Peace and Security

All Hacked Up

All Hacked Up

I've gotten a lot of unwelcome mail from the feds these last few years, like a copy of my indictment for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. But this latest delivery was something altogether new. My jaw dropped as I scanned the form letter from the...

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Odd Bedfellows for Liberty

Odd Bedfellows for Liberty

Let's now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen, and a current Republican senator. I don't think they've ever met, yet their separate efforts over 14 years have now guided our ship of state away from some perilous...

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Of Course Jeb Bush Would Have Invaded Iraq

Of Course Jeb Bush Would Have Invaded Iraq

Jeb Bush must have set some kind of record for political flip-flopping this month. "Knowing what we know now," he was asked — that Saddam Hussein didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction, for example — “would you have authorized the invasion" of Iraq? “I would've,”...

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Add Korea to the Axis of Diplomacy

Add Korea to the Axis of Diplomacy

The George W. Bush administration famously dubbed Iran, Iraq, and North Korea the "Axis of Evil." The White House accused that ominous-sounding triumvirate of funding terrorism and developing weapons of mass destruction. The goal was to garner public support for the...

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Closing the Door on Torture

Closing the Door on Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest. What happened to the torture program? Nothing....

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Nonviolence for Whom?

Nonviolence for Whom?

Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. As cities erupt after decades of oppression and violence at the hands of police, calls for nonviolence can be deafening. "Violence isn’t the answer," the moralists chide when protesters throw rocks and clash with police. They're right....

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Loaded Language

Loaded Language

I couldn’t find a hotel room in Nashville when I visited for my brother’s wedding. Maybe that was for the best. I had a longer commute to the clearing in the woods where the wedding would happen the next day, but at least I kept a safe distance from the NRA’s...

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