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The Dissenter

15 Jul 2011

Court: TSA Violated Federal Law by Not Taking Public Comments on Airport Scanners

A court has ruled, in a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Transporation Security Administration (TSA) violated federal law when it went ahead and installed airport body scanners without seeking comments from the public. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals concluded TSA “has not justified its

15 Jul 2011

DoJ Cites Koppelman, Wittes Hit Pieces on Scott Horton’s “Guantanamo Suicides”

Alex Koppelman and Benjamin Wittes, both of whom wrote hit pieces attacking Scott Horton’s award-winning article in Harper’s, “The Guantanamo Suicides,” won a bit of infamy by having their attacks cited in a government brief seeking a denial of a lawsuit filed by the parents of two of the dead prisoners. What’s even more galling is that their articles were poorly researched and basically government apologia. The U.S. government appears to have taken notice, and used their articles for their own purposes, making Koppelman and Wittes, wittingly or not, government proxies in the matter of the Guantanamo suicides controversy.

15 Jul 2011

Decision in Julian Assange Extradition Appeal Postponed: Sweden Created This Standoff, Says Assange Lawyer

The post was originally published on July 13 to myFDL. It is being republished here to give those who missed it a chance for an update and insight on Julian Assange’s extradition appeal. A decision in WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s extradition appeal hearing is not expected for three weeks, as

15 Jul 2011

Welcome to FDL’s The Dissenter

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to The Dissenter, a Firedoglake blog that will cover civil liberties and digital freedom issues. It will feature regular coverage of the torture scandal that continues to wear on and the ongoing US government war on WikiLeaks, along with coverage of the Orwellian expansion of the surveillance state, Internet privacy rights, the mass incarceration of people of color in this country and the current and historic repression of dissent.


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The Bullpen

28 Jul 2011

Ari Berman on the Rise of the Austerity Hawk Democrats

Let me call your attention to Ari Berman’s piece in The Nation, which kind of puts to rest all this drama about whether the Boehner plan or the Reid plan will succeed. “Our plan includes more cuts,” Chuck Schumer bragged at a news conference on Capitol Hill yesterday when comparing

28 Jul 2011

Update on the Investigators Fired By Florida’s AG for Pursuing Foreclosure Fraud

Here’s an update on those politically motivated firings by the Florida Attorney General, to protect the perpetrators of foreclosure fraud. First, a Democratic state lawmaker wants records about the firing of June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, says he wants two ousted state foreclosure fraud investigators back

28 Jul 2011

Gang of Six Poised to Screw Up Negotiations Again

I think people are getting a little theatrical about this Boehner showdown, with their focused whip counts and the like. The Washington Post says Boehner is still looking for votes, but I’m really not sweating this. It turns out that Boehner actually needs 216 votes, not 217, because Maurice Hinchey

28 Jul 2011

Spectrum Sale in Debt Limit Bill Raises Questions

One of the more confusing pieces of Harry Reid’s debt limit deal is the plan to sell publicly held spectrum for wireless broadband use. First of all, this plan is not all that new. The White House announced it last June, planning to make 500 MHz of spectrum available over

28 Jul 2011

After Boehner Plan Out of the Way, a Path to a Deal

Harry Reid said in a speech on the Senate floor today – which is just about all that gets done on the Senate floor these days – that “as soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill… It will be defeated.”

28 Jul 2011

Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks at The Last Lecture

Because Ta-Nehisi Coates is a great writer, he was able to encapsulate my thoughts on Obama’s last lecture much more elegantly and succinctly, in this op-ed in the New York Times. You need to read it all for the full impact, but here’s my favorite part. Obama, too, stands atop