2016 Democratic Candidates - Caricatures (donkeyhotey on Flickr)
14 Oct 2015

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate Snowden, Ignore Whistleblower Protection Issues

Only one Democratic candidate, Lincoln Chafee, opposed jailing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden if he were to return to the United states.

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NYPD surveillance cameras (Wyliepoon on Flickr)
14 Oct 2015

Appeals Court Opposes Religious Profiling, Reinstates Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying

A federal court reinstated a lawsuit brought by American Muslims claiming the NYPD violated their constitutional rights by profiling and spying on them.

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13 Oct 2015

CIA Torture Architects Sued by Former Detainees for Water Dousing & Other Methods

The ACLU sued two psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop, implement, and personally administer an experimental torture program in the War on Terror.

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A destroyed area of the MSF hospital in Afghanistan the morning after the facility was bombed. (Photo via Doctors Without Borders MSF)
12 Oct 2015

Doctors Without Borders Rejects Pentagon Offer to Help Rebuild Bombed Hospital

Doctors Without Borders rejected the Pentagon’s offer to rebuild their hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which US military forces bombed on October 3.

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11 Oct 2015

Podcast: Journalist Anand Gopal on MSF Hospital Attack & Next Phase of Afghanistan War

The Afghanistan war returned to the headlines this past week, reminding Americans it is still ongoing. The U.S. bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the Kunduz province. General John Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, appeared before congressional committee to make statements about the strike and also, with

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09 Oct 2015

WikiLeaks Publishes Finalized TPP Chapter Which Expands Monopoly Rights for Pharmaceutical Companies

Days after secretive negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership concluded, WikiLeaks has published the complete chapter on intellectual property. The leaked text shows the TPP would expands monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies to help protect against competition from generic drug manufacturers. According to an analysis by Public Citizen, the text also

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What you see when you try to load Barton Gellman's wiped presentation
09 Oct 2015

‘Classified Speech’: Purdue Destroys Video of Presentation on Snowden Documents

There are numerous examples of American colleges or universities invoking “civility” to stifle free speech, especially speech around the issue of Palestinian human rights. Multiple instances exist where students have demanded particular speech or acts of expression, which make them uncomfortable, be controlled or suppressed. On a lesser scale, there

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08 Oct 2015

How TPP Stands To Significantly Boost U.S. Military Power In Asia-Pacific Region

WikiLeaks cables reveal one hidden agenda of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: increasing the might of American empire against China’s growing power.

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07 Oct 2015

Film Review: In ‘Sicario,’ What Happens When FBI Agent Threatens to Expose True War on Drugs

In ‘Sicario’ as in real life, those who have the integrity to challenge authority, like Emily Blunt’s character, do so at great risk to their livelihood.

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Gen. Campbell addresses the Senate Armed Services Committee
06 Oct 2015

U.S. Commander Claims Forces ‘Would Never Intentionally Target Protected Medical Facility’

The United States commander of military forces in Afghanistan appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and addressed the U.S. airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. He claimed the Doctors Without Border hospital was “mistakenly struck,” and the U.S. “would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.” General John F.

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