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War in Context – How WikiLeaks turned the First Amendment into a ‘problem’

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How WikiLeaks turned the First Amendment into a ‘problem’

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 11:30 AM PST

First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams says: “WikiLeaks may just be the price we pay for freedom of the press in this country.” Why not: “WikiLeaks demonstrates the value of the First Amendment”? After all, what’s the good of having a free press when journalists so willingly serve the interests of the establishment? If the Fourth Estate had […]

Latest graduate in FBI’s terrorist training program

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 10:17 AM PST

Since it’s difficult to identify and capture terrorists, the FBI seems to have concluded that an effective counter-terrorism program can only work if they first find potential terrorists, coach them and then catch them. It’s a bit like sports hunting for those whose pride in displaying a trophy is undiminished by the fact that the […]

Why Assange and Wikileaks have won this round

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 08:13 AM PST

Ian Welsh writes: The odd thing about Wikileaks is that their success has been assured, not by what they leaked, though there is some important information there, but by their enemies. The massive and indiscriminate overreaction by both government and powerful corporate actors has ensured this, and includes but is not nearly limited to: Shutting down Wikileaks servers, […]

The accusations against Assange

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 07:50 AM PST

Kate Harding writes: You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to find the timing of Interpol’s warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who turned himself in to British authorities today, curious. The charges — “one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape,” according to a […]

How the US and China colluded to undermine Copenhagen climate summit

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 04:00 AM PST

Der Spiegel reports: Last year’s climate summit in Copenhagen was a political disaster. Leaked US diplomatic cables now show why the summit failed so spectacularly. The dispatches reveal that the US and China, the world’s top two polluters, joined forces to stymie every attempt by European nations to reach agreement. In May 2009 the Chinese leaders received […]

US effort to limit Sadr bloc’s influence in new Iraqi government

Posted: 09 Dec 2010 03:00 AM PST

Christian Science Monitor reports: The US is warning that it could cut substantial funding to Iraq’s Health, Education, and Transport ministries if the anti-American Sadr bloc is given those cabinet posts in a new government being formed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The comments by a senior US embassy official were the clearest public statements yet of […]

Lying for the State Department

Posted: 08 Dec 2010 05:49 PM PST

Is skill in the art of lying a prerequisite for the job of State Department spokesman, or is it just an ability acquired through on-the-job training? James Rubin, State spokesman for the Clinton administration, demonstrated that he retains his fluency in an interview he did this afternoon alongside Salon’s Glenn Greenwald and John Burns from the […]

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