from The Great Debate:

Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?

By Matthew Gault
June 17, 2015

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

An illustration picture of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

from The Great Debate:

If Obama really wants to close Guantanamo, here’s what he needs to do

By Daphne Eviatar
May 20, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama speaks before signing the executive order to close the military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, in the Oval Office on his second official day at the White House in Washington, January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

from The Great Debate:

Why NSA surveillance is worse than you’ve ever imagined

By James Bamford
May 11, 2015



Last summer, after months of encrypted emails, I spent three days in Moscow hanging out with Edward Snowden for a Wired cover story. Over pepperoni pizza, he told me that what finally drove him to leave his country and become a whistleblower was his conviction that the National Security Agency was conducting illegal surveillance on every American. Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York agreed with him.

from The Great Debate:

The Pentagon is buying the wrong ship, and it’s costing taxpayers billions

By David Axe
April 30, 2015


Cyclone-class boats before the modernization program in formation. Courtesy of U.S. NAVY

from The Great Debate:

Let Japan help defend America — and itself

By Clyde Prestowitz
June 2, 2014

Members of Japan's Self-Defence Forces' airborne troops stand at attention during the annual SDF troop review ceremony at Asaka Base in Asaka

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now following through on actions laid out in his recent bold speech calling for Japan to defend allies who might be under attack.

from Jack Shafer:

Pierre Omidyar and the bottomless optimism of billionaire publishers

By Jack Shafer
October 17, 2013

Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar -- reckoned to be worth $8.5 billion -- inspired tens of thousands of journalists to freshen their resumes this week when word of his plan to start his own mass media organization leaked out. With Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Laura Poitras announced as its first hires, the outlet will emphasize investigative journalism, but as Omidyar explained in a post, the site will serve all news.

from The Great Debate:

The mysterious agency that can block a global merger

July 8, 2013

When Smithfield Foods CEO Larry Pope appears before the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, senators will likely grill him on whether U.S. consumers will be harmed by the proposed $4.7 billion sale to the Chinese firm Shuanghui. Some members of Congress have suggested the deal could hurt the U.S. food supply, even though the meat will be exported.

from Jack Shafer:

NSA and the Pandora’s box of surveillance

By Jack Shafer
June 24, 2013

Let's assume for a moment that National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander was telling the truth yesterday on ABC News's This Week when he said that the NSA material leaked by Edward Snowden "has caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and to our allies."

from Jack Shafer:

Edward Snowden and the selective targeting of leaks

By Jack Shafer
June 11, 2013

Edward Snowden's expansive disclosures to the Guardian and the Washington Post about various National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs have only two corollaries in contemporary history—the classified cache Bradley Manning allegedly released to WikiLeaks a few years ago and Daniel Ellsberg's dissemination of the voluminous Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971.

from Breakingviews:

Fugitive whistleblower puts China on the spot

June 10, 2013

By Peter Thal Larsen
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.