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I helped draft the Freedom of Information Act 50 years ago. Here’s what I learned about government secrecy.

<i>Mark P. Schlefer is a retired maritime and shipping lawyer.</i><p>On Independence Day, it will be 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into law. Every member of his Cabinet had recommended a veto. The chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee told me that …

Surveillance

The opium farmers with the police on their side

<b>This year, Afghanistan is expected to produce more opium than the world consumes. Although billions of dollars have been spent trying to eradicate the crop, in some places the trade seems more institutionalised than ever, with local police openly supporting farmers.</b><p>Mazar-e-Sharif is one of the …

Fashion (India)

Wikileaks Says Secretive Trade Agreement Paves Way to ‘Corporatization of Public Services’ | VICE News

WikiLeaks has released a thousands of documents that critics of free trade said shows how officials negotiating the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA, could force privatization on public institutions around the world.<p>The most surprising revelations in the WikiLeaks documents released this week …

NHS

What Silicon Valley wants from Navy SEALs and Army Rangers

In Silicon Valley, where rapid expansion plans for businesses abound, companies are desperate to hire managers who can lead small teams, make quick decisions, adapt easily to change, and stay calm in the face of stressful situations.<p>It turns out there’s a group of people trained for those exact …

Silicon Valley

Physicists Just Found a Link Between Dark Energy And The Arrow of Time

Is dark energy the reason time moves forward?<p>For years, physicists have attempted to explain dark energy - a mysterious influence that pushes space …

Dark Matter

How the Middle East was invented

Much has been made of how European imperial powers reshaped the Middle East after World War I, a transformation often said to have begun 100 years ago this week when France and Britain signed the Sykes-Picot agreement. But fewer people realize that, in addition to creating the map of the modern …

Middle East

5 Ways Technology Will Completely Change Your City Before 2025

There is a long list of things that can be done to improve technology in cities in the next five to ten years, and some cities are already taking the first steps.<p><i>What technology should we expect cities to realistically adopt within the next 5-10 years? originally appeared on Quora -</i> <i>the knowledge</i> …

Smart Cities

They should all be tried: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and America’s overlooked war crimes

What the CIA did to Abu Zubaydah was barbarous. That his torturers have gone unpunished is an American tragedy<p>The allegations against the man were serious indeed.<p>* Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in al-Qaeda.<p>* The Central Intelligence Agency …

National Security