Civil Liberties


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…)

The Intercept

Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points. (more…)

ACLU

Today, a federal district court in San Francisco issued an important ruling for government transparency and accountability. Judge Richard Seeborg disallowed the FBI’s attempt to use a “law enforcement exemption” in the Freedom of Information Act to shield from public disclosure details of the agency’s surveillance programs. (more…)

On Russia, the Deep State and the Global Economy

Counterpunch

Paul Craig Roberts: The US is ruled by private interest groups and by the neoconservative ideology that History has chosen the US as the “exceptional and indispensable” country with the right and responsibility to impose its will on the world. (more…)

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