August 2013


According to newly exposed documents, the New York City Police Department designated all mosques in the city as terrorist organizations, allowing the department to spy on them without oversight and to plant operatives inside the Muslim houses of worship.  (more…)

by CHRISTOPHER H. PYLE      Counterpunch

Last weekend, British police detained David Miranda, husband ofGuardian reporter Glenn Greenwald at Heathrow Airport, seized his computer and thumb drives, and forced him to disclose the passwords.(more…)

Guardian U.K.

US intelligence analysts have deliberately broken rules designed to prevent them from spying on Americans, according to an admission by the National Security Agency that undermines fresh insistences fromBarack Obama on Friday that all breaches were inadvertent. (more…)

by Bill Quigley  Commondreams

“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act.  As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. (more…)

Chris Hedges  Truthdig

Wednesday’s sentencing marks one of the most important watersheds in U.S. history. It marks the day when the state formally declared that all who name and expose its crimes will become political prisoners or be forced, like Edward Snowden, and perhapsGlenn Greenwald, to spend the rest of their lives in exile. (more…)

Jonathan Turley

While each new national-security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don’t operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. (more…)

The saga of Lavabit founder Ladar Levison is getting even more ridiculous, as he explains that the government has threatened him with criminal charges for his decision to shut down the business (more…)

Elizabeth Loftus has spent decades exposing flaws in eyewitness testimony. Her ideas are gaining fresh traction in the US legal system. (more…)

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