16 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

There will be much more to report on this on Monday, but here is some news on the prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay. The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) coalition reports: This afternoon leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal from the [California Department of

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16 Jul 2011

Glenn Greenwald: The Assault on Civil Liberties & the Growing Climate of Fear in America (VIDEO)

Much thanks to all of you who visited The Dissenter yesterday and made the first day that this space was up and running a successful one. Now, I would like to share with you a transcript and full video of Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald’s speech at Socialism 2011 a couple

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16 Jul 2011

The Criminalization of Palestinian Solidarity Activism by the US, Israel

Israel passed a law punishing people who advocate for a boycott of the settlements. The law is definitely not only a blow to freedom of speech in Israel but also another act of repression against Palestinian solidarity activism in Israel.

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15 Jul 2011

The Criminalization of Palestinian Solidarity Activism by the US, Israel

(photo: gnuckx) Earlier in the week, it was reported that Israel passed a law punishing people who advocate for a boycott of the settlements. The law is definitely not only a blow to freedom of speech in Israel but also another act of repression against Palestinian solidarity activism in Israel.

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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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