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 first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, was published in 2011, and his latest book, Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent, has just been published.
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.
As Zero Dark Thirty reminds us, Americans have yet to face the torture committed on our behalf.
Don’t expect either Obama or Romney to ask any of these questions.
While CIA agents that tortured and killed prisoners go unpunished, whistleblower John Kiriakou faces up to forty-five years in prison.