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The Dissenter

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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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

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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

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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.

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The Bullpen

20 Jul 2011

President Disinclined to Fight for Jobs

Here’s what happens when you put a premium on austerity in the middle of a jobs crisis. The federal government plans to shut 40 percent of its computer centers over the next four years to reduce its hefty technology budget and modernize the way it uses computers to manage data

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20 Jul 2011

Obama Endorses Respect for Marriage Act, Which Repeals DOMA

Right now, there is a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, the discriminatory act that denies same-sex partners federal benefits. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the support of the President for the bill. Jay Carney said Obama was “proud to

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20 Jul 2011

Hearings Planned on Continued Robo-Signing

In addition to some lawmakers calling for increased regulation, oversight and enforcement after revelations of continued robo-signing, others with the ability to call hearings into the matter have announced that they would do so. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., chair of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, said the subcommittee

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20 Jul 2011

Gang of Six Boosted By Moody’s

As near as I can tell, the only thing the Gang of Six has made more likely is default. It’s essentially the same deal that Eric Cantor and John Boehner rejected because it included tax increases. Maybe the increases are so vague and the abolition of the alternative minimum tax

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20 Jul 2011

Democrat Hansen Wins First Wisconsin Recall General Election

Sen. Dave Hansen (D), the first Wisconsin State Senator to face a recall general election, easily won his race last night by 32 points over Republican David VanderLeest. This election was not designed to be held last night. Originally, Rep. John Nygren was the choice to face Hansen, one fo

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19 Jul 2011

Roundup Open Thread for July 19, 2011

Going to need your help on this one, folks, as I’m a bit busy this afternoon. I will really try this time to populate this with some links later. Thanks.

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