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Angry Birds

By monitoring apps such as Twitter and Angry Birds, British and US spy agencies can determine users’ age, location, marital status and more.

Soldiers in Volgograd

An expert on the North Caucasus rates the chance of attack as “high—four out of five.”

J. Edgar Hoover

The files obtained during the break-in in Media, Pennsylvania, revealed that African-Americans didn’t have to have radical ideas, or engage in violence, to merit surveillance. 

NSA speech

In his recent speech, the president offered an unbridled defense of the surveillance state.

SIGINT map

One key goal of NSA surveillance of world leaders is not US national security but political blackmail—as it has been since 1898.

US Special forces

The deployment of US Special Operations forces is a growing form of overseas power projection.

Ariel Sharon

In a bloody career that spanned decades, he destroyed entire cities and presided over the killing of countless civilians.

Surveillance

The modern national security state can be understood as a proselytizing warrior religion, complete with its own sacred texts, holy orders and warrior priests. 

Blogs

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on The Washington Post's call for war. 

August 28, 2014

Stephen Cohen has the latest analysis of the situation in Ukraine.

August 28, 2014

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

August 12, 2014

Two major anti-Iran groups in DC are more than they appear.

August 11, 2014

The president gets support for humanitarian efforts, but wise voices warn of mission creep.

August 11, 2014

The president continues a two-decade legacy of wrapping the military option in Iraq in humanitarian packaging.

August 8, 2014

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014

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

August 6, 2014

The Nation recognized that US isolation would be tested as never before, but didn’t even consider intervention as a possibility.

August 5, 2014