October 2011

Government rewrites judicial principles after lobbying by CIA

By Andy McSmith and Kim Sengupta The Independent U.K.

Secret justice looks set to be a regular feature of British courts and tribunals when the intelligence services want to protect their sources of information. (more…)

Katherine was interviewed along with Linda Taffs, a Victoria-based peace and justice activist who was a founding member of the Campaign to End the Sanctions Against the People of Iraq (30 minutes): here

Ellen H. Brown Yes! Magazine

Among the demands of the Wall Street protesters is student debt forgiveness–a debt “jubilee.” Occupy Philly has a “Student Loan Jubilee Working Group,” and other groups are studying the issue. (more…)

American Civil Liberties Union

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is collecting racial and ethnic information and “mapping” American communities around the country based on crude stereotypes about which groups commit different types of crimes. Nationwide, the FBI is gathering reports on innocent Americans’ so-called “suspicious activity” (more…)

TARPing War

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch

Think of Iraq as the AIG of wars — the only difference being that the bailout there didn’t involve just three payouts.  More than eight years after the Bush administration invaded that country, the bailout is, unbelievably enough, still going. (more…)

NextGov.com is reporting that the FBI will begin rolling out its Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial recognition service as early as this January. Once NGI is fully deployed and once each of its approximately 100 million records also includes photographs, it will become trivially easy to find and track Americans. (more…)

Glenn Greenwald Salon

Two weeks after the U.S. killed American citizen Anwar Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen – far from any battlefield and with no due process – it did the same to his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, ending the teenager’s life on Friday along with his 17-year-old cousin and seven other people. (more…)

Center for Constitutional Rights

October 13, 2011, New York and Washington–This week, Members of the House of Representatives issued a Congressional Letter of Inquiry to the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) expressing their concerns with the Communications Management Units (CMUs) (more…)

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