Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 25, 2013 11:00 am|
Do we want a future where each and every country builds up surveillance apparatuses and turns them on one another to advance their agendas? Or do we want to discourage this and argue countries should not act with such naked self-interest and instead be more open and cooperative with another?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:23 pm|
The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:00 pm|
I don’t know who you are or what you do or how old you may be. I just know that you exist somewhere in our future as surely as does tomorrow or next year. You may be young and computer-savvy or a career federal employee well along in years. You might be someone who entered government service filled with idealism or who signed on to “the bureaucracy” just to make a living. You may be a libertarian, a closet left-winger, or as mainstream and down-the-center as it’s possible to be.
|By: DSWright Thursday August 29, 2013 6:35 am|
President Obama went on television to make his case for war with Syria by claiming that the Syrian government were behind chemical weapons attacks that violated “international norms.” But according to the Associated Press, that is far from a settled question as those AP spoke with say the evidence is far from a “slam drunk.”
|By: Steve Horn Saturday March 30, 2013 1:59 pm|
Often the most ardent critics of the American Empire are those who were once functionaries within in.
Melvin A. Goodman has seen the internal levers of imperial power projection at their worst and minces no words in describing the ugly side of the bipartisan consensus on empire in this nascent 400+ page tome.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 14, 2013 3:32 pm|
Ahead of the confirmation of Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan to the position of CIA director, US Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has sent a letter to Brennan asking him to provide Congress access to “secret legal opinions outlining the government’s ability to target and kill Americans believed to be involved in terrorism.”
Wyden, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, by law is supposed to provide oversight and have access to classified legal opinions, but, as he shares, the Obama administration has refused to provide him access to a copy of secret legal opinions for targeted killings.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 22, 2012 6:52 am|
Tonight’s Presidential debate will focus on foreign policy, and that means we will once again wade into this attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the details of which look more muddled than ever. The need for clarity among the media and political class – either this arose from a spontaneous demonstration, or it was a pre-planned Al Qaeda assault – took quite a few hits over the weekend.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 28, 2012 6:46 am|
US intelligence agencies have officially described the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 that killed four Americans as a planned terrorist attack carried out by militants friendly to Al Qaeda. That’s distinct from it being an Al Qaeda attack, though the decentralized (and also battered) nature of the organization means that such a thing doesn’t exist anymore.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 20, 2012 6:00 am|
A former Director of Public Prosecutions in the United Kingdom was recently interviewed by The Times (UK) where he called upon the British government to reveal its involvement in supporting the US drone war in Pakistan.