Tag Archives: Civil Liberties
Senators: CIA has secret program that collects American data, by Nomaan Merchant
“The CIA conducts these sweeping surveillance activities without any court approval, and with few, if any, safeguards imposed by Congress.”
Why Drop the Charges Against All 646 Arrestees in Minneapolis Post-election Demonstration on I94
Whether in war abroad or war at home, human rights in this day and age so often do not apply, especially for people of color.
Shredding journalistic credibility: Matt Taibbi on Chris Hedges On Contact
Marginalizing the news as propaganda for Democrats or Republicans. Igniting a 2020 firestorm. Includes traditional news sources and social media.
Does this look like a crime to you? The Case of Veteran Mike Madden
The lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss Madden’s case, arguing he’d gone to the airport to “publicly express his opinion on an issue… at the center of a national debate.”
ICE Keeps Challenging Federal Courts’ Authority — And Losing.
In a recent span of 10 days, four courts issued decisions that could literally save lives.
Take Action: Political Expression Is Not A Conspiracy
Tell The DOJ To Drop The Charges Now!
Chris Hedges | James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness
Whiteness is a dangerous concept. It is not about skin color. It is not even about race. It is about the willful blindness used to justify white supremacy.
Chris Hedges | The Illusion of Freedom
Politics in totalitarian societies are entertainment. Reality, because it is complicated, messy and confusing, is banished from the world of mass entertainment. Clichés, stereotypes and uplifting messages that are comforting and self-congratulatory, along with elaborate spectacles, replace fact-based discourse.
Ralph Nader | Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy
These are the citizen champions who, for example, led the fight for safer and nutritious food, less harmful medicines, cleaner air and water, more secure pensions, a freer media, more open government, waging peace instead of war, securing indigenous peoples’ rights, safer transportation, the well-being of children, insurance industry accountability and great advances for people with disabilities.
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Is a New Political System Emerging in This Country?
Engelhardt: don’t for a second think that the American political system isn’t being rewritten on the run by interested parties in Congress, our present crop of billionaires, corporate interests, lobbyists, the Pentagon, and the officials of the national security state.
▶ The Internet’s Own Boy: New Documentary About Aaron Swartz Now Free Online
[The film] features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.” By Dan Colman openculture.com June 29, 2014 Published […]
Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here’s What Matters Instead.
The boredom of this spectacle was simply due to the fact that this has been seen so many times before—in fact, every time in the post-9/11 era that the U.S. Congress pretends publicly to debate some kind of foreign policy or civil liberties bill. Just enough members stand up to scream “9/11″ and “terrorism” over […]
▶ Mark Fiore: Post-Racial America Alert
Another great satirical animation from Mark Fiore. To watch the video click on the Watch the Video with the blue background and white lettering. What better way to defuse racially-charged tension following a police shooting of an unarmed man than with a show of militarized force? Cue the tough talk from the pudgy pink police chief. […]
David Swanson: Militarism Is a Public Safety Crisis in Ferguson and Beyond
“There is a no-fly-zone over Ferguson, Mo., because people in the U.S. government, from which local police forces take their cues, view the people of the United States increasingly as they view the people of other countries: as best controlled from the air.” By DAVID SWANSON counterpunch.org August 19, 2014 Peace and justice organizations in St. […]
Evergreene Digest: Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch July 22, 2014 | The Columbus Police Department, continuing its history of antagonizing the movement to close the US military training camp known as the SOA/WHINSEC (School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), has this year placed unjust, unsafe and […]