26 Jul 2011

Tim DeChristopher Gets Two Years for Showing Profound Courage in the Face of Injustice

(photo: 350.org ) A man with profound courage and great character, climate activist Tim DeChristopher, went to jail today for bidding on oil and gas leases on federal land when he didn’t have the money to pay for the bids he placed. Sentenced to two years and fined ten thousand

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26 Jul 2011

Tim DeChristopher Gets Two Years for Showing Profound Courage in the Face of Injustice

A man with profound courage and great character, climate activist Tim DeChristopher, went to jail today for bidding on oil and gas leases on federal land when he didn’t have the money to pay for the bids he placed. Sentenced to two years and fined ten thousand dollars, DeChristopher was taken into custody immediately following his conviction of two felony counts of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction.

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26 Jul 2011

Rep. Smith Says ‘Creative Mind’ Came Up with Name for His Anti-Immigration Bill

(photo: Rep. Lamar Smith at a September 2010 immigration hearing ) Republican Lamar Smith of Texas, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, profoundly wasted the committee’s time today with a junk piece of legislation that would only make matters worse for immigration authorities if passed. The legislation, the “Hinder

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26 Jul 2011

Rep. Smith Says ‘Creative Mind’ Came Up with Name for His Anti-Immigration Bill

HALT

Republican Lamar Smith of Texas, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, profoundly wasted the committee’s time today with a junk piece of legislation that would only make matters worse for immigration authorities if passed. The legislation, the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation (HALT) Act,” limit the administrative authority the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration Customs & Enforcment (ICE) has to consider waivers and issue cancel deportations, if deemed necessary.

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26 Jul 2011

Liveblogging the House Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on the Anti-Immigrant HALT Act

(photo: US House of Representatives ) Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith (R-TX) will be chairing a hearing this afternoon on a piece of anti-immigrant legislation he has proposed. If passed, the legislation would likely limit the discretion immigration agencies have when it comes to decision-making on immigrant

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26 Jul 2011

The War on Photography: Being Detained for Having a Camera

Filming the police is increasingly considered a criminal act in the United States. Law enforcement are increasingly willing to use “suspicious activity reporting” (SAR) programs to abuse power and target those who are lawfully photographing federal buildings or national landmarks. And, more and more often artists and journalists are finding

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25 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 25

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. Friend of The Dissenter, Truthout’s Jason Leopold, writes on the Australia government going after David Hicks’ royalty payments from his memoir.

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25 Jul 2011

Kucinich Asks Holder Why Justice Department Is Investigating Antiwar Activists

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has written a letter to Attorney General Eric J. Holder expressing concern about an investigation into antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. The congressman is the latest member of Congress to send Holder a letter on this matter.

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25 Jul 2011

Kucinich Asks Holder Why Justice Department Is Investigating Antiwar Activists

(photo: SEIU International ) Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has written a letter to Attorney General Eric J. Holder expressing concern about an investigation into antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. The congressman is the latest member of Congress to send Holder a letter on this matter. In September of last

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25 Jul 2011

Reflecting on the Afghanistan War Logs Released by WikiLeaks One Year Ago

One year ago, WikiLeaks released the Afghanistan war logs. Around seventy-six thousand previously classified military reports were released in collaboration with the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel. The contents of the documents revealed several dark realities of the war. And, the release drew condemnation from the Washington establishment that made certain the war logs had a minor impact.

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