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State Secrets

How Much Is Too Much to Sacrifice?

Leah McGrath Goodman | Posted 09.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Leah McGrath Goodman

Should journalists have to sacrifice their rights to liberty and freedom of movement; to safety and privacy; to even their own identities and lives?

Cat and Mouse

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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You Have the Right to Remain Spied on

Peter Bibring | Posted 08.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Bibring

"Operation Flex" was a fishing expedition that targeted people because of their religion. But we'll never be allowed to know whether the FBI violated the Constitution when they authorized it because it would require the disclosure of state secrets.

The GOP and Presidential Power

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we begin the countdown to the November elections, let's appreciate how much American governance has become a debate over presidential power -- from health care, to the economy, to foreign policy.

A Family Affair: Who’s Left Behind After the FBI’s Fake Terror Stings (PHOTOS)

ColorLines | Lyric Cabral | Posted 11.11.2011 | Black Voices

This piece originally appeared at ColorLines. Ten years after September 11, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has prioritized protecting Am...

How Do We Justify Indicting Roger Clemens For Lying But Not Indicting Those Persons Who Authorized and Directed Torture?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Isn't it ironic that Roger Clemons is indicted for lying to Congress about steroid use, while those who authorized and directed the use of torture remain uncharged and unpunished?

President Obama and Government Secrecy

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

As a longtime supporter and colleague of Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, as well as an informal adviser to his 2008 campaign, I had high ho...

Freedom of the Press vs. State Secrets

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Does the press have the right to disclose some secrets? I believe that too many documents are designated "top-secret" when they really should be designated "embarrassing."

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

Will Rendition Always Remain a State Secret?

Emily Berman | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Emily Berman

On President Obama's first day in office, he stated unequivocally that his administration was "committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness in government." It is time for the president to live up to his promise.

Obama Opens the Oval Office to Good Government Groups

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

When we met with him yesterday, President Obama did something remarkable: He said the issue of transparency in government is incredibly difficult, and he asked us to work with his office to improve the status quo.

Suburban Man Charged With Selling Military Secrets To China

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chinese-born immigrant living in the Chicago suburbs has been accused of selling state secrets to China on a recent business trip. Sixing Liu, wh...

Supreme Court To Consider Controversial 'State Secrets' Doctrine

Wall Street Journal | JESS BRAVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For the first time in nearly 60 years, the Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider the limits of "state secrets," a legal doctrine the government often...

WikiLeaks and the Cult of Secrets

Daniel Denvir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Denvir

Julian Assange thought exposing secrets would bring the whole rotten edifice down. But when it comes to the American people, the most sinister lies actually hide in plain sight.

Slouching Towards Tyranny

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The state of civil liberties and national security in the United States is alarming. In the American Empire, the former are routinely crippled or lacerated in the false name of the latter.

Obama Invokes 'State Secrets' Claim To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Targeting Of U.S. Citizen

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Saturday invoked the state secrets privilege which would kill a lawsuit on behalf of U.S.-born cleric A...

Keeping Torture a Secret

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The idea that the horror innocent persons have suffered should go unpunished on the basis that some information "may" be revealed that the government wishes to keep secret is a travesty.

Jason Linkins

White House Expands On Executive Powers Once Criticized By Obama, No Doubt To The Delight Of The Base

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As you may have heard, in these last eight weeks of the campaign season, the Democrats are going to be ramping up efforts to remind voters of how bad ...

Court Ruling Highlights Need for New State Secrets Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of an Islamic charity and its lawyers during the Bush administration had violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Kagan's Troubling Record

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Unfortunately, history does not support Obama's optimism that Elena Kagan is a disciple of Thurgood Marshall.

Jason Linkins

Obama's State Secrets Position: Selling Out Or Clever Ploy?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Plenty of readers disagreed with the conclusion I drew in my last column, so I figured, Why not air a reasoned countering opinion? Here goes.

Obama To Set Higher Bar For Keeping State Secrets

washingtonpost.com | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce a new policy Wednesday making it much more difficult for the government to claim that it is protecting state se...

FBI Whistleblower: Hastert, Burton, Blunt, Other Members of Congress 'Bribed, Blackmailed'

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.

Formerly-'Gagged' FBI Whistleblower Details Congressional Blackmail, Bribery, Espionage, Corruption in Remarkable Videotaped Deposition

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly.

Obama Admin Files Supreme Court Brief Defending State Secrets Privilege

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Supreme Court filing from the Obama administration last month has set off alarm bells on the left. ...