Erin Ruberry | Posted 01.30.2013 | DC
Erin Ruberry

Nearly two years ago, The Mayflower's Town & Country Lounge closed its doors, ending an era that began when President Truman lived six blocks away in the White House. Next month it will open Edgar Bar & Kitchen, named for J. Edgar Hoover, who ate at the hotel every day for 25 years.

Petraeus's Public Shaming Better Than Hoover's Alternative

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In a way, I'm glad that David Petraeus's sex scandal is playing out across the pages and television screens of the mass media. Because one of the alternative ways it could have been handled is so much worse.

Will The Yankee Comandante's Bones Ever Return To U.S. Soil?

The New Yorker | David Grann | Posted 05.21.2012 | World

For a moment, he was obscured by the Havana night. It was as if he were invisible, as he had been before coming to Cuba, in the midst of revolution. T...