Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal is the senior editor of AlterNet's Grayzone Project, and the author, most recently, of The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.

Recent Articles

Immigration Conflagration

People either love Tom Tancredo, the Republican representative from Colorado's 6th District (home of Columbine High School), or they hate him. But they all agree on one thing: He is a man of character. Indeed, he has defined his political career by his principled stand on immigration. In September 2002, after reading a glowing Denver Post profile of an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant honor student, he reported the student's family to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, forcing the family to go into hiding. Tancredo's principles have frequently set him against members of his own party -- including President George W. Bush. Ever since Bush entered the White House, promising to reach an immigration accord with Mexican President Vicente Fox, Tancredo has accused him of pandering to Hispanic voters. In April 2002, as the Associated Press reported, Tancredo got an angry phone call from Karl Rove, who chewed him out for 40 minutes and told him, "Never darken the doorstep of the...

Data Debase

Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Minority Report depicted a futuristic dystopia in which a "Department of Pre-Crime" jails people for acts they haven't yet committed. In an apparent case of life imitating art, Spielberg's Shoah Foundation -- a nonprofit the film director established in 1994 to videotape and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors -- has handed over the words of 51,000 Holocaust survivors to aid a team of government-funded researchers in developing a revolutionary technology inspired by elements of the Pentagon's scuttled domestic-surveillance program, Total Information Awareness (TIA). TIA, which was blocked by Congress, was to have been a mix of high-tech voice-recognition and data-mining programs that would have made up the largest domestic-surveillance system in the United States. Using TIA, intelligence analysts and law-enforcement officials would have been able to trawl through Americans' private records -- including banking transactions, e-mail accounts and...

California Confidential

"It's a victory. A total victory!" Howard Kaloogian exclaimed on the right-wing after hearing that the petition to recall the election of California's embattled Gov. Gray Davis had gained enough signatures to qualify as a ballot question. Kaloogian, a former Republican California legislator, had plenty of reason to cheer. Because while the media have presented Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the wealthy car-alarm magnate, as the man who drove the recall, he's actually been little more than a useful idiot for a stealthy group of GOP operatives who laid the groundwork. Months before the recall was even a blip on the media radar, this consultant cabal began manipulating California's idiosyncratic electoral system, creating a muscular funding mechanism and exploiting it for its members' own ends. The cabal includes Kaloogian, who was a right-wing backbencher in the state Assembly, Sal Russo, who handled banker Bill Simon's hapless 2002 gubernatorial campaign, and David Gilliard...