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Snowden Gets Venezuela Asylum Offer

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

MOSCOW — Edward Snowden has found supporters in Latin America, including three countries who have offered him asylum. But many obstacles stand i...

The Illusion of Freedom

Steven Nereo | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Steven Nereo

I wish people would understand this and see their guns for what they are, nothing more than shiny, (loud and deadly) distractions from the real issues that separate the people from the government.

Top 10 Reasons Edward Snowden Should Seek Asylum in Iceland

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Edward M. Weinman

Is Edward Snowden really stuck in transit at the Moscow airport? The Obama administration is desperately trying to track down Snowden. Can you blame...

Edward Snowden's Long Flight

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As a State Department whistleblower, I think a lot about Edward Snowden. I can't help myself. Here are five things that I imagine were on his mind (they would have been on mine) as that plane took off.

Another Senator Thinks Snowden Deserves Treason

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

Another United States senator has said he thinks the actions of National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden may constitute treason, just on...

The Naked Empire

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Certainly Edward Snowden's crime is one of public relations. What he did by outing the NSA and its gargantuan surveillance operation was mess hugely with the American image -- the American brand -- with its irresistible combination of might and right.

Ironic Choice of Asylum for Self-Proclaimed Government Critic

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

It seems Edward Snowden didn't do his homework on where in the world to apply for asylum. His choice of Ecuador as a safe haven stands in stark contrast to President Rafael Correa's war on the free press and refusal to endure dissent of any kind.

On NSA Leaks, It's the Government Versus the People

John Glaser | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Glaser

Despite continuing efforts to politicize the revelations about the NSA's domestic spying programs, the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden transcend America's trivial two-party politics. This isn't Republicans versus Democrats. It's the government versus the people.

Obama's Informants

Melvin Goodman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Melvin Goodman

Oversight and accountability must be part of government, particularly the secret agencies within government, and congressional oversight is needed to correct the collective harm that has been done.

The Intelligence-Industrial Complex

Gary Hart | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is dangerous to have a technology-empowered government capable of amassing private data; it is even more dangerous to privatize this Big Brother world.

It's Time for the Press to Fight Back Against Secrecy

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Even in this day of fragmented audiences and decimated newsrooms, major news organizations still have the ability to spark a national conversation around a given issue, by putting experienced, tenacious beat reporters on the story. So what's needed is a new beat, to cover secrecy itself.

The Snowden Principle

John Cusack | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
John Cusack

The Snowden Principle, and that fire that inspired him to take unimaginable risks, is fundamentally about fostering an informed and engaged public. The Constitution embraces that idea.

UK: NSA Leaker Not Welcome

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE and GREGORY KATZ | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

LONDON — The British government has warned airlines around the world not to allow Edward Snowden, who leaked information on top-secret U.S. gove...

Snowden's Perspective

Brian Penny | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

Gary Webb is the journalist who blew the whistle on the CIA during the Iran Contra scandal in the 1980's. In 2005, Webb reportedly "committed suicide"...

Edward Snowden: Hero to the Highest Bidder?

Michael Yaki | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Yaki

Nothing about the Snowden Affair smells quite right. It is one thing to break the law to reveal the existence of a secret NSA surveillance program. But there was little secret about this program.

6 Whistleblowers Before Edward Snowden

The Huffington Post | Katerina Rosen | Posted 06.13.2013 | Fifty

This week the media can't get enough of 28-year-old whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hero/traitor released details of the National Security Agency (N...

With NSA Surveillance, US Government May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The internet has never been a perfect tool for advancing democracy and human rights. Despite the most optimistic techno-utopian projections, the inte...

The Vaudevillian Rhetoric of Friedman and Brooks

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

New York Times columnists David Brooks and Thomas Friedman's columns highly critical of whistleblower Edward Snowden share the same deceptive rhetorical tricks intended to muddle our understanding of the issues involved.

Ryan Grim

WATCH: How One Senator Gave The Administration The Finger And Gave Us The Truth

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

Just over 40 years ago, in the wake of Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers, the Nixon administration worked furiously to prevent the furt...

Society's Decay Rewards Wrongdoers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Disturbingly, those of us who saw the warning signs are routinely ignored or even chastised, while the blatant war mongers, the misleaders, the defrauders and the corporate apologists are given ample time and space to promote their wrongheaded views.

Bloody Hands and Keyless Lives

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. officials charge that Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks have "blood on their hands." We're talking about the very officials who oversaw Washington's wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere and who have searched their own hands in vain for any signs of blood.

Lynne Peeples

Big Pipeline Operator's Business 'Is Organized Crime,' Whistleblower Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green

Former TransCanada Corp. employee Evan Vokes' impassioned testimony before a Canadian Senate committee last week painted "a very, very bleak picture o...

Edward Snowden: "Hero or Traitor"?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

In my judgment, based on what I know from the media thus far, Snowden is neither a hero nor a traitor, but he is most certainly a criminal who deserves serious punishment.

Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein About the Bill of Rights

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The greatness of the Fourth Amendment explains why so many Americans treasure it today. But along with other high-ranking members of Congress and the president of the United States, you have continued to chip away at this sacred bedrock of civil liberties.

Thank God For Leakers!

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.07.2013 | Media

The recent revelations about the National Security Agency's vast powers of surveillance have served to reaffirm, if any such thing was needed, the val...