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The Dissenter

25 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 25

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. Friend of The Dissenter, Truthout’s Jason Leopold, writes on the Australia government going after David Hicks’ royalty payments from his memoir.

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25 Jul 2011

Kucinich Asks Holder Why Justice Department Is Investigating Antiwar Activists

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has written a letter to Attorney General Eric J. Holder expressing concern about an investigation into antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. The congressman is the latest member of Congress to send Holder a letter on this matter.

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25 Jul 2011

Kucinich Asks Holder Why Justice Department Is Investigating Antiwar Activists

(photo: SEIU International ) Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has written a letter to Attorney General Eric J. Holder expressing concern about an investigation into antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. The congressman is the latest member of Congress to send Holder a letter on this matter. In September of last

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25 Jul 2011

Reflecting on the Afghanistan War Logs Released by WikiLeaks One Year Ago

One year ago, WikiLeaks released the Afghanistan war logs. Around seventy-six thousand previously classified military reports were released in collaboration with the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel. The contents of the documents revealed several dark realities of the war. And, the release drew condemnation from the Washington establishment that made certain the war logs had a minor impact.

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The Bullpen

03 Aug 2011

US Political System Gets Downgraded, Failure to Deal With Economy the Reason

Moody’s has joined Fitch in declining to downgrade the US credit rating after passage of the debt limit deal, though they still have the US on a negative outlook. This means Standard and Poor’s can play their little game and it won’t functionally matter, because the other two agencies still

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03 Aug 2011

Congress Officially Leaves Town Without FAA Agreement

I mentioned this in last night’s Roundup, but it’s just a testament to how the new Washington operates. Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have passed an FAA authorization bill. The particulars are in the range of 90% the same. While they work something out on the last 10%, they

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02 Aug 2011

The Roundup for August 2, 2011

Sorry, yesterday I had a myriad of computer problems. Figures that the only two busy Congressional days of the year so far were also the only two days where I was largely out of commission. • The President signed what is officially known as the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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02 Aug 2011

Deficit Nation: A Decade of Hysteria Scheduled

Budget expert Stan Collender backs up my contention that we will still see a major fight on the FY2012 budget over spending cuts, regardless of the caps in this debt deal. In fact, it’s highly likely that tea party types believe the caps are too damn high. Fiscal 2011 ends

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02 Aug 2011

Pelosi, Reid Talking Big About Revenues, Protecting Safety Net on Catfood Commission II

Both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are making some bold predictions about the Catfood Commission II and their roles in it. Pelosi said she wouldn’t appoint anyone to the committee who didn’t oppose benefit cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. And Reid tried his own dollar-for-dollar pledge by stating

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02 Aug 2011

Maybe People Don’t Believe in Government Because Government Hasn’t Given Them Anything to Believe In Lately

I’ve noticed a lingering claim that the reason we won’t see a pivot to jobs over the next several months is that the progressive movement hasn’t sold the concept of the public good and the proper government. I thought we were supposed to be the ones too focused on rhetorical

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