Norman Solomon: When a drone or cruise missile implements an assumed right to snuff out a life, without a semblance of due process, the presidential emulation of divine intervention is implicit.
Kevin Zeese: On June 11th in Berlin, a new international organization was announced whose purpose is to defend whistleblowers when they are facing prosecution; and defend the public’s right to know.
Nicole Ozer: We shouldn’t need a local Edward Snowden in order to ensure that public debate and oversight accompany any proposed use of surveillance technology.
JP Sotille: The reality is that the Spook State now has a well-practiced mockingbird with access to millions of willing ears.
Ivan Eland: Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder’s republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic.
Wendy McElroy: A supremely political animal, Hoover occupied high office for nearly 50 years, during which he was instrumental in laying the foundation for a national security state.
CIA Oversight: The oversight institutions charged with protecting the public from CIA abuses have been rendered dysfunctional .
ACLU President Susan Herman: It is far from clear that the mega-surveillance programs are actually contributing to our safety.
People like Edward Snowden are not particularly unusual. Others have worked in the national security arenaonly to discover wrongdoing.
Amazon CIA Collaboration: The people who run Amazon figured they could rake in big profits from the CIA without serious public blowback.
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.
Jeremy Kuzmanov: The FBI was highly effective at using saboteurs to infiltrate and foment dissension within the New Left and encouraged counterproductive forms of protest, contributing to its eventual implosion.
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.