Brian Sonenstein

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

To Improve Assassination Operations, CIA Studies Failures of Colonial Powers to Combat Resistance

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 2:02 pm

WikiLeaks has released a copy of a secret CIA analysis, which reviewed the success of “High Value Target” (HVT) assassination programs used by governments to combat insurgencies. The review shows the CIA is learning lessons from colonial powers that have failed to suppress revolutions and also demonstrates that relying on lethal strikes to combat insurgencies has often failed to succeed.

#BlackLivesMatter #DayofAction #MillionsMarch Protests Take Place Across America

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 2:44 pm

Act now! Our children & our community can't wait! 12/13/14 #dayofaction #dayofresistance — Ferguson Action (@fergusonaction) December 12, 2014 On my last post ‘Signs of the Season to and from the United States of What the F*ck’, toward the end of the comment thread we’d been discussing a Daily Beast article ‘Friends In High [...]

A Quick Whirl Around the Fracking World: December 11, 2014

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 6:30 pm

Oil and heavy metals contamination in the Peruvian Amazon *Worldwide.  At the UN Conference in Lima, Catholic bishops from “Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe” say “it’s the poorest people who are impacted the most, despite the fact they’ve contributed the least to causing [climate change].  They’re the ones who respect the planet, the Earth, [...]

Like Canada’s Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 5:01 pm

Not only do Canada and the U.S. have a shared bond in that record amounts of Alberta’s tar sands now flow into the U.S, but also that the muzzling of scientists, and by extension the press at-large, is a threat to democracy in both countries.

Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction?

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 3:42 pm

“It contains inaccuracies, misconstrued quotations, and non-factual dramatizations” of marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s interactions with Matanov.” These words are used by Paul Glickman, Khairullozhon Matanov’s defense attorney, in Document 88, (Motion For Hearing Concerning Leaks to Press and Dissemination of Documents by Law Enforcement), which was filed in response to an article [...]

Albert Woodfox Has Been Denied Contact Visits for Almost 2 Years; Please take action!

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:20 pm

(PHOTO: Albert Woodfox, left, embraces Herman Wallace, right) Action alert written by the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 In Homer Louisiana, Albert Woodfox remains in his cell – 42 years in solitary and held under increasingly severe restrictions. From the unnecessary and extensive use of the black-box during transport, to the ‘catch-22′ system [...]

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

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:16 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 and conceal their actions.

The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary

By: Sunday December 7, 2014 5:30 pm

Senator Bernie Sanders just released his “Economic Agenda for America.” While that agenda is certainly more progressive than the talk we hear from Democrats, and certainly is progressive in its expression of generalities. It is not nearly sufficiently progressive in its specifics.

LIVESTREAM: Walmart Workers in Los Angeles Hold First-Ever Sit-Down Strike

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 11:49 am

Today, Walmart workers in Los Angeles escalated the fight for fair wages and treatment, holding the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store.

Workers entered the store this morning and refused to move, holding a sit-in near cash registers and racks. “Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” the group chanted before sitting down.

Firedoglake Joins Coalition Letter Demanding Congress Restore Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Contractors

By: Friday October 31, 2014 1:50 pm

This week, Firedoglake joined a diverse, transpartisan coalition of organizations to send a letter to chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Armed Services, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, demanding Congress restore whistleblower protections for intelligence agency contractors.

While we oppose the reauthorization of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015, we believe that if it does pass, it must include Senator Claire McCaskill’s Amendment, SA 3711.

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