Norman Solomon

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Race, Leaks and Prosecution at the CIA
Condoleezza Rice made headlines when she testified Thursday at the leak trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — underscoring that powerful people in the Bush administration went to great lengths a dozen years ago to prevent disclosure of a classified operation. But as The Associated Press...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Revenge of the CIA: Scapegoating Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling
This week, in a federal courtroom, I’ve heard a series of government witnesses testify behind a screen while expounding on a central precept of the national security state: The CIA can do no wrong. Those CIA employees and consultants are more than mere loyalists for an agency that soaks up $15...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sterling Trial Opens in Security-State Matrix
When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors made routine references to “three-letter agencies” and alphabet-soup categories of security clearances. In an area where vast partnerships between intelligence agencies and private...
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Monday, January 05, 2015
Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower
The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government’s siege against whistleblowing. With its use of the Espionage Act to intimidate and prosecute people for leaks in “national security” realms, the Obama...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Risen’s New Book Exposes Corrupt Zealotry of 'US War on Terror'
No single review or interview can do justice to " Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War "—the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Perpetual War Is Fine With the New York Times After All
The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted that end as a democratic necessity. But now — in response to Obama’s speech Wednesday night...
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Monday, August 04, 2014
Obama's War on Journalism Coming to a Head
Ten months after the Committee to Protect Journalists issued its scathing report “ The Obama Administration and the Press ,” journalists and potential whistleblowers continue to face unprecedented surveillance and legal jeopardy. The report, authored by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor...
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Monday, July 21, 2014
Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter
Over the weekend, the New York Times sent out a clear signal: the mass slaughter of civilians is acceptable when the Israeli military is doing the killing. Under the headline “Israel’s War in Gaza,” the most powerful newspaper in the United States editorialized that such carnage is necessary. The...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?
As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being. Top “national security” officials in Washington now have the determination and tech...
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Friday, June 06, 2014
Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something
Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing creates a moral frequency that vast numbers of people are eager to hear. We don’t want our lives, communities, country and world continually damaged by the deadening silences of fear and conformity. I’ve met many whistleblowers over the years, and they’ve been...
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