The New York Times coverage should have given attentive readers indigestion over breakfast Tuesday: “A former F.B.I. agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year … Federal investigators said they were able to identify the man, Donald Sachtleben, a former bomb technician, as a suspect in the leak case only after secretly obtaining AP reporters’ phone logs, a move that set off an uproar among journalists and members of Congress of both parties when it was disclosed in May.”
|By: Norman Solomon Tuesday September 24, 2013 7:46 am|
|By: Dean Baker Friday September 6, 2013 10:30 am|
If the new Fed chair was being selected by people without names Larry Summers would win hands down. The Post gives us yet another article assuring us that Larry Summers is a good guy that depends almost entirely on unnamed sources.
|By: bmaz Sunday August 25, 2013 1:59 pm|
No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies. Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.
Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes’s journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero.
|By: Jeff Connaughton Sunday July 28, 2013 1:59 pm|
On the big questions about our government’s performance in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis and afterwards during the response, today’s guests believe our government blew it. Past administrations made errors of commission and omission that led to the crisis, and the Obama Administration failed to address its aftermath effectively. Government didn’t diagnose and treat the problems that led to the crisis, and it didn’t prescribe the right medicine after the convulsion. On these big questions, few at Firedoglake are likely to disagree with the good doctors of political science who are today’s guests. There’s blame enough to go around, the authors say, but “Wall Street should be nailed to the highest pole.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 16, 2013 6:35 am|
In an age of intense government secrecy one of a citizen’s few tools to gain access to government information is the Freedom of Information Act passed in 1966. But it seems the Obama Administration, despite promises of historic transparency, is not reasonably complying with FOIA requests.
|By: E. F. Beall Sunday July 7, 2013 4:00 pm|
If nothing else, the nationwide “Restore the Fourth” rallies on July 4 caused a resurgence in interest in the 4th amendment as measured by internet searches for “Fourth Amendment.”` See this graph, which shows that according to Google Trends, in late June interest in the Fourth Amendment had fallen to less than 20% of what it had been when the surveillance issue first broke, but went back up to 80% on July 4.
Of course a more conventional way to measure impact is by media presence.
|By: E. F. Beall Sunday June 30, 2013 6:30 pm|
Ah, Washington, DC. There has not been a dull moment in the fifty years and counting that I’ve lived here. (Don’t get me started on local politics in particular, where you are accused of “playing the race card” if you point out that race exists.) For instance, forty years ago “all the President’s men” bugged the offices of the Democratic Party, and were exposed by
Robert Redford Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post, acting on a tip from Linda Lovelace Mark Felt of the FBI. The President himself had to resign in the following year.
|By: Steve Horn Thursday June 27, 2013 8:33 am|
In President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan address, he stated that TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would only receive State Department approval “if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
As it stands, that means Keystone XL – which if built to full capacity would pipe diluted bitumen, or “dilbit” from the Alberta tar sands down to Port Arthur, TX refineries for shipment to the global export market – may likely receive Obama’s approval.
|By: Shahid Buttar Thursday June 6, 2013 4:20 pm|
The (UK) Guardian published a previously secret court order authorizing dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans without any pretense of justification, confirming concerns raised by civil libertarians (including me) for years.
|By: Steve Horn Saturday May 18, 2013 1:00 pm|
Friday is the proverbial “take out the trash day” for the release of bad news among public relations practitioners and this Friday was no different.
In that vein, yesterday the Obama Department of Energy (DOE) announced a conditional approval of the second-ever LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal.