Archive for the Category ‘Nation’

Clapper Memo Reveals Rationale Behind NSA Review Group Secrecy

Clapper Memo Reveals Rationale Behind NSA Review Group Secrecy

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper apparently had no intention of allowing the much maligned review group to conduct its work in a transparent manner. In an unclassified memo “for the record” I obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Clapper exempted the review panel from provisions of FACA because of national security concerns.

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to oppose the U.S. action that carries with it […]

A Secret Plan By Obama to Shut Guantanamo?

A Secret Plan By Obama to Shut Guantanamo?

Some Guantanamo observers are telling investigative reporter Jason Leopold that the ethical breaches that have surfaced in the military tribunals over the past three months  may actually be intentional: Nearly a dozen years after terrorists guided commercial jets into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the prosecution of the alleged masterminds of the 9/11 […]

The Freedom Of Information Act: The Most Powerful Weapon In My Reporting Arsenal

The Freedom Of Information Act: The Most Powerful Weapon In My Reporting Arsenal

  Crossposted from Freedom of The Press Foundation. Jason Leopold is Truthout’s lead investigative reporter. Freedom of the Press Foundation is crowd-funding in support of his FOIA work and on-the-scenes reporting at the Guantanamo Bay trials. You can fund his work here. A couple of years ago, a friend handed me about 500 pages of documents he obtained through a […]

The Blind Sheikh: A Flashpoint For Terror 20 Years After The World Trade Center Bombing

The Blind Sheikh: A Flashpoint For Terror 20 Years After The World Trade Center Bombing

February 26th, 2013, the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured a thousand, may be the latest proof of George Santayana’s prediction that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Why? Because Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind cleric convicted as the leader of that bombing cell, continues […]

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Although a majority of his FOIA requests were self-serving and appear to be connected to law enforcement investigations into his activities, it is also clear that the information he sought, particularly in areas of government surveillance, would have greatly benefited the public. However, his efforts to pry loose materials from a highly secretive administration were mostly unsuccessful.

BP to Shareholders: We’re Already Working With EPA to Lift Federal Contract Ban

BP to Shareholders: We’re Already Working With EPA to Lift Federal Contract Ban

Despite a long history of  “egregious violations,” the behemoth oil company’s temporary suspension from obtaining lucrative government contracts may turn out to be much shorter than expected.   “BP is a serious serial corporate environmental criminal and a corporate serial killer…. [The company] always settles its cases with the government and promises to change its culture, but […]

Ethics Process Fails At APA, Psychologists Demand Review

Ethics Process Fails At APA, Psychologists Demand Review

Two psychologists with the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology have written an open letter to current American Psychological Association (APA) President Suzanne Bennett Johnson. The letter excoriates the APA Ethics Office for refusing to censure blatant cases of psychologist involvement in torture or other related crimes. Doctors Steven Reisner and Trudy Bond review three cases […]

“News Junkie” Jason Leopold Opens Up In Hard-Hitting Radio Documentary

“News Junkie” Jason Leopold Opens Up In Hard-Hitting Radio Documentary

A brutally honest, intense hourlong radio documentary from award-winning podcast Love + Radio: A crusader for truth, or, as Karl Rove called him: “a nut with internet access”? Jason Leopold wanted to be a part of something, and that quest brought him through a labyrinthine world of decadent glam metal, dangerous mafioso, love, investigative journalism challenging […]

Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

Almost every conservative political columnist, pundit, commentator, blogger, and bloviator has written about the decline and forthcoming death of the labor movement. They happily point to Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker shortly after taking office in January 2011 took advantage of a Republican majority in the House and Senate to ram through legislation that […]

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