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3 Thoughts on Torture Following the Release of the SSCI Report on Torture 2014

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

If we as a nation do not demand accountability for the truth revealed in this report, then how can we ever make sure that such immoral, illegal, evil acts (or worse) will not be repeated in the future? Accountability sets a strong and undeniable deterrence factor.

Beyond M.A.D.: Reviving Nuclear War

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Unless the paradigm shifts and we redefine ourselves as a nation -- and we redefine our relationship to other nations, including our alleged enemies -- our future is nuclear weapons we can use.

New Global Corruption Scores Must Be A Wake Up Call to UN and World Bank

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Frank Vogl

The leading multilateral institutions like to hold meetings on this topic and pontificate and yet their record of helping to reduce corruption in many of the world's poorest countries is lamentable. They continue to enjoy overly cozy relations with thoroughly corrupt governments.

What to Expect From Obama?

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Julia E. Sweig

With two more years in the White House, is Barack Obama really a lame duck, or can we expect some audacity from this often infuriatingly low-key president? Based on what we've seen in just one month, my bet is on a lot more to come.

The American Global Stance as Chuck Hagel Departs

David Coates | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

As Republican pressure grows on a beleaguered president to become even more militarily assertive on a range of global issues from the Ukraine to the Levant, we all need to ask ourselves a few questions.

Solving the Threat to our Energy Grid

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and head of the US ...

The New Face of Our Military's Energy Security

Michael Wu | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Michael Wu

Last week, the Air Force unveiled its latest technological innovation. With a fleet of Nissan Leafs, Ford F-series trucks, and other vehicles, the Air Force took an important step that may eventually revolutionize how we think about the cars we drive and the way we keep the lights on.

Enact the USA Freedom Act

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The proposed Act is a huge step forward in our nation's effort to redesign our surveillance programs to protect the privacy of American citizens without sacrificing the compelling need to protect our national security. This legislation should be signed by the President -- without delay.

Japan's Real National Security Challenge -- and What It Means For America

Aki Peritz | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Aki Peritz

Tokyo's greatest national security challenge isn't actually Beijing or Pyongyang. Rather, it's the rapidly aging population that seriously undermines Japan's long-term ability to adequately protect itself.

Global Leadership for U.S. National Security

Joe Sestak | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Joe Sestak

The United States is a global power with global interests. Our future will depend on how successful we are in shaping a more stable world, from pushing back ISIS in Iraq to checking an aggressive Russia, from nurturing peace in the Middle East to containing the spread of Ebola.

Reframing Our Perception of National Security

Nate Jara | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Nate Jara

In just the last couple of months the answer has shifted from radical Islamists, to Russia, back to radical Islamists with the rise of ISIS, to Ebola, and now back to radical Islamists. But nobody seems to be getting at the underlying assumption that these issues represent significant threats to the welfare of the American people.

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

Another Ho-Hum Week Surveilling You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream. One morning, I'll see a newspaper article that begins something like this: "The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to curtail the agency's significant powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers."

Ali Watkins

Here Come The Hawks: Foreign Policy Under A GOP Senate | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republicans take the reins of the Senate in January, they'll bring a new round of international hawks into the upper chamber. And w...

The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether you love him or hate him, Rand Paul is succeeding in doing something that other Republican candidates have not done in a very long time: broaden the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party in order to encompass a growing libertarian streak among younger Americans.

Hawks Demand More Military Spending Than During Cold War: Stop Squandering 'Defense' Dollars on Other Nations

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America does not spend too little on the military. Rather, Washington attempts to do too much with the amount that it spends on the military. America's policy of promiscuous foreign intervention would be foolish even if it was not costly. But it is both.

Beware of 'Alarmist' Journalism During Times of National Crisis

Laura Wellington | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media
Laura Wellington

The fact is -- given a bit of clear thinking unencumbered by all of the noise -- none of the issues perpetuating our current national crisis are going to be solved by the screaming children in the room so why join them as it will only serve to hamper much needed solution.

Are We Safer Now? Yes, But Not as Much as We Could Be

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Wherever I go, the question is almost always the same, and it's to be expected, considering my past co-chairmanship of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, more commonly known as the 9/11 Commission. The question: Are we safer now?

'Green News Report' - October 21, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican candidates continue to dodge the climate change question; Mo...

The Value of Energy to Our Warfighters

Michael Wu | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Michael Wu

The USS America is the latest evidence that our military sees the connection between energy and effectiveness.

'Green News Report' - October 14, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Coal wins Kentucky's U.S. Senate debate!; Pentagon warns climate change...

Second Leaker In U.S. Intelligence, Glenn Greenwald Says

The Guardian | Ewen MacAskill | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

Citizenfour, new film on spying whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows journalist Greenwald discussing other source....

National Security Entrepreneurs Create Cyber Insurance

Bea Edwards | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

This configuration of secrecy and political connections is ideal for cashing in. In a field with billions of dollars in public money, no oversight and a corner on the expertise, Ridge, like Chertoff, Hayden and Alexander, is well-positioned to convert government funds into private profit.

Security Begins and Ends in the Home

Mark Testoni | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Mark Testoni

Ensuring the safety of those who can't defend themselves at home is at least as important as securing the nation from external threats.