Tag Archives: James Risen

Leaked Cables Show Depth of Iranian Influence in Iraq After U.S. Invasion “Shattered” the Country

“The macro story here is that the United States shattered Iraqi society, and then Iran came in to pick up the pieces.”

The War on Immigrants

WITH THE SO-CALLED Migrant Protection Protocols program, or MPP, expanding along the southern border and trapping more U.S. asylum-seekers in dangerous Mexican cities, violations of due process are intensifying in traditional courts — and in newly built tents that physically separate immigrants from the judges who hear their cases. Trump’s Attacks on the Press Fuel Harassment […]

It Is Time To Kill The Espionage Act, by Thor Benson

We’re still seeing the Espionage Act used to kill free speech on a regular basis today, just over a century since its passage into law.

Russiagate or Russiagoat? Coleen Rowley, Nat Parry, Glenn Greenwald, James Risen

‘This is Nuts’: Liberals Launch ‘Largest Mobilization in History’ in Defense of Russiagate Probe February 9, 2018 Exclusive: Hundreds of thousands have pledged to take to the streets if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is removed, reflecting misplaced priorities and some fundamental misunderstandings, report Coleen Rowley and Nat Parry. Read more →   VIDEO: GLENN GREENWALD […]

Norman Solomon: Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower

Ellsberg: “The aim is to punish troublemakers with harassment, threats, indictments, years in court and likely prison — even if they’ve only gone through official channels to register accusations about their superiors and agency. That is, by the way, a practical warning to would-be whistleblowers who would prefer to ‘follow the rules.’ “

Mint Press, Sacrifices In Journalism and Whistleblowing: A Tribute to Truth-Tellers

Whistleblowing was the buzzword of 2013 and 2014. Snowden and Assange are the big names splashed around headlines, but they’re not the only ones going to great lengths to preserve the Fourth Estate and, in doing so, saving democracy. By Frederick Reese  MintPressNews.com   December 22, 2014 Barrett Brown Photo: Nikki Loehr Occasionally, there are situations […]

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Glenn Greenwald: Talking to James Risen about “Pay Any Price,” the War on Terror, and Press Freedoms

 Fear is hard to question. It is central to the financial well-being of countless federal bureaucrats, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, analysts, and pundits. Fear generates funds. Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  November 25, 2014 James Risen, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for exposing the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program, has long been one of the nation’s […]

Evergreene Digest: James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’

This is a story of war profiteering, personal ambition, bureaucratic turf wars, absence of accountability and, always, secrecy. Louise Richardson, New York (NY) Times Oct. 15, 2014 | In “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” James Risen holds up a mirror to the United States in the 13 years since 9/11, and what […]

Henry A. Giroux: Higher Education and the New Brutalism

Across the globe, a new historical conjuncture is emerging in which the attacks on higher education as a democratic institution and on dissident public voices in general – whether journalists, whistleblowers or academics – are intensifying with sobering consequences. The attempts to punish prominent academics such as Ward Churchill, Steven Salaita and others are matched by an equally vicious assault on whistleblowers such as Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond and Edward Snowden, and journalists such as James Risen.

Andrew O’Hehir: From Gary Webb to James Risen: The struggle for the soul of journalism

Two courageous reporters dug up dark government secrets. Only one was betrayed by his peers. Why did it happen? Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb in “Kill the Messenger” (Credit: Focus Features) By ANDREW O’HEHIR   SALON.com  October 25, 2014 In thinking about the cases of Gary Webb and James Risen, two famous investigative reporters aggressively persecuted for […]

John Nichols: Defend Journalism That Speaks Truth to Power From Ferguson to Washington

 “Media criticism, at its best, is not rooted in partisanship, or ideology; it is a demand for the pursuit of truths that someone with economic or political power does not want told. Americans have good reason to be frustrated with media that misses the essential stories of racism and inequality, as well as assaults on […]

Norman Solomon: Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Binney explained: “At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the U.S. This is no accident and allows the U.S. to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the U.S. The NSA lies about what it stores.” by Norman Solomon  Common […]

Norman Solomon: An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

The Obama administration is insisting that Risen name his confidential source — or face imprisonment. Risen says he won’t capitulate. by Norman Solomon  Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Common Dreams 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/) […]

Margaret Sullivan, NYT: A Blow for the Press, and for Democracy

Sometimes James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities. By MARGARET SULLIVAN  July 27, 2013  New York Times “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week. It has been 10 years since he learned of a […]

Stephen Aftergood> Appeals Court Rejects Reporter’s Privilege in Leak Case

Dissenting opinion: Our country’s Founders established the First Amendment’s guarantee of a free press as a recognition that a government unaccountable to public discourse renders that essential element of democracy — the vote — meaningless.  By Stephen Aftergood  July 19, 2013  Secrecy News Categories: Leaks, Secrecy In a new ruling with ominous implications for national security reporting, an appeals […]