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Kevin Gosztola

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Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago. Currently, he is working on a documentary project on Renaissance 2010 and Chicago Public Schools. On Columbia College's campus, he helps organize events and programming with a humanities/social sciences group known as Critical Encounters. He is currently working with the group to plan a media summit for Chicago in April 2010 and is currently seeking speakers who are willing to participate in talking to artists and media makers about how they can use participatory or social media to create art & media that promotes conversation and action on political, social, and cultural issues.
 
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About Me:
Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago. Currently, he is working on a documentary project on Renaissance 2010 and Chicago Public Schools. On Columbia College's campus, he helps organize events and programming with a humanities/social sciences group known as Critical Encounters. He is currently working with the group to plan a media summit for Chicago in April 2010 and is currently seeking speakers who are willing to participate in talking to artists and media makers about how they can use participatory or social media to create art & media that promotes conversation and action on political, social, and cultural issues.

Communication Management Units: BOP’s Lack of Process Allows for Targeting of Muslims, Political Speech

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 4:07 pm

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which has brought a lawsuit on behalf of prisoners placed in restrictive prison units known as Communications Management Units (CMUs), has revealed documentation that shows for the first time how people are designated for placement in CMUs, what they are told by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) when placed [...]

Film Review: Through Intimate Details, ‘Silenced’ Shows the Emotional Toll of Becoming a Whistleblower

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:34 pm

During President Barack Obama’s presidency, a record number of government employees have been prosecuted for leaking or blowing the whistle. Several of them have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law that was intended to be used against spies and not for punishing people who disclose information without authorization. Simultaneously, the [...]

Judge Grants Petition to Allow Chelsea Manning to Legally Change Her Name

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 12:40 pm

A petition to allow Chelsea Manning to change her legal name from “Bradley Edward Manning” to “Chelsea Elizabeth Manning” was granted by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning, who disclosed information to WikiLeaks that revealed war crimes and misconduct by American diplomats, is serving a 35-year prison sentence in a military prison in Leavenworth, [...]

American Muslims Sue FBI for Allegedly Placing Them on No Fly List After They Refused to Become Informants

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 10:53 am

A lawsuit brought on behalf of four American Muslim men has been filed against the FBI for allegedly punishing them by placing them on the No Fly List when they refused to become informants and spy on American Muslim communities. The case, Tanvir v. Holder, was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and [...]

Questions That Should Be Asked About Recent Operations, Including Drone Strikes, in Yemen

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:09 pm

How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi? In three days, three possible drone strikes launched apparently in cooperation with Yemeni [...]

Clapper Clamps Down on Intelligence Employees Who Talk to the Press, Develops System for ‘Authorized Leaks’

By: Monday April 21, 2014 8:52 pm

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a directive that prohibits all employees of the intelligence community from speaking to the press. Signed on March 20, it establishes a policy on “contact with the media,” which leadership in intelligence agencies believe will “ensure a consistent approach for addressing media engagement across the intelligence community [...]

Bureau of Prisons Throws CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Children Out of Visitors Room

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:04 pm

In the midst of a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution of Loretto Pennsylvania, former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou has written a letter where he reports that his children were told they had to leave the visitors room because it was “overcrowded.” Kiriakou immediately saw this as an act of retaliation [...]

When Americans Saw Injustice by the FBI and Did Something About It—A Review of the Film, ’1971′

By: Monday April 21, 2014 11:00 am

In 1971, eight Americans engaged in an act of nonviolent disruption and broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania to steal files. The film, 1971, which tells this story, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 18. Each of the activists maintained their anonymity for forty-three years. They spent the weeks [...]

Podcast: Young Palestinian & Contributor to ‘Gaza Writes Back’ Describes Life Under Occupation

By: Sunday April 20, 2014 8:36 am

For this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, Rania Khalek of the “Dispatches from the Underclass” blog interviews Yousef Aljamal, a contributor to a collection of stories from Palestinians in Gaza called “Gaza Writes Back.” Khalek met up with Aljamal while he was on a book tour that stopped in Washington, DC. He talked to her about [...]

Clapper Goes on Tour to Persuade University Students Snowden Is No Whistleblower, Not a Hero

By: Friday April 18, 2014 4:29 pm

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is touring universities and colleges in the United States in an attempt to persuade students that they should not consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a whistleblower or a hero. Speaking at the GEOINT conference in Tampa, Florida, on April 15, Clapper addressed attendees and told university students at [...]

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