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National Security State

Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Tthere is but one crime for which anyone in America's national security state can be held accountable in a court of law, and that's leaking information that might put those in it in a bad light or simply let the American public know something more about what its government is really doing.

Why Hasn't Obama Reined in NSA?

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

After the 2008 election, Barack Obama supporters had high expectations for his national-security policy. He's accomplished some of these objectives but he hasn't reined in the NSA. Why not?

American Jihad 2014

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In bang-for-the-buck practical terms, Washington's national security state should be viewed as a remarkable failure. And yet, in faith-based terms, it couldn't be a greater success. Its false gods are largely accepted by acclamation and regularly worshiped in Washington and beyond.

Slowly, A Consensus Emerges To Oppose The Security State

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

From a new Reason/Rupe poll (pdf): Do you think local police departments using drones, military weapons and armored vehicles are necessary for...

A Sense of Proportion

Stephan A. Schwartz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Stephan A. Schwartz

What does it say about us, that we have no problem with tens of thousands of people being killed by guns, yet a terrorist act that kills hundreds or even several thousand justifies Orwellian surveillance?

Enough With Scandals and Gridlock: How About Real Patriotism?

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Today, for instance, Facebook, Google, Amazon, eBay and any number of other online enterprises, as well as companies you never heard of, all know more about you than should be possible in any free society.

4 Reasons Our Democracy Is Broken

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

With all due warnings about nostalgia about a golden age of American democracy that never existed, here are four especially disturbing and depressing signs that our political institutions are doing a worse and worse job of reflecting meaningful the interests of "We, The People."

Religion and Technology in America

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.15.2012 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Garry Wills, professor of American history and author of Bomb Power, says that the atomic and nuclear bomb remade the country into a National Security State fostering perpetual emergency, secrecy and war.

What Woodward and Bernstein Got Wrong About Watergate

Will Bunch | Posted 08.18.2012 | Media
Will Bunch

The real crimes of the last 40 years didn't fit into the box that Woodward and Bernstein and the Watergate scandal helped to create. In the end, the real exceptionalism of Richard Nixon was merely that he was dumb enough to get caught. The rest of them all got away with it.

Arab Spring, American Fall

Jim Garrison | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Jim Garrison

The American Fall symbolizes America's fall. Tahrir Square brought down a regime. Zuccotti Park never even phased it. Wall Street is the same after Zuccotti Park as it was before.