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Rep. Justin Amashs amendment to defund NSA spying defeated in close vote |

Proponents and opponents of the amendment squared off during roughly 15 minutes of impassioned debate. There was no discernible party-line division, as is often seen, with some liberal Democrats speaking in support of Amash alongside libertarian Republicans.Amash delivered a scathing rebuke against the NSA programs during his remarks, calling it a threat to the constitutional […]

Every 28 Hours an African American is Extrajudicially Executed in the U.S. | Dispatches from the Underclass

Every 28 hours a black woman, man or child in the United States is executed by a person employed or protected by the US government according to a year-long investigation by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement MXGM, which has thus far been virtually ignored by the news media, progressive outlets included.Following the murder of Trayvon […]

Meet the religious leaders ready to take on the NSA – Waging Nonviolence

When Rabbi Arthur Waskow wants to explain why his Philadelphia-based Jewish group is suing the National Security Agency, he employs a technique Rabbis have used for millennia: He tells a story.Waskow recounts a tale of a king who was furious that the Israelites, fleeing slavery in Egypt, were stopping by his kingdom on their 40-year […]

COINTELPRO – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The FBI engaged in political repression almost from the time of the agency’s inception in 1908, and antecedents to COINTELPRO operated during the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman administrations. Centralized operations under COINTELPRO officially began in August 1956 with a program designed to “increase factionalism, cause disruption and win defections” inside the Communist […]

Virginia State Police Used License Plate Readers At Political Rallies, Built Huge Database | American Civil Liberties Union

By Rebecca Glenberg, Legal Director, ACLU of Virginia at 5:14pm From 2010 until last spring, the Virginia State Police (VSP) maintained a massive database of license plates that allowed them to pinpoint the locations of millions of cars on particular dates and times. Even more disturbing, the agency used automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) to […]

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media | Media |

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.It doesn’t take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative journalist […]

The Himalayan Times : NSA spied on Martin Luther King: Cold War documents – Detail News : Nepal News Portal

The six-year spying program, dubbed “Minaret,” had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance had been kept secret until now.The documents released Wednesday showed the NSA tracked King and his colleague Whitney Young, boxing star Ali, journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post, and two members of Congress, […]

Secret Cold War Documents Reveal NSA Spied on Senators – By Matthew M. Aid and William Burr | Foreign Policy

For years the names of the surveillance targets were kept secret. But after a decision by the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel, in response to an appeal by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, the NSA has declassified them for the first time. The names of the NSA’s targets are eye-popping. Civil rights […]

This Is How Private Prison Companies Make Millions Even When Crime Rates Fall | Mother Jones

You might be wondering: What happens when crime drops and prison populations dwindle in states that agreed to keep their private prisons 80 percent or 90 percent full? Consider Colorado. The state’s crime rate has sunk by a third in the past decade, and since 2009, five state-run prisons have shuttered because they weren’t needed. […]

Venezuela’s New Culture Law Promotes “Decolonisation Thought” |

The law requires that both public and private enterprises that operate in the cultural sector with a net income exceeding 20,000 tax units currently equal to around BsF2.14 million must contribute 1% of their earnings to a newly created National Culture Fund.“This fund will be used to finance the creation, development, training, research, production, promotion, […]

Romanians take to the streets to protest gold mine | The Stream – Al Jazeera English

UPDATE: This story has been edited to reflect the Romanian government’s 25 per cent stake in the mining project. It also adds a citation to a 2007 study that estimates the country’s economic gain from the mine. A project that would use cyanide to mine gold and silver has prompted thousands of Romanians to protest. […]

Richard Dawkins and Stephen Fry : Muslim Comments and European Cultural Imperialism

An online row broke out when he posted: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge.”The outspoken author went on to defend the remarks which sparked fury on the social network where he was accused of disguising his “bigotry” as atheism.A series of high-profile Twitter users condemned his comments, prompting Prof […]

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