Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a writer, activist, and legal analyst who specializes in free speech and government transparency issues. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and has also contributed to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, PBS MediaShift, and Politico. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorTimm

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 8:45am
Snowden Opened This Door for NSA Reform
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a version of the USA Freedom Act , a bill touted by its authors as surveillance reform that will end the NSA’s mass, suspicionless collection of Americans’ personal data. Given that parts of the Patriot Act expired on June 1st, and that the government is pretending the...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:45pm
Justice Department Report Directly Contradicts the Attorney General's Claims about the Patriot Act
In the midst of the last-minute Congressional debate about whether to re-authorize Patriot Act Section 215, the Justice Department Inspector General (IG) released a long awaited report on Thursday on how the FBI has used (and abused) Section 215 for the past few years. Unfortunately, the report is...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 9:45am
US Officials Leak Information About the ISIS Raid That’s More Sensitive Than Anything Snowden Ever Leaked
Over the weekend, the US government announced that special forces soldiers entered Syria to conduct a raid that killed an alleged leader of ISIS, Abu Sayyaf. In the process, anonymous US officials leaked classified information to the New York Times that’s much more sensitive than anything Edward...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:15am
The Hostages Killed by US Drones are the Casualties of an Inhumane Policy
P resident Obama’s admission on Thursday that the CIA killed two innocent hostages in a US drone strike in Pakistan should definitively prove to the American public what the White House has been trying to hide from them for a while: the US government’s secretive use of drone strikes is a...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 2:00pm
Sony Should Not Be Able to Tell Journalists What to Print
Sony, which spent weeks holding itself out as a free speech martyr after North Korea allegedly hacked its emails, is now trying to do more damage to the spirit of the First Amendment than North Korea ever did. The corporation is using high-powered lawyers and lobbyists in an attempt to stifle the...
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:30am
When Would an Anti-War Activist Back Arms Sales? When He's Secretary of State
ecretary of State John Kerry has to be the worst anti-war activist in recorded history. Is there a military action - save one - that he hasn’t supported since he came to national prominence as an anti-war activist in the early 1970s? In the the past decade and a half alone, he’s voted for the war...
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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 1:00pm
The War on Leaks Has Gone Way Too Far When Journalists' Emails Are Under Surveillance
The outrageous legal attack on WikiLeaks and its staffers, who are exercising their First Amendment rights to publish classified information in the public interest—just like virtually every other major news organization in this country—is an attack on freedom of the press itself, and it’s shocking...
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 8:00am
The Greatest Trick Obama Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World America Isn't Still at War
The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan” , as the US government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 4:15pm
Stop Believing the Lies: America Tortured More Than 'Some Folks' – and Covered It Up
It wasn’t that bad, we’ve been told, over and over again, for more than a decade. “We only waterboarded three people” goes the line American officials have been force-feeding the world for years. “We tortured some folks,” Barack Obama admitted recently, still downplaying war crimes committed in...
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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:00pm
Obama's New Leader at the Pentagon Will Mean More War – Not Less
Chuck Hagel resigned as US defense secretary on Monday morning , and the Obama administration must be ecstatic that the Washington press is agrip with the perennial Beltway question: “Was he fired or did he quit?!” After yet another weekend of news that the administration is expanding its war...
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