Oliver Stone's "Snowden" is great entertainment and an important argument for pardon

I just saw Oliver Stone's Snowden. It's an excellent film, no doubt, and also an important rebuttal to ongoing efforts by propagandists to limit America's conversation to who Edward Snowden is, rather than what this whistleblower revealed.

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How To Be At War Forever

If you were the government and wanted to maintain a state of perpetual war, how would you go about it? Read the rest

How would you explain the difference between war and terrorism to a space alien?

Author and former CIA officer Barry Eisler spoke at the Association of Former Intelligence Officers opposite ex-CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden on Monday. In front of about a hundred former CIA, FBI, and NSA operatives, Eisler talked about bulk surveillance, whistleblowing, and why intelligence professionals need to take especially great care not to let propaganda pervert their intelligence.

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On whistleblowers and secrecy: What author Barry Eisler said to a room of ex-intelligence officers

Author and former CIA officer Barry Eisler spoke at the Association of Former Intelligence Officers opposite ex-CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden on Monday. Below, an adaptation of his opening remarks about the importance of whistleblowers and government transparency. Eisler's new novel, "God's Eye View," inspired by the Snowden revelations, is available now on Amazon.

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Opinion: Why you should care about journalist Barrett Brown's sentencing today

The tech reporter is expected to be sentenced by a judge today in a highly controversial case brought by the Justice Department.

Why today's court decision ordering release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos matters

“Why is this so important? Because, as the saying goes, if the slaughterhouses of the world were made of glass, we'd all be vegetarians.”