The Dissenter

Police guard the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, UK on August 16, 2012. Police are on guard outside this embassy 24-hours a day to ensure that Julian Assange does not receive even a moment of freedom or fresh air. (Flickr / κύριαsity)
26 Aug 2015

WikiLeaks Attorneys Oppose Diplomatic Retaliation by UK Against Ecuador

Attorneys for WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and other staff members of the media organization have condemned the United Kingdom’s diplomatic protest against Ecuador for continuing to provide Assange asylum. According to lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, the United Kingdom has threatened to storm the Ecuadorean Embassy in clear violation of international law.

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File: A redacted email. (Flickr / opensource.com)
26 Aug 2015

Ruling Makes It Harder For U.S. To Charge High FOIA Fees To Media, Nonprofits

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision which could make a huge difference for alternative media and nonprofit organizations seeking to have fees waived when making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. More and more agencies—at all levels of government—charge high fees for public documents.

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File: The lethal injection room at San Quentin prison, photographed on August 3, 2010. (Wikimedia Commons / California Department of Corrections)
26 Aug 2015

State Appeals After Federal Judge Halts Mississippi Executions

The state government of Mississippi appealed a federal judge’s temporary restraining order against the use of two execution drugs, which effectively brought executions to a halt. Even if the state’s appeal fails, the death penalty in Mississippi would remain entirely intact.

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File: At a Guantanamo protest, a sign on the back of a prisoner jumpsuit reads "CLEARED FOR RELEASE." (Flickr / Debra Sweet)
25 Aug 2015

Obama Administration Would Rather Subject Gravely Ill Guantanamo Prisoner to More Torture Than Release Him

President Barack Obama’s administration would rather subject a gravely ill Guantanamo Bay prisoner to continuous abusive force-feedings, which amount to torture, than support his release from the military prison because he is sick.

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Prison Protest

File: A prisoner transport van, photographed on August 2, 2011. (Flickr / C Holmes)
19 Aug 2015

Did Advanced Correctional Healthcare Staff Falsify Records After Inmate Death?

In a federal lawsuit filed in April, the relative of a deceased inmate blames his wrongful death on a private inmate healthcare company and a for-profit inmate transportation company. The lawsuit accuses Advanced Correctional Healthcare and Prisoner Transport Services of neglecting and even mocking the serious medical needs of William Weintraub, PhD, as he died a slow and painful death from a perforated ulcer, shackled in the back of a crowded van.

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A detailed aerial view of Rikers Island. (Wikimedia Commons / United States Geological Survey)
18 Aug 2015

Rikers Island Visitor Beaten By Guards For Being Gay

A lawsuit filed in federal court last week alleges guards on Rikers Island brutally beat a man visiting his longtime partner at the Eric M. Taylor Center because he is gay. Thomas Hamm argues he was “denied access to public accommodations and services on the basis of his actual and/or perceived sexual orientation, suffered serious physical injuries, and was deprived of his liberty.”

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Dr. Ronald Davis' application for a medical license in Indiana.
17 Aug 2015

Jailhouse Doctor’s Record Raises Questions About Private Inmate Health Care

The conduct of jail doctors working on behalf of medical contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare is at the center of an ongoing federal civil rights lawsuit facing Dearborn County. Despite the fact that ACH touts its staff as being “correctional trained,” an examination of the records of their Doctors Nadir Al-Shami and Ronald

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Nasal polyps (Flickr / niels_olson)
14 Aug 2015

Protestors Call Out Corizon After Another Inmate Dies At Santa Rita Jail

Just as Corizon Health Services and the Alameda County Sheriff wrap up the largest wrongful death lawsuit in the state’s history, we have news of a demonstration that took place this past Wednesday in response to the death of another inmate with medical needs.

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The Bullpen

File: The famous slanted roof of Citigroup Center in New York City. Citigroup has paid out billions in recent fraud cases. (Flickr / Chris Swann)
19 Aug 2015

Citigroup To Pay $180 Million For Latest Fraud

On August 17, Citigroup agreed to pay $180 million to settle charges from the SEC that two of the megabank’s hedge funds defrauded investors. According to the SEC, Citigroup’s hedge funds “made false and misleading representations to investors” about how risky investing in the funds were.

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File: At an Occupy Wall Street march on March 15, 2012, a banner reads "Foreclose On Banks Not People." (Flickr / Michael Fleshman)
18 Aug 2015

Report: Cost Of Financial Crisis Reached $20 Trillion

Last month, the nonpartisan financial reform organization Better Markets put out a report claiming that the total cost for the 2008 financial crisis and resulting recession reached$20 trillion. The number comes from an estimate of how much of a toll the crash put on the gross domestic product with high unemployment/underemployment and the hollowing out of the middle class through foreclosures, deferred education, and bankruptcies.

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File: A dome or "halo" style surveillance camera, photographed on February 19, 2006. (Flickr / Obeck)
17 Aug 2015

Workers To Face Biosurveillance From Employers

The modern work environment was already becoming more than a bit Orwellian, with employees being electronically spied on by their bosses to ensure productivity, but now the corporate push for total information awareness of workers is hitting new levels of creepiness. According to a report in Bloomberg, companies are now using biosurveillance technologies to monitor workers.

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"Joss Bay, Broadstairs, England - Aug 2008" (Wikimedia Commons / Diliff)
14 Aug 2015

Americans Delaying Vacations Due To Fear Of Falling Behind, Being Replaced

According to a recent survey by insurance company Allianz Global Assistance, most Americans have not had a vacation in over a year. At one time vacations were considered a necessary benefit of a job, but now workers will not take a paid vacation even when one is offered to them by their employers.

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