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Review: Killers

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?
By TOM MEEK  |  June 11, 2010

Under attack

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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 12, 2009
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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.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 07, 2009
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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
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 17, 2008
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Light Reading

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008
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Interview: Joseph Finder

"Since 9/11, thousands of CIA employees have quit to go private. Basically, these guys are private spies."
True fiction
By CLEA SIMON  |  August 22, 2008


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Chinese democracy

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
By ADAM MATTHEWS  |  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.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008
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Intelligence deficit

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?
By EDITORIAL  |  June 11, 2008
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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?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 04, 2008

Campaign spying is an old, old game

This article originally appeared in the May 22, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Ward 8
By MARTIN LOMANSEY JR.  |  May 22, 2008


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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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2008
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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
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008
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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
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008
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Torture-tapes template

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
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 16, 2008
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Know nukes

I’ll never shake the sense memory of that numbed shiver.
Why is our worst national nightmare so misunderstood?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 31, 2007


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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
By EDITORIAL  |  December 05, 2007
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War stories

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


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007
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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
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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He had his reasons

So why did Alberto Gonzales resign?
Going, going, Gonzo
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 29, 2007
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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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2007


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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2007
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Whitehouse on Iraq, the Democratic Congress, and more

Whitehouse has enjoyed more than his share of attention as a freshman US senator.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 11, 2007
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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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 30, 2007
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Getting spooked

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?
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  May 08, 2007
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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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 02, 2007


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Situation

That situation in Iraq sure is something.
Too cartoonish for truth
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 11, 2007
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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
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007
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The Situation

That situation in Iraq sure is something.
Love in the Sunni Triangle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2007
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Why spy

Remember those moody espionage thrillers of the ’60s?
Chris Cooper’s grasp exceeds his Breach
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 14, 2007