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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

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.

06 Oct 2010

Chicago Activists Raided by FBI Refuse to Participate in “Fishing Expedition”

Weeks after the FBI raided their home, two Chicago
activists, Stephanie Weiner and Joe Iosbaker, stood before a crowd of about 150
Chicagoans gathered outside the Dirksen Federal Building and declared during a
press conference they, and twelve others who were subpoenaed, have no intention to go before any grand juries and participate in a “fishing expedition.”


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The Bullpen

10 May 2012

MERS Expert Chris Peterson Tapped for CFPB

It’s rare that I’ll put forward an optimistic post about a mid-level federal agency hire. But that’s what I’m about to do. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just hired the man who knows more about MERS – and their deficiencies – than perhaps anyone in the country. University of Utah

10 May 2012

Despite Marriage Equality Shift, Obama Still Won’t Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

I think that the President’s announcement yesterday on marriage equality is worthy of praise. Yet I also see John Cole’s point that, at the end of the day, the President merely expressed an opinion. Presidents expressing an opinion matters more than, say, me expressing one, but we can judge on

09 May 2012

The Roundup for May 9, 2012

I have to run out to President Obama’s mass-gay-wedding ceremony (can’t wait to see who they pair me up with), so I’ll leave you with this: • Spain partially nationalized its fourth-largest bank, known as Bankia, today. Speaking of nationalization, Japan will nationalize Tokyo Electric Power, the owner of the

09 May 2012

Brown Reintroduces Safe Banking Act

The big protest today in North Carolina had nothing to do with marriage equality. It was against Bank of America. While the issue of civil rights is incredibly important, so too is the issue of a runaway financial sector controlling the US economy and running it into the ground. And

09 May 2012

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill to Defend Planned Parenthood

Almost as odd as an American President endorsing the right of same-sex couples to marry today, was the sight of a Republican member of Congress holding a press conference to announce legislation to guarantee funding of Planned Parenthood. But that happened today as well. Rep. Robert Dold, who represents the

09 May 2012

Obama Confirms Support of Marriage Equality

ABC News has broadcast a preview of President Obama’s remarks from an interview with Robin Roberts today, and the President affirmed his support for marriage equality, saying that same-sex marriage should be legal. Here’s the full quote: OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course of several years



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