The National Security Agency marked Constitution Day in September by inviting one of the United States national security state’s most favorite bloggers, Benjamin Wittes, who is the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, to give a speech. The address was made even more remarkable by the fact that Wittes had intended to post his unclassified speech soon after but was [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:25 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 8, 2014 11:47 am|
Over at Lawfare blog, which is a bastion on the Internet for United States national security establishment thinking, editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes is pushing this argument that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is to blame for a massive civil liberties violation. That violation involves providing 160,000 emails collected by the NSA to the Washington Post [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 8, 2013 11:28 am|
On first glance, it is a simple question to be laughed at or outright dismissed because someone with a lack of knowledge on the Global War on Terrorism would think it could never happen. That is how a number of people who consider themselves to be “serious” individuals reacted to the question of whether the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 12, 2012 9:05 am|
Wearing orange jumpsuits that have become a symbol of the cruel and inhumane punishment prisoners at Guantanamo have faced since it opened, hundreds of people formed a human chain in Washington, DC, to protest the reality that it still has yet to be closed. This was how concerned citizens and members of organizations uneasy about [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday July 24, 2011 6:22 pm|
In an an arrogant riposte to an earlier posting of mine, Lawfare blogger and member of the Hoover Institute Task Force on National Security and the Law, Benjamin Wittes, proclaimed he is “Happy to be a government proxy.” But what do you expect from an commentator who thinks stress positions, sensory deprivation, forced nudity and isolation are only “modestly coercive”?
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday July 15, 2011 12:59 pm|
Alex Koppelman and Benjamin Wittes, both of whom wrote hit pieces attacking Scott Horton’s award-winning article in Harper’s, “The Guantanamo Suicides,” won a bit of infamy by having their attacks cited in a government brief seeking a denial of a lawsuit filed by the parents of two of the dead prisoners. What’s even more galling is that their articles were poorly researched and basically government apologia. The U.S. government appears to have taken notice, and used their articles for their own purposes, making Koppelman and Wittes, wittingly or not, government proxies in the matter of the Guantanamo suicides controversy.