Tag Archives: Homeland Security

Hoda Katebi | A Guide to Resisting Muslim Ban 2.0

We must be vigilant about not allowing ourselves to accept new norms of violence and harm.

Murtaza Hussain | Trump’s Rhetoric on “Radical Islam” Undermines Counterextremism Programs in U.S.

Never popular in the first place, domestic counterextremism programs are now likely to become much more aggressive and bellicose.

Chris Hedges | Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

The fiction of democracy remains useful, not only for corporations, but for our bankrupt liberal class. If the fiction is seriously challenged, liberals will be forced to consider actual resistance, which will be neither pleasant nor easy.  

Chris Hedges | The Illusion of Freedom

Politics in totalitarian societies are entertainment. Reality, because it is complicated, messy and confusing, is banished from the world of mass entertainment. Clichés, stereotypes and uplifting messages that are comforting and self-congratulatory, along with elaborate spectacles, replace fact-based discourse.

Anti-War Committee Statement on FBI Entrapment of Muslim Youth

Kamal Hasan…shared: “When the families confiscated [the passports] and prevented them from traveling, the FBI offered them fake passports, offered to buy their cars so they could buy tickets and travel. To us, that means they [the FBI] are facilitating and helping these kids break the law.”

VIDEO Chris Hedges | Days of Revolt: Militarizing Education

O’Brien: less than 100 people have degrees in Middle Eastern studies. Further to that, less than 1 percent identify themselves as Arab linguists. So this whole prevalent, common notion that after 9/11 the national security community had a boots-on-the-ground about-face and was interested in human intelligence, in human collection of intelligence, as well as language and cultural studies, is absolutely false.

The Intercept: Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson

Joseph: “What they [the DHS] call situational awareness is Orwellian speak for watching and intimidation,” said Azmy. “Over time there’s a serious harm to the associational rights of the protesters and it’s an effective way to chill protest movements.

Tom Barry: Dysfunctional Drones Underscore Mission Mess at Homeland Security

Support by the White House and DHS for the use of military-grade drones persists even as criticism of the program mounts.

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Steven Rosenfeld: Should Protestors Embrace Violence?

The question of violent versus nonviolent protest has bedeviled movements for decades. By Steven Rosenfeld  AlterNet  December 10, 2014      Editor’s Introduction: From the article: “The pattern that emerges from these pages shows that heavily funded municipal, county, state and federal ‘counter-terrorism’ agencies (often acting in concert through state/regional ‘fusion centers’) view citizens engaged in […]

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Glenn Greenwald: Talking to James Risen about “Pay Any Price,” the War on Terror, and Press Freedoms

 Fear is hard to question. It is central to the financial well-being of countless federal bureaucrats, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, analysts, and pundits. Fear generates funds. Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  November 25, 2014 James Risen, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for exposing the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program, has long been one of the nation’s […]

Mary Beaudoin: How Palestinian-American Rasmea Odeh Was Revictimized In US Federal Court

Rasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American, has been convicted of the “unlawful procurement of naturalization” in a trial that wasn’t supposed to — but sometimes did — touch on her disputed conviction by an Israeli military court. By Mary Beaudoin | MintPressNews.com  November 13, 2014 DETROIT — In the trial of the United States v. Rasmea Odeh, a […]

Evergreene Digest: James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’

This is a story of war profiteering, personal ambition, bureaucratic turf wars, absence of accountability and, always, secrecy. Louise Richardson, New York (NY) Times Oct. 15, 2014 | In “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” James Risen holds up a mirror to the United States in the 13 years since 9/11, and what […]

ACLU Releases Files Showing Innocent Americans Caught Up in Surveillance

1,800 ‘suspicious activity reports’ posted online that ACLU says do not reveal any valuable counter-terrorism intelligence By Associated Press  20 September 13  ReaderSupportedNews.org Civil liberties groups released newly obtained documents Thursday that they say show innocent Americans being swept into a broad nationwide counterterrorism program. The American Civil Liberties Union and several other organizations released […]

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 […]

Peter Van Buren> Homeland Insecurity> Seven Years, Untold Dollars to Silence One Man

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, If the Government Does It, It’s “Legal” Posted by Peter Van Buren at 8:22am, May 9, 2013 Indefinite detention of the innocent and guilty alike, without any hope of charges, trial, or release: this is now the American way.  Most Americans, however, may not care to take that in, not even when the indefinitely […]

Margaret Sarfehjooy> The Business of Islamophobia

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
The Business of Islamophobia A positive view of Muslims would hinder the multibillion dollar Islamophobia industry that promotes fear as part of the U.S. “War on Terror.” By Margaret Sarfehjooy  http://www.worldwidewamm.org  WAMM Newsletter  March/April 2013 Part I: The Attack on CAIR-MN With offices in the U.S. and Canada, the…

Margaret Sarfehjooy> The Business of Islamophobia

The Business of Islamophobia A positive view of Muslims would hinder the multibillion dollar Islamophobia industry that promotes fear as part of the U.S. “War on Terror.” By Margaret Sarfehjooy  http://www.worldwidewamm.org  WAMM Newsletter  March/April 2013 Part I: The Attack on CAIR-MN With offices in the U.S. and Canada, the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) […]

Alexa O’Brien> A letter to my family and friends about the NDAA and me

A letter to my family and friends about the NDAA and me By Alexa O’Brien on October 3, 2012 12:00 AM  October2011.org Dear friends and family, I am reassured to know that you have my back, and that you have done everything to prevent the US Government from threatening to detain me indefinitely without charge for my work as […]

Jack Swint> Is Mainstream Media Biting The Bullet For Homeland Security

Is Mainstream Media Biting The Bullet For Homeland Security By Jack Swint (about the author)  September 18, 2012  opednews.com According To Some Media…Recent Stories Exposing DHS Mass Purchase Of Bullets Is Nothing More Than Embellished & Salacious Conspiracy Theory There is no dispute that our government has been buying up large amounts of ammunition. Purchase […]

Homeland “Security”> Why is DHS secretly watching your tweets?

Website for more information:  EPIC.org Uploaded by TheBigPictureRT on Jan 17, 2012 Ginger McCall, EPIC’s Open Government Program, joins Thom Hartmann. While Progressives may enjoy reading the Huffington Post – and Conservatives may enjoy reading the Drudge Report – the Department of Homeland Security apparently enjoys reading BOTH websites..as well as social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. […]