Anti-Leaks Provision in Intelligence Authorization Bill May Encourage Selective Leaking

By: Monday December 31, 2012 12:31 pm

Though most of the anti-leaks proposals in the Senate were droppedfrom the intelligence authorization bill, one provision remains in the bill that could potentially encourage selective leaking. One section of the bill requires government officials “responsible for making certain authorized disclosures of national intelligence or intelligence related to national security to notify congressional intelligence committees on a [...]

The State Secrets Privilege: A Horrendous Creation of the Judiciary

By: Monday August 20, 2012 4:16 pm

The judiciary proved last week, once again, how impotent and subservient to unchecked executive power it is when a federal court judge invoked the state secrets privilege and dismissed most of a suit against Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, who infiltrated and spied on mosques in Orange County in California. The ruling essentially gave [...]

Gore Vidal on the ‘National Security State’ of America

By: Sunday August 5, 2012 10:52 am

Gore Vidal, the writer, satirist and thinker who died on July 31, was known for his characterization of the United States as an empire. He also became notable for his work on what he called the “national security state” of America. I ran a post that paid tribute to Vidal’s later years. In the past [...]

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