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Norman Solomon | Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn’t Enough—We Need the Power to Stop It.

  • Messages to Congress members, vocal protests and many other forms of public outcry are important—but they should lay the groundwork for much stronger actions to wrest control of the government away from the military-industrial-digital complex. That may seem impossible, but it’s certainly imperative: if we’re going to prevent the destruction of civil liberties. In the long run, denunciations of the surveillance state will mean little unless we can build the political capacity to end it.
  • Where the Hell Is the Outrage?

Normon Soloman, Common Dreams

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July 10, 2013 | For more than a month, outrage has been profuse in response to news about NSA surveillance and other evidence that all three branches of the U.S. government are turning Uncle Sam into Big Brother.

Now what?

Continuing to expose and denounce the assaults on civil liberties is essential. So is supporting Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers—past, present and future. But those vital efforts are far from sufficient.

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Where the Hell Is the Outrage? Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future

  • The only Americans who seem to be seething with anger are the beneficiaries of this economic injustice — the wealthiest and most privileged among us.  But those who are suffering seem strangely passive.
  • Moral Mondays: 700 Arrested in North Carolina Civil Disobedience Campaign Against GOP Lawmakers

 

Special Report | The Tragedy of Treyvon Martin: Week of July 14

Here’s everything you need to know about the case.

 

8 New items including:

  • Zimmerman: The people's verdict is 'Guilty'! Justice for Trayvon Martin!
  • Justice Department To Review George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin Case
  • NAACP Seeks DOJ Intervention in Martin Case, Targets 'Stand Your Ground' Laws
  • We still fight for Trayvon
  • Racial Profiling in the Post-Trayvon Era
  • George Zimmerman, Not Guilty: Blood on the Leaves
  • Zimmerman saga was all about race
  • Zimmerman verdict: A green light for racist vigilantes
David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Zimmerman: The people's verdict is 'Guilty'! Justice for Trayvon Martin! Liberation Radio

  • Party for Socialism and Liberation member and ANSWER Coalition organizer Eugene Puryear speaks about the fight for justice for Trayvon Martin. 
  • Justice Department To Review George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin Case

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Justice Department To Review George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin Case, Huffington Post

  • The statement said that, in the government's words, "experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation."
  • Obama Won't Involve Himself in Justice Department Inquiry In Zimmerman Case
  • We still fight for Trayvon, Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org

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NAACP Seeks DOJ Intervention in Martin Case, Targets 'Stand Your Ground' Laws, John Nichols, Nation

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We still fight for TrayvonRashad RobinsonColorOfChange.org

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Racial Profiling in the Post-Trayvon EraMary Shaw, OpEdNews

7/14/2013 | The above tweets (two drops in a very big bucket) propagate the myth that blacks are more prone to bad behavior, and that racial profiling is therefore justified. This mindset is not only inaccurate but downright dangerous.

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George Zimmerman, Not Guilty: Blood on the Leaves, Jelani Cobb, New Yorker Magazine

July 13, 2013 |Long before the jury announced its decision, many people had seen what the outcome would be, had known that it would be a strange echo of the words Zimmerman uttered that rainy night in central Florida: they always get away.

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Zimmerman saga was all about race, Paul Campos, Salon

Saturday, Jul  13, 2013 | Let's Get Real

 

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Zimmerman verdict: A green light for racist vigilantes, Rich Benjamin, Salon 

Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 | This verdict allows every paranoid, sub-intelligent, vigilante with a gun to go on victimizing black youth

 

 

Justice Department To Review George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin Case

  • The statement said that, in the government's words, "experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation."
  • Obama Won't Involve Himself in Justice Department Inquiry In Zimmerman Case
  • We still fight for Trayvon, Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org

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Protesters hold a sign at a rally on March 25, 2012, in Seattle, Washington. (Courtesy of Flickr.)

07/14/13 | The Justice Department says it is looking into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.

The department opened an investigation into Martin's death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.

In a statement Sunday (July 14), the Justice Department said the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal probe, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.

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Obama Won't Involve Himself in Justice Department Inquiry In Zimmerman Case, Huffington Post

07/15/13 | The White House says President Barack Obama won't involve himself in decisions by the Justice Department on whether to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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We still fight for Trayvon, Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org 

Moral Mondays: 700 Arrested in North Carolina Civil Disobedience Campaign Against GOP Lawmakers

  • If you want to change the nation, you have to change the South. If you want to change the South, you have to change these state capitols. And we believe that this extreme ideological group understands that their narrow-minded agenda doesn’t have much longer in the public arena. 
  • People are coming together. They know they have a limited amount of time. And so what they’re trying to do is reshuffle public policy, but also, not only reshuffle public policy, they’re trying to restructure even how people have access to voting, as a desperation to hold onto power.
  • Where the Hell Is the Outrage?

Amy Goodman & Juan González, Democracy Now!

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Friday, July 12, 2013 | For weeks, thousands of people have been gathering at the North Carolina State Legislative Building for the weekly "Moral Monday" protest called by the NAACP to oppose the agenda of the Republican-led state Legislature. Over the past 10 Mondays, 700 people have been arrested, including the Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP. "If you want to change the nation, you have to change the South," Barber says. "If you want to change the South, you have to change the state capitols, and we believe that this extreme ideological group understands that their narrow-minded agenda doesn’t have much longer in the public arena."

Full story (video & transcript)…

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Where the Hell Is the Outrage? Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future

The only Americans who seem to be seething with anger are the beneficiaries of this economic injustice — the wealthiest and most privileged among us.  But those who are suffering seem strangely passive.

 

 

Journalism Is in a Disastrous State -- But for a Handful of Millionaire Pundits, It's Wonderful Life

  • Show Me the Money: Journalism by and for the 0.01 Percent
  • Tom Friedman, Chris Matthews, David Gregory, they're raking it in big time.
  • Glenn Greenwald: Top Officials Are Lying to Our Faces About Government Spying

Peter Hart, FAIR

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July 11, 2013  |  Mainstream journalism is, we’re often told, in a state of severe crisis. Newsroom employment began to decline as a result of corporate takeovers in the 1990s. Then the digital revolution destroyed the advertising market, plunging the industry into serious doubt about its very business model.

But times aren’t rough all around. There are many pundits and TV anchors who are doing very well in the media world, racking up millions of dollars from their media contracts, book deals and lucrative speaking fees. Though they don’t generally approach the compensation packages awarded to network morning show hosts like Matt Lauer or evening anchors like Diane Sawyer, they’re not exactly hurting.

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Glenn Greenwald: Top Officials Are Lying to Our Faces About Government Spying, Glenn Greenwald, Guardian (UK) 

Top officials are misleading or outright lying to the public and Congress about US spying. Yet pundits continue to vilify Edward Snowden?

 

 
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How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition

On the eve of a new leak, widely trumpeted Pentagon accusations about the whistleblowing site have proven false.

Glenn Greenwald, Salon 

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This Aug. 14, 2010 photo shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Stockholm, Sweden. (AP Photo/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson, File) Sweden Out(Credit: AP)

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: This article from 2010 is still relevant today as the propaganda machine is in full operation. Thanks to Coleen Rowley for calling it to Evergreene Digest's attention.

Sunday, Oct 17, 2010 | This is how the U.S. government and American media jointly disseminate propaganda: in the immediate wake of some newsworthy War on Terror event, U.S. Government officials (usually anonymous) make wild and reckless — though unverifiable — claims. The U.S. media mindlessly trumpets them around the world without question or challenge. Those claims become consecrated as widely accepted fact. And then weeks, months or years later, those claims get quietly exposed as being utter falsehoods, by which point it does not matter, because the goal is already well-achieved: the falsehoods are ingrained as accepted truth.

I’ve documented how this process works in the context of American air attacks (it’s immediately celebrated that we Killed the Evil Targeted Terrorist Leader [who invariably turns out to be alive and then allegedly killed again in the next air strike], while the dead are always, by definition, “militants”); with covered-up American war crimes, with the Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman frauds — the same process was also evident with the Israeli attack on the flotilla — and now we find a quite vivid illustration of this deceitful process in the context of WikiLeaks’ release of Afghanistan war documents.

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Chomsky: How Do We Defend Ourselves from the Corporate and Imperial Forces That Threaten Our Existence?

 

We need a worldwide struggle to preserve the global commons.

 

Noam Chomsky, AlterNet

 

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July 5, 2013  |  With wrenching tragedies only a few miles away, and still worse catastrophes perhaps not far removed, it may seem wrong, perhaps even cruel, to shift attention to other prospects that, although abstract and uncertain, might offer a path to a better world - and not in the remote future.

 

I’ve visited Lebanon several times and witnessed moments of great hope, and of despair, that were tinged with the Lebanese people’s remarkable determination to overcome and to move forward.

 

The first time I visited - if that’s the right word - was exactly 60 years ago, almost to the day. My wife and I were hiking in Israel’s northern Galilee one evening, when a jeep drove by on a road near us and someone called out that we should turn back: We were in the wrong country. We had inadvertently crossed the border, then unmarked - now, I suppose, bristling with armaments.

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