Damon Keith is a legend. The kind of judge other judges speak about with hushed reverence and admiration, and for good reason. I first learned of Judge Keith in law school in the early ’80s when studying what is commonly known as “The Keith Case“. It was, and is, one of the most important Fourth amendment cases in history, and undergirds all significant Fourth Amendment law on domestic targeting and electronic surveillance of persons within the United States.
|By: bmaz Saturday November 16, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday August 26, 2013 8:30 am|
As the United States government prepares for war with Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack, a report by Foreign Policy magazine details CIA files that prove that the U.S. knew Saddam Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history and provided him assistance anyway.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Friday August 16, 2013 5:45 am|
Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into. The very day the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, Richard Nixon also signed a decree ending the draft. It was an admission of the obvious: war, American-style, had lost its hold on young minds. As an activity, it was now to be officially turned over to the poor and nonwhite.
Those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 24, 2013 4:59 pm|
Follow the Leader is a coming of age story about three teenage boys, each with the dream of becoming President of United States. Director Jonathan Goodman Levitt followed these focused young men, born as Reagan left office and the Berlin Wall fell, for three years, from high school though Election Night 2008. These upper-middle class, conservative kids, each living in traditional “all-American” towns, are enthralled by politics. They grew up shaped by 9/11 which forever altered their post-Reagan childhood beliefs that America was invincible.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 22, 2013 1:00 pm|
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided documents to The Guardian and blew the whistle on secret surveillance programs collecting the personal data and information of innocent Americans and others from around the world.
|By: DSWright Monday April 8, 2013 12:15 pm|
“They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbors.” – Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher, one of the founders of the Neoliberal Revolution and Britain’s first female prime minister, died today of a stroke at age 87. Her life was marked by unquenchable ambition and a ruthless use of power. Despite being born the daughter of a grocer, Thatcher will be eulogized as a former head of state and baroness. Whatever will be said about her, she knew how to climb the greasy pole of British society and politics. But at what cost?
|By: cgibson Thursday April 4, 2013 7:02 pm|
What is the State Policy Network, aka SPN?
|By: Arthur Goldwag Saturday March 23, 2013 1:59 pm|
Wiener’s new book How We Forgot the Cold War is a travelogue of visits to sites across the US (plus one in Cuba and one in Grenada) where the Cold War is publicly commemorated. As different as they are—among them are half a dozen presidential libraries, a general’s tomb, missile silos, a VIP fallout shelter, a CIA museum that’s closed to the public, and a proposed $100 million Victims of Communism museum, a grandiose project that was never built—all of them are notable for a curious lacuna: the Cold War itself, or perhaps more accurately, the neo-conservative, triumphalist narrative about the Cold War that has been so successfully projected onto the memory of Ronald Reagan.
|By: John Cavanagh Sunday February 10, 2013 1:59 pm|
I can think of few books about a slice of American history that have more relevance to the vital debates of today than Sam Pizzigati’s “The Rich Don’t Always Win.” Sam’s book tells the story of how the United States, one of the world’s most unequal societies in the early 1900s, became by the middle of the 20th century one of the most equal nations on earth. He shows how average Americans, organized in the labor and other movements, mobilized and vanquished a plutocracy even more powerful than ours today.
Why is this relevant to today? Well, starting with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, the U.S. government — fueled by a far right ideology — passed “free market” taxes and other policies that left the nation once again as one of the most unequal on earth by the beginning of this century.
|By: Todd Gitlin Sunday November 11, 2012 1:59 pm|
In 1977, The Daily Californian, Berkeley’s student paper, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents bearing on FBI surveillance in Berkeley during the 60’s and early 70’s. In 1981, Seth Rosenfeld, then a Daily Cal reporter, started reading those files that the FBI turned over. He published some initial reports. Later that year, having observed how many files were missing or blacked out (“I wondered whether the bureau was America’s biggest consumer of Magic Markers,” he writes), he filed an additional request for “any and all” records on former UC President Clark Kerr, former Free Speech Movement leader Mario Savio, and more than a hundred other individuals, organizations, and events.
Five lawsuits, many more Magic Markers, and 30 years later, he had succeeded in retrieving more than 300,000 pages of records, a federal judge having ruled that the FBI had no legitimate law enforcement purpose in keeping them secret. His venture in unearthing records about illicit espionage and political operations by America’s chief cops extended throughout, and outlasted, Rosenfeld’s distinguished career as an investigative reporter for San Francisco’s Examiner and Chronicle.
The resulting book is not only about campus surveillance but political causation.