10 Aug 2011

Fmr. Classification Czar: Sanction Those Who Improperly Classify Information

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed published today, J. William Leonard, who worked for five years as the director of the Information Security Oversight Information Office when George W. Bush was president, calls on the Obama administration to sanction “those who inappropriately classify information, and it needs to take far greater care in what it decides to label secret.”

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09 Aug 2011

London Riots: A Symptom of the ‘Burning’ & ‘Looting’ of UK Public Services

Birmingham – Tuesday (photo: Beacon Radio) Riots have gripped London for the past four nights and, as communities attempt to clean up, there is increased tension and the possibility of more property damage. Last night, a Sony warehouse was destroyed in a blazing fire. BBC News broadcast images, which would

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09 Aug 2011

London Riots: A Symptom of the ‘Burning’ & ‘Looting’ of UK Public Services

Riots have gripped London for the past three nights and, as communities move to clean up, there is increased tension and the possibility of more property damage.

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08 Aug 2011

London’s Burning (VIDEO)

For three nights, there have been riots in London. The Guardian reports young looters are finding they have nothing to lose and little reason to obey the “social norms.” There is a consensus building up that the violence unfolding is a result of “social exclusion,” even systemic racism. Here’s a

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08 Aug 2011

The Alyona Show Interviews The Dissenter’s Jeff Kaye on DoD Water Torture

I was pleased to be asked to appear on the successful RT news program The Alyona Show earlier today. The interview was offered as a follow-up to an investigatory article published at Truthout last week, which showed that all protestations by Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. government authorities aside, the U.S. military did engage in torture remarkably similar to waterboarding, if not waterboarding itself. An accompanying article was also posted here at The Dissenter.

My investigation, based on multiple detainee accounts, news reports, doctor review of selected Guantanamo medical records, testimony before a Congressional committee, and Department of Justice and Department of Defense investigations, revealed that a number of detainees at different DoD sites, including Guantanamo, were held down and had streams of water from a hose directed for minutes at a time between their mouth and nose.

The article includes video of the interview.

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08 Aug 2011

Rumsfeld Loses Attempt to Have Torture Suit Filed Against Him By Two Contractors Dismissed

A federal court has rejected former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s attempt to have a lawsuit dismissed that alleges he is responsible for authorizing the torture of two military contractors. The case, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel v. Donald Rumsfeld, et al is one of two cases out of more than a dozen that allege Rumsfeld allowed torture to take place against US citizens in Iraq.

The dismissal means Rumsfeld has now lost two appeals against torture suits filed against him. Last week, a federal court in Washington, DC, released an opinion that upheld the other lawsuit moving forward against Rumsfeld, John Doe v. Donald Rumsfeld, et al, a case that alleges the former defense secretary had a role in the torture and illegal detention of a US citizen that was working in Iraq as a translator.

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08 Aug 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for August 8

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. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals Justice Department made special “emergency” claim to get ISPs to turn over info

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08 Aug 2011

Rumsfeld Loses Attempt to Have Torture Suit Filed Against Him By Two Contractors Dismissed

Fmr. Sec. Donald Rumsfeld (photo: Gage Skidmore) A federal court has rejected former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s attempt to have a lawsuit dismissed that alleges he is responsible for authorizing the torture of two military contractors. The case, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel v. Donald Rumsfeld, et al is one

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08 Aug 2011

US Lacks Credibility to Help Syrian Protesters

What continues to unfold in Syria is a massive crime against humanity. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the violations against human rights and use force against civilians by President Bashar al Assad’s regime. But sending a US envoy to open lines of communication with the Syrian people and the Syrian government could further aggravate the situation in Syria.

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08 Aug 2011

US Lacks Credibility to Help Syrian Protesters

(photo: USAID ) What continues to unfold in Syria is a massive crime against humanity. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the violations against human rights and use force against civilians by President Bashar al Assad’s regime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Syrian security forces recently mounted

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