Tag Archives: Civil Liberties

Mary Beaudoin: On the 12th Anniversary of the U.S. war on Afghanistan

According to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, all the years of the American wars on Afghanistan and Iraq will end up costing $6 Trillion ($2 trillion of that has been borrowed from foreign investors); this amount is the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household per year. By Mary Beaudoin  October 5, 2013 This speech was […]

[Videos] Everybody Let’s Stop the TPP: Share These Videos and Spread the Word

ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD BY MAIRA SUTTON  OCTOBER 4, 2013 | EFF.org  President Obama was scheduled to meet with the leaders of the other eleven countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Bali, supposedly to plan the “end-game” for this massive trade deal. However, he has made […]

Noam Chomsky: U.S. Openly Brags About Boom Times for Its Drone Wars, While Casually Abandoning Our 800 Year-old System of Due Process

Slowly the foundations of liberty are ripped to shreds, torn apart Satellite Magazine / By Steven Garbas, Noam Chomsky  September 25, 2013  alternet.org This article first appeared at Satellite Magazine, whose author Steven Garbas met with Chomsky in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier this year to discuss the development of the drone era under president Obama. Noam Chomsky: Just driving in this morning I was […]

Henry A. Giroux> Hope in a Time of Permanent War

What does hope teach us at a time in which government lies and deception are exposed on a daily basis in the media and yet appear to have little effect on challenging the deeply authoritarian attacks on civil liberties initiated by President Obama?  By Henry A Giroux  Posted on Sep 6, 2013  truthdig.com This piece first appeared […]

Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Poitras is the reporter who along with Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald began breaking stories of bulk domestic and international NSA surveillance at the beginning of the summer. By Alexander Reed Kelly  Aug 18, 2013  truthdig.com Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking […]

Juan Cole> Top Ten American Steps Toward a Police State

The police state, a term first coined in the mid-19th century in German (Polizeistaat), is characterized by a standing political police, by intense domestic surveillance and by restrictions on the movements of citizens. Police states are on a spectrum, and unfortunately in the past decade the United States has moved toward police-stateness in small but […]

The Media Fix> Recommended: “The Criminal NSA”

Read these three things.    The Criminal NSA Jennifer Stisa Granick and Christopher Jon Sprigman, New York Times    This Plan to End Government Spying Has Grown So Big It Might Actually Work Julie Bort, Business Insider    Acts of Journalism and the Espionage Act Josh Stearns, BoingBoing Want a little more? NSA Spying Scandal […]

Dave Lindorff> FBI Knew of Plot to Execute Occupy Activists but Did Nothing

 When the movement came to Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials and the city’s banking and oil industry executives freaked out perhaps even more so than they did in some other cities. Dave Lindorff, Op-Ed, Published: Friday 28 June 2013  NationofChange.org When, in early October, the Occupy movement came to Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials and […]

[Video] Robert Scheer> Praise the Whistleblower-Privacy, Freedom and the Surveillance State

 allsaintspasadena1 Published on Jun 23, 2013 Robert Scheer in the All Saints Church Rector’s Forum — connecting the dots between the Founders, Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on […]

Two by Chomsky: Obama’s Policies Are Creating Terrorism Around the World & American Government and Corporations Are at War With the American People

 Video: NSA spying justified as preventing terrorism, when it is the administration’s policies that are ensuring terrorism. GRITtv / June 19, 2013  By Laura Flanders via alternet.org  If ever you accused Barack Obama of fearing to offend or suffering from lack of spine, you have to hand it to him now: President Obama is acting more and more like […]

[Video] Our Vanishing Civil Liberties panel with Daniel Ellsberg, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Nadia Kayyali, Norman Solomon

David Curtis Published June12, 2013 Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on the item of interest to view. WAMMToday is also on FACEBOOK! Check the WAMMToday page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page […]

Chris Hedges> The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning & Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Debate With Journalist Chris Hedges & Law Scholar Geoffrey Stone [Video]

The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning by Chris Hedges  June 9, 2013  truthdig.com Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse at Fort Meade, Md., on Wednesday after the third day of his court-martial. AP/Patrick Semansky FORT MEADE, Md.—The military trial of Bradley Manning is a judicial lynching. The government has effectively muzzled the defense team. […]

‘Beyond Orwellian’: Outrage Follows Revelations of Vast Domestic Spying Program & Petition

FISA court order ‘broadest surveillance order ever issued’ against private citizens – Jon Queally, staff writer Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Common Dreams  Update: (3:59 PM) As government officials and Verizon itself responded to the Guardian’s NSA domestic spying story throughout the day, concern over the program’s scope and implications only deepened among its army of critics. Responding to the […]

Video> Manning exposed myriad of criminal activity by US government: Scott Rickard

Press TV has conducted an interview with Interview with Scott Rickard, former American intelligence linguist, Florida, about the upcoming trial of US army whistleblower Private Bradley Manning and the thousands of protesters who see Manning as a hero that exposed hidden US war crimes. The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.  Press TV: First […]

Counterspin Radio> Pardiss Kebriaei on Terror Speech, Bob McChesney on Digital Disconnect

Link: http://www.fair.org/audio/counterspin/CounterSpin053113.mp3 or  Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Did Barack Obama’s National Defense University speech signal a sea change in White House terrorism policy? That depended on who was doing the listening. For most corporate media, Obama made a sharp turn, speaking of more limited drone killing policies, and discussing the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp. […]

Amy Goodman> President Obama Uses a Sledgehammer Against Dissent

From Jeremy Hammond to Bradley Manning and the AP, Obama’s ‘assault on journalism’ is a threat to our democracy by Amy Goodman  Published on Friday, May 31, 2013  The Guardian/UK One cyberactivist’s federal case wrapped up this week, and another’s is set to begin. Although these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who […]

Norman Solomon> Bradley Manning Is Guilty of “Aiding the Enemy”—If the Enemy Is Democracy

Of all the charges against Bradley Manning, the most pernicious—and revealing—is “aiding the enemy.” by Norman Solomon  Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Common Dreams Pfc. Bradley Manning (Portrait by Robert Shetterly) A blogger at The New Yorker, Amy Davidson, raised a pair of big questions that now loom over the courtroom at Fort Meade and over the […]

The Antiwar Movement is a Victim of the War on Terror | Come Home America

“This illustrates the troubling, continuing efforts of the federal government to monitor protected speech activity without evidence or even allegation of criminal activity.”  Posted on May 30, 2013 by Darryl W. Perry  Come Home America On May 21, Antiwar.com announced that Founder and Managing Editor Eric Garris, along with Editorial Director Justin Raimondo, filed a […]

Chris Hedges> ‘We Steal Secrets’: State Agitprop

The persecution of Manning and Assange is not an isolated act. It is part of a terrifying assault against our most important civil liberties and a free press. Illustration by Mr. Fish By Chris Hedges  Posted on Jun 2, 2013  Truthdig.com Alex Gibney’s new film, “We Steal Secrets,” is about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. It dutifully peddles the […]

Aaron Swartz’s Last Gift: Site Launches Whistleblower Safe House & How It Works

In era of “most aggressive government assaults on press freedom,” new open source dropbox provides “secure route” for leaks Lauren McCauley, staff writer  May 19, 2013  CommonDreams.org Kevin Poulsen and Aaron Swartz working out the kinks of their open sourced safe house. (Photo via The New Yorker) One month before his January 11th suicide, web pioneer […]