FDL Book Salon Welcomes James Risen, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 1:59 pm

From his opening story about the vast shipments of cash to Iraq in the early days of the U.S. invasion to his final chapter on the U.S. government’s attacks on Diane Rourk and the four NSA whistleblowers, James Risen paints a brilliant but tragic portrait of a country gone mad with power and greed during the 12 years of the Bush-Obama “war on terror.”

His stories are culled from many years of deep reporting, including his explosive revelations in 2005 of the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program. They provide startling new evidence of how the post-9/11 atmosphere of fear and government intimidation allowed an entire generation of American officials, intelligence officers, contractors, psychologists and propagandists to defy U.S. and international law and turn the United States into a global ethical pariah.

 

Late Night: Supreme Court Unanimously Stands With the Fourth Amendment on Citizens’ Cell Phones

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 8:00 pm

n a truly landmark ruling that challenges the assumptions of law enforcement officials and prosecutors across America regarding the ephemeral notion of personal privacy. While privacy has been under an aggressive attack by both local law enforcers and national security state enlargers who have suggested that Americans should have absolutely no expectation of the right of personal privacy, the US Supreme Court agreed in a unanimous decision that police are required to obtain a court order before searching the contents of a citizen’s cell phone or smart phone.

Vodaphone Drops a Dime on Massive Warrantless Spying Operation

By: Friday June 6, 2014 4:46 pm

The British telecom company Vodaphone, the world’s second largest telecommunications company, which owns and operates networks in 21 countries and partners with telecommunications companies in over 40 additional countries, has released its first and the world’s first self-described “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” that confirms allegations that have been made by many who are concerned about the warrantless spying carried out by the US government on its own citizens and the citizens of nations around the world; that the US government has been and is currently engaging in massive worldwide surveillance and data collection of the complete content of phone calls that pass through the networks of not only Vodaphone but all telecommunications networks via direct access using “pipes” or wires connected directly to the companies communications equipment.

Barney Fife Alert: Don’t Look Suspicious in Kilgore’s County

By: Friday March 14, 2014 5:45 am

A Sheriff in rural Nevada is defending his office’s new use of an old tactic in his own private battlefield as the world-wide-war-on-cannabis continues to sputter and stumble. Sheriff Ed Kilgore of Humboldt County Nevada, a rural county in Northwestern Nevada, says that the two speeding stops that his deputies carried out where more than $60,000 was seized even though no criminal charges or allegations were made against the two drivers were legal and not speed-trap shakedowns.

Late Night: South African Church Leaders Have Seen This All Before

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 8:00 pm

The South African Council of Churches urged its member churches to “campaign for greater awareness on all Palestinian struggles in general and the plight of Palestinian Christians in particular,” and requested that member congregations “dedicate Sunday services on March 16th during the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign to reflect and pray for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.” The ecumenical group made the appeal after its Triennial Conference which took place in February.

Supreme Court: Uncle Sam Can Kick Those Damn Kids Off Property Granted by the Public

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 4:25 pm

he US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in a case involving Americans’ freedom to petition the government on a public highway that is “controlled” by the US military, deciding that a citizen could be permanently barred from protesting at a US military base.

Supremely Disturbing Constitutional Analysis Changes Bill of Rights

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 4:47 pm

The US Supreme Court has handed American law enforcement agencies an unqualified victory that arguably restricts the Constitutional prohibition against unwarranted searches and seizures.

Glenn Greenwald Plans Return to United States to Test Press Rights

By: Friday February 7, 2014 6:35 am

One of the three reporters at the center of the NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks is planning to enter the country that charged Snowden with espionage. Glenn Greenwald plans to “force the issue” by returning to the United States despite the possibility that he may be arrested.

Give Snowden Clemency and Fix the NSA’s Whistleblowing System

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 2:03 pm

Editorials from two of the most well established newspapers in the world – the Guardian and the New York Times – have now called for clemency for Edward Snowden and recognized him as a legitimate whistleblower. The case for the current indictment by the US Department of Justice that labels Snowden a spy and a thief has lost all moral credibility. The DOJ is now seen in America and around the world as out of step with our common values.

Federal Judge Legalizes Illegal Surveillance, Criminalizes Free Association

By: Saturday December 28, 2013 12:20 pm

The judge declared that the personal communications of Americans and the citizens of other countries, even as these communications are the physical expressions that reveal the personal cogitative energies carried out by individual humans – the thoughts that are our own and that we understand to be ‘self-expressions’, are in fact not “owned” by us (the expressing individuals) but, are rather the personal possessions of the data service and communications businesses upon whose equipment we hire to deliver our personal ideas and expressions through.

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