Bush’s Iron Curtain

In George W. Bush’s America, information control is a priority, privacy rights are a hindrance, and public access is a liability.

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Official Secrets
By Daniel Franklin
January/February 2003
Is the Bush administration using terrorism fears to shield government — and business — from public view?

Document Not Found
By Joni Praded
January/February 2002
Government agencies scramble to take sensitive information off their web sites.

The Fundamental John Ashcroft
By David Corn
March/April 2002
Until Sept. 11, John Ashcroft seemed content to lie low as the Bush administration’s ambassador to the right. But now the attorney general has been reborn-and rooting out terrorists is just the beginning.

The Furor Over TIPS
By George Sanchez
July 17, 2002
Civil libertarians are up in arms, claiming a new Bush administration program would encourage Americans to spy on their neighbors.

Big Brother and the Bookie
By George Anastasia
January/February 2002
How the feds turned top-secret spy technology against the son of a Mafia don — and made a low-level wiseguy into a poster boy for the Fourth Amendment

Up Close and Personal
By Brendan I. Koerner
January/February 2002
High-tech identification devices could produce reams of data on law-abiding citizens — but may be useless in fighting terrorists.

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Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

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