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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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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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09 Dec 2010

FBI Continues to Target Activists in Chicago and Minneapolis (VIDEO)

On December 6th, Chicagoans came out for an Emergency Response Rally organized by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression to support activists who have been targeted by the FBI in the past months. Those present stood in the cold and condemned U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who has been directing the FBI to expand its repression of activists in Chicago.

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Prison Protest

The Bullpen

16 May 2012

Polling: President Has Failed on Housing, Wall Street Accountability

The issues of housing policy and Wall Street criminality have not appeared at the top of the agenda in the Presidential campaign, certainly not among horse race journalists. But new polling shows that this is a major challenge for the President, who is viewed as having failed on housing and

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15 May 2012

The Roundup for May 15, 2012

Good evening, Firepups!  Here’s a sample of the broad range of news items that were circulating out there today.  Feel free to add others that caught your eye and interest. ?”Obama for America” has a web site feature devoted to “Romney Economics”.  Eleven slides chronicle the history of Romney and

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15 May 2012

Austerity Everywhere: Fiscal Drags Coming Out of Great Recession

Austerity has clear negative consequences for Greece, but one of the major problems in that country is an inability to collect taxes. That’s why all the austerity measures to “increase taxes” in Greece, without setting up or funding a new tax collection system, made no sense. And the one solution

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15 May 2012

Sen. Merkley Speaks Out on the Volcker Rule and the Fail Whale Trade

In addition to asking Jeff Merkley about filibuster reform, I sought his reaction to the Fail Whale trades that have racked up massive losses at JPMorgan Chase. Merkley, along with Carl Levin, authored the Volcker rule, the ban on most types of proprietary trading, that made its way into the

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15 May 2012

Brown Defends Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Raid With Talk of “Balance”

California Governor Jerry Brown defended raiding funds from the foreclosure fraud settlement meant to go to help homeowners today: The Democratic governor said he would consider any “vital programs” that may be affected, but he suggested much of the money from the settlement with large banks would otherwise have been

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15 May 2012

JPMorgan Chase Faces FBI Probe; Shareholder Meeting Goes Well, However

The Justice Department and the FBI have now joined the fray in investigating JPMorgan Chase and its Fail Whale trade that has so far cost the firm $2 billion. The report added that “it isn’t clear what possible legal violation federal investigators may be focusing on,” and I can’t add

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