Kelley B. Vlahos


Featured columnist Kelley B. Vlahos discusses her article “Julian Assange: Man of the Decade;” why WikiLeaks – inspired by a culture of open source software, free exchange of information, high technology and distrust of authority – is the natural antagonist of a US-led global security state; dossier collections on “suspicious” Americans who have not been charged with, or even suspected of committing, a crime; the “who is a journalist” debate that presumes a press pass is required to exercise First Amendment rights; slow-on-the-uptake Americans who are ever-ready to trade liberty for false security; and why it’s time to stop playing Farmville and get serious about protecting our rapidly-diminishing liberties.

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Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer, is a longtime political reporter for, a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine and featured columnist. She is also a Washington correspondent for Homeland Security Today magazine.

7 thoughts on “Kelley B. Vlahos”

  1. Scott mentions a poll indicating a majority of Americans want Assange arrested. For those interested: a thousand polled, 59% want him arrested, and 68% thought the leaks harm the public interest.

    A similar poll in Australia (Assange's homeland) shows only 19% of Australians think Assange should be prosecuted, with 63% opposing. 59% support the release of the documents by WikiLeaks, and 25% oppose it.

    1. And I'd bet that if it were Australia that was the superpower and its secrets were the ones that were exposed, the results would be the other way round.

      Clueless, nationalist sheep of empires are the same everywhere and throughout time.

      1. A lot of Australian secrets have been exposed. Most notably, that the US was critical of the former prime minister's foreign policy initiatives, and that the powerbroker who orchestrated his toppling in an unelected coup was a secret US source on the internal affairs of the ruling party. . . but, agreed, it's not a superpower, and its sheep are less trusting.

  2. Self-defense mechanism… hmm. And self-delusion. These politician guys must be in the position they have for a reason, right? Trying to convince people that it's because they are well-connected psychopaths and voters are dumb f*cks who vote for the all-tooth smile guy with the most irresponsible promises is HARD.

    Like … can anyone explain why O'bomba is popular in Europe? It's kinda puzzling (ok, se he is "leftist" and "multicultural", but still) It will probably last until he stumbles over Iran and carbombs go off everywhere in the Eurozone.

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