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“That tyranny exists only in Western adversaries but never in the West itself is treated as a permanent axiom of international affairs, as if Western democracies are divinely shielded from the temptations of genuine repression.”
The greatest tyranny yet would be the merging of corporate monopoly and governmental power to create the most invasive surveillance state in history.
It wasn’t just Republicans, Democrats also voted to shut down debate on Trump administration’s surveillance powers
Restriction aside, critics have said the bill does more harm than good because it codifies a legally questionable practice into law.
A two-part video interview with Coleen Rowley on the deep state.
With the advent of the National Security State many articles related to surveillance, freedom of speech, and civil liberties appear routinely. Links provided.
“Unfortunately, many candidates in the political mainstream today, even pundits and commentators who aren’t running for office, believe we have to be able to do anything, no matter what, as long as there is some benefit to be had in doing so. But that is the logic of a police state.”
Jesselyn Radack: “This war on whistleblowers has an incredibly chilling effect and I believe, in the grand scheme of things, it is really a backdoor war on journalists and I believe even further it’s a way of creating an official Secrets Actwhich our country has been able to live without for more than 200 years, so this is very pernicious. People talk about amending the Espionage Act. I don’t think it needs to be amended. I think it needs to be ended.”
Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism” EvergreeneDigest.org In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than […]
How can a democratic society tolerate such a secret and lethal institution that works against the very values America seeks to uphold around the world?
Eric Poulin: Henry A. Giroux | Liberalism’s Failures in a Time of Increasing Violence, Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism
Poulin: Giroux argues that the country is in the midst of a counter-revolution, one that cannot be understood simply by pointing to police brutality. He claims the left needs a larger theoretical and political framework to understand the uniqueness of the current historical moment, one that has forged a number of fundamentalisms, including educational fundamentalism, military fundamentalism, economic fundamentalism and religious fundamentalism, which together have given rise to a new form of financial and cultural totalitarianism or more broadly a pernicious and unique brand of authoritarianism.
Evergreene Digest: Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper”
Moral and political courage is in short supply these days and rarely represented in any form in the Hollywood celluloid universe. Under a regime of neoliberalism, a persistent racism and politics of disposability are matched by a theater of cruelty in which more and more individuals and groups are considered throwaways. The Oscars: a decadent […]
“and wooden poles had all rooted,
grown taller, sprouted leaves,
had given rent-free room
to birds, conspired at their bases
with weeds without permits…”
Activist, Chalker, Blogger talking about the surveillance state in Minnesota. In September 2011, Melissa Hill was the first person arrested in connection with Occupy MN protests. Following a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully arrested for trespassing on what was public property, she received a $15,000 settlement for her trouble. Hill now has a blog, “Track the […]
Fault Lines investigates the fallout over the NSA’s surveillance programme in the US and abroad. Fault Lines Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 AlJazeera.com Some of the US’ best secrets are out since former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden released thousands of classified documents about government surveillance in one of the most significant leaks in US […]
The beast of the national security state can be controlled, but it will take millions of Americans demanding that our nation become a functioning democracy to end this tyranny. Watch the new documentary “No Justice, No Peace” Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, PopularResistance.org Friday, October 18, 2013 | This week may be seen as a […]
Juan Cole: Top 10 Things That Don’t Make Sense About NSA Surveillance, Drones and Al-Qaida – Truthdig
If the NSA and ATF have the telephone, credit card and internet records of all Americans, why don’t they stop mass shootings? NSA By Juan Cole Posted on Aug 6, 2013 truthdig.com This piece first appeared on Juan Cole’s website, Informed Comment. In a Reuters Exclusive, John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke reveal that the National Security Agency shares information it gleans […]
The demand was the same: hand the Snowden material back or destroy it. I explained that we could not research and report on this subject if we complied with this request. The man from Whitehall looked mystified. “You’ve had your debate. There’s no need to write any more.” By Peter Hart August 20, 2013 FAIR.org On […]