Civil Liberties


Truthout

When authorities booked Richard Murphy into the jail in Monterey, California, on January 18, 2013, the war veteran likely never envisioned ending up being back in court months later, not to face criminal charges, but to expose the abuse he would suffer at the hands of the jail’s private health-care provider. (more…)

Christian Science Monitor

John T. Booker was arrested for attempting a suicide attack on Fort Riley military base. The actions were part of an extensive FBI sting operation, raising an ethical question of whether sting operations are helpful or counterproductive. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

The FBI is taking extraordinary and potentially unconstitutional measures to keep local and state police forces from exposing the use of so-called “Stingray” surveillance technology across the United States, according to documents obtained separately by the Guardian and the American Civil Liberties Union. (more…)

In August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit distributed an intelligence bulletin to all field offices warning that environmental extremism would likely become an increasing threat to the energy industry. (more…)

Rawstory

HBO’s Last Week Tonight took its act on the road this week as host John Oliver traveled to Russia to interview America’s most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, where he suggested the American expat stoke fears about the NSA looking at “dick pics” in order to generate concerns about government surveillance at home. (more…)

Commondreams

CIA insiders objected to the arrest, rendition, and torture of Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar, but high-ranking officials ignored concerns that they were punishing an innocent man, according to former spy and whistleblower John Kiriakou in an interview with theCanadian Press. (more…)

As punishment for insubordination, Dr. Dhafir’s personal items have been taken from him for 30 days. A letter he wrote to a prison official was perceived by the recipient as condescending, even though Dr. Dhafir did not intend it to be. He asks our help to alleviate some of the major impact this is having on him, particularly his health.

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Henri A. Giroux Counterpunch

George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. The consequences can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, poor minorities and any vestige of the social contract. (more…)

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