January 2013

John Pilger johnpilger.com

There are awards for everyone. There are the Logies, the Commies, the Tonys, the Theas, the Millies (“They cried with pride”) and now the Shammies.   (more…)

Glenn Greenwald Guardian U.K.

Imposing real consequences on these federal prosecutors in the Aaron Swartz case is vital for both justice and reform (more…)

John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is…” (more…)

See also John PIlger’s recent article on Dr. Dhafir’s case.

Ryan Gallagher Salon

Europeans were previously alarmed by the fact that the PATRIOT Act could be used to obtain data on citizens outside the United States. But this time the focus is a different law–the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Amendments Act–which poses a “much graver risk to EU data sovereignty (more…)

Guardian U.K.

Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of instigating the largest leak of state secrets in US history, consciously selected the information he passed to WikiLeaks to ensure that it would be of no harm to the US and would not aid any foreign enemy, his lawyer argued on Tuesday. (more…)

Democracy Now!

Huffington Post

A non-profit government watchdog has sued the Central Intelligence Agency to uncover information about its controversial collaboration with the New York City Police Department’s counter-terrorism surveillance program. (more…)


President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, giving his stamp of approval to a Pentagon spending bill that will keep Guantanamo Bay open and make indefinite detention for US citizens as likely as ever. (more…)

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