Peter Van Buren spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, We Meant Well. His book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (The American Empire Project, Metropolitan Books), will be published September, 2011.
Robert MacLean, a US Air Marshal fired for allegedly leaking sensitive government documents, is just trying to get his job back. For the rest of us, his case has much more profound implications.
It’s still possible to remember, almost nostalgically, how the Fifth Amendment used to guarantee Americans due process.
You can’t opt out.
There will be no need to kill a future Edward Snowden. He will already be dead.
The United States’ top diplomat is a figure of his times (and that’s not a good thing.)
Why saying no to Syria matters (and it's not about Syria).
What if your country begins to change and no one notices?
What a whistleblower thinks a fellow whistleblower might have thought.
In the name of homeland security, the US has spent seven years and untold dollars silencing one man.
Ignore the jingoism, from politicians and the press—the tenth anniversary marks a tenth year from hell.