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The Dissenter

16 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

Organizers now say supporters have a challenge to “match the courage of the hunger strikers” and “effectively pressure the CDCR to immediately negotiate on the standards any negotiation should follow: with the prisoners in good faith, addressing all of the demands, and with the prisoner-approved outside mediation team.”

16 Jul 2011

Isolation, Indeterminate Sentences Used to Extract Confessions at California Supermax Prisons

While many articles on the hunger strike protest of Supermax prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay prison have rightly emphasized the conditions of torture that arise from a regime of long-term solitary confinement, another object of the strikers is to end the hated “debriefing” system, by which prisoners cannot escape their conditions unless they “snitch, parole, or die.” The “debriefing” regime is eerily similar to that experienced by so-called unlawful detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

16 Jul 2011

Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Continues as Prisoners Reject Proposal

There will be much more to report on this on Monday, but here is some news on the prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay. The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) coalition reports: This afternoon leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strike unanimously rejected a proposal from the [California Department of

16 Jul 2011

Glenn Greenwald: The Assault on Civil Liberties & the Growing Climate of Fear in America (VIDEO)

Much thanks to all of you who visited The Dissenter yesterday and made the first day that this space was up and running a successful one. Now, I would like to share with you a transcript and full video of Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald’s speech at Socialism 2011 a couple


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The Bullpen

27 Jul 2011

Elizabeth Warren to Leave Treasury on August 1

Elizabeth Warren hinted at this last week when Richard Cordray was named as the nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but now it’s official – she will leave her position as a counselor to Treasury and Assistant to the President on August 1. And rather than Cordray, the

27 Jul 2011

CBO Analysis of Reid Plan Shows It’s Even More Similar to Boehner’s

We now have a CBO report on Harry Reid’s plan, and what once again sticks out is the extreme similarities with John Boehner’s. Remember that the Boehner plan had discretionary spending caps, a “Super Congress” committee to recommend deficit reduction, spending on program integrity for several programs, increases in Pell

27 Jul 2011

Boehner Debt Limit Plan Has More Concrete Spending in It Than Spending Cuts

The CBO report on John Boehner’s debt limit plan has really set back the effort and probably poisoned the entire enterprise among the more conservative members of his caucus. But it did provide some key information. First of all, take a look at CBO’s summary of the Boehner plan. It

26 Jul 2011

The Roundup for July 26, 2011

How’s doomsday going in your neighborhood? • CBO gave a fairly poor assessment of the Boehner debt limit plan that gets a vote tomorrow, saying that it only reduces deficits $850 billion over ten years, from the March baseline. It reduces more based on January, but March is current law.

26 Jul 2011

Lew Insists That August 2nd Is Drop-Dead Date on Debt Limit

The New York Stock Exchange dropped today, but by a relatively piddling amount, as the markets still have given no indication that they will yet punish Congress for failing to pass a debt limit deal. NASDAQ even gained a few points. The market may be pricing in the fact that

26 Jul 2011

White House Issues Veto Threat on Boehner Debt Limit Plan

The White House offered a brief riposte to John Boehner’s two-stage plan to raise the debt limit and cut the deficit. Here it is in its entirety: STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY S. 627 – Budget Control Act of 2011 The Administration strongly opposes House passage of the amendment in the