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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

Media have rarely questioned the claims, cited by Obama and others, in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks.

October 23, 2013

The former Pentagon lawyer will be dealing with cybersnooping, immigration and border security.

October 17, 2013

A new study counts an estimated 500,000 deaths associated with the occupation in Iraq, reaffirming tallies disputed by the Bush administration.

October 17, 2013

Politicians are outraged over the loss of military death benefits—but not the deaths themselves.

October 9, 2013

The United States and Afghanistan may face the “zero option”: no American forces after 2014.

October 8, 2013

Eric on the best TV series you have never heard of; and Reed on the sad state of republican politics.

September 13, 2013

The late Saul Landau spent years investigating the assassination in Washington, DC, of his friend, Orlando Letelier, the former Chilean foreign minister. What he found pointed right back to DC.

September 13, 2013

Elizabeth O'Bagy’s brief tenure as an “expert” on Syrian rebels comes to an inglorious end.

September 12, 2013

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 makes his case for intervention in Syria.

September 11, 2013