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The Dissenter

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 targets Somali Americans in this country especially those in the Midwest in Minnesota and Ohio. Rep. King is convinced that they are susceptible to recruitment, radicalization and training from this organization that allegedly has ties to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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26 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 26

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. Bladder cancer survivor files a new complaint with the TSA. Incidentally, he is the same 62-year -old survivor who made

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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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Prison Protest

The Bullpen

04 Aug 2011

Panetta, DoD Fighting Against Budget Cuts

If you thought the Department of Defense would quietly accept a challenge to their budgetary authority, you were wrong. Leon Panetta, who’s been in the job barely over a month, warned Congress yesterday that, while DoD could handle the first round of cuts from the debt limit deal, the automatic

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03 Aug 2011

The Roundup for August 3, 2011

Had some bidness to take care of in the middle of the day there. But this has been a slow news cycle, so hopefully you didn’t miss me too much. • Dianne Feinstein engineered a defeat for two Dems on the Intelligence Committee trying to get the Obama Administration to

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03 Aug 2011

Exchange Subsidies Threatened; Part of the Automatic Trigger in the Debt Limit Deal

The White House definitely wants the Catfood Commission II to negotiate their grand bargain that they can tout along the lines of “getting things done” with a “bipartisan compromise.” And they believe that the automatic cuts that would be triggered if the Catfood Commission II recommendations don’t come about are

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03 Aug 2011

Democrats Step Up in FAA Authorization Fight

Perhaps there’s a limit to how many caves can occur in a week, because Democrats are actually taking a stand on the FAA authorization mess. The backstory here is that House Republicans basically left town without extending the FAA, which has been in partial shutdown since last week. As a

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03 Aug 2011

“Old Washington” Includes Hardball Tactics, Not Just Centrist Compromises

David Farenthold plays up a myth of old Washington, and how the debt deal showed that the old power-brokers still hold influence. The piece is notable for Mitch McConnell calling the debt limit increase “a hostage that’s worth ransoming,” which kind of invalidated all the conservative martyrdom about being called

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03 Aug 2011

Syrian Massacre Continues, as World Assesses Limited Range of Options

If it’s possible, things are getting even more intense in Syria. The incursion into Hama, site of a large massacre of citizens at the hands of the regime in 1982, carries symbolic significance, as well as continuing the brutal repression which has killed or disappeared thousands since the start of

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