20 Jul 2011

In Support of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers

Those organizing in support of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers, who are engaging in resistance to call attention to solitary confinement and other prison conditions, have been collecting statements of solidarity from academics, artists, celebrities, political leaders and well-known activists. The activist group World Can’t Wait has posted what they’ve

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20 Jul 2011

The Government Clampdown on Anonymous for ‘Operation Avenge Assange’

(photo: exiledsurfer ) Widely reported yesterday was the arrest of sixteen individuals alleged to be members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, known engaging in cyber operations for political and social reasons. The FBI raided homes seizing computers and computer-related accessories. The Justice Department claimed fourteen of the individuals had been

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20 Jul 2011

The Government Clampdown on Anonymous for ‘Operation Avenge Assange’

Widely reported yesterday was the arrest of sixteen individuals alleged to be members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, known engaging in cyber operations for political and social reasons. The Justice Department claimed fourteen of the individuals had been part of the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on PayPal back in December 2010, when PayPal suspended WikiLeaks’ accounts making it impossible for the organization to receive donations via PayPal.

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19 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 19

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 dissenter@shadowproof.wpengine.com. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has announced a third anti-Muslim hearing. This hearing will look at how the Somali extremist group

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19 Jul 2011

“Bugsplat” in Waziristan

“The first large array of photographs depicting the devastating impact of US unmanned aircraft (‘drone’) attacks on innocent civilians in Pakistan” goes on display in London today. Its photographic evidence belies claims by the U.S. of no collateral killing of civilians by the drone attacks. The exhibit opens just as former CIA counsel John Rizzo is being charged for murder in Pakistan for his role in approving the attacks, and as Human Rights Watch has begun a campaign to seek the prosecution of Bush administration officials for torture. Is the Obama administration listening? Not only are they against investigations or prosecutions of past officials, they have engaged in war crimes of their own, most particularly around the controversial drone program of targeted killings.

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19 Jul 2011

Senate Hearing on US Policy in Yemen: No Discussion of Drones or Anwar al-Awlaki

The United States has enjoyed a close military-to-military relationship with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, providing Saleh with military equipment to help the US prosecute the “war on terrorism” in Yemen. In the past months, however, the US has shifted its position toward Yemen because of the instability created by a

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19 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike: Prison Staff Not Following Medical Protocol

(photo: Image by Rashid Johnson (Red Onion Prison in Virginia) in support of CA hunger strikers) Prisoners engaged in a hunger strike at Pelican Bay supermax prison have been on strike for more than fifteen days now.  With a growing group of supporters on the outside, the strike against solitary

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19 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike: Prison Staff Not Following Medical Protocol

Even when someone is on a hunger strike medical care should be given. In fact it is critical that there is regular checks as slowly starving can affect other organs and turn south very quickly. This is not happening for the Pelican Bay hunger strikers.

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19 Jul 2011

How the US ‘War on Terror’ Impacts Women and Sexual Minorities

A government can say they are taking a holistic approach to something like the ‘war on terror’ but that does not mean that they are actually doing it. The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice has a new report out showing just how poorly the United States is doing in this area.

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19 Jul 2011

WSJ Editorial Staff Commits to Pathologically Lying About WikiLeaks & Phone Hacking Scandal

(photo: Stephen Cummings) (update below) The Wall Street Journal editorial staff has now officially committed to lying through their teeth about how the phone hacking scandal at News of the World is exactly like the New York Times, The Guardian and other newspapers working with WikiLeaks. Yesterday, the editorial staff

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