No-Fly List Appeals System Declared Unconstitutional; No-Fly is No Fair

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 10:02 am

People on the government’s no-fly list are denied their constitutional right to due process, because the government’s procedures to challenge inclusion on the secretive roster are “wholly ineffective,” U.S. District Judge Anna Brown declared in a case brought by thirteen American citizens and supported by the ACLU.

 

Russia: Selena Gomez Visa Yanked over LGBT Rights Petition

By: Friday September 20, 2013 6:35 am

A Change.org petition asking Selena Gomez to speak up about LGBT rights during her Russian concerts received over 12,000 signatures in one day. And now the Russian government has revoked the platinum-selling singer’s visa. The twenty-one year old Gomez, who got her start on Barney & Friends and dated Justin Bieber before he turned into a chavy douche, was scheduled to play St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace on Sep. 23 and Moscow’s Olimpiysky stadium on Sep. 25.

NSA Successfully Figured Out How to Tap Into VISA’s ‘Complex Transaction Network’

By: Sunday September 15, 2013 12:00 pm

While The Guardian has published the most scoops from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, has posted its share of revelations from documents Snowden took with him from the NSA. The latest story shows the NSA managed to figure out how to infiltrate and search records of international VISA credit card customers.

Credit Cards: Obama Admin’s Newest Front on the War on Medical Marijuana?

By: Monday July 9, 2012 2:00 pm

In what could potentially be the newest front in the Obama administration’s multiple front war on medical marijuana, major credit card companies will no longer accept transactions from medical marijuana dispensaries, according to SF Weekly.

Unwelcome Guests: Work Visa Programs Cheat Global Labor, Build Global Capital

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 1:00 pm

When immigration comes up in Washington, politicians either politely ignore the issue or engage in lively debate on how best to punish and get rid of undocumented workers. Yet lawmakers give a strikingly warm embrace to certain types of immigrants. Those are the “legal” ones who enter with special visas under the pretext of having special skills or filling certain labor shortages–like Silicon Valley tech jobs or seasonal blueberry harvesting. So what makes one kind of immigrant valuable and another kind criminal?

Credit Blockade Could Doom WikiLeaks

By: Monday October 24, 2011 9:50 am

Because of barriers on funding, WikiLeaks could have to close by the end of the year, according to its founder, Julian Assange. Glenn Greenwald points out it was WikeLeaks that helped spark the Arab Spring, for which the Administration tried to take partial credit while it imprisons the alleged leaker, Bradley Manning.

Credit Card Companies Forestall Legal Trouble by Allowing Donations via DataCell

By: Friday July 8, 2011 5:19 am

What do you do when you are facing a law suit that you are going to loose? If you are Visa and Mastercard, you change the policy that you are being sued over. This is what they did with processing donations to Wikileaks.

The WikiLeaks Suit against Visa and MasterCard

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 8:08 am

You may have heard that WikiLeaks is suing Visa and MasterCard for refusing to process donations to it.

That’s not actually the case. Forbes has gotten a copy of the complaint, and as it lays out, an Icelandic company called DataCell is suing, and it’s suing in Europe, not the US. DataCell is basically a hosting service for WikiLeaks and “businesses, NGOs, humanitarian organisations and others.”

Administration Hyped Damage in Effort to Shutter WikiLeaks

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 6:07 am

So, Amazon, Visa, and PayPal–was it worth it?

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