March 2012

Seven Steps to a Homeland Security Campus

Michael Gould-Wartofsky TomDispatch

Since 9/11, the homeland security state has come to campus just as it has come to America’s towns and cities, its places of work and its houses of worship, its public space and its cyberspace.  But the age of (in)security had announced its arrival on campus with considerably less fanfare than elsewhere — until, that is, the “less lethal” weapons were unleashed in the fall of 2011. (more…)

Over the last year or so, we’ve been covering Senator Ron Wyden’s efforts to get Obama administration officials to come public with their secret interpretation of the Patriot Act. Wyden, of course, cannot say how they’re interpreting the Patriot Act, though there have been clues, suggesting an extremely broad interpretation, that effectively allows them to spy on Americans (more…)

SCOTUS Blog (Supreme Court of the United States Blog)

With almost all of the Supreme Court Justices fretting openly about not fettering the Secret Service as it protects the President and Vice President, the government’s key protective agency appeared Wednesday on its way toward a new shield against being sued when it arrests someone it deems to be a threat. (more…)

A federal appeals court in Washington is weighing whether an American contractor’s torture suit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can proceed. (more…)

Luis Henandez Navarro Guardian U.K.

By breaking with orthodox prescriptions for progress, Evo Morales has helped to forge a new Bolivia centred on ‘living well’ (more…)

Paul Harris Guardian U.K.

Craig Monteilh describes how he pretended to be a radical Muslim in order to root out potential threats, shining a light on some of the bureau’s more ethically murky practices (more…)

Guardian U.K.

It’s a shadowy and lucrative relationship. But just how close are video-game developers with various military outfits? And how does it affect the games we play? (more…)

Wake up Congress; Before the Next Collapse

Pam Martens Counterpunch

In the last decade, Wall Street has evolved from predator to organized crime with a speed dial to Washington.  Instead of Washington reforming Wall Street, it has seduced and corrupted Washington.  It didn’t have to come to this. (more…)

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