Something tells me the State Department staff are not Edward Snowden fans. The first set of Guardian leaks came right before the Sino-American summit on cybersecurity where the United States was preparing to take a firm line with China regarding alleged cyber-attacks. Now the Guardian is reporting that documents disclosed by Snowden reveal that British and American intelligence services spied on other countries at the G20 summit in London in 2009 which comes as Britain hosts the 39th G8 summit beginning today.
|By: DSWright Monday June 17, 2013 6:40 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday March 3, 2012 7:52 am|
In a ruling that could be considered good news for citizen journalists or livestreamers planning to cover the G8/NATO summit protests in Chicago in May, a Cook County judge in Illinois ruled the state’s eavesdropping law is unconstitutional.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 17, 2012 1:30 pm|
These days Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy sounds like an exception to the rule, a head of a police department who shows an unusual understanding of what can happen if police violate citizens’ civil liberties. As the NATO/G8 summits near, he is a sober voice who appears to be trying to calm down local reporters or business leaders in Chicago that believe chaos will ensue when people come out to demonstrate against the NATO and G8 summits being held May 19-21.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 14, 2012 11:30 am|
Chicago Mayor Emanuel wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on new policy shields because his police chief has an irrational fear that demonstrators at the G8/NATO summits plan to throw feces and urine at police. There is no evidence to support this fear or any reported incidents it ever happened. In fact, demonstrators even adopted pacts to assure police it was a fantasy.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 3, 2012 1:37 pm|
A contracting firm that specializes in anti-terrorism and force protection training, consulting and management services has been hired to train Cook County Sheriff’s Police in the run-up to the NATO-G8 meetings that are to be held in Chicago in May of this year.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 1, 2012 2:45 pm|
This past Sunday Occupy Chicago held a march in solidarity with Occupy Oakland after Oakland police fired various crowd-dispersal weapons at them and arrested hundreds. They marched in the evening through downtown. Like other Occupy groups, they had a person live streaming the action, Keilah [@OccupieChicago], who was seized, had her camera confiscated, and threatened with felony arrest under Illinois’ egregious Eavesdropping Act. It’s a totalitarian’s dream.
|By: orcatjf Sunday January 29, 2012 6:00 pm|
Occupy Chicago never really had an encampment. Back in October of last year, they tried to establish a camp in Grant Park. The “world renown” mayor of Chicago was all over that. He had an image to create, chops to prove. Over three hundred people were arrested. Occupy Chicago maintained a presence in the financial district, the corner of LaSalle and Jackson, in between the Bank of America building and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 27, 2012 5:41 pm|
The selling and marketing of upcoming G8 and NATO meetings has fully commenced. The slogan has been unveiled for the meetings: “The Global Crossroads.” The meetings will be all about taking the “global stage.” But, as the host committee for the meetings and business organizations, which plan to promote the event, try to convince media to focus on the “benefits,” tens of thousands of people are expected to come to Chicago to protest the meetings that will take place May 19-21.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 22, 2012 4:50 pm|
To help folks separate spin from fact, we’ve put together this analysis to help you understand how local rules have changed in ways that undercut protest and political speech. While these revisions will not deter us from speaking out and protesting, they do change the excuses the police may use to try to prevent us from protesting.
It’s also important that we understand these changes so we can educate our friends and neighbors – and fight for meaningful change that puts people’s rights and the greater good ahead of the fear-mongering and greed that drove Mayor 1%’s push for these changes.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 13, 2012 3:36 pm|
The city of Chicago has finally awarded a permit to Chicago groups seeking to organize a demonstration during an upcoming NATO/G8 meeting, but the city now claims the parameters of the permit awarded depend on the federal government.
Joe Iosbaker, lead organizer of the NATO/G8 Working Group in Chicago, reports the permit process will be scrutinized by the Secret Service. They may allow a protest in the location and a march on the route approved by the city or they may not. It all depends on the “security perimeter” that is set around McCormick Place, the convention center where the meetings are to be held from May 15 to May 22. And, it also depends on the “security perimeter” set around the five major hotels up and down Michigan Avenue where heads of state and other officials are expected to be staying.