Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:30am
The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders
Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's defenders would have us believe that Snowden is a thief and a criminal at best, and perhaps a traitorous Russian spy. In their telling, the NSA carries out its mission lawfully...
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 8:45am
A Liberal Moderate's Critique of Snowden and Greenwald
In a review of " No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State ," George Packer, whose best work is superb, makes a number of dubious claims about the subjects under discussion. The claims are typical of liberal moderates who acknowledge that the NSA's behavior is...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:42am
Touré: America May Have Committed War Crimes Via Drone—but Keep Up Strikes Anyway
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 11:30am
What If Mitt Romney Inherits Obama's Killer Drone Fleet?
Asked about drone strikes during Monday's foreign policy debate, Mitt Romney basically said that President Obama is right to use them. Expect more drone warfare in 2013 regardless of who wins the election. Does that mean that the two candidates are indistinguishable on the issue? My friend and former boss Andrew Sullivan doesn't think so. "Memo to Conor Friedersdorf," he wrote while live-blogging at The Dish.
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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 2:13pm
On War and Peace, George McGovern Will Die Vindicated
Speaking at the Democratic National Convention in 1972, George McGovern kicked off his ill-fated presidential bid by focusing on his opposition to the ruinous war in Vietnam. "I have no secret plan for peace. I have a public plan.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 1:16pm
Calling US Drone Strikes 'Surgical' Is Orwellian Propaganda
The Obama Administration deliberately uses the word "surgical" to describe its drone strikes.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 9:12am
Dear Andrew Sullivan: Why Focus On Obama's Dumbest Critics?
After reading Andrew Sullivan's Newsweek essay about President Obama, his critics, and his re-election bid, I implore him to ponder just one question. How would you have reacted in 2008 if any Republican ran promising to do the following?
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