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The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America


Uncertainty is born of everything we don't know, and the people who don't want us to know what they're doing in our name are its midwives. They know what they're doing. They are cultivating it quite deliberately, and for their own purposes. Very little of what they do is accidental. An uncertain people is a people easily led. That's the way it works now. That's the way it has always worked.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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July 29, 2014 | Now, it's the folks at Human Rights Watch who are pointing out that, while Edward Snowden, International Man Of Luggage, is not very good on television, and while Glenn Greenwald's probably a major doodyhead whom nobody will play with at recess, what the surveillance state in this country is doing -- and especially, what it's doing to national-security journalists -- continues to be a genuine threat to democracy, which is something we all used to value even more than whether or not someone is good on television. What's happening to the journalists is bad. What's happening to the lawyers is worse.

Lawyers we interviewed for this report expressed the greatest concern about situations where they have reason to think the US government might take an intelligence interest in a case, whether it relates to the activities of foreign governments or a drug or terrorism prosecution. As with the journalists, lawyers increasingly feel under pressure to adopt strategies to avoid leaving a digital trail that could be monitored; some use burner phones, others seek out technologies they feel may be more secure, and others reported traveling more for in-person meetings. Some described other lawyers expressing reluctance to take on certain cases that might incur surveillance, though by and large the attorneys interviewed for this report seemed determined to do their best to continue representing clients. Like journalists, some felt frustrated, and even offended, that they were in this situation. "I'll be damned if I have to start acting like a drug dealer in order to protect my client's confidentiality," said one. The result is the erosion of the right to counsel, a pillar of procedural justice under human rights law and the US Constitution. Uncertainty is a significant factor shaping the behavior of both journalists and lawyers. The combination of the sheer number of surveillance programs, the complexity of the underlying legal regimes, and the lack of clarity as to their scale and scope renders it practically impossible for any layperson to discern which forms of communication and data storage are secure and when they may be reasonably subject to surveillance.

Charles P. Pierce has been a working journalist since 1976. He is the author of four books, most recently Idiot America. He lives near Boston with his wife but no longer his three children.

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‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’


  • Obama’s pulled off his greatest betrayals of the public without the help of Republicans. “It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners,” Curry writes. “It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.”
  • Why I Have Left the DFL Party

Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig

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Jul 28, 2014 | In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

Curry endorses Nader’s view that the present is ripe for a populist revival. Looking back to the Gilded Age, when “[p]owerful trusts were turning farmers into wage slaves and the world’s greatest democracy into just another corrupt oligarchy,” he notes that agrarian populists “busted price fixing railroads and granaries, fought for rural free deliver and established cooperative banks that still provide a third of all credit to rural America.” Coming to the present, he writes:

Alexander Reed Kelly, Associate Editor, Truthdig, is responsible for bringing work by Greg Palast, Henry Giroux, Ellen Brown, Tom Engelhardt, and economists Michael Hudson and Andrew Kliman to the site. His work has been published at Truthdig, Counterpunch and elsewhere.

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Why I Have Left the DFL Party, David Culver, Telling It Like It Is

  • The next years are going to be about mediocrity, broken promises, and striving for second best. That's not the MN I grew up in. And it's not what I voted for, or was promised.
  • Do we continue as part of a political institution that we feel in large part is not serving us or the common good, or do we strike out towards something that we can participate in with integrity?
  • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party


WTF Is Wrong With Americans?

This Guy Nails It.

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The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq


  • Towards the Creation of a US-sponsored Islamist Caliphate
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: An instrument of the Western Military Alliance
  • The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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Irak-drapeau-carte.jpgJuly 01, 2014 | The creation of the US sponsored Islamist Caliphate has been announced.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Al Cham (ISIS) has been replaced by the Islamic State (IS).  The Islamic State is not an independent political entity. It is a construct of US intelligence.  (M.Ch. July 1, 2014)

The Western media in chorus have described the unfolding conflict in Iraq as a “civil war” opposing the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham against the Armed forces of the Al-Maliki government.

(Also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS))

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the website. 

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The Human Price of Neocon Havoc, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine.
  • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
  • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood


Another Botched Execution


  • As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.
  • Rachel Maddow's Harrowing Description Of Botched Arizona Execution
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014


18/1284856024_4238/300h.jpg7/26/2014 | There were only three people in the room: Jeanne Woodford, the chaplain and the man strapped to a gurney with tubes coming out of his arms. After hearing the man's last words, Woodford signaled the corrections officer who was "working the chemicals," which means in prison argot that he started infusions of lethal chemicals that flowed into the man on the gurney. As warden of California's San Quentin, Woodford presided over this high-tech ritual of punishment four times. After a stint as Executive Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, she threw in the towel to become Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus, the abolitionist organization that sponsored the 2012 SAFE referendum seeking to replace the death penalty with life without parole. Though the referendum failed to pass, Woodford is still hard at work in the movement to abolish capital punishment in California.

Meanwhile, across the continent, in the gentility of Fordham University's school of law, Arthur A. McGivney Professor Deborah W. Denno writes scholarly articles about "working the chemicals" that are published in the nation's leading law journals and quoted at death penalty hearings before the United States Supreme Court.

Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative pubic health reporter who covers

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Rachel Maddow's Harrowing Description Of Botched Arizona Execution, Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post

07/24/2014 | Rachel Maddow gave a chilling account of the botched execution that took place in Arizona Wednesday night.

Maddow described the disturbing death of Joseph Wood, the inmate whose execution went horribly wrong on Wednesday after the state used the same drugs that caused the faulty executions of death row inmates in both Oklahoma and Ohio earlier this year.


Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Part 1: A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son
  • Part 2: US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population


Father Roy Bourgeois | (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

  • Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is messing with the wrong movement.
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip
  • Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace

Father Roy Bourgeois, SOA Watch

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SOAW%20banner.jpgJuly 24, 2014 | This year, as we prepare to gather for the 25th Vigil to Close the School of the Americas, he is trying to stop us from speaking truth to power at the main gates of Fort Benning as we have done since the first anniversary of the brutal massacre at the University of Central America in 1989.

In the protest permit “approval” he sent me, he’s denied our right to set up a stage and speakers so the messages from survivors of ongoing SOA-graduate violence in Colombia and Honduras can share with us their stories. And he’s said we cannot be in the street, and no more than 200 protesters at a time can be on the sidewalks of Fort Benning Road.

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This political attack on our First Amendment rights cannot stand. I give you my word, we will fight this, and ensure a safe and legal space for all who wish to attend this year’s 25th anniversary Vigil (November 21-23). SOA Watch organizers and attorneys from the SOA Watch Legal Collective are working on the case, and we know that justice is on our side. you stand with me, and sign this petition to Police Chief Boren urging him to reconsider his unjust denial of our right to peaceably assemble at the main gates of Fort Benning? 

By standing together, our power cannot be denied, and we will raise our voices in solidarity with those struggling on the ground in Latin America against the violence and oppression wreaked by this infamous institute and corrupt US foreign policies. The vigil weekend will also include a march to the nearby Stewart Detention Center, a privately-run, for-profit immigrant prison, where thousands of our brothers are being held simply for seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Many of those who are incarcerated there had to escape the devastating consequences of past and present U.S. foreign policy in the region.

Thank you for your courage and solidarity, and keep an eye out for further updates as we prepare for what will be a Vigil to remember. Make your travel plans!

Yours in struggle,




Father Roy Bourgeois


Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia, Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch


Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia 


2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip, Mary McNellis <>, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 (Twin Cities, MN)


¡Celebremos la Resistencia!   November 21-24, 2014   Converge on Fort Benning


Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace, Greg Hagen

2010 documentary which follows the chapter 27 Veterans for Peace on their annual trip from Minneapolis down to Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the School of the Americas (SOA). To protest this shameful school and pay tribute to those who have died at the hands of SOA graduates.





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