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Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being.

Michael Calderone

U.S. Spy Chief Warned Ex-NY Times Editor: 'You Will Have Blood On Your Hands'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- On the evening of Aug. 2, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was on a crowded Metro North train, en route to her weekend...

Why the US Record on Free Press Won't Inspire Cairo

Sarah Harvard | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Sarah Harvard

The Obama administration's statements about the three Al Jazeera journalists are encouraging and ring true to the needs of both the Egyptian and the American people, but it's unsure whether they are in the right position to point their finger just yet.

Criminal Wrongdoing and the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

According to the operating consensus, the American public has no right to know what the CIA is up to, even when what it's up to is extremely questionable in terms of dealing with our officially proclaimed enemies; and liberating such data from the crypt called classification is criminal behavior.

Obama And Holder Pushed To Stop Pursuing NYT Reporter

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Media

A new petition is calling on President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to drop the government's legal efforts to get New York Times reporter Ja...

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 08.02.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Sup...

An Assault From Obama's Escalating War On Journalism

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2014 | Media
Norman Solomon

Charging that the administration has launched "an assault on freedom of the press," a new petition tells Obama and Holder: "We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources."

Ryan J. Reilly

Top DOJ Official Implies Reporter May Not Be Jailed In Leak Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration may not actually seek an order from a federal judge to send New York Times reporter James Risen to jail for ref...

Michael Calderone

How A New York Times Reporter Forced The Paper To Publish NSA Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.14.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- In the fall of 2005, New York Times reporter James Risen invited a colleague, Eric Lichtblau, to his house to read a chapter from his fort...

A Poison Pill for the Federal Shield Law

Kurt Wimmer | Posted 06.01.2014 | Media
Kurt Wimmer

This isn't an attempt to improve the Free Flow of Information Act, it's an attempt to kill it. As appealing as it might seem to cover absolutely everyone in the United States as a potential "journalist," the result is clear. A privilege held by everyone can be held by no one.

Reporter Hits Obama Administration

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 03.27.2014 | Media

New York Times reporter James Risen did not mince words in his recent comments about the Obama administration. Risen is currently fighting a legal...

Major Media "Rallies" In New York To Urge Press Freedom From Government Spies and Protection for Sources

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.21.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

The term "spring offensive" may be out of favor in the media, but more than 50 organizations endorsed a forum this past Friday with some of the media's best known editorial heavyweights, to discuss the most serious crisis journalistic freedom has faced in decades.

Reporter Takes Press Freedom Fight To Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

New York Times reporter James Risen said Monday that he has formally taken his legal battle to prevent him from having to reveal confidential sources ...

James Risen Rips Into Government Over Press Freedom

Posted 11.20.2013 | Media

James Risen, the New York Times reporter ordered to testify against a confidential source, called on journalists to fight back against government's at...

Risen Plans To Take Fight To Supreme Court

AP | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court will not reconsider a decision compelling a journalist to identify a source who disclosed details of a ...

REJECTED

International New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 12.16.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by James Risen, an author and a reporter for The New York Times, who was o...

Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

As a nation at peace becomes a fading memory, so does privacy. Commitments to idealism -- seeking real alternatives to war and upholding democratic values -- are under constant assault from the peaks of power.

James Risen Asks Justice To Drop Subpoena

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 10.08.2013 | Media

James Risen wants his subpoena scrapped. Risen is the New York Times reporter at the heart of a juicy court case that sits astride important First Am...

WATCH: James Risen Calls Out Jeffrey Toobin

Posted 08.01.2013 | Media

Glenn Greenwald and Jeffrey Toobin appeared on Piers Morgan's CNN show once again on Wednesday night to spar over Edward Snowden and government leaker...

NYT Reporter Sounds Off On Court Order: 'They Just Keep Coming At Me'

Posted 07.29.2013 | Media

The New York Times sounded off on the recent federal court decision ordering James Risen to testify against his source in a leaks case. Earlier th...

Obama's Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Media
Norman Solomon

Journalists who can be compelled to violate the confidentiality of their sources, or otherwise go to prison, are reduced to doing little more than providing stenographic services to pass along the official story. That's what the White House wants.

NYT Reporter Ordered To Testify In Leaks Case

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals panel in Virginia has rejected a reporter's bid to protect a source who gave him information about a ...

The United States vs. Freedom of Speech

Tricia Todd | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Tricia Todd

The criminalization of journalists in the United States is not a new occurrence, but the overt and veiled threats to reporters and their sources is becoming less of a rarity.

Michael Calderone

White House: McCain's Suggestion That It Leaked For Political Gain Is 'Irresponsible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.06.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration disputed claims Wednesday from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others that it had revealed national security secre...

Michael Calderone

Obama's War On Leaks

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.18.2012 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Obama administration Friday morning continued its headlong attack on the right of reporters to protect their confidential sources...