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.
If anything, reporting on the NSA’s overreach has revealed just how dangerous to our freedoms the agency’s surveillance practices really are.
War is just another game the US loves to play.
By monitoring apps such as Twitter and Angry Birds, British and US spy agencies can determine users’ age, location, marital status and more.
In his recent speech, the president offered an unbridled defense of the surveillance state.
Throughout history, activists have proven that true patriotism demands a vigilant confrontation with government infamy.
Relinquishing privacy and transparency has stifled genuine public debate about the goals of our policy and left us both stupid and weak.
O’Reilly wants us to put Christ back in Christmas. In that case, economic inequality should take center stage on December 25.
John Podesta is just the latest to make use of the White House’s revolving door for lobbyists.
Even non-believers can’t deny the inherent wisdom and clarity of the pontiff’s critique of the modern capitalist economy.
With a historic deal in Iran, the Obama administration is one step closer to fulfilling its peacekeeping promise.