The NSA Deserves a Permanent Shutdown

To the people in control of the Executive Branch, violating our civil liberties is an essential government service. So – to ensure total fulfillment of Big Brother’s vast responsibilities – the National Security Agency is insulated from any fiscal disruption. The NSA’s surveillance programs are exempt from a government shutdown. With typical understatement, an unnamed … Continue reading “The NSA Deserves a Permanent Shutdown”

Obama’s New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press

There’s something profoundly despicable about a Justice Department that would brazenly violate the First and Fourth Amendments while spying on journalists, then claim to be reassessing such policies after an avalanche of criticism – and then proceed, as it did this week, to gloat that those policies made possible a long prison sentence for a … Continue reading “Obama’s New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press”

Next Step for Peace in Syria – Stop the ‘Lethal Aid’

Now that public pressure has foiled U.S. plans to bomb Syria, the next urgent step is to build public pressure for stopping the deluge of weapons into that country. Top officials in Washington are happy that American “lethal aid” has begun to flow into Syria, and they act as though such arms shipments are unstoppable. … Continue reading “Next Step for Peace in Syria – Stop the ‘Lethal Aid’”

The Moral Verdict on Bradley Manning: A Conviction of Love in Action

The sun rose with a moral verdict on Bradley Manning well before the military judge could proclaim his guilt. The human verdict would necessarily clash with the proclamation from the judicial bench. In lockstep with administrators of the nation’s war services, judgment day arrived on Tuesday to exact official retribution. After unforgiveable actions, the defendant’s … Continue reading “The Moral Verdict on Bradley Manning: A Conviction of Love in Action”

Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment

It’s now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac. Some other Americans … Continue reading “Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment”

Obama’s Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

The part of the First Amendment that prohibits "abridging the freedom … of the press" is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets. Last Friday the administration got what it wanted – an ice-cold chilling effect – from the Fourth Circuit … Continue reading “Obama’s Escalating War on Freedom of the Press”

Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn’t Enough – We Need the Power to Stop It

For more than a month, outrage has been profuse in response to news about NSA surveillance and other evidence that all three branches of the U.S. government are turning Uncle Sam into Big Brother. Now what? Continuing to expose and denounce the assaults on civil liberties is essential. So is supporting Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden … Continue reading “Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn’t Enough – We Need the Power to Stop It”

The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World

Rarely has any American provoked such fury in Washington’s high places. So far, Edward Snowden has outsmarted the smartest guys in the echo chamber – and he has proceeded with the kind of moral clarity that U.S. officials seem to find unfathomable. Bipartisan condemnations of Snowden are escalating from Capitol Hill and the Obama administration. … Continue reading “The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World”

David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Bill Keller Wish Snowden Had Just Followed Order

Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the New York Times reported on Sunday, "have renewed a longstanding concern: that young Internet aficionados whose skills the agencies need for counterterrorism and cyberdefense sometimes bring an anti-authority spirit that does not fit the security bureaucracy." Agencies like the NSA and CIA – and private contractors like Booz Allen – can’t … Continue reading “David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Bill Keller Wish Snowden Had Just Followed Order”

Clarity From Snowden, Murk From Progressive Politicians

House Speaker John Boehner calls Edward Snowden a “traitor.” The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, labels his brave whistleblowing “an act of treason.” What about the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus? As the largest caucus of Democrats on Capitol Hill, the Progressive Caucus could supply a principled counterweight to the bombast … Continue reading “Clarity From Snowden, Murk From Progressive Politicians”