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Robert Scheer

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically."

One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

This week's unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming a robust Fourth Amendment protection for cellphone data is an enormously important victory for privacy rights in the digital age.

Where's Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

From Egypt, it was off to Baghdad for John Kerry to see whether Iraq's bold effort in democratic nation building could be resuscitated in the face of imminent collapse. The problem there is that Kerry will have trouble locating a military strongman to back.

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush's Horrifying Legacy

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush's enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense. This was, and will always be, viewed properly as Bush's quagmire, a murderous killing field based on blatant lies.

Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It was a truly historic moment on Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA's continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our Constitutional division of power.

Honoring the 'Accomplices' to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
Robert Scheer

The tide is turning. Yesterday's traitor is today's hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

For the Democratic hawks, Afghanistan was going to be the good war, but Obama has learned, as did then-President Jimmy Carter more than 30 years ago, that the Afghans are not to be toyed with.

Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have 'Angry Birds'?

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What is alarming is the depth of detail, as well as the breadth of the information, gleaned from the ubiquitous mobile phone apps, including political affiliation and gender preferences, geographical location, an extensive network of one's friends and even distant associates.

Exposing Public Wickedness Is More American Than Apple Pie

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It's the revolt of the geeks. Edward Snowden is John Peter Zenger digitized, a post-Internet free-press hero soaring above the security obsessions of the past decade to assert the inalienable requirements of individual sovereignty in a wired world.

NSA, Benghazi and the Monsters of Our Own Creation

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

If we are so smart why are we so dumb? I am referring to the "intelligence" that our spy agencies have gathered at great cost in both massive secret black box budgets and, much more important, the surrender of our personal freedom to the snooping eyes of our modern surveillance state.

Bill O'Reilly's War on Jesus

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What would Jesus do about the profound inequality of opportunity that both the pope and our president have identified as the most pressing moral crisis of our time? It is a timely question to ponder when many of us honor the purported moment of Christ's birth with a last-minute burst of shopping.

Progressives on the Take

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Democrats bear as much responsibility as Republicans for allowing our once promising democracy to degenerate into a plutocracy of the irresponsible super-rich.

Welcome Back, Jesus

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Even if, like me, you don't fall into one of those categories and also take issue with the Catholic Church's teachings on a number of contested social issues, it is difficult to deny the inherent wisdom and clarity of the pontiff's critique of the modern capitalist economy.

Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Finally, Barack Obama may prove deserving of his Nobel Peace Prize by joining with England, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating an eminently sensible rapprochement with Iran on its nuclear program.

Be Thankful For the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What if Snowden had not revealed that shocking information on the vast government surveillance system that was hidden from the American public but known to Feinstein and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee?

The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11.

Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

John Kerry, despite his democratic pretense, has sent a message to the disenfranchised of the Muslim world that the call for representative democracy on the part of the United States is nothing more than a public relations gimmick.

Obama, Congress Owe Snowden Thanks, and a Pardon

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Now we know that even the president needs leaks from Edward Snowden to be fully informed about the dastardly acts of his own top spy agency.

What Fine? Why JP Morgan Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Although the $13 billion fine on the civil charges, which includes $4 billion in direct assistance to swindled homeowners, mostly in depressed inner city neighborhoods, is to be applauded, it represents about half of the profit JPMorgan garnered last year.

Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The elected leaders of a party that has been on the side of emancipation since the presidency of Abraham Lincoln acts to deny the basic human right to life-sustaining health care to the Southern progeny of slaves.

The Government Leakers Who Truly Endanger America Will Never Face Prosecution

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Until a more vigorous enemy turns up, the overblown terrorist enemy used to justify the vastly profitable surveillance state, with selective scary news leaks, is all the military-industrial complex has got.

Obama's Friends in Low Places

Robert Scheer | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why are we not surprised that Obama has done nothing to break up the too-big-to-fail banks, the biggest now being Dimon's? Don't be fooled by the occasional fines; the banks have used the interest-free money to grow ever larger and more unaccountable in their behavior.

The People Win as Lawrence Summers Trades Power for Wealth

Robert Scheer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Despite his occasionally populist rhetoric, Obama proved highly solicitous of Wall Street interests at the expense of Main Street, and under the guidance of Summers, the Bush strategy of bailing out Wall Street continued under Obama.

Obama Remembers He's Not George W. Bush

Robert Scheer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It came when President Obama acknowledged the Russian proposal for Syria to avert war by agreeing to destroy its chemical weapons stock as "a potentially positive development." It was quintessentially an un-Bush moment when suddenly this presidential "decider" seemed possessed of a brain capable of reversing his disastrous course.

The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran's Brief Experiment in Democracy

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Sixty years ago this week the United States successfully staged a coup in Iran to overthrow democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh that a newly declassified CIA document reveals was designed to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran's rich oil fields.