Thursday, March 5, 2015

Petraeus, Snowden, and the Department of Two-Tiered Justice | Foreign Policy

Petraeus, Snowden, and the Department of Two-Tiered Justice | Foreign PolicyThe sweetheart plea deal that former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus received yesterday was supposed to mollify the criticism of people who say that in President Barack Obama’s draconian war on whistleblowers, senior-level government officials are never prosecuted for leaking classified information. Now the former army general’s punishment has been revealed and the truth has become clear: The United States has a two-tier justice system when it comes to classified information.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The "Snowden is Ready to Come Home!" Story: a Case Study in Typical Media Deceit - The Intercept

The "Snowden is Ready to Come Home!" Story: a Case Study in Typical Media Deceit - The InterceptMost sentient people rationally accept that the U.S. media routinely disseminates misleading stories and outright falsehoods in the most authoritative tones. But it’s nonetheless valuable to examine particularly egregious case studies to see how that works. In that spirit, let’s take yesterday’s numerous, breathless reports trumpeting the “BREAKING” news that “Edward Snowden now wants to come home!” and is “now negotiating the terms of his return!”

Ever since Snowden revealed himself to the public 20 months ago, he has repeatedly said the same exact thing when asked about his returning to the U.S.: I would love to come home, and would do so if I could get a fair trial, but right now, I can’t.