28 Jul 2011

The ‘WikiLeaks Phenomenon’ & the Disease of Secrecy Within the US Govt

More than a thousand government organizations and nearly two thousand private companies currently work counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence programs. Well over two million Defense Department civilian, military and contractor personnel hold confidential, secret and top secret level security clearances. At the same time, the US government engages in a gross amount of classification of information, significantly limiting what citizens are allowed to know about the operations of government and effectively shielding routine abuses of power from scrutiny and outrage.

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28 Jul 2011

Air Force Teaching Guide Minimizes History of Recruiting Nazis, Part Two

The historical revisionism around the history of U.S. military and intelligence activities continues apace. It flourishes in part because of the secrecy that has long surrounded these activities, and the difficulty of obtaining even open source material. One important secret project involved the importation of Nazi scientists to the United States, Operation Paperclip. Scientists not only participated in Air Force rocket programs, but in military-CIA mind control programs at Edgewood Arsenal, Ft. Detrick, Maryland.

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28 Jul 2011

WikiLeaks Cables: The US Government’s Continued Campaign Against Aristide

(photo: Frontpage of the current edition of Haïti Liberté featuring coverage of what WikiLeaks cables reveal on Aristide ) In Haïti Liberté’s latest coverage of US State Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks, the Haitian newspaper examines the “obsessive” and “far-reaching” campaign to keep former Haiti president Jean Bertrand-Aristide out of

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28 Jul 2011

Air Force Teaching Guide Minimizes History of Recruiting Nazis, Part One

Why does the United States Air Force, in their teaching materials provided to ICBM missile combat crew at Air Force Global Strike Command, present such a sympathetic portrayal of former Nazi scientist and SS officer Werner von Braun, and why does the Air Force limit their discussion about Nazi involvement in the U.S. space program to “only one man,” von Braun? The reason is simple, but shocking to many, as the history has been largely covered-up, or relegated to out-of-print history books: the U.S. missile program, and much of its military science program in the post-World War II period, was imported wholesale from the Nazis, including their leading scientists.

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27 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties on July 27

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. Climate activist hero Tim DeChristopher’s statement, which he read at his sentencing yesterday. DeChristopher told the courtroom, the heart of

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27 Jul 2011

King: ‘Politically Correct, Moral Equivalency Media’ Will Not Get Me to Back Down from Targeting Muslims

Representative Peter King (R-TX) chaired a third hearing on “Muslim radicalization” this morning. These hearings increasingly look like the work of a man desperate to prove something. In his opening remarks, he called out the “politically correct, equivalency media” like the New York Times, who he claimed was trying to get him to refocus these hearings “away from Muslim American radicalization.” And, he said he would not back down.

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27 Jul 2011

King: ‘Politically Correct, Moral Equivalency Media’ Will Not Get Me to Back Down from Targeting Muslims

(photo: Peter King at his third “Muslim radicalization” hearing ) (update below) Representative Peter King (R-NY) chaired a third hearing on “Muslim radicalization” this morning. These hearings increasingly look like the work of a man desperate to prove something. In his opening remarks, he called out the “politically correct, equivalency

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27 Jul 2011

A National Call-In Day for Bradley Manning

The Bradley Manning Support Network has put together a call-in day for those who wish to show their support for the accused whistleblower to WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning. The Manning Support Network, an international grassroots organization that for months now has been organizing in support and for the legal defense of Manning, is urging supporters to call President Obama at the White House and also call the Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

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27 Jul 2011

Live Blogging Rep. Peter King’s Third ‘Muslim Radicalization’ Hearing

Representative Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will hold his third anti-Muslim hearing this morning. Or, as he frames it, his “third Muslim radicalization hearing.” This third hearing titled, “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland,” explicitly

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27 Jul 2011

A National Call-In Day for Bradley Manning

(photo: kevynjacobs ) Call-in Day Today – Wednesday, July 27 The Bradley Manning Support Network has put together a call-in day for those who wish to show their support for the accused whistleblower to WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning. The Manning Support Network, an international grassroots organization that for months now

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