These Billboards Have Eyes

These Billboards Have Eyes

OK people, we need to discuss billboards. Yes, we really must. At best, these giant corporate placards are problematic — they loom garishly over us, clutter our landscapes, and intrude into our communities with no respect for local aesthetics or preferences. Now,...
The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

I joined the CIA in January 1990. The CIA was vastly different back then from the agency that emerged in the days after the 9/11 attacks. And it was a far cry from the flawed and confused organization it is today. One reason for those flaws — and for the convulsions...
The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers

The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers

Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. The former CIA officer, the judge declared, would spend 42 months — that’s three and half years — behind bars. The feds had convicted Sterling on nine felony charges, including seven counts...
Every Step You Take

Every Step You Take

You may have noticed that a number of countries are angry at the United States. It’s that Edward Snowden thing. Spying has suddenly provided a convenient horse for foreign leaders to ride in venting their simmering frustration at being constantly pushed around...
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