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Kevin Gosztola’s Notes on Civil Liberties from August 23, 2011

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Former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks has had his book short-listed for a taxpayer-funded literary prize in Australia. The short-listing has drawn criticism, but Queensland’s Premier Anna Bligh defends the short-listing saying the nomination is a “profound reaffirmation of the values that distinguish us from those who want to terrorize others.”

Christian Dominionism poses a profound threat to society. However, reporting on the threat has been attacked. Adele M. Stan has details in a post at AlterNet.

Author of Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier, Suelette Dreyfus, defended WikiLeaks onQ & A” show. She suggested WikiLeaks had shown regulators of democracy “failed” the people and that WikiLeaks and the media were the people’s last safeguard. “I would say that the US is at a crisis point because it has become a surveillance state and the [National Security Agency] is intercepting 1.7 billion emails and telephone calls,” Dreyfus added.

If you didn’t get enough on Round 2 of the OpBART protest yesterday evening, Mission Local has a nice collection of tweets, video, photos, etc. Highlights show police let journalists go, because they were able to show their websites to police. Tweets leading to the arrest of a Mission Local appear in the story. (cont’d)



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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."