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As a CIA operative in Robert Luketic's spy thriller/rom-com, Ashton Kutcher looks strapping, if nothing else.
Did we ask to see Ashton Kutcher as 007?
| June 11, 2010
Recent decisions by President Barack Obama and Maine Governor John Baldacci have dampened progressive hopes that the Republican-inspired war on civil liberties might be winding down.
Civil liberties' limits grow
| June 12, 2009
President-elect Barack Obama's pick of Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency caught Washington by surprise.
Why Leon might be right for the CIA. Plus: Al Franken, Roland Burris, and Caroline Kennedy.
| January 07, 2009
McCain’s crooked talk on torture
It might surprise some that McCain’s record in opposing torture and the Bush administration’s terror-war approach is more complicated than his comments suggest.
Critics, including a local former army interrogator, say he’s trying to play both sides of the issue
| September 17, 2008
Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
| September 09, 2008
Interview: Joseph Finder
"Since 9/11, thousands of CIA employees have quit to go private. Basically, these guys are private spies."
| August 22, 2008
With Beijing 2008 finally at hand, China’s Tibetan occupation remains Hollywood’s cause célèbre .
A field guide to oppression in the home of the 2008 summer games
| August 06, 2008
Lynch sides with Bush in opposing shield law
As he gears up for a gubernatorial run in 2010, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch has assembled an eclectic and sometimes contrary portfolio of issue-related stances.
| July 09, 2008
The American press and public rarely get riled up these days over new revelations concerning President George W. Bush and his administration’s sorry history.
Bush fooled voters and the press once on Iraq. Can McCain get away with the same thing?
| June 11, 2008
March to war
During the course of two weeks in May, America’s top-ranking military officer went from warning that war with Iran could cripple the US military to rattling his saber at Tehran.
Why isn’t the press paying more attention to a possible attack on Iran?
| June 04, 2008
Campaign spying is an old, old game
This article originally appeared in the May 22, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
MARTIN LOMANSEY JR.
| May 22, 2008
Running toward truth
The first wave of current-war fiction is washing up on American shores, and Alex Carr’s The Prince of Bagram Prison is a prime example.
A fast-paced spy thriller explores the ambiguities of wartime
| April 09, 2008
Patrick Lynch goes for broke
One small basketball photo lurks inconspicuously on a far wall in the spacious South Main Street office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
In gunning for Governor, the term-limited AG has little to lose
| January 23, 2008
Ring of fire
An ugly squabble between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation’s biggest phone companies has, in one nasty blow, recast the image of all the entities involved.
The deadbeat FBI fails to pay its phone bills and jeopardizes its wiretapping program
| January 23, 2008
Did the Bush-administration lawyers, and the CIA operatives they advised, commit obstruction of justice by destroying the now-infamous CIA-interrogation videotapes?
Bush-administration lawyers could be nailed for their role in destroying evidence in the CIA scandal, thanks to a quiet Connecticut child-porn case
| January 16, 2008
I’ll never shake the sense memory of that numbed shiver.
Why is our worst national nightmare so misunderstood?
| December 31, 2007
Dumb or dishonest?
For some reason, wisdom maintains that Republicans hold an edge over Democrats when it comes to commanding the military and conducting foreign policy.
Bush and Iran. Plus, disturbing news about AIDS, and Romney’s illegal problem
| December 05, 2007
In his new book, Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism , author John Byrne Cooke tracks press influence on public opinion.
Pressuring the press
| November 28, 2007
A tragicomedy of errors
It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
| November 20, 2007
He had his reasons
So why did Alberto Gonzales resign?
Going, going, Gonzo
| August 29, 2007
Federal judge says PUC's Verizon inquiry can continue
Almost exactly a year ago, the state Public Utilities Commission stepped up to guard Mainers’ privacy and phone records from Verizon.
That's gotta sting
| August 01, 2007
Heroes of our time
In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
| July 31, 2007
Whitehouse on Iraq, the Democratic Congress, and more
Whitehouse has enjoyed more than his share of attention as a freshman US senator.
| July 11, 2007
What lies beneath
Rife with prostitution, espionage, booze, and murder, Portsmouth once supported a rich red-light culture in the shadows of its refinery.
Exploring Portsmouth's Underbelly
| May 30, 2007
The politics of celebrated spy-novel writer (and one-time deep-cover CIA operative) Charles McCarry aren’t simplistic.
Charles McCarry looks back at the Nazis — and ahead to Bush?
| May 08, 2007
Annals of termination
George W. Bush is guilty of a lot of things. But in her just-released book, former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega gets specific.
Yet another mission to accomplish
| May 02, 2007
That situation in Iraq sure is something.
Too cartoonish for truth
| April 11, 2007
Bush's secret army
The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
| March 21, 2007
That situation in Iraq sure is something.
Love in the Sunni Triangle
| February 28, 2007
Remember those moody espionage thrillers of the ’60s?
Chris Cooper’s grasp exceeds his Breach
| February 14, 2007
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