Robert Scheer, a contributing editor to The Nation, is editor of Truthdig.com and author of The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street (Nation Books), The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America (Twelve) and Playing President (Akashic Books). He is author, with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq (Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press.) His weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Throughout history, activists have proven that true patriotism demands a vigilant confrontation with government infamy.
Relinquishing privacy and transparency has stifled genuine public debate about the goals of our policy and left us both stupid and weak.
A bipartisan bill would end the NSA’s bulk data collection as we know it.
What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.