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The Dissenter

22 Oct 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Plastic Bag’ By Die Jim Crow

Die Jim Crow, a project that supports current and formerly incarcerated musicians, produced this jazz tune on what it’s like to be released from prison.

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22 Oct 2019

Democrats Cheer ‘Hillary Unplugged’ After Clinton Labels Gabbard A Russian Asset

Democrats and liberal pundits have come to Hillary Clinton’s defense as she faces a backlash for suggesting Representative Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset.

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15 Oct 2019

Interview With Carl Zha On The Neoliberal Economic Decline Fueling Hong Kong Protests

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola welcome Carl Zha, the host of “Silk and Steel,” to the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast. “Silk and Steel” is Zha’s weekly podcast on the history, culture, and current events of China and the Silk Road.

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Ecuadorian Embassy Standoff - Front Entrance (Jaggers on Flickr)
09 Oct 2019

Journalists Who Visited Julian Assange Targeted By Company Spying On CIA’s Behalf

Spanish security company took apart phones of journalists visiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, shared reports with CIA.

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08 Oct 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Camp America’ By 93PUNX

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. The Trump administration has received widespread criticism for its anti-immigration policies. That includes the heartless act of separating children from their parents at the border. Some, such as Fox News Laura Ingraham and ICE director Matthew Albence, tried to

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Julian Assange. Photo by Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina (culturaargentina) on Flickr.
07 Oct 2019

CIA Spying Against Julian Assange Is Latest Revelation In Years-Long Campaign

Kevin Gosztola looked back at the history between the CIA and WikiLeaks, and the agency’s long-held view of the dissident media organization as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.”

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Prison Protest

04 Mar 2015

Corrections Corp. of America Reaches Settlement in Idaho Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

On February 23rd, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) settled a lawsuit brought by a former nurse at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) named Michelle Pierce, who claimed she had been fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment and abuse by her colleagues. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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26 Feb 2015

Thousands of Immigrant Prisoners Moved to Undisclosed Locations After Protesting Conditions

Nearly three thousand immigrant prisoners are being transferred to undisclosed federal facilities after a two-day demonstration against indecent living conditions and medical care left the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in need of repairs. Willacy is a private prison operated by the Management and Training Corporation (MTC), where thousands of

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20 Feb 2015

Virginia Woman Dies In Custody After Being Tasered, Placed In Restraints and Anti-Spit Hood

On February 3rd, a 5’3″, 130 pound Virginia woman was killed after six deputies tased her before locking her in restraints with an anti-spitting hood over her head. Natasha McKenna, who was 37 years old and suffered from schizophrenia from a young age, went into cardiac arrest before ever leaving the jail and later died at the hospital.

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20 Feb 2015

Montana Legislature Debuts Bill Prohibiting Solitary Confinement for Minors, Seriously Mentally Ill

A bill introduced in the Montana House of Representatives this week would curb the use of isolation in state prisons. The Montana Solitary Confinement Reform Act (or House Bill 490) was introduced by Democrat Jenny Eck and would ban solitary confinement for people under the age of 18 and those with severe mental illness. It would also introduce due process and appeal measures for inmates facing solitary and require weekly mental health evaluations for isolated inmates.

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19 Feb 2015

Former Corizon Doctor Accused of Molesting Scores of Prisoners Served With Two New Lawsuits

With the filing of two new lawsuits in New Mexico this week, Dr. Mark E. Walden stands accused of sexually assaulting scores of prisoners while working for inmate healthcare contractor Corizon Health Services inside two different GEO Group for-profit prisons in the state.

Filed on February 13th and 16th, the lawsuits are the sixth and seventh to be brought against Dr. Walden in the past three years, and raise the total number of Walden’s known and alleged victims to around 50.

Walden is accused of fondling prisoners’ genitals and conducting superfluous, aggressive rectal exams for ailments like tooth aches and toe fungus. Walden has denied any and all wrongdoing, and Corizon and GEO Group have so far refused to speak with the press on these matters.

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18 Feb 2015

Former State Department Adviser Prosecuted for Leak Recounts How His Life Was Utterly Destroyed

Former State Department adviser Stephen Kim, who was prosecuted and sent to jail after pleading guilty to violating the Espionage Act, has confessed that the United States government effectively destroyed his reputation, wrecked his marriage, jeopardized his relationship with family members and transformed him into “property of the state.”

Kim was sentenced to 13 months in prison on April 2, 2014, after he accepted a plea deal. He reported to the Cumberland minimum-security camp a few months later.A major story by journalist Peter Maass for The Intercept features the first public statements from Kim on what he experienced. His statements remind one of the ruthless Espionage Act prosecutions against former NSA senior officer Thomas Drake and former CIA officer John Kiriakou.

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The Bullpen

01 May 2015

The Roundup for May 1st, 2015

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”350″ height=”197″ align=”right” !} Happy May Day folks! Rest in peace Ben E. King. Baltimore Coverage, Day 4 – The state prosecutor in Baltimore announced the six officers involved with the murder of Freddie Gray will be charged – Sure wasn’t a good idea for President Barack Obama

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01 May 2015

Report: American Psychological Association Secretly Worked With Bush Administration On Torture Program

Negative reactions on #pospsych listserv to report on @apa complicity in torture. Blame the whistleblowers pic.twitter.com/WDFyueKqf3 — James C.Coyne (@CoyneoftheRealm) May 1, 2015 A new report from progressive psychologists cites the American Psychological Association (APA) as secretly helping the George W. Bush Administration to continue its torture program often referred to officially

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30 Apr 2015

The Roundup for April 30th, 2015

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”350″ height=”197″ align=”right” !} The end of April already? Wow, it seems just only a short time ago I began the spring semester. Baltimore Protests, Day 3 – An investigation found Freddie Gray suffered from a push into a bolt in the police van he was in –

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30 Apr 2015

Former Christie Official and Ally Set To Plead Guilty For Role In Bridgegate

I've obtained this previously unreleased photo of David Wildstein with Chris and Mary Pat Christie, December 2011: pic.twitter.com/kenRu9iuM0 — Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) April 29, 2015 The first shoe is set to drop in the Bridgegate saga as former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein will reportedly

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30 Apr 2015

Bernie Sanders Announces He Is Running For President In Democratic Primary

Independent US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders has formally announced that he is running for president in the Democratic Party primary. The issues Sanders plans to run on should surprise no one – fixing an economic and political system rigged for and by plutocrats. Those are issues Senator Sanders has spent

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29 Apr 2015

The Roundup for April 29th, 2015

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”350″ height=”263″ align=”right” !} Things seem gloomy for us so enjoy the song today! Baltimore Coverage, Day 2 – Across the U.S., folks are showing solidarity with those protesting in Baltimore – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): Lack of the family structure caused the problems in Baltimore – Martin

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