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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BEN RHODES: We will do what's necessary to protect Americans and see that justice is done for what we saw with the barbaric killing of Jim Foley. So, we're actively considering what's going to be necessary to deal with that threat, and we're not going to be restricted by borders. We've shown time and again that if there's a counterterrorism threat, we'll take direct action against that threat, if necessary. read more


I also remember, and this is just me I'm talking about, being impressed by Barack Obama who was running for president at the time. I don't know if you and I talked about him on that occasion. But at the time, I sometimes thought that he looked like he had what this country needed.

So that's my first question, it's a lot of ground to cover but how do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president? That was a huge turning point, that moment in 2008, and my own feeling is that we didn't turn. read more


Monday, August 25, 2014

The horrific pictures of the beheading of American reporter James Foley, the images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the end of a story, not the beginning. They are the result of years, at times decades, of the random violence, brutal repression and collective humiliation the United States has inflicted on others. read more


Friday, August 22, 2014

There have been increasingly vocal calls for Twitter, Facebook and other Silicon Valley corporations to more aggressively police what their users are permitted to see and read. Last month in The Washington Post, for instance, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow demanded that social media companies ban the accounts of "terrorists" who issue "direct calls" for violence.

A Fox News host this week opined that all Muslims are like ISIS and can only be dealt with through "a bullet to the head": should she, or anyone linking to her endorsement of violence (arguably genocide), be banned from Twitter and Facebook? How about Bob Beckel's call on Fox that Julian Assange be "assassinated": would that be allowed under Ronan Farrow's no-calls-for-violence standard? I had a long dialogue with Farrow on Twitter about his op-ed but was not really able to get answers to questions like these. read more


Thursday, August 21, 2014

The U.S. military is banning and blocking employees from visiting The Intercept in an apparent effort to censor news reports that contain leaked government secrets.

According to multiple military sources, a notice has been circulated to units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps warning staff that they are prohibited from reading stories published by The Intercept on the grounds that they may contain classified information. The ban appears to apply to all employees -- including those with top-secret security clearance -- and is aimed at preventing classified information from being viewed on unclassified computer networks, even if it is freely available on the internet. Similar military-wide bans have been directed against news outlets in the past after leaks of classified information. read more


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