Personal Information, Government, and the Not-So-Private Sector

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by Paul R. Pillar Though fully justified, the sudden attention paid to the exploitation, including for political purposes, of information on millions of Facebook users in ways that ought to make those users uncomfortable—and to how Facebook does not seem… Continue Reading  

U.S. Intelligence Ought to Target Israel

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by Paul R. Pillar An article in the Wall Street Journal about what the journalists describe as U.S. interception of communications of Israeli leaders has caused a stir, especially among those habitually quickest to leap to the defense of Israeli policies.… Continue Reading  

Mouth Wide Shut

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by John Feffer Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It’s a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or… Continue Reading  

Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

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by Tom Engelhardt Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself.  Let me start this way:… Continue Reading  

North Korea: Spyware vs. Spyware

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by John Feffer The cyberattack on Sony Pictures last month was a classic whodunit. The FBI, playing the role of Sherlock Holmes, visited the virtual crime scene, gathered up the evidence, and tried to piece together the motives of the… Continue Reading