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The Bush Administration once professed there were no body counts in its war on terror. But in the metrics-driven post-surge accounting in Iraq, it turns out it's been counting everything.

Now that telecommunications giants are shielded from lawsuits for warrantless spying, the Bush Administration is seeking to absolve them of past misdeeds.

If it had followed the rule of law from the outset, the Bush Administration could have brought many terrorists to justice by now.

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.

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

By denying a noted Islamic religious scholar entry to the United States because of his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Bush Administration reveals its inability to deal with the realities of the Middle East.

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

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?

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Transparency and civil liberties advocates are calling on outgoing Senator Mark Udall to use his privileges as a senator to release the contents of the CIA “torture report” into the Congressional Record.

November 20, 2014

And the only government official who went to jail for it was the whistleblower who exposed it.

August 12, 2014

Lawmakers say the CIA redacted “key facts” from a long-awaited investigation into the agency’s cruel interrogation tactics.

August 6, 2014

A bill considered among the strongest of several competing bids to curb government spying has passed a major legislative hurdle—but not without significant trimming. 

May 8, 2014

What is the point of congressional oversight if the committee charged with it allows itself to be pushed around by the agency it oversees?

April 8, 2014

Once you accept that everything you say or do is being recorded, you can start recognizing the advantages of omnipresent surveillance. 

March 25, 2014

The CIA and NSA routinely ignore the Constitution, yet want the Justice Department to protect them from an over-reaching Congress.

March 24, 2014

Obama gave what appeared to be a bland statement on the controversy—but implicitly, he took a side. 

March 12, 2014

Dianne Feinstein accuses the CIA of spying on congressional staffers who investigated the agency’s illegal detention and interrogation programs under President George W. Bush.

March 11, 2014

The Republican in charge of the House Intelligence Committee says journalists should be prosecuted for reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.

February 4, 2014