June 2012

Nat Hentoff NYTimes

The Watergate legacy of disabling opponents by wiretaps and other suspensions of the Bill of Rights has since been protected by the current administration in federal court. The attorney general, Eric Holder, opposed a history professor’s attempt to secure records about the wiretap that cost Nixon his presidency. (more…)

Jason Leopold Truthout

The Obama administration continues to disseminate a flawed narrative about President Obama’s commitment to open government. (more…)

Jonathan Terbush Rawstory

A group of Christian missionaries hijacked an Arab-American festival in Dearborn, Michigan on Saturday, bearing signs criticizing Islam and carrying a pig’s head mounted on a pole. (more…)

Ramzi Kassem The Nation

To understand how the NYPD came to create this brave new police order, it’s necessary to untangle some of the many influences that went into creating it–beginning with Ray Kelly’s dream of a Langley on the Hudson. (more…)

Ottawa - Sections of the Ottawa airport are now wired with microphones that can eavesdrop on travellers’ conversations. (more…)

Petra Bartosiewicz The Nation

It wasn’t long after he met the man called Shareef that Khalifa Al-Akili began to sense he was being set up. Within days of their seemingly chance meeting, Shareef was offering to drive Akili, a 34-year-old Muslim living in East Liberty, Pennsylvania, to the local mosque for prayers. (more…)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would not review a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other government officials for their alleged roles in the detention and torture of a U.S. citizen. (more…)

Carl J. Mayer Counterpunch

Judge Forrest, of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, issued a ruling on May 16 that will be regarded as a watershed moment in reversing a decade-long bi-partisan assault on civil liberties and the Constitution. (more…)

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