Category Archives: USA: domestic politics

Pentagon’s former assassin-in-chief, Admiral McRaven resigns

Admiral William H. McRaven has handed in his resignation from the Advisory Council of Innovation to the Defence Secretary. It was the US Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, that set up this council in 1996. The motive was to pull the best talent in Silicon Valley's innovation industries. The Council brings together those with expertise in the intricacies of the Internet and high rank military officials. Admiral McRaven entered into a head-on conflict with President Trump when Trump withdrew the (...)

Barack Obama at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, by Barack Obama

President Obama: Hey! Hello, Illinois! I-L-L! AUDIENCE: I-L-L! PRESIDENT OBAMA: I-L-L! AUDIENCE: I-L-L! PRESIDENT OBAMA:I-L-L! AUDIENCE: I-L-L! PRESIDENT OBAMA: Okay, okay. Just checking to see if you're awake. Please have a seat, everybody. It is good to be home. It's good to see corn. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Beans. I was trying to explain to somebody as we were flying in, that's corn. That's beans. And they were very impressed at my agricultural knowledge. Please give it up for Amaury (...)

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here. I work for the president but like-minded (...)

Donald Trump Removes Secret Defense Clearance From one of his Opponents

President Donald Trump has revoked the Secret Defense clearance of former CIA director John Brennan (photo). Former CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia and then cabinet director of George Tenet (under presidents Clinton and Bush Jr.), he became the first director of the National Anti-Terrorism Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Favorable to the use of torture, he was appointed by Barack Obama director of the CIA. Since the Trump-Putin agreement in Helsinki (July 16), he has (...)

Statement from former senior intelligence officials

As former senior intelligence officials, we feel compelled to respond in the wake of the ill-considered and unprecedented remarks and actions by the White House regarding the removal of John Brennan's security clearances. We know John to be an enormously talented, capable, and patriotic individual who devoted his adult life to the service of this nation. Insinuations and allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Brennan while in office are baseless. Since leaving government service John has (...)

100 US newspapers joint editorial

“A Free Press Needs You” In 1787, the year the Constitution was born, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to a friend, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” That's how he felt before he became president, anyway. Twenty years later, after enduring the oversight of the press from inside the White House, he was less sure of its value. “Nothing can now be believed (...)

“Journalists are not the enemy”

A central pillar of President Trump's politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words. Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of (...)

The Great Purge on the Internet has begun

In less than 12 hours, Internet giants have closed down all internet accounts belonging to the Group Infowars and the US journalist Alex Jones (see photo), both pro-Trump. This purge follows a US House of Representatives Hearing of the Justice Committee on Censorship of the Internet and was coordinated by Apple, Facebook, Google, Spotify and You Tube (but not Twitter). Every video Alex Jones had made has been deleted from the Internet. This decision was taken in the name of ideological (...)