From Alternet, Fred Branfman on the world's most evil and lawless institution: The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government has killed, wounded and made homeless well over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years, mostly civilians. Edward Snowden makes headlines for Ecuador, and headaches for D.C. Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suarez. I’ll be watching you: Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on NSA surveillance and the male gaze. David Reidy on 4 bizarre things found in the NSA's secret internal magazine. Chase Madar on Edward Snowden and the American condition: Law and lawyers can’t save us from the creeping police state — but politics might. Kevin Poulsen on how WikiLeaks volunteer Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson was a paid informant for the FBI. Jessica Testa on how Glenn Greenwald became Glenn Greenwald (and more and more). Remember the Obama scandals? That used to be a thing. Issa saved by the news cycle: Another lying miss for the Oversight Committee chair, though this one couldn't have fallen apart at a better time. Let's be realistic: The Senate is almost as broken as the House. David Cole on gay marriage: A careful step forward. Gay rights has been one of the most hotly-debated issues of our age, but with the tide turning against opponents, how will they be remembered thirty years from now?