FROM Trevor Timm
Personal Privacy and National Security: Is There a Trade-off? When Edward Snowden revealed the extent of electronic spying, President Obama assured Americans their privacy was being carefully guarded. But the chief judge of the secret court responsible now says it can't do the job , admitting that only the government knows who's being spied on and why. Now the President has joined the political Left and Right-leaning libertarians who want a special advocate to argue the public's interest before the secret court. But others warn that could impede and delay the surveillance needed to safeguard the nation. We hear a debate.
The Trial of Bradley Manning for WikiLeaks Leaks PFC Bradley Manning has pled guilty to releasing 700,000 classified documents, which WikiLeaks then published on the Internet — the largest intelligence breach in American history. At the time, Manning worked in what's called a "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Forward Operating Base Hammer near Baghdad. He's now facing a court martial on espionage charges at Fort Mead, Maryland. Critics say he betrayed his country. His defenders are framing the case, in part, as a challenge to what they call excessive classification of information the public has a right to know. Is he a whistle-blower or a traitor who deserves life in prison?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?