Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State

In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a massive expansion of its intelligence infrastructure, particularly of the emerging technologies for digital surveillance, agile drones, and biometric identification. In 2010, almost a decade into this secret war with its [...]

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Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama’s War on Leaks

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced an administration-wide crackdown on leaks, announcing the FBI has formed a new team specifically focused on investigating potential leaks to the press. During a press conference on Friday, Sessions announced leak investigations have tripled since President Trump took office. On Twitter, President Trump praised Sessions’ speech, writing, "After many [...]

Wyden voted against intel authorization over WikiLeaks denouncement

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the only senator to vote against the 2017 intelligence authorization bill in the Intelligence Committee, says his decision was due to concerns about it declaring WikiLeaks a "non-state hostile intelligence service." The bill, released Friday, contains a final clause stating that the Julian Assange-lead leak purveyor should be considered more like [...]

EPA’s New Water Safety Official Is a Lobbyist With Deep Ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Dennis Lee Forsgren, a former lobbyist recently tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency office in charge of water safety, has deep ties to a fossil fuel advocacy group engaged in the promotion of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as controversial offshore drilling efforts. Before arriving at the EPA, Forsgren was an attorney for [...]

Meet the Arkansas Judge Who Faces Impeachment for Protesting Against the Death Penalty

Judge Wendell Griffen talking: First of all, let me correct the narrative. The case in which I ruled was not a death penalty case. The case involved a complaint by a distributor of a pharmaceutical product, a drug, that had—that drug obtained by the Arkansas Department of Corrections under false pretenses. The drug was obtained, [...]

Trading the security of everybody in the United States for money

High treason against the founding principles of this nation William Binney Robert Scheer: Hello, this is another edition of Scheer Intelligence, conversations with people who are actually the source of this intelligence. In the case of today’s interview, it’s with William Edward Binney, a major figure in the U.S. intelligence apparatus, where he worked for [...]