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Former Secretary of State and likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for years skirted public disclosure and federal record-keeping laws by using her personal email account while serving her post as the United States’ highest ranking ambassador, reports revealed on Tuesday. (more…)

Former CIA director accused of giving classified documents to his mistress while in charge of agency (more…)

Truthout

Higher education has always been fraught with notable inequities and anti-democratic tendencies, but it also once functioned as a crucial reminder of both its own limitations and the potential role it might play in attacking social problems and deepening the promise of a democracy to come.  (more…)

Truthdig

On civil liberties and transparency, President Obama “makes George W. Bush and Richard Nixon look good by comparison,” (more…)

Truthout

In our book, we refer to both Osama bin Laden, the individual man, and to “Osama bin Laden,” the collection of images, beliefs, emotions, proclamations, accusations and loyalties that aggregate around the media and political narrative that has come to be called “Osama bin Laden.” (more…)

Will Swenson is officially an American war hero, awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s most prestigious decoration for his actions in Afghanistan. But in the eyes of the Army, he was, for a time, a target of surveillance. Army investigators staked out his house. They went through his trash. (more…)

Glenn Greenwald The Intercept

The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30, on charges of conspiring to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS (photo of joint FBI/NYPD press conference, above). As my colleague Murtaza Hussain ably documents, “it appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.”  (more…)

johnpilger.com

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism. (more…)

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