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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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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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:30am
Mark Udall's Loss Is a Blow for Privacy, But He Can Go Out with a Bang: 'Leak' the CIA Torture Report
merica’s rising civil liberties movement lost one of its strongest advocates in the US Congress on Tuesday night, as Colorado’s Mark Udall lost his Senate seat to Republican Cory Gardner . While the election was not a referendum on Udall’s support for civil liberties (Gardner expressed support for...
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Stingrays “emulate a cellphone tower” and “force” cell phones to register their location and identifying information with the stingray instead of with real cell towers in the area. Views
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 8:00am
The US Government Doesn't Want You to Know How the Cops Are Tracking You
All across America, from Florida to Colorado and back again, the country's increasingly militarized local police forces are using a secretive technology to vacuum up cellphone data from entire neighborhoods – including from people inside their own homes – almost always without a warrant. This week...
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Journalist James Risen and President Obama. 'This is the latest victory of the Obama administration in their crackdown on sources, and in turn, investigative journalism,' say Timm. (File) Views
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 1:15pm
Make No Mistake, This Case Is a Direct Attack on the Press
The Supreme Court today rejected New York Times reporter James Risen's appeal of a 4th Circuit decision that ruled the government can compel him to reveal his source under oath. The case, one of the most important for reporter's privilege in decades, means that Risen has exhausted his appeals and...
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