About Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” Information about the documentary based on the book is at www.WarMadeEasyTheMovie.org.

Where Are Today’s Fiercely Independent Media Critics?

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Norman Solomon: The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That’s because — as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it — “the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.”

Dianne Feinstein: The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee

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Fourth Amendment: A tidy defender of the NSA’s Orwellian programs, Feinstein went on the attack against Snowden from the outset.

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared “Hitler” Card

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Hillary Clinton and Hitler Card: Inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Hitler have served the interests of politicians.

Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?

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International Law: Obama has embedded drone killings into the executive branch in such that future presidents will inherit it.

Why Amazon’s Collaboration with the CIA Is So Ominous — and Vulnerable

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Amazon CIA Collaboration: The people who run Amazon figured they could rake in big profits from the CIA without serious public blowback.

If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a U.S. Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination

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CIA and Amazon — Amazon is responsible for keeping the CIA’s secrets and aggregating data to help the agency do its work.

Cut Off NSA’s Juice

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Cut Off NSA — Grassroots activists have begun to realize the potential to put the NSA on the defensive in nearly a dozen states.

Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous

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Washington Post CIA Ties — The recent purchase of the Post by Jeff Bezos forms a new structural bridge between the media industry and the surveillance/warfare state.

Is MoveOn Less Progressive Than the New York Times Editorial Board?

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MoveOn Obama — When it comes to the ongoing militarism of the Obama White House, the New York Times puts MoveOn.org to shame.

Under Amazon’s CIA Cloud: The Washington Post

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Amazon CIA Contract — The owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Under the Global Shadow of Big Brother, Journalism Must Light Up the Political Sky

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Norman Solomon: The alternative to unrelenting independence is sheepism, and that’s not journalism; it’s a professionalized baseline of bowing to government and corporate pressure even before it has been overtly exerted.

Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of U.S. Cards

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Norman Solomon and Abba A. Solomon: Netanyahu and many other Israelis — as well as the powerhouse U.S. lobbying group AIPAC and many with similar outlooks in U.S. media and politics — fear that Israel’s capacity to hold sway over Washington policymakers has begun to slip away.

Big Brother’s Loyal Sister: How Dianne Feinstein Is Betraying Civil Liberties

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Norman Solomon: As chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein generates an abundance of fog, weasel words, anti-whistleblower slander and bogus notions of reform — while methodically stabbing civil liberties in the back.

Why Snowden’s Passport Matters

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Norman Solomon: Although Snowden was able to stay in Russia, revocation of his U.S. passport has been a crucial weapon to prevent him from crossing an international border for any reason other than to come home to prison in the United States.

Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

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Norman Solomon: The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA’s continuous “war on terror” and even giving it tacit support.

The Repetition Compulsion for War: How It Might Fail This Time

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Norman Solomon: Whether Obama would actually abide by failure to gain congressional “authorization” to attack Syria is by no means clear. But our immediate task is to create such a failure.

Will Obama Attack Syria Even If Vote Fails in Congress?

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Norman Solomon: The official appeals for making war on yet another country will be ferocious. Virtually all the stops will be pulled out; all kinds of media will be targeted; every kind of convoluted argument will be employed.

Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

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Norman Solomon: Normalizing endless war and shameless surveillance, Uncle Sam and Big Brother are no longer just close. They’re the same, with a vast global reach.

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

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Norman Solomon: On the surface, many differences protrude between those nine draft-files-burning radical Catholics and Bradley Manning. But I wonder. Ten souls saw cruelties of war and could no longer just watch.

How Obama Administration Attacks Press Freedom

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Norman Solomon: Journalists who can be compelled to violate the confidentiality of their sources, or otherwise go to prison, are reduced to doing little more than providing stenographic services to pass along the official story. That’s what the White House wants.

Chasing Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World

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Norman Solomon: 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.

Right-Wing Commentators Wish Snowden Had Just Followed Orders

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Norman Solomon: What a contrast between big-name journalists craven enough to toss the Fourth Amendment overboard and whistleblowers courageous enough to risk their lives for civil liberties.

How Best to Support Edward Snowden?

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Norman Solomon: In Washington, where the state of war and the surveillance state are one and the same, top officials have begun to call for Edward Snowden’s head. His moral action of whistleblowing — a clarion call for democracy — now awaits our responses.

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

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Norman Solomon: Many people in the United States don’t agree with a foreign policy that glories in use of drones, cruise missiles and the like, but such disagreement is in a distinct minority.

Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole

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Barack Obama: The Obama rhetoric about standing up for working people against “special interests” is as profuse as ever. Would you care for a spot of Kool-Aid at the Mad Hatter’s tea party?

Don’t Vent, Organize — And “Primary” a Democrat Near You

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Norman Solomon: If there’s a defining issue that now separates the Obama party leadership from social decency, it is the president’s push to cut Social Security benefits.

The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink

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Norman Solomon: After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink.”

Time to Bell the Obama Cat?

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Norman Solomon: Whether or not Obama’s vicious assault on Social Security is successful, it has already jolted an unprecedented number of longtime supporters. It should be the last straw, suffused with illumination.

Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

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Norman Solomon: The huge imbalance of digital power now afflicting the Internet is a crucial subset of what afflicts the entirety of economic relations and political power in the United States. We have a profound, far-reaching fight on our hands, at a crossroads leading toward democracy or corporate monopoly. The future of humanity is at stake..

Ten Years Ago and Today: A Warfare State of Mind

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Norman Solomon: The resulting tragedies have been so horrific and large-scale that the overall reporting by U.S. mass media scarcely provides a clue. In real time and in retrospect, the dominant cliches about this war have stayed in circular motion, self-referential, within American bubbles.

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