Voiceprints: Time to Be Afraid Again

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:15 am

The end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as intention. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPRO from 1956 to at least 1971, for example – do not fully understand [...]

Undercover Supreme Court Police Deployed Outside Courthouse to Spy on Protests

By: Monday November 17, 2014 10:18 am

When J. Edgar Hoover was FBI director, he wanted agents to enhance people’s paranoia and make them feel like there was an agent behind every mailbox. His agents were particularly targeting dissent. Now, these days, the use of undercover agents in criminal investigations or general operations has grown to such a degree that a citizen [...]

ISIS vs. Imperial Japan Propaganda Showdown

By: Monday November 17, 2014 8:02 am

There are basically only two messages in propaganda: our side is good, strong and will win, and their side is evil, weak and will lose. Everything else is just music and narration. So to demonstrate how little propaganda statements towards whomever happens to be America’s enemy of the time change, let’s have a look at [...]

Podcast: Attorney for Palestinian American Organizer Rasmea Odeh Discusses Significance of Her Conviction

By: Sunday November 16, 2014 10:48 am

Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh, who immigrated to the United States about twenty years ago, was convicted on November 10 of immigration fraud by a jury in Detroit. She immediately was taken into custody and jailed after the judge revoked her bond during an afternoon hearing. Supporters of Odeh put out a statement after the verdict [...]

Shakeup or Shakedown in Iraqi Army?

By: Friday November 14, 2014 8:44 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as Commander-in-Chief of the belittled Iraqi Army, fired 26 military commanders on November 12 for corruption and incompetence. “The military leadership should have competence, and this is an important thing, as it is not possible for someone who is not efficient to do his work properly,” Abadi said in comments [...]

US Delegation Refuses to Explain to UN Committee Why Durham Review Ended in No Torture Prosecutions

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 5:17 pm

Members of the United Nations Committee Against Torture reviewing the United States’ compliance with the Convention Against Torture (CAT) asked multiples times for further explanation of why a preliminary review into allegations of torture ended in no prosecutions. The US delegation, however, chose to keep the review shrouded in layers of secrecy, perpetuating a perception [...]

Jihadis Using Cruise Ships to Reach Middle East (Not Satire)

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 7:23 am

Ho ho, this is just hilarious. But serious. You know what cruises are, right? A couple of days at sea, a day or two in some cheesy port, mostly time spent eating madly at buffets, sucking down booze, laying in the sun in between turns at the buffet and the bar, that kind of thing. [...]

Cop Slaps Man Exercising Rights

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 3:08 pm

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees your right against an illegal search by the police. Basically, you can only be searched under two conditions: a “lawful” search as defined by decades of Supreme Court decisions and with a warrant. (Of course none of this is legal advice and I am not a lawyer. Never [...]

UN Committee Against Torture Grills US Delegation Over Record Complying with Treaty Ban

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 1:12 pm

A United States delegation came before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, as part of the committee’s periodic review of compliance with a treaty prohibiting torture. The delegation indicated publicly that, unlike under President George W. Bush, the government had decided the ban applies to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the [...]

US Government to Go Before UN Committee Against Torture & Defend Solitary Confinement

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 12:46 pm

During a periodic review of the country’s obligations under the Convention Against Torture, the United States is expected to go before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva and defend the use of solitary confinement. On November 12 and 13, the committee will scrutinize President Barack Obama’s administration and its compliance with the treaty. [...]

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