Peter Van Buren

Whistleblowers and Endless War Was Chelsea Manning Motivated By Moral Injury?

“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn't believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.”

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Another Way the Rich Get Richer: Their Parents Give Them Obscene Amounts of Money Nearly Tax-Free

It’d be great if we were all self-made men, like Citizen Trump.

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5 Questions That Desperately Need to Be Asked of the Presidential Candidates

The nuances of foreign policy do not feature heavily in the ongoing presidential campaign. Every candidate intends to “destroy” the Islamic State; each has concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korea, and China; every one of them will defend Israel; and no one wants to talk much about anything else -- except, in the case of the Republicans, who rattle their sabers against Iran.

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You Simply Can't Earn a Living in America on the Minimum Wage

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You Won’t Like It, But Here’s the Answer to ISIS

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How the Balance of Power Has Shifted Profoundly in the Mideast

Don't sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways.

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5 Things That Won't Work in Iraq

In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. None of those efforts were a success by any conceivable definition of the term Washington has been capable of offering.

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Twelve Years Later, We Know the Winner in Iraq: Iran

The U.S. is running around in circles in the Middle East, patching together coalitions here, acquiring strange bedfellows there, and in location after location trying to figure out who the enemy of its enemy actually is. The result is just what you'd expect: chaos further undermining whatever’s left of the nations whose frailty birthed the jihadism America is trying to squash.

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How Hollywood War Porn Like 'American Sniper' Keeps Us Amped Up for War

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How Big Corporations Are Raking in the Profits on Iraq's Disintegration

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Iraq War 3.0: What Could Possibly Go Right?

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7 Disastrous Outcomes of Our New War in the Middle East

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Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition, Fighting in Iraq Until Hell Freezes Over

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4 Ways Your Constitutional Right to Privacy Has Been Gutted Since 9/11

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How Our Government's Behavior Post 9-11 Has Thoroughly Trashed the First Amendment

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9 Questions Billionaires Disparagingly Ask About the People They Exploit

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The American Empire Crumbling Before Our Eyes Right Here at Home

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This Harrowing Tale of How Our Secret State Works to Crush Our Rights Will Chill You to the Bone

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Secrets & “Spies”: The Government’s Increasingly Dangerous War on Whistleblowers

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The Obama administration has just opened a new front in its ongoing war on whistleblowers. It’s taking its case against one man, former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Marshal Robert MacLean, all the way to the Supreme Court. So hold on, because we’re going back down the rabbit hole with the Most Transparent Administration ever.

Despite all the talk by Washington insiders about how whistleblowers like Edward Snowden should work through the system rather than bring their concerns directly into the public sphere, MacLean is living proof of the hell of trying to do so. Through the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to use MacLean’s case to further limit what kinds of information can qualify for statutory whistleblowing protections. If the DOJ gets its way, only information that the government thinks is appropriate — a contradiction in terms when it comes to whistleblowing — could be revealed. Such a restriction would gut the legal protections of the Whistleblower Protection Act and have a chilling effect on future acts of conscience.

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The Erosion of the U.S. Constitution ... and It Starts in the White House

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Busted! 10 Myths That Reveal Just How Dangerous the NSA Really Is

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How the Powerful Intelligence World Is on the Verge of the Ability to Make People Digitally Disappear

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The Foreign Policy of America's Top Diplomat is In Utter Disarray

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Why Saying No to Syria Matters (It's Not About Syria)

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We're in a Post-Constitutional America: Our Country Is Going Sideways in Plain Sight, and Nobody's Saying Much About It

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5 Things That Were Likely on Edward Snowden's Mind As He Took Off From Hong Kong

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Homeland Insecurity: Why the Government Spent Seven Years and Untold Dollars to Silence One Man

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The Worst Mistake in U.S. History -- America Will Never Recover from Bush's Great Foreign Policy Disaster

I was there. And “there” was nowhere. And nowhere was the place to be if you wanted to see the signs of end times for the American Empire up close. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the madness -- and oh yes, it was madness -- not filtered through a complacent and sleepy media that made Washington’s war policy seem, if not sensible, at least sane and serious enough. I stood at Ground Zero of what was intended to be the new centerpiece for a Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East.

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America's Dark Side That We Must Confront: Our Official Policy Is to Torture People

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