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Containing the National Security State represents more than 100 editorials that assess the militarization of U.S. governance and U.S. foreign policy.

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Honor Daniel Ellsberg by Abrogating the Espionage Act

Daniel Ellsberg’s courage and contributions should be honored by abrogating the Espionage Act of 1917, which was designed to stifle his example of dissent and whistleblowing.  Ellsberg’s resolve and tenacity were unusual.  He exposed the mendacity of the Johnson and Nixon administrations, giving the New York Timesand the Washington Post  the Pentagon Papers, which they published.  The Times’…

The Enduring Traumas of War Scares for the United States and Russia

Surprise attacks lead to enduring traumas for the country under attack.  This was true for the United States after Pearl Harbor in 1941 and continues to this day following the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington.  The same was true for Russia in the wake of Operation Barbarossa, the German codename for Hitler’s…

Birds of a Feather: Trump and Airman Jack Teixeira

There could not be more dissimilarities between any two people than those between former president Donald Trump and Airman First Class Jack Teixeira. Simple demographics would record the differences in wealth, education, experience, background, and family. Trump is a millionaire many times over thanks to an inheritance from his wealthy dad; he lives in golden…

The USS Liberty: a Well-Planned Accident

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, which has been described by too many U.S. and Israeli accounts as an accident.  In fact, the attack took place after eight hours of aerial surveillance by Israel, and it involved a two-hour air and naval attack that killed 34 sailors and…