Norman Solomon

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New York Times journalist James Risen continues to face prosecution by the Department of Justice for performing his job. (Photo: Alex Menendez/UCB Graduate School of Journalism/) Views
Thursday, May 29, 2014
An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism
In a memoir published this year, the CIA’s former top legal officer John Rizzo says that on the last day of 2005 a panicky White House tried to figure out how to prevent the distribution of a book by New York Times reporter James Risen. Officials were upset because Risen’s book, State of War ,...
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent
The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That’s because -- as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it -- “the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.” No institutions are more image-conscious than big media outlets. The people running them...
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Monday, March 17, 2014
When Hope Turns Rancid: From LBJ to Obama
Hope makes history. So does betrayal of hope. Early in his presidency, Lyndon Johnson inspired enormous hope. But the promise for a Great Society imploded — and disappointment jolted many former supporters, with trust and optimism turning into alienation and bitterness. The negative ripple effects lasted for decades.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Feinstein Syndrome: “The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee”
Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?"
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Friday, March 07, 2014
Hillary Clinton on Putin: Playing a Dog-Eared “Hitler” Card
The frontrunner to become the next president of the United States is playing an old and dangerous political game -- comparing a foreign leader to Adolf Hitler.
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Monday, March 03, 2014
Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?
International law is suddenly very popular in Washington.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a US Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination
President Obama is now considering whether to order the Central Intelligence Agency to kill a U.S. citizen in Pakistan. That’s big news this week. But hidden in plain sight is the fact that Amazon would be an accessory to the assassination.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Resisting the Surveillance State of Mind
Eight months after whistle-blower Edward Snowden set off a huge uproar by shedding light on the National Security Agency’s unscrupulous surveillance practices, we are still learning about the vast extent of the snooping.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The State of Phony Populism
Barack Obama put on a deft performance Tuesday night. With trills of empathy, the president’s voice soared to hit the high notes. He easily carried a tune of economic populism. But after five years of Obama in the White House, Americans should know by now that he was lip-syncing the words.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Cut Off the NSA’s Juice
The National Security Agency depends on huge computers that guzzle electricity in the service of the surveillance state. For the NSA’s top executives, maintaining a vast flow of juice to keep Big Brother nourished is essential—and any interference with that flow is unthinkable. But interference isn’t unthinkable. And in fact, it may be doable.
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