Monthly Archives: August 2012

Whistleblowing: Then and Now

Roughly two years ago, I was asked by a reporter whether it seemed that the Obama administration had gone after more whistleblowers than any previous Administration. Since then, it’s become clear that the “most transparent Administration in history” is anything … Continue reading

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Drone Debate Update for August 17, 2012

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Thursday Follies: Assange, Ecudaor and the UK

So much for another sleepy Thurday in August. I’m not going to spend any time in this post villifying or valorizing the man in question. For me, the issue today is a simple one: does Ecuador’s granting of asylum to … Continue reading

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Yes, The Party Is Over

Mike Lofgren turned his sensational political essay from a year ago into a full-fledged book, which I am now eagerly reading…and I would imagine that unlike most self-described progressives, I’m far more interested in what he has to say about … Continue reading

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Afghan National Army: “Unmotivated”

This little gem from the folks at Public Intelligence deserves wide circulation: “A research report compiled earlier this year by a group of social scientists working for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System found that members of the Afghan National … Continue reading

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Will Police Departments Want This Ordnance For Drones?

From the LA Times today: After developing a 13.5-pound “smart bomb” for four years, Raytheon has carried out a successful test flight at the Army‘s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.  The bomb, called Pyros, was dropped from a drone flying at … Continue reading

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America And The “Others” In Our Midst

Conor Friedersdorf has an outstanding piece on why the Aurora, Colorado and Oak Creek, Wisconsin shootings seemed to evoke such different levels of coverage and attention: Having flattened so many laws (and a good many innocents) in pursuit of the … Continue reading

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