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Despite blistering criticism of warrantless surveillance, the Bush Administration rammed a law through Congress that authorizes spying on our calls and e-mails. How did they get away with it?

Key aspects of national security, including intelligence and analysis used to create the President's Daily Brief, have been turned over to private corporations.

His new memoir proves how hard it is to tell the truth about oneself, but how easy it is to blame others.

Bush's chief spook knew the Administration's treachery on Iraq from the start. But he never revealed it to Congress or the public.

Bush's about-face on warrantless surveillance demonstrates what a difference a Democratic majority makes.

In the case against Scooter Libby, the Iraq War is not on trial. But the integrity of the White House is.

Before Bob Gates's confirmation as CIA chief in 1991, the man now designated as Bush's Secretary of Defense was charged with forcing intelligence reports to conform to a tough anti-Soviet line.

The political culture of Washington is fueled by gossip, intrigue and
leaks. It was a combination that turned toxic in the Valerie Plame
Affair.

If George W. Bush took the latest National Intelligence Estimate seriously, he would end the ineffectual "war on terror" model and treat terrorism as a pathology to be clinically and relentlessly excised.

Will anyone in the somnambulant White House press corps dare ask the President why he would "render" a Canadian to Syria to be tortured and imprisoned without charges?

Blogs

The tragedy of September 11, 1973 belongs not just to the Chileans. It belongs also to the military coup’s enablers—the taxpayers of the United States.

September 11, 2013

Obama discussed the targeted killing operation today, but will anything really change?

May 23, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, the president has only increased the scope of our global program to detain and torture people.

April 24, 2013

Fixing the CIA is a tall order, but it can be done.

March 27, 2013

Unchecked use of drones is counterproductive, says the retired Marine general who is close to Obama.

March 22, 2013

A curious paradox, but one that’s part of a pattern of Middle East bungling by the US.

March 13, 2013

The US Attorney General has recently stated that drone strikes on Americans are possible and that banks complicit in the financial crisis are too big to prosecute.

March 12, 2013

The Obama administration should have argued the case against Anwar al-Awlaki in a court of law, not on the pages of The New York Times.

March 11, 2013

Two more children have been added to the deadly toll of civilian casualties.

March 4, 2013

The covert program surfaced in a piece about John Kerry’s announcement of increased aid to the fighters.

March 1, 2013