Journal: Wikileaks, the US, the UN, & The Rule of Law

WikiLeaks to shift base to friendly Sweden STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 15 (UPI) — The founder of WikiLeaks says he will seek a publishing license for his controversial operation in Sweden where whistleblower protections are strong. Phi Beta Iota: The Nordic nations have consistently been “smarter” and more ethical than the US and all others.  Wikileaks …

Secrecy News: Costs of Major US Wars, Contractors in Iraq & AF, Drones & Homeland Sec

COSTS OF MAJOR U.S. WARS COMPARED More than a trillion dollars has been appropriated since September 11, 2001 for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.  This makes the “war on terrorism” the most costly of any military engagement in U.S. history in absolute terms or, if correcting for inflation, the second most expensive …

US Gov War on Whistleblowers Intensifying

War on whistle-blowers intensifies By Glenn Greenwald for Salon.com AP Photo/Charles Dharapak In this March 19, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers — whose disclosures are one of the very few remaining avenues for learning what our …

Video: Iraq Elections but Without Stability + New Book “The Iraq Papers”

Thanks to Steven Aftergood & Secrecy News for the heads up on the new book The Iraq Papers.  Secrecy News’ email newsletter describes it this way: An extensive compilation of official documents, policy advocacy statements, and assorted commentary on the U.S. decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 is presented in “The Iraq …

Journal: OUT OF CONTROL–The Demise of Responsible Government “Intelligence” II

Admin Threatens Veto Over GAO Role in Intel Oversight March 17th, 2010 by Steven Aftergood One of the simplest, most effective ways to strengthen congressional oversight of intelligence would be for Congress to make increased use of specially cleared investigators from the Government Accountability Office.  This is such a straightforward step towards improving oversight that …