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.

Articles by this author

Views
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Candidate Obama’s Tribute to Whistleblowers Disappears Two Days after First Snowden Revelations
Sunlight Foundation discovers the Obama Administration has removed access to his 2008 campaign promises from the White House web
Read more
Views
Saturday, June 08, 2013
How the US Congress Lost the Plot on Secrecy, Surveillance and Accountability
To hide his role in championing the use of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to collect of Americans' phone data and other "tangible things", one of the architects of that legislation, Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, edited a quote in a
Read more
Views
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Ron Wyden Calls Bullshit on FISA Security Claims
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), in an effort to defend his efforts to approve and hide dragnet collection on all Americans for years, claimed today that the dragnet prevented a terrorist attack.
Read more
Views
Thursday, May 30, 2013
American Drone War: Murder and Democracy
In his post on the drone killing of Waliur Rehman Mehsud earlier this week, Jim noted that CIA has sworn revenge for the 2009 Pakistani Taliban supported suicide attack on CIA’s base in Khost.
Read more
Views
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Obama (Almost) Capitulates to ACLU on Drone Killing Standards
Actually, that headline overstates things. Obama will never capitulate to ACLU, the organization. As I’ve shown, his Administration has gone to absurd lengths to defeat ACLU in Court, even holding up legitimate congressional oversight to do so.
Read more
Views
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Even Bipartisan Conventional Wisdom Report Says It Was Torture
The Constitution Project has released a major report on the government’s torture program. You can download the report here .
Read more
Views
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Innocent Until Proven Guilty; Imminent Until Proven — Too Late!
Those defending the language on imminence in the white paper released last week are right on one count: it is not new language.
Read more
Views
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
The White Paper: This Isn’t the Memo You’re Looking For
As important as it is to see the white paper DOJ gave Congress to explain its purported legal rationale, it is just as important to make clear what this white paper is not.
Read more
Views
Monday, January 07, 2013
The Seduction of John Brennan’s “Moral Rectitude”
As has been floating over the last few days, Obama will reportedly appoint John Brennan CIA Director later today.
Read more
Views
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Why Not Have a Hearing on Civilian Drone Casualties?
Yesterday, I suggested that Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger’s certainty that public accounts of drone casualties are overstated may say more about our failed intelligence oversight than it does about the number of civilians who have died in our drone strikes.
Read more

Pages