Thirty years after the title year of George Orwell’s “1984,” the Oscar-worthy “Citizenfour” features a real-life modern-day Winston Smith.

A crowd of about 1,000 came to hear Glenn Greenwald in Los Angeles last Thursday, June 19, listening with rapt attention as Greenwald, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, explained what the NSA is really doing with its “suspicion-less mass surveillance program.” 

James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the New York Times, may face jail time on a federal contempt of court charge if he doesn’t release the identity of one of his confidential sources.

Author Nomi Prins is a “class traitor.” She worked as a managing director at Goldman Sachs, as a Lehman Brothers strategist, and as a Chase Manhattan Bank analyst.


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and documentary filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras were jointly awarded the 2014 Ridenhour prize for truth-telling in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon, April 30, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, a little more than a block away from the White House.

Snowden and Poitras both appeared by video link from the countries where they are currently living in exile.

Many of the hundreds of attendees at the Press Club event had never heard them speak before.

Welcome to The Progressive's 7th annual Progie Awards, recognizing the best progressive films and filmmakers of last year!

By Marcy Wheeler

I'm not all that interested in the debate about offering Edward Snowden some kind of amnesty, as I think he could never accept the terms being offered, it arises in part out of NSA's PR effort, and distracts from the ongoing revelations.

In a surprise Christmas message aired Wednesday night on Britain's Channel 4, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reminded citizens of countries around the world that if there's something the government wants to know about them, it's always easier to ask than spy.

In a letter published online Tuesday morning, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden appealed to Brazilians, encouraging them to press on with investigations into American surveillance efforts and offering to help if he's granted permanent asylum.

Former Army Private Chelsea Manning was convicted on 20 counts in July for revealing more secret U.S. government information than anyone to come before her. Though she's currently serving a 35-year sentence, defense attorney David Coombs has continued advocating for Manning's release, recently launching a three-city tour to raise money for Manning's birthday on Dec. 17.


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Helen Caldicott, a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, calls this “one of the most frightening books...


This time we’ve got some advantages.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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