The story of America, as told to us by the political establishment, is not unlike scripture that attempts to explain our circumstances in a manner that must be accepted as gospel. The truth is that America has been hijacked by powerful special corporate interests whose paths toward profit are lubricated by political accomplices complicit in a scheme that suppresses opportunity and freedom among the masses. Our state of denial has caused us to drift far from the nation we believe ourselves to be while holding tightly to an image of the nation we wish to be.
|By: Alexa O'Brien Sunday November 10, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:55 pm|
A court order enjoining the United State government from using a provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act has been overturned by a federal appeals court.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday April 5, 2013 4:55 pm|
A live panel discussion on whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning featuring Firedoglake investigative reporter Kevin Gosztola, Icelandic MP and Wikileaks activist Birgitta Jónsdóttir, independent journalist Alexa O’Brien and FAIR Activism Director and Media Analyst Peter Hart. Sam Seder will be the moderator.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 25, 2013 10:20 am|
Just over one year ago, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sent a letter to the military judge presiding over Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court martial that decried the “lack of openness” in proceedings. It condemned the fact that “documents and information filed in the case” were “not available to the public anywhere.” It complained about the failure to give the public proper “notice of issues to be litigated in the case.”
The US Army did not respond appropriately to the letter.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday March 16, 2013 1:00 pm|
Reporters from the Associated Press and Agence France Presse - both newswires – have had reporters there almost as much as O’Brien and I have been there. NBC News and CNN have occasionally had a person. There’s been foreign press like Al Jazeera English and even RT that have been present every so often. But, really, when one gets down to it, the media in general has not been there to cover the proceedings as they should.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 4, 2013 9:35 am|
Whenever members of the US media have heard Pfc. Bradley Manning is about to testify or make some kind of statement in military court at Fort Meade, where his court martial is taking place, the press pool has ballooned. Suddenly, many media organizations want to cover pretrial proceedings in this historic case.
This happened again when news spread Manning would be reading a 35-page statement he had typed up in confinement at Fort Leavenworth. The few reporters, who have gained notoriety for always being at Manning’s hearings, sent messages on Twitter and posted that Manning would be reading a statement. Well-established United States media organizations then planned to be at proceedings on February 28 to hear him present the statement.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 2, 2012 2:57 pm|
Plaintiffs who won a preliminary injunction in May against a provision of the Homeland Battlefield Act or the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are pushing for a permanent injunction to this provision of the NDAA. Citing recent statements made by the United States government that it made in a filed brief to a federal court, plaintiffs now have a heightened fear that that the provision—specifically known as Section 1021, which Judge Katherine B. Forrest temporarily enjoined—could potentially be used against them for engaging in First Amendment activities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 30, 2012 1:21 pm|
At the start of the first hearing on a lawsuit challenging the Homeland Battlefield Act, a federal judge appeared to be “extremely skeptical” that those pursuing the challenge had grounds to sue the US government. However, by the end of the hearing, the judge acknowledged plaintiffs had made some strong arguments on why there was reason to be concerned about the Act, which passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on New Year’s Eve last year.