Correction: Headline has been edited to correctly reflect the content of one of the stories highlighted in this post.
This blog has been alive and kicking for two weeks now. At the end of every week, FDL’s The Dissenter will take a brief look back at what was covered during the week for anyone that missed out.
A major report on government secrecy was published by the ACLU this week. The report illuminated the abuses of power that stem from secrecy, specifically the overclassification of information by the government. It also provided insight on how the government handles whistleblowers and described the “WikiLeaks phenomenon” as part of why the US government must abandon its “Cold War secrecy regime.” [Great thanks to the National Security Archive and WikiLeaks for tweeting The Dissenter’s coverage out to their followers.]
Jeff Kaye, in a two-part post, examined US Air Force documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The documents given to Truthout and obtained by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) shows the influence of Naziism on US missile training. The influence uncovered included references to Werner von Braun in an “Ethics” slide presentation. Here is part one and part two of Kaye’s story. Worth celebrating is the fact that Truthout reported today that is coverage had supposedly pulled the training program it had scrutinized.
The Dissenter live blogged two hearings during the week: one was on a racist piece of junk anti-immigration legislation from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) called the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act.” The other was Rep. Peter King’s third ‘Muslim radicalization’ hearing, which proved yet again that he is a bigot and a blowhard. The Dissenter will be continue to live blog hearings, especially ones where racists or bigots target people’s rights or seek to isolate certain groups of people.
The Dissenter marked a significant anniversary: on Monday, it was the one year anniversary of WikiLeaks’ release of the Afghanistan war logs. Also, the blog supported the Bradley Manning Support Network’s “National Call-in Day for Bradley Manning” on Wednesday.
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