Brian Sonenstein

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Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein
About Me:
Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein

Bureau of Prisons Should Consider Ohio Inmate Protest Before Renewing Private Prison Contract

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 4:40 pm

140 prisoners at CCA’s private immigrant prison in Ohio protested this week against violence, abuse and substandard food at the facility.

But with CCA’s contract up for renewal this spring, Warden Mike Pugh may have violated protocol to keep it under wraps.

Support Just Say Now’s Marijuana Policy Coverage and Activism

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 4:43 pm

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We are so happy to see the momentum behind reform is very strong, and people are growing hungry for more information and action. We want to be there fighting for this important change. But we need your support to fund our reporting and cover the expenses we need to stay online.

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Detroit Residents Face Water Crisis as 36 Detroit Businesses Owe Over $4.2 Million in Back Bills

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 2:14 pm

After facing international condemnation for shutting off access to clean water for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that the water department will finally begin pursuing corporate debts.

But it’s too little, too late. Over 7,000 residents already had their service cut off in June alone, before a single business faced the threat of collection.

Stop Corrections Corporation of America From Profiting Off Ohio Private Immigrant Prison

By: Monday July 7, 2014 3:16 pm

Corrections Corporations of America — the nation’s largest private prison company — is bidding to renew its contract for a troubled immigrant detention center in Youngstown, OH.

But a new study uncovered insect-infested and overcrowded cells, understaffed medical personnel, and a ‘warehouse and forget’ attitude at for-profit prisons.

Is “Smart Track” the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing That Could Restart #TPP Negotiations?

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 3:01 pm

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is looking to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements after stiff opposition to “Fast Track” trade promotion authority stalled negotiations.

He is planning to introduce a new TPA bill called “Smart Track,” and while there are few details available about it, some are already worried the plan could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Bulk Surveillance Lives On in USA Freedom Act; Senate Should Oppose Bill in Favor of True NSA Reform

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 1:01 pm

The USA Freedom Act passed the House, but it has been so seriously gutted that we can no longer support it.

It’s so bad now half of the bill’s co-sponsors voted against it.

#ResetTheNet Today With These Simple Privacy Measures

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 7:45 am

Thanks to Edward Snowden’s disclosures, we know that the NSA’s internet dragnet relies on two things to easily collect information. First, most people use services provided by major tech firms like Google, Apple and Facebook that can, willingly or by force of a national security letter, be tapped. And two, most people don’t take steps to encrypt and secure their private information and communications.

Yet these two things can be easily changed.

Victory! House Votes to End War on Medical Marijuana

By: Friday May 30, 2014 3:59 pm

We’re one step closer to ending the federal war on medical marijuana.

In a vote late last night, the House of Representative approved Rep. Rohrabacher’s amendment to stop federal law enforcement resources from being used against state-sanctioned medical marijuana programs.

Cheney Is Confronted About Imprisoned Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 1:10 pm

Last night at an event hosted by the Richard Nixon Foundation to promote Lynne Cheney’s new book on James Madison, a young woman named Cassandra stood up and asked the Cheney’s about their thoughts on imprisoned whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Updates and Pictures From Today’s Capitol Hill Action in Support of Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou

By: Friday May 9, 2014 11:37 am

Imprisoned CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou is in the midst of serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute in Loretto, Pennsylvania. On May 1st, he became eligible to be transferred to a halfway house closer to his wife and 5 young children in Arlington, VA.

According to John’s Letters from Loretto published here at Firedoglake, the Bureau of Prisons had promised to move him on May 1st for a total of 9 months in the halfway house if he promised to stop speaking with the press. John complied, but when it came time to review his case, the BOP rescinded their offer. When John resumed writing his letters and speaking to the press, prison officials began a campaign of harassment and intimidation in an effort to silence him.

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