Tag Archives: Homeland Security
“The fact that the server was seized without a warrant or judicial order and now sits idle while the Germans debate whether or not to let FBI have it simply emphasizes the conclusion that censorship and retaliation, not just investigation, are the driving forces.”
We must be vigilant about not allowing ourselves to accept new norms of violence and harm.
Never popular in the first place, domestic counterextremism programs are now likely to become much more aggressive and bellicose.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Support by the White House and DHS for the use of military-grade drones persists even as criticism of the program mounts.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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…
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) […]