The Uncivil Termination of Professor Steven Salaita

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Yesterday, he delivered his first statement on what happened to a room full of supporters on the UIUC campus—a [...]

Book Review: Agent Storm, My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:03 am

Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA is a worthy read; if it was fiction it might be called “a good yarn.” The book is instead straight-up non-fiction, making it all the more interesting as a window into the world of modern espionage. An Enthusiastic Muslim The book is the “as told [...]

Pentagon, DHS Award Grants to Police Without Considering if Agencies Have Record of Violating Rights

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:33 pm

A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization [...]

CBP Requests Federal Court Keep Identity of Border Patrol Agent Who Killed Teen Secret

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 10:19 am

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has asked a federal court in Arizona to keep the name of a Border Patrol agent, who killed a 16-year-old, secret. Mexican Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico “border fence” on October 10, 2012, when a border patrol agent shot him with [...]

Yer New iPhone

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 7:47 am

Apple unveils their new iPhone today. Here’s your 2014 America in a nutshell: Be poor, Black, Muslim or expressing a political opinion and the cops will run you off the sidewalk (if not taser or kill you.) Wait overnight on the sidewalk as a good consumer to buy the new iPhone and the cops’ll watch [...]

Armored Vehicle Manufacturer Flips Out After Its Representative Explains Why Vehicles Used at Protests

By: Monday September 8, 2014 3:14 pm

The Armored Group representative said police need these trucks for protests because protesters might shoot at cops. pic.twitter.com/7Vjn7UGAKO — Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) September 5, 2014 Armored vehicle manufacturers are especially sensitive to suggestions that their vehicles will be used against protesters, even though that is exactly how they were used in Ferguson, Missouri, after a [...]

Here’s What It Costs to Invite Hillary Clinton Over

By: Monday September 8, 2014 8:06 am

Want to have Hillary Clinton show up at your next event? Kid’s birthday party? Political rally? It’s easy, as long as you have a lot of freaking money to spend. A ‘found” document posted on Cryptome.org lays out the terms for Hillary to attend your event. Non-Negotiable Conditions Right up front is Hillary’s most important [...]

Podcast: Arrested Activists Discuss Taking Direct Action to Stop Oil Trains at Risk of Explosion

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 11:15 am

Five residents from the Seattle area took direct action on September 2 and constructed a massive tripod that blocked trains transporting crude oil through a rail yard in Everett, Washington. The action was organized by the environmental action group, Rising Tide North America, and was initiated to call attention to the need to halt the [...]

Obama Administration Still Keeping Much Secret About Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program

By: Saturday September 6, 2014 1:46 pm

The Justice Department released to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) two memos on the authorization of warrantless wiretapping, as part of the top secret program, Stellar Wind. The memos were created during President George W. Bush’s administration and contain the “legal justification” for electronic surveillance without a warrant. However, one of the me was [...]

Document from Snowden Contains Blueprint for How US Spying Can Advance Corporate Interests

By: Friday September 5, 2014 3:51 pm

When disclosures from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden were first published by journalists, government officials in the United States insisted that US intelligence agencies do not engage in economic espionage. But, as the revelations continued to trickle out and expose the duplicity of this assertion, officials shifted to suggesting that any economic espionage is [...]

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