15 Jul 2011

What’s Past is Prologue: the Case of COINTELPRO

BORDC has produced a powerful short video to explain the history of political repression by the FBI.

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15 Jul 2011

Julian Assange in Press Conference after His Extradition Appeal Hearing

Video from Russia Today of a press conference that Julian Assange and Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesperson. RT claims not a lot of press organizations were there to cover the press conference.

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15 Jul 2011

Julian Assange in Press Conference After His Extradition Appeal Hearing

Here is video from Russia Today of a press conference that Julian Assange and Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesperson. RT claims not a lot of press organizations were there to cover the press conference. Part 1 Part 2 Assange, while commenting on the normal array of issues he normally comments on,

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15 Jul 2011

Court: TSA Violated Federal Law by Not Taking Public Comments on Airport Scanners

A court has ruled, in a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Transporation Security Administration (TSA) violated federal law when it went ahead and installed airport body scanners without seeking comments from the public. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals concluded TSA “has not justified its

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15 Jul 2011

DoJ Cites Koppelman, Wittes Hit Pieces on Scott Horton’s “Guantanamo Suicides”

Alex Koppelman and Benjamin Wittes, both of whom wrote hit pieces attacking Scott Horton’s award-winning article in Harper’s, “The Guantanamo Suicides,” won a bit of infamy by having their attacks cited in a government brief seeking a denial of a lawsuit filed by the parents of two of the dead prisoners. What’s even more galling is that their articles were poorly researched and basically government apologia. The U.S. government appears to have taken notice, and used their articles for their own purposes, making Koppelman and Wittes, wittingly or not, government proxies in the matter of the Guantanamo suicides controversy.

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15 Jul 2011

Decision in Julian Assange Extradition Appeal Postponed: Sweden Created This Standoff, Says Assange Lawyer

The post was originally published on July 13 to myFDL. It is being republished here to give those who missed it a chance for an update and insight on Julian Assange’s extradition appeal. A decision in WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s extradition appeal hearing is not expected for three weeks, as

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15 Jul 2011

Welcome to FDL’s The Dissenter

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to The Dissenter, a Firedoglake blog that will cover civil liberties and digital freedom issues. It will feature regular coverage of the torture scandal that continues to wear on and the ongoing US government war on WikiLeaks, along with coverage of the Orwellian expansion of the surveillance state, Internet privacy rights, the mass incarceration of people of color in this country and the current and historic repression of dissent.

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15 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 15

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. All times are in EST. And, if you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email dissenter@shadowproof.wpengine.com. 10:50 AM ET The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has launched a campaign, “Shine

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15 Jul 2011

Welcome to FDL’s The Dissenter

(photo: Shrieking Tree) It is with great excitement that I welcome you to The Dissenter, a Firedoglake blog that will cover civil liberties and digital freedom issues. It will feature regular coverage of the torture scandal that continues to wear on and the ongoing US government war on WikiLeaks, along

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14 Jul 2011

Sen. John McCain Renews Push for Senate Committee to Halt WikiLeaks’ Undermining of America

On Wednesday, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona renewed his push for the creation of a temporary Senate committee to investigate WikiLeaks and the hacktivist group Anonymous that would be called the Committee on Cyber Security and Electronic Intelligence Leaks.

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