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 [...]

In Defense of Snowden’s Question & How He Responded to Putin’s Answer Denying Mass Surveillance

By: Friday April 18, 2014 10:59 am

Responding to the flood of speculation from individuals who thought his video question for Russian President Vladimir Putin proved he was a tool of the Kremlin, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written an op-ed where he rejects Putin’s answer to his question. He also addresses the criticism he received for choosing to [...]

Nothing Will Ever Convince Most Shrill Critics of Snowden That He Is Not a Kremlin Tool

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 12:35 pm

It was not long ago that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum to remain in Russia, was routinely criticized for not speaking out on Russian surveillance by President Vladimir Putin’s government. He was accused of being some kind of traitor, who was now aligned with the Kremlin. And, after choosing to [...]

Holder and Mueller Spent $7.8 Million Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 6:15 am

With income tax season in the U.S., all thoughts turn to cheating. It has been said that perhaps some Americans are not fully honest on their tax reporting. Some may “forget” to report cash payments here and there, and more than a few will likely exaggerate business and other expenses to score a deduction. It’s [...]

The Bureau of Prisons Repeatedly Tried to Thwart CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Ability to Send Letters

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 11:13 am

Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is currently in the middle of serving a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution at Loretto, Pennsylvania, has been writing “Letters from Loretto,” which Firedoglake has been publishing. The prison, however, has tried to frustrate his effort to exercise his First Amendment rights in just [...]

U.S. States Revive Debtors’ Prisons

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 8:30 am

More and more states have revived the debtors prison, albeit in a specific form, locking people up for failure to pay court costs and fees. Like so many other things in America, shortfalls in budgets are made up not by raising taxes (or heaven forbid, fiscal prudence) but by new arrays of costs and fees paid by people in the criminal justice system. We are not referring to fine or penalty (ex. speeding ticket=$250) here, but to that thing the judges say on TV– “Guilty, with a fine of $300 and court costs. Next case please.”

TMZ: Only US Television Program to Cover Latest Report of CIA Using Music to Torture Detainees

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 4:34 pm

Another example of the government using rock music to torture detainees was reported last week. But it appears the only television or broadcast news program to cover and report on this further was TMZ. Journalist Jason Leopold wrote a story for Al Jazeera that was published on April 9 on the contents of the Senate [...]

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:38 am

Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days. The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any [...]

Chelsea Manning to Take a More Active Role in Her Case During Appeal

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 9:55 am

During her trial, the only time the public heard from Chelsea Manning was when she made statements in court. But according to Emma Cape, a lead organizer for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, Manning will be taking a “somewhat more active role” in the case during appeal. Cape, along with Manning’s new lawyers and whistleblowers [...]

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