Trevor Timm

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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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 9:45am
Attention All Journalists: US Border Patrol Agents Can Search Your Phones
Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Ou , who has covered the Middle East for over a decade, has worked under threat as a journalist in almost too many countries to count. Authorities in Turkey, Egypt, Somalia, Djibouti, and Bahrain have arrested or detained him at some point in his...
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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 4:30pm
James Comey Has Been Abusing His Power for Years
BI director James Comey set off a torrent of criticism late last week when he directly inserted himself into the presidential campaign with a vague letter to Congress about the reopening of Clinton email case. His conduct has shocked many observers across the political spectrum, but the only thing...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:30pm
If Trump Leaks Are OK and Clinton Leaks Aren't, There's a Problem
The 2016 presidential campaign isn’t turning out to be the Facebook election, as some people have dubbed it . More than anything else, it’s now the Election Dominated By Leaks. In the final month of the race, the Clinton and Trump campaigns’ main attack points now revolve around several major leaks...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 8:30am
Yahoo May Have Let the Government Spy on Emails. Now Will We Embrace Encryption?
In a blockbuster scoop, Reuters’ Joseph Menn is reporting that Yahoo secretly built a software program in 2015 that scanned all its millions of customers’ incoming emails at the behest of US intelligence officials, which led to its chief security officer resigning in protest. We don’t know exactly...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:00am
Almost Everyone Gets Russia Wrong – Apart From Obama
These days it is en vogue in Washington DC to be itching for conflict with Russia . Politicians and pundits alike are outdoing each other for how they can describe the supposed threat Putin now poses to the west. To his credit, Barack Obama seems to be the only politician not playing into the cold...
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Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 2:15pm
Clinton's Embrace of Republicans Will Harm Her Own Party's Future
he Clinton campaign has now spent months trying to convince relatively obscure former Republican officials to endorse her campaign while also adopting many Republican slogans and arguments in her quest for the presidency. One has to wonder how much long term damage she is doing to progressive...
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:15am
The US is Bombing Libya Again. It's a Too-Familiar Vicious Cycle
Just five years after bombing Libya to dispose of Muammar Gaddafi, the US is now officially bombing the country again , this time against alleged Isis terrorist strongholds that cropped up in the power vacuum created by the last bombing. It’s yet another episode of the War on Terror Circle of Life...
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 12:15pm
The US Needs Its Own Chilcot report
As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war on Wednesday, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush? The former US president...
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Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:00am
Donald Trump's Anti-Terror Policies Sound a Lot Like War Crimes
Instead of tacking to the center like a lot of pundits thought he would when he became the Republican nominee, Donald Trump seems intent to double down on his moral depravity, calling for outright war crimes in his quest to become US president. On Wednesday he told a crowd of supporters that to...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 2:30pm
As Quietly as Possible, the Government is Renewing Its Assault on Your Privacy
With their dangerous crusade for an anti-encryption bill in Congress all but dead ( for now ), the FBI and US justice department are now engaged in a multi-pronged attack on all sorts of other privacy rights – this time, with much less public scrutiny. A report from the nonpartisan Government...
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