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The Dissenter

29 Jul 2011

Julian Assange: ‘We Are Becoming Agents of Perspective’

Editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks waxes poetic in video message to annual Australian music festival. …We are becoming the agents of perspective. This generation is burning the mass media to the ground. We’re reclaiming our rights to old history. We are ripping open secret archives from Washington to Cairo. We’re reclaiming our

29 Jul 2011

The Week at The Dissenter—A Major Report on Government Secrecy & Whitewashing Nazis Used in US Military Programs

Correction: Headline has been edited to correctly reflect the content of one of the stories highlighted in this post. This blog has been alive and kicking for two weeks now. At the end of every week, FDL’s The Dissenter will take a brief look back at what was covered during

29 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 29

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 Lockheed Martin is given a $72 million contract to upgrade airport security equipment for the TSA. This virtually guarantees the

29 Jul 2011

FBI Director’s Term Extension Ensures Neo-COINTELPRO Operations Will Prevail

FBI Director Robert Mueller (photo: TalkMediaNews ) Just days ago, the Obama Administration and Congress effectively made legitimate all the operations of the FBI since FBI Director Robert Mueller took over the agency one week before the September 11th terror attacks. The extension of Mueller’s term makes it possible for Congress


Prison Protest

The Bullpen

05 Aug 2011

Mica Plays Martyr Card on FAA Hostage Taking

At the risk of linking to Dana Milbank, allow me to quote John Mica, the man who single-handedly sat the FAA on the sidelines for two weeks: “I’ve had a brutal week, getting beat up by everybody,” Mica told me, minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a deal

05 Aug 2011

Proof That Balanced Budget Amendments Don’t Work: Look at State and Local Government Stats

Republicans are barnstorming across the country in support of a balanced budget amendment. This, they say, will force government to “live within its means” and lead to surging economic growth, though I’m not really sure how they get from A to B. But we don’t really have to guess about

05 Aug 2011

Social Security Solvent for the Next 28 Years

This is a good piece of data to take into the Catfood Commission II hearings. Remember how Bernie Sanders and other Social Security defenders insist that Social Security is solvent and on track to pay full benefits for the next 26 years? It turns out they’re wrong. It’s able to

05 Aug 2011

Bank of America Death Watch Update: Lawsuit in Washington, Elevated GSE Claims

It’s not just Eric Schneiderman. Bank of America faces a new lawsuit from the state of Washington, whose Attorney General, Rob McKenna, is a Republican. The case involves ReconTrust, a foreclosure trustee that forecloses loans serviced by BofA and is wholly owned by BofA as well. McKenna argues in the

05 Aug 2011

Army to Reduce Standard War Zone Deployment to Nine Months

The Army plans to drop its deployment time for soldiers in war zones, in a signal that less and less troops will be needed for current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. NBC News has learned that the Army is going to announce that most combat deployments will decrease from one

05 Aug 2011

Protests Flood Syria Despite Crackdown in Hama

Unofficially, 109 Syrians died in Hama yesterday, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that over 2,000 have died since the beginning of the uprising there. And yet the protesters continue to take to the streets in defiance of the government crackdown. It’s truly remarkable, given the danger present. Tens