Norman Solomon

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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 7:15am
Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?
Last week CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn’t be there. Sterling was one of the CIA’s few African-American case officers, and he became the first to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against the agency. That happened shortly before the CIA...
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 6:30am
A Misleading Moment of Celebration for a New Surveillance Program
The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations of...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 6:45am
Jeffrey Sterling vs. the CIA: An Untold Story of Race and Retribution
A dozen years before his recent sentencing to a 42-month prison term based on a jury’s conclusion that he gave classified information to a New York Times journalist, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was in the midst of a protracted and fruitless effort to find someone in Congress willing to look...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:45am
Don’t Grade Justice on a Warped Curve: Assessing the Case of Jeffrey Sterling
Yes, I saw the glum faces of prosecutors in the courtroom a few days ago, when the judge sentenced CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling to three and a half years in prison -- far from the 19 to 24 years they’d suggested would be appropriate. Yes, I get that there was a huge gap between the punishment...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:00am
CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government’s War on Journalism
The sentencing of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling on May 11 for espionage ends one phase of a long ordeal and begins another. At age 47, he has received a prison term of 42 months—three and a half years—after a series of ever more improbable milestones. The youngest of six children raised by a...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 5:45am
CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks
A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata , the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences — casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons...
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10:45am
CIA Mission: Destroy the Whistleblower and Perfume the Stench of ‘Operation Merlin’
The leak trial of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling never got near a smoking gun, but the entire circumstantial case was a smokescreen. Prosecutors were hell-bent on torching the defendant to vindicate Operation Merlin, nine years after a book by James Risen reported that it “may have been one of the...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:15pm
The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. Sterling’s indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government’s charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him as bitter and...
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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:45am
CIA Leak Trial: “This Case Is Not About Politics” [sic]
Continuing to deliberate as this week gets underway, the jurors in the CIA leak trial might ponder a notable claim from the government: “This case is not about politics.” The prosecution made that claim a few days ago in closing arguments — begun with a somber quotation from Condoleezza Rice about...
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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:30am
Leak Trial Shows CIA Zeal to Hide Incompetence
Six days of testimony at the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling have proven the agency’s obsession with proclaiming its competence. Many of the two-dozen witnesses from the Central Intelligence Agency conveyed smoldering resentment that a whistleblower or journalist might depict the...
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