KEVIN GOSZTOLA—Albury’s defense attorneys argued Albury’s disclosures on the FBI’s “abuses” of its “enormous investigative authority” granted after the September 11 attacks did not deserve punishment. Particularly, rules governing classified information make clear that an agency is not supposed to classify information to “conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error” or to “prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency.” They argued the Espionage Act was intended for spies and was never supposed to be an Official Secrets Act that could be used to punish government officials without considering their motives or the intent behind their release of classified information.
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CARL FINAMORE—Disorganized rebellion becomes riot. Because oppressed communities of color are politically isolated and left to fend for themselves without support from organized labor or from the white majority, their frustration sometimes explodes into disorganized, individual acts of random violence which then makes the community even more vulnerable to police attacks.
RICHARD COHEN—It just so happens that I have taken an unequivocal “it depends” stance on the removal of certain statues or the changing of names. Lee has to go because he is best known for fighting to retain slavery. Wilson was a racist, but that does not overwhelm the achievements of his presidency. As for Hoover, it’s true that he essentially created the FBI and served as director of the bureau (and its predecessor agencies) from 1924 until his death in 1972. That ain’t nothing.
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ANDRE DAMON—Moreover, when it comes to meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, neither Russia, nor anyone else for that matter, can hold a candle to the United States. During the 1990s, post-Soviet Russia was largely transformed into an American protectorate and an appendage of the CIA and US corporations. The United States buys candidates, creates parties, and sets up NGOs all over the world for the purpose of manipulating elections. And if these are not successful, it resorts to war and regime-change operations.