01 Aug 2011

Judge Sanctions CIA for Destruction of Interrogation Tapes

CIA floor seal (photo: Wikimedia Commons ) A judge has sanctioned the CIA for the destruction of interrogation tapes but rejected a renewed motion from the ACLU to have the court hold the CIA and other individual officials like Jose Rodriguez in contempt. The ACLU considers the outcome a fairly

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01 Aug 2011

Judge Sanctions CIA for Destruction of Interrogation Tapes

A judge has sanctioned the CIA for the destruction of interrogation tapes but rejected a renewed motion from the ACLU to have the court hold the CIA and other individual officials like Jose Rodriguez in contempt. The ACLU considers the outcome a fairly significant success, despite the fact the CIA was not found to be in contempt by Judge Alvin Hellerstein.

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01 Aug 2011

Day of Action for the Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strikers

The Pelican Bay prisoner hunger strike may have concluded, but those who organized in solidarity with the prisoners and in support of their demands are not finished with the strike. A number of activists and concerned citizens from groups like the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) Coalition and World Can’t

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01 Aug 2011

The US Drone Program, Terrorism & the Debt Ceiling Talks

Drone (photo: Calips ) (update below) Former US intelligence chief Dennis Blair, at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, suggested that it may be time for the US to stop employing drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. In the midst of ongoing political theater in Washington that is

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31 Jul 2011

The Forgotten History of David Petraeus

In July, General David Petraeus was approved as CIA Director by both the Senate Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate, whose vote was an astounding 94-0, astounding because this is a man who is was deeply implicated in war crimes, including torture.

While Petraeus’s record on backing both torture and death/terror squads in Iraq had been looked at before, literally no one brought up this record when the Obama administration’s nomination of Petraeus was being sped through the constitutional “advice and consent” process. The failure of any U.S. Senator to ask questions about Petraeus’s record on these matters demonstrates the utter bankruptcy of the two political parties, and even more, of U.S. civil society as a whole.

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31 Jul 2011

This Week in WikiLeaks Podcast—The US Government Blockade on Information on Investigations into Torture

For the past months, I have hosted a show called “This Week in WikiLeaks,” where I bring a guest on to talk about a WikiLeaks-related story or to talk about the latest news and updates on WikiLeaks, an organization that provides a lens for understanding so much about how the press,

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30 Jul 2011

The Week at The Dissenter—A Major Report on Government Secrecy & Naziism in US Military Training

This blog has been alive and kicking for two weeks now. At the end of every week, FDL’s The Dissenter will take a brief look back at what was covered during the week for anyone that missed out.

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30 Jul 2011

Lulz, Security, Justice and the FBI

A LulzSec Gentleman (photo: karat ) The Dissenter has been covering the extension of FBI Director Robert Mueller’s term. Yesterday, I published an extensive post documenting the abuses of power and the targeting of political activists that will continue to go unchallenged. Barring unforeseen circumstances involving agency “overreaching,” I predict

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29 Jul 2011

Julian Assange: ‘We Are Becoming Agents of Perspective’

Editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks waxes poetic in video message to annual Australian music festival. …We are becoming the agents of perspective. This generation is burning the mass media to the ground. We’re reclaiming our rights to old history. We are ripping open secret archives from Washington to Cairo. We’re reclaiming our

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29 Jul 2011

The Week at The Dissenter—A Major Report on Government Secrecy & Whitewashing Nazis Used in US Military Programs

Correction: Headline has been edited to correctly reflect the content of one of the stories highlighted in this post. This blog has been alive and kicking for two weeks now. At the end of every week, FDL’s The Dissenter will take a brief look back at what was covered during

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