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By Marcy Wheeler Remember DOJ's efforts to placate journalists (rather stunningly, in retrospect, rolled out a month after the first Edward Snowden leaks)? As I noted at the time, DOJ's new protections for the press applied not to the act o... more

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As I noted in my last post, seven Bush dead-enders plus KS Representative and House Intelligence member Mike Pompeo wrote a letter to ... someone ... pushing back against the RNC condemnation of the NSA dragnet. As I noted in that post, alo... more

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One claim the NSA has made just about every time one of its representatives has talked about the phone dragnet is that, because the dragnet contains only phone numbers, analysts don't know who they're chaining on. They have to give a number... more

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By Marcy Wheeler I'm not all that interested in the debate about offering Edward Snowden some kind of amnesty, as I think he could never accept the terms being offered, it arises in part out of NSA's PR effort, and distracts from the ongoing r... more

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As I have noted in the past, John Rizzo has gone on the record to admit that the torture program was authorized by a Presidential Memorandum of Notification. more

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I will have more to say about tonight's 60 Minutes debacle. But for now, let me make three points. more

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I'm probably fairly lonely among my crowd to be satisfied that Time picked Pope Francis over Edward Snowden to be Person of the Year. more

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By Marcy Wheeler There's an absurd debate going on about whether, by hiring Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras (who are the only journalists who have a full set of the documents Edward Snowden leaked), Pierre Omidyar has obtained a "monopoly" o... more

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Obama has developed a reputation for firing Generals. Most famously, of course, he fired Stanley McChrystal for insubordination. He ousted CENTCOM Commander James Mattis early because of dissent on Iran policy. A slew of Generals have been ... more

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In addition to everything else several of us have been pointing out in the original Internet metadata opinion and the phone metadata application, there are two more problems with the phone dragnet. more

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Six days ago, Fat Al Gore (my shorthand for climate change) attacked the Philippines, killing as many 10,000 and leaving 250,000 homeless. more

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By Marcy Wheeler Uh oh. Dianne Feinstein's been writing op-eds again. This one mostly rehashes the old arguments. There's the claim that stopping a guy less dangerous than Peter King once was is worth creating a database of all the ph... more

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Even more than Dianne Feinstein's so-called reversal on the NSA, I'm intrigued by John McCain's. more

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For the record, I hope the Administration finds a way to fix the ObamaCare website. While ObamaCare is a mix of good (Medicaid expansion, Medicare tweaks, MLR, some weakly enforceable limits on insurers) and bad (cost, corporate incentives,... more

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Roughly four years ago, then National Security Advisor James Jones submitted a nearly unprecedented sealed declaration to the Second Circuit in the ACLU's torture FOIA lawsuit. In it he argued the government needed to keep secret a short re... more

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In the United States, it is usually a safe bet to attribute massive government fuck-ups to the bloated contractors we've outsourced our projects to. more

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