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The case of Thomas Drake

  • March 10, 2012
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There’s an excellent piece by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker about Thomas Drake, the linguist and computer expert-turned-whistleblower from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), who was indicted by the Obama administration in April 2010 for releasing classified information to a journalist in 2006.

The case has attracted less media attention than  Bradley Manning, though Drake, like Manning,  is being indicted under the 1917 Espionage Act on charges of aiding the enemy and endangering the lives of American servicemen.

The NSA is the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance agency, a vast bureaucracy three times bigger...

The Pity of Niall Ferguson

  • February 07, 2012
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There is nothing worse than a warmonger, but few warmongers are as disgusting and contemptible as Niall Ferguson.  Anyone who doubts this should contemplate his latest outing as a cheerleader for war on Iran, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe programme yesterday:

There is the Great Man, oozing narcissism, gravitas and a smug sense of his self-importance, as...

Let’s all live in one big happy barracks

  • January 27, 2012
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There’s a good piece by Mark Levine on the Al Jazeera website about Barack Obama’s glorification of the U.S military in his State of the Union address, which    began with the fatuous and utterly delusional observation  ‘ We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more...

Obama: president of the United States of Israel

  • January 23, 2012
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Somewhat bizarrely there are still those who argue that Barack Obama is not just the lesser of two evils, but some kind of brave, progressive politician genuinely trying to do the right thing in a difficult political climate.   Anyone who believes this should check out the following video produced by the White House...

The Pentagon gets real

  • January 07, 2012
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Has the global financial crisis finally begun to impact America’s ability to sustain its global military presence and the megalomaniac dreams of ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ that have intoxicated US military strategists and national security managers for more than a decade?

At first sight, Barack Obama announcement of the Pentagon’s new ‘realistic’ proposals for a ’21st century...

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

  • December 17, 2011
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In March 2003 the United States, backed by its faithful lieutenant Britain and a hastily-concocted ‘Coalition of the Willing’,  invaded Iraq following a campaign of lies, manipulation, propaganda and manufactured intelligence.

After smashing Saddam Hussein’s decrepit army, the invaders proved unable  to install their puppet Ahmed Chalabi in power or ensure security, and began a neo-colonial...

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