25 Jul 2011

Joshua E.S. Phillips on US Military’s Failure to Investigate 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, policy and politics, the national security state, etc. Sometimes, I don’t have guests on that are part of the WikiLeaks story. Sometimes they simply provide greater context for understanding the US government reaction and the players, who are a part of this story.

Joshua E.S. Phillips, a writer, journalist and author of None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture, is this week’s guest. The conversation was recorded after Phillips’ story in The Nation, “Inside the Detainee Abuse Task Force,” was published. We discuss this task force that was created after the Abu Ghraib scandal to, as he writes, investigate “abuse cases that occurred in and around Victory Base Complex—a huge area of responsibility that included the heaviest concentration of detainees.” In his story, he highlights a retired officer, who claims it was a “whitewash.”

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24 Jul 2011

Benjamin Wittes Responds: “Happy to be a government proxy”

In an an arrogant riposte to an earlier posting of mine, Lawfare blogger and member of the Hoover Institute Task Force on National Security and the Law, Benjamin Wittes, proclaimed he is “Happy to be a government proxy.” But what do you expect from an commentator who thinks stress positions, sensory deprivation, forced nudity and isolation are only “modestly coercive”?

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24 Jul 2011

This Week in WikiLeaks Podcast – Joshua E.S. Phillips on US Military’s Failure to Investigate Torture

Update: Link has been fixed. You should now be able to listen to the podcast. 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

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23 Jul 2011

How WikiLeaks Books Came to Be Liberated & No Longer Categorized Under ‘Extremist Websites’

The Library of Congress (LOC) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) have, in the past week, reviewed their categorization for WikiLeaks books that were on file. A bottom-up movement of WikiLeaks supporters and writers on Twitter going back and forth on how WikiLeaks books were being categorized led the LOC and NLA to mount this review. And, reviews by the LOC and NLA led to a change in categorization, meaning no longer will WikiLeaks books be categorized under the subject header “Extremist Websites.”

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23 Jul 2011

How WikiLeaks Books Came to Be Liberated & No Longer Categorized Under ‘Extremist Websites’

(photo: mvlslibrary) The Library of Congress (LOC) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) have, in the past week, reviewed their categorization for WikiLeaks books that were on file. A bottom-up movement of WikiLeaks supporters and writers on Twitter going back and forth on how WikiLeaks books were being categorized

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22 Jul 2011

One Week Since FDL’s The Dissenter Opened

I’d like to take a moment as the weekend begins to thank everyone who has been regularly visiting this blog in its first week. It has truly been great to see the blog take off. First, in one week, the Twitter account for The Dissenter has over 70 followers. I’m

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22 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 22

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. Obama Justice Department continues to rack up victories that come down against Guantanamo detainees’ efforts to be released. DC Circuit

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22 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Ends: Prison Strike Leaders Declare It a ‘Success’

More than three weeks later and after building up great support from activists, academics, celebrities and others in the US and around the world, the leaders of the prison hunger strike in the Pelican Bay supermax prison have brought an end to their strike and have begun to eat again. They emphasize that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has given them a few good-faith token gestures and that the end of this strike is entirely conditioned on achieving the long-term policy changes that they have demanded.

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22 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Ends: Prison Strike Leaders Declare It a ‘Success’

(update below) More than three weeks later and after building up great support from activists, academics, celebrities and others in the US and around the world, the leaders of the prison hunger strike in  the Pelican Bay supermax prison have brought an end to their strike and have begun to

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21 Jul 2011

Backlash from US, Israel against Palestinian Solidarity Activism Shows We’re Being Effective

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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