Robert Scheer, a contributing editor to The Nation, is editor of Truthdig.com and author of The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street (Nation Books), The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America (Twelve) and Playing President (Akashic Books). He is author, with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq (Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press.) His weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Defense contractors and the government officials that pay them are more than happy to preserve the threat of attack—to their financial benefit.
Snowden’s leaks not only revealed the immense spying capabilities of the NSA PRISM program but also the private contractors at the helm of these databanks.
China did not participate in the Iraq war, but is still reaping the benefits of its prize—oil.
The Republicans, with the exception of a few die-hard libertarians, always do the bidding of the banks that finance them, but the Democrats are just as eager to pig out at the bankers’ trough.
Yahoo isn’t buying the blogging service for its profitability. It’s buying it for the advertising possibilities.
The Massachusetts senator continues to shine light on Washington's cozy relationship with Wall Street and its too-big-to-fail banks.
Penny Pritzker's nomination shows how financiers keep being rewarded even as the country suffers the financial crisis they wrought.
Search engine executives warn about invasive government surveillance, but the digital arms trade begins with their own technologies.
The United States has dropped millions of cluster bombs on other countries that continue to kill today.
Reagan's former budget director's outrage over crony capitalism and bank bailouts is right on, but the pundits don't like it.