Come Yell at Me in Person, or via Live Chat (Boston, Washington DC and here on FDL!)

By: Friday May 16, 2014 6:56 am

I’m going to be exercising my First Amendment rights and traveling over the next few days, and invite all FDL readers to join me in Boston on May 16 and Washington DC on May 20.

Did State Department Fail American Peace Activist When She Was Detained at Cairo Airport?

By: Monday March 10, 2014 10:58 am

An American peace activist and co-founder of the group CODEPINK was planning to go to Gaza as part of a delegation on women. However, she flew to Cairo. She was detained in the airport, held for hours and then, before Egyptian security officers tried to deport her, she was roughed up and had her arm [...]

State Department Refuses to Be Open About Specific Impact of Bradley Manning’s Disclosures

By: Friday August 2, 2013 9:31 am

Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was recently found guilty of nineteen offenses related to his disclosures to WikiLeaks, faces a possible twelve years in prison because of his decision to provide a cache of over 250,000 US State Embassy cables to the media organization. He could be put in prison for ten years for stealing the [...]

State Dept. Whistleblower Peter Van Buren: Edward Snowden is One Of Us

By: Friday July 12, 2013 3:26 pm

Edward Snowden today made clear both his own bona fides as a whistleblower, and the hypocrisy of the United States in its manhunt for him. Whistleblower? Snowden’s remarks reinforce the basic tenet of whistleblowing, that is an act of conscience. He made clear what he gave up– home, family, perhaps even his liberty and life– [...]

Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker’s New Ambitious Feature Documentary on War on Whistleblowers

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 7:02 pm

The trailer for the documentary in production opens with a quote from writer George Orwell: If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. It is an appropriate setup for a film that Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Spione has set out to produce to show [...]

US National Archives Has Blocked Searches for ‘WikiLeaks’

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 12:24 pm

Searches for “WikiLeaks” in the public search engine for the US National Archives have been blocked, according to a posting at Any search containing the word “WikiLeaks (like “Congress” and “WikiLeaks”) turns up an error message. WikiLeaks reacted on Twitter, “The US National Archives has literally turned into Orwell’s Ministry of Truth.” In another [...]

The US Effort to ‘Help’ Yemen Meet Its ‘Aspirations’

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 6:56 pm

Citizens of any country who hear a high-ranking US official discuss plans to help their country “meet the aspirations of its citizens” and “counter violent extremism that threatens our shared security” should be frightened. Look at Iraq. Two scholars for Al Jazeera English write, “Saddam Hussein’s removal from power by the United States and others resulted in [...]

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