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John Nichols: David Carr Was Our Guide Through a ‘Dead-Bang Ugly’ Media Moment

Nichols: Carr was as sharp-witted as they came. And he had an eye that recognized every fumble by media moguls, elite anchormen, neo-Luddites and digital utopians. Yet, instead of calling them out for the sake of calling them out, he sought to understand and, ultimately, to explain the economic and technological and human demands that have thrown journalism and media into a new paradigm that is not evolving but, rather, coming at us at speeds now measured in gigabits.

Mint Press, Sacrifices In Journalism and Whistleblowing: A Tribute to Truth-Tellers

Whistleblowing was the buzzword of 2013 and 2014. Snowden and Assange are the big names splashed around headlines, but they’re not the only ones going to great lengths to preserve the Fourth Estate and, in doing so, saving democracy. By Frederick Reese  MintPressNews.com   December 22, 2014 Barrett Brown Photo: Nikki Loehr Occasionally, there are situations More

Trailer for ‘Citizenfour,’ Laura Poitras’ Documentary on Edward Snowden

Filmmaker Laura Poitras was already hard at work on a documentary about government surveillance when Edward Snowden reached out to her. That event would change her own life, and the world. Truthdig.com  October 10, 2014 —Posted by Peter Z. Scheer [youtube=http://youtu.be/XiGwAvd5mvM] Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times More

Norman Solomon: Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Binney explained: “At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the U.S. This is no accident and allows the U.S. to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the U.S. The NSA lies about what it stores.” by Norman Solomon  Common More

Antony Loewenstein: The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

 At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'. Antony Loewenstein  theguardian.com  Thursday 10 July 2014 William Binney testifies before a German inquiry into surveillance. Photograph: Getty Images William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from More

Glenn Greenwald: The Snowden Saga Begins, “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light”

Tomgram: Glenn Greenwald, How I Met Edward Snowden By Glenn Greenwald  Tom Dispatch.com  May 13, 2014 Read Tom Englehardt's introduction here. [This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of More

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