• ThumbnailNo single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price — 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 realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive. Published this week, Pay Any Price [...]

  • Norman Solomon wrote a new diary post: Perpetual War Is Fine With New York Times After All

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    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 announcing escalation of war without plausible end — the  Times<span style="font-size: [...]

  • Thanks Kevin, for this excellent post!

  • Thumbnail The Times’ editorial staff enthusiastically supports Israeli war crimes. 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. [...]

  • Norman Solomon wrote a new diary post: Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

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    ThumbnailAs 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. “He knows if you’ve been bad or good …” Top “national security” officials in Washington now have the [...]

  •   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 extraordinarily ordinary. None were applying for halos or [...]

  • ThumbnailIn 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 , exposed what — in his [...]

  • Norman Solomon commented on the diary post In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California by Gary Cohn.

    2014-04-17 13:57:20View | Delete

    As a Marin County resident, I can say that current Assembly member Marc Levine is largely functioning as a corporate tool.

  • Norman Solomon wrote a new diary post: Why We Need Fiercely Independent Media Critics

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    ThumbnailThe 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.” Society needs strong, independent media critics like Upton Sinclair. No institutions are more image-conscious than big media outlets. [...]

  • ThumbnailWho knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: “Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?” Don’t confuse Feinstein with real whistleblower heroes. A truthful answer to that question could not possibly be “whistleblower.” It may already be a historic fact that Senator Feinstein’s speech on March 11, 2014 blew a whistle on [...]

  • 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. At a private charity event on Tuesday, in comments preserved on  audio, Hillary Clinton talked about actions by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea. “Now if this sounds [...]

  • International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a “breach of international law.” Secretary of State John Kerry followed up by declaring that Russia is “in direct, overt violation of international law.” Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader [...]

  • Norman Solomon commented on the diary post Why Amazon’s Collaboration with the CIA Is So Ominous — and Vulnerable by Norman Solomon.

    2014-02-23 02:11:12View | Delete

    Denying that Amazon is engaged in “aggregating, safeguarding and analyzing many billions of factoids about human beings” doesn’t make the reality go away. We could have been having this conversation about the NSA a year ago. That the NSA would be capable of crossing boundaries and going past the letter of the law would be, [...]

  • Norman Solomon commented on the diary post Why Amazon’s Collaboration with the CIA Is So Ominous — and Vulnerable by Norman Solomon.

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    A few points: * Here’s the entire sentence that the above comment misreadingly quotes from: Bezos publicly savors the fact that Amazon has proven its digital prowess — aggregating, safeguarding and analyzing many billions of factoids about human beings — to the satisfaction of the CIA. That sentence is about what Amazon does — aggregate, safeguard and [...]

  • ThumbnailAs the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon wants a benevolent image to encourage trust from customers. Obtaining vast quantities of their personal information has been central to the firm’s business model. But Amazon is diversifying — and a few months ago the company signed a $600 million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency to provide “cloud [...]

  •   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. Amazon has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide the agency with [...]

  • Norman Solomon wrote a new diary post: Cut Off the NSA’s Juice

    2014-01-27 09:56:25View | Delete

    ThumbnailThe 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. Cut the Power But interference isn’t unthinkable. And in fact, it [...]

  • Since its founding six years ago, J Street has emerged as a major Jewish organization under the banner “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace.” By now J Street is able to be a partial counterweight to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The contrast between the two U.S. groups is sometimes stark. J Street applauds diplomacy with Iran, while [...]

  • ThumbnailAmerican journalism has entered highly dangerous terrain. Why do the Post’s CIA ties matter? A tip-off is that the  Washington Post  refuses to face up to a conflict of interest involving Jeff Bezos — who’s now the sole owner of the powerful newspaper at the same time he remains Amazon’s CEO and main stakeholder. The Post is supposed to expose CIA [...]

  • Thumbnail Will the Washington Post openly acknowledge its CIA ties? To: Martin Baron, Executive Editor, and Kevin Merida, Managing Editor, The Washington Post Dear Mr. Baron and Mr. Merida: On behalf of more than 25,000 signers of a petition to The Washington Post, I’m writing this letter to request a brief meeting to present the petition at a time that [...]

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