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15 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 15

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. All times are in EST. And, if you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email dissenter@shadowproof.wpengine.com. 10:50 AM ET The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has launched a campaign, “Shine

15 Jul 2011

Welcome to FDL’s The Dissenter

(photo: Shrieking Tree) 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

14 Jul 2011

Sen. John McCain Renews Push for Senate Committee to Halt WikiLeaks’ Undermining of America

On Wednesday, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona renewed his push for the creation of a temporary Senate committee to investigate WikiLeaks and the hacktivist group Anonymous that would be called the Committee on Cyber Security and Electronic Intelligence Leaks.

30 Dec 2010

The Best Films of 2010

Screen shot from the trailer of Inception     10. Black Swan   Using the ballet “Swan Lake” as a backdrop, this film intensely brings to life the reality that performers can often lose their selves when performing. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler), Nina Sayers


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21 Jul 2011

Roundup Open Thread, July 21, 2011

Another one of those days. I’ll get back to this tomorrow. Link away.

21 Jul 2011

Military Leaders Will Certify DADT Repeal Tomorrow

Finding a way out of the unnecessary box created by judicial rulings and Justice Department appeals, military leaders will certify the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy tomorrow afternoon. This includes Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Only

21 Jul 2011

Greek Bailout Inked By Eurozone; Assumes Magic Growth

The Eurozone rescue deal for Greece relies on a ton of assumptions about how to get the country back to fiscal balance and how the markets will react. At a press conference late Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany confirmed the aid package of 109 billion euros ($157 billion) for

21 Jul 2011

Another Yo-Yo Trick: White House Floats, Then Denies, All-Cuts Deal

I think we’re dealing with another yo-yo situation, where the White House puts out a trial balloon, gauges reaction, and then pulls it back, allowing everyone to see what they want to see but mainly confusing the issue. Earlier today the New York Times reported a wide-ranging deal between the

21 Jul 2011

Too Big to Fail Still Looms, a Year After Dodd-Frank

In addition to being the launch date for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, this is the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. I wrote yesterday about how the law has not really caused much of a ripple on Wall Street. Let’s hone in on one, maybe the most

21 Jul 2011

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches Today

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opens for business today. It’s an agency with a simple idea: protect consumers from getting screwed in their financial dealings on credit cards, student loans, mortgages, payday lending, bank dealings, etc, etc. Some of the agency’s powers will not be transferred today, because it does