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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.

CIA Had Propaganda Campaign Which Involved Leaking Classified Information to Sell Torture

By: Wednesday December 10, 2014 2:13 pm

The CIA had a propaganda campaign to defend its detention and interrogation program. It involved the leaking of classified information to shape the public’s opinion, undermine criticism and deceive Congress and is detailed in the executive summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s torture report, which shows the extent to which CIA officials were willing to [...]

Senate Report on CIA Torture Details Brutality Used Against Detainees—Including ‘Rectal Feeding’

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:04 pm

The long-awaited summary from the Senate intelligence committee report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, has been released. It details a criminal conspiracy involving the brutality the CIA used against detainees in the global “War on Terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators went to cover up [...]

Senator Rockefeller May Effectively Kill Freedom of Information Act Improvement if He Doesn’t Lift Hold Today

By: Monday December 8, 2014 12:53 pm

UPDATE – 6:00 PM EST: West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller stopped blocking the bill and the Freedom of Information Act Improvement legislation passed in the Senate. The groundswell of opposition to Rockefeller certainly played a role in forcing Rockefeller into the tenuous position of having to defend his position. When the White House and [...]

Podcast: Chicago Police & Why the US Needs a Domestic Law Specifically Criminalizing Torture

By: Sunday December 7, 2014 5:06 pm

There currently is no law in the United States, which specifically criminalizes law enforcement who engage in torture. The United Nations Committee Against Torture has protested the fact that there is no law in the United States, however, three times now the US government has maintained that such a law is not required because there [...]

What Exempting Homeland Security Agencies from New Racial Profiling Rules Means for Millions of Americans

By: Saturday December 6, 2014 2:11 pm

Key security agencies in the United States are expected to be exempted from new Justice Department rules announced by President Barack Obama’s administration to reduce racial profiling by federal law enforcement. The exemptions will permit Homeland Security agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), [...]

Cleveland Police Who Commit Brutality Benefit from Investigators Who Cast Conduct in ‘Most Positive Light Possible’

By: Friday December 5, 2014 5:58 pm

The civil rights division of the Justice Department released its findings from an investigation into the Cleveland Police Department’s pattern of use of deadly and “less lethal force” by officers. It uncovered incidents of officers striking suspects in the head with “impact weapons,” using tasers, chemical spray and fists in acts of retaliation, “excessive force” [...]

Federal Appeals Court Rules ATF ‘Reverse Stings’ Do Not Constitute ‘Outrageous Government Conduct’

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 6:16 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled, despite its previously expressed objections, that a district court was wrong to rule that a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” operation involving an imaginary cocaine stash house did not involve or constitute “outrageous government conduct.” “We have previously held that similar reverse-sting operations, if [...]

Officer Who Killed Eric Garner with Chokehold Told Grand Jury Being Filmed Didn’t Bother Him

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 2:02 pm

New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, according to his attorney, told a Staten Island grand jury that he was aware while he was taking Eric Garner down with a chokehold that he was being recorded. However, he was certain he was not committing any misconduct so it did not bother him that someone was filming [...]

Video of NYPD Cop Killing Eric Garner Was Not Enough to Convince Grand Jury Black Lives Matter

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 6:19 pm

The Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict white New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner, an unarmed black father of six children, is a savage reminder that there are certain lives in the United States that do not matter. Garner’s death was captured on video and showed Pantaleo employing [...]

Lawyers: Government’s Position on FBI Impersonating Repairmen to Conduct Searches a ‘Grave Threat to Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 1:29 pm

Attorneys defending eight men charged with being involved in illegal gambling are seeking to prevent the government from using evidence FBI agents allegedly obtained through three warrantless searches and argue the government’s position in the case “presents a grave threat to privacy.” Agents are accused of cutting off DSL internet service to private hotel rooms [...]

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