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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29 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 29

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@shadowproof.wpengine.com. Lockheed Martin is given a $72 million contract to upgrade airport security equipment for the TSA. This virtually guarantees the

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29 Jul 2011

FBI Director’s Term Extension Ensures Neo-COINTELPRO Operations Will Prevail

FBI Director Robert Mueller (photo: TalkMediaNews ) Just days ago, the Obama Administration and Congress effectively made legitimate all the operations of the FBI since FBI Director Robert Mueller took over the agency one week before the September 11th terror attacks. The extension of Mueller’s term makes it possible for Congress

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28 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 28

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@shadowproof.wpengine.com. Student in an Indiana high school slapped with felony charge for a school prank. This is just part of the

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