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We must remain vigilant against government crimes and secrecy.

Against the background of the surge, David Finkel twists the concept of wartime good into a cosmic joke.

Will the Afghan and Iraq wars lead to a surveillance state here in the US?

With Pentagon cash, contractors bribe insurgents not to attack supply lines for US troops

287(g), the Department of Homeland Security program that empowers local police, like notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to detain undocumented immigrants, is under scrutiny.

The Pentagon has all but eclipsed the State Department in setting US foreign policy.

An effective investigation into the breadth of the CIA's interrogation programs must be bipartisan, similar to the work of the Church Committee in the 1970s.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey is poised to implement new rules that will create a new surveillance state.

The history of American intelligence-gathering is rife with incompetence, dysfunction and contempt toward legislative oversight.

House Democrats capitulate to pass a surveillance bill that further compromises our privacy and limits accountability of the government and telecoms. Will the Senate fight back?

Blogs

 On MSNBC's Countdown, Greg Mitchell and Chris Hayes ask, has WikiLeaks' Julian Assange really endangered lives?

December 3, 2010

When Jeremy Scahill reported on a secret US war in Pakistan last year, the Pentagon called his article "conspiratorial." But now, says Scahill on Democracy Now!, the latest WikiLeaks diplomatic cables dump confirms his reporting.

December 3, 2010

When officials refuse to act, whistleblowers need "a safety valve."

October 17, 2010

The military's most elite, secretive force has started advertising for highly-sensitive positions on public jobs sites. Is this 'Preparing the Battlefield' 2.0?

August 25, 2010

Kucinich's legislation says: "No one, including the President, may instruct a person…to engage in, or conspire to engage in, the extrajudicial killing of a United States citizen."

August 5, 2010

The much-hyped Washington Post series on privatized intelligence fails to effectively take on contractor involvement in assassinations, renditions and torture.

July 20, 2010

Literally millions of Americans are employed to battle Osama bin Laden and his minions, a Post series reports, arrayed against a threat that barely exists.

July 19, 2010

It's unlikely that Shahram Amiri was kidnapped and tortured. But it's not out of the question that he didn't want to be part of a propaganda campaign involving exaggerated or fake intelligence.

July 14, 2010

Intelligence veteran Robert Grenier, who worked covertly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, recently offered a rare glimpse into the world of  privatized intelligence, Blackwater and the CIA assassination program.

July 7, 2010

The Los Angeles Times reports that the administration is considering using Bagram to hold terrorism suspects from countries such as Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan.

June 9, 2010