Posse Comitatus and the Fourth Amendment

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:35 am

Back in pre-Constitution America, the British army would burst into the homes and businesses of American colonists.
The searches would often be destructive, and intended so. Some of the time the point was to seize incriminating “revolutionary” materials, many times the point was simply to harass and threaten people the Crown feared and wanted to send a message to. It was in direct response to such invasions of freedom that the Founders wrote in the Fourth Amendment “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”

 

Podcast: Obama the ‘Reluctant Warrior’ & Other Myths in Media Coverage of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 8:59 am

US news media were excited this past week. US-led military forces began to launch air strikes in Syria, which is what they had been anxiously waiting to see happen for weeks.

But with that eagerness to get on with another US war, there have been a set of myths. One fundamental myth involves President Barack Obama being cast as the “Reluctant Warrior.” He did not choose this war. The war chose him. How could Obama shirk from his duty to defend the “homeland”?

Obama’s Luntzian Language for Concealing Reality of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 11:11 am

One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans.

The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of a “counterterrorism strategy.” The US has not launched a war because it has previously been dropping Hellfire missiles on suspected terrorists in various countries. Those strikes, though they have killed hundreds of civilians and were questionable in their legality and success in bringing about “security,” were part of a “strategy.”

Chelsea Manning’s Column on Responding to ISIS Counterbalances Hysteria Among Pundits and Politicians

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 7:50 am

Chelsea Manning wrote a column for The Guardian on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the group. The level-headedness of the column sharply contrasted with the statements of several pundits and politicians, who have been whipping up hysteria among Americans.

Chelsea Manning’s Column on Responding to ISIS Counterbalances Hysteria Among Pundits & Politicians

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 5:17 pm

Chelsea Manning wrote a column for The Guardian on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the group. The level-headedness of the column sharply contrasted with the statements of several pundits and politicians, who have been whipping up hysteria among Americans.

Politico Magazine National Editor Snarks at Greenwald & Helps Former NSA Chief Spread Fear

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 10:04 am

Ever since revelations from National Security Agency documents began to be published by journalists, much has been learned about how the NSA has transformed the world into a massive surveillance state. Quite a bit has also been learned about journalism in the United States too.

Ferguson Police Manipulate Press So Robbery Becomes Focus Instead of Fact Officer Killed Michael Brown

By: Friday August 15, 2014 4:38 pm

Media mostly had no idea that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, had allegedly been involved in a robbery of a liquor store. Rumors had circulated but no organizations had been actively seeking information on any robbery. They were not certain the robbery had anything to do with Brown’s death. Media had, however, sought the release of information from Ferguson police on the shooting by filing requests under Missouri’s “sunshine” or freedom of information law.

Newspaper Industry Takes Potentially Lethal Blow With Spinoffs

By: Monday August 11, 2014 8:54 am

We all knew this day would come. With the latest spinoff by Gannett of its extensive newspaper portfolio expected to be completed by the end of 2015, it now appears finance capital has written off the newspaper industry. On some level this was inevitable given the movement of advertising from print to the web, but [...]

Yay, mediocrity over propaganda!

By: Wednesday August 6, 2014 1:30 am

Oh dear, I guess you’ll just have to be satisfied with “eh, could be better” over the alternative.

“Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has withdrawn its bid to purchase US entertainment giant Time Warner for an estimated $80bn (£47bn).”

What’s old is new again

By: Friday August 1, 2014 1:30 am

I appreciate the fact that you are calling them out in asking for balance, but…

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