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And The Hit Job On The Late Gary Webb Continues

The recent release of the Jeremy Renner vehicle Kill The Messenger has, predictably, led some of the papers who attacked Webb’s work on the Dark Alliance series to resurface to resume their attacks on the deceased investigative reporter. Jeff Leen’s … Continue reading

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On Ending The Surveillance State

Some fresh musings on Medium. 

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CNN, Anonymous Sources, And Fear Hyping

This is “breaking news” according to CNN: The U.S. government has warned airlines to pay particular attention to the possibility of terrorists attempting to hide explosives in shoes. The officials stressed there is no specific threat or known plot. Intelligence … Continue reading

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NSA And “Turnkey Totalitarianism”

From the speech given at MIT yesterday by former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman: Mr. Snowden has brought home to us that, while we Americans do not yet live in a police state or tyranny, we are well … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart on Obama and NSA

Priceless.

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NSA Reform Legislation Update

I’ll withhold final judgement on the pending Conyers-Sensenbrenner bill until I see the bill text, but here’s a reality check based on the summary provided thus far by the bill’s authors and some accounts online: Conyers-Sensenbrenner would leave the Surveillance … Continue reading

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Richard Cohen’s Edward Snowden Assessment, Revised

You can read his column here. Being both a former CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower-turned-Hill staffer, my background–and my sense of the history of these things–lead me to offer the following: The only traitors in this episode are executive branch officials who knowingly … Continue reading

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GOP Shutdown Impact: VA Furloughs 7000 employees

From the Department of Veterans Affairs: Over the last week, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has been relying on carryover funding to continue activities during the lapse in appropriations.  However, at the close of business Monday, October 7 all of … Continue reading

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Where I Was On 9/11 [BOOK EXCERPT]

I rolled over and looked at the clock: 8:55 a.m. I’d called into work about an hour earlier, leaving a voicemail that I wouldn’t be in that day. The scratchy throat I’d felt the night before had grown much worse … Continue reading

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The Drone Wars

Text of my remarks (as prepared) for the anti-drone war event sponsored by the BuxMont Chapter of the Coalition for Peace Action:     The Drone WarsBy Patrick G. Eddington   BuxMont Coalition for Peace ActionBuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,2040 W. … Continue reading

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