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The Incompatibility of Secrecy and Democracy

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Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, hasn’t just opened up the issue of surveillance for debate, Josh Marshall argues. The 29-year-old has also subverted the ability of a democratically elected government to make decisions. “He’s taking it upon himself to make certain things no longer possible, or much harder to do,” Marshall writes. “To me that’s


U.S. court says CIA must end drone secrecy

A federal appeals court Friday reversed a lower court ruling that allowed the CIA to refuse to confirm whether it had information on the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected militants.

Agency had refused to confirm existence of drone records

A lower court federal judge had sided with the CIA and dismissed a


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