Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler writes the blog Emptywheel. and the "Right to Know" column for ExposeFactsorg. Her book, Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy, provided a primer on the CIA Leak case surrounding Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson. She publishes at various outlets including the Guardian, Salon and the Progressive. Wheeler won the 2009 the Hillman Award for blog journalism.

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Why Doesn’t Dianne Feinstein Want to Prevent Murders Like those Robert Dear Committed?
In response to Chris Murphy’s 15 hour filibuster, Democrats will get a vote on several gun amendments to an appropriations bill, one mandating background checks for all gun purchases, another doing some kind of check to ensure the purchaser is not a known or suspected terrorist. The latter...
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Why Did FBI’s Multiple Informants Fail to Catch Omar Mateen in a Sting?
One detail of the FBI’s 2013 investigation into Omar Mateen that seems to be getting inadequate attention is that they used multiple informants with him, per Jim Comey’s press conference on Monday: Our investigation involved introducing confidential sources to him , recording conversations with him...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
FBI’s Latest Story about the Hack of Farook’s Phone
There’s a lot that doesn’t quite make sense in Ellen Nakashima’s explanation for how FBI broke into Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software...
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Saturday, December 26, 2015
If a Close US Ally Backdoored Juniper, Would NSA Tell Congress?
You may have heard that Juniper Networks announced what amounts to a backdoor in its virtual private networks products. Here’s Kim Zetter’s accessible intro of what security researchers have learned so far. And here’s some technical background from Matthew Green. As Zetter summarizes, the short...
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Sunday, December 06, 2015
Yes, Calling Only Muslims Terrorists Does Result in Disparate Treatment of Muslims
Over at Salon, I’ve got a piece addressing the things we call terror in this country that mostly argues, “In the wake of the Planned Parenthood attack, both the right and the left should redouble our commitment to distinguishing speech from murder.” But I also start by laying out how various mass...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Obama Administration Changed the Rationale for Why Assassinations Don’t Violate the Assassination Prohibition
As a number of outlets have reported, the Second Circuit last month upheld the government’s effort to keep a March 29, 2002 OLC memo pertaining to targeted killing secret; the opinion was unsealed yesterday. The government is probably doing so to keep changes in their rationale for why...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Metadata Surveillance Didn’t Stop the Paris Attacks
Since terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has reignited. The New York Times and Yahoo reported on vague claims that the terrorists’ use of encryption stymied investigators who might have thwarted their...
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Thursday, September 03, 2015
DOD’s Inspector General Investigating Administration Propaganda Again
In the last few weeks, there have been several reports that senior intelligence officials were skewing the intelligence on how (un)successful the military campaign against ISIS has been. “O fficials at United States Central Command — the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing...
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Monday, August 17, 2015
Declaring Chelsea Manning’s Voice against Torture Contraband
As a number of outlets have reported, Chelsea Manning faces a disciplinary board on Tuesday for four alleged violations, including brushing crumbs on the floor, disrespecting an officer, keeping toothpaste past its expiry date, and keeping items deemed contraband, including the Vanity Fair issue on...
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Friday, July 24, 2015
In Political Press, Hillary Clinton Gets Subjected to the Thomas Drake and Jeffrey Sterling Standard
The political press is abuzz with news that the State Department (State IG) and Intelligence Community Inspectors General (ICIG) have asked the Department of Justice to review whether the Department’s handling of the personal email from Hillary Clinton was proper. The story was first reported in...
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