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Mark Udall Says The CIA Is Still Lying

  • “It’s bad enough to not prosecute these officials, but to reward and promote them is incomprehensible,” Udall said. “The president needs to purge his administration.”
  • Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions

Matt Sledge, Huffington Post

senatetorturereport-dec2014.jpg12/10/2014 | The CIA is still lying about its post-9/11 torture program, even in the face of a devastating Senate report, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said Wednesday.

In a dramatic floor speech during his final month in the Senate, Udall said the CIA's lies have been aided and abetted by President Barack Obama's White House and called on the president to "purge" his administration of CIA officials who were involved in the interrogation program detailed in the report.

Matt Sledge is a reporter for the Huffington Post based in New York. Prior to joining HuffPost he worked as the Rhode Island director for FairVote.

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Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions, The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) 

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  • 10 appalling findings in the Senate’s torture report

 

Giveaways To Wall Street and Nation's Wealthiest in Spending Bill Make 'Great Train Robbery Look Like a Misdemeanor'

  • Wealthy donors and Wall Street score big with eleventh-hour federal omnibus budget being rushed through Congress.
  • "The last thing the American people want is for Congress to give big donors even more influence in politics, but that's exactly what this provision will do." —Nick Nyhart, Public Campaign
  • The Secret Give-a-ways To Big Money Political Donors Tucked Into 1600-page Federal Budget Bill

Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | Watchdog groups are sounding the alarm as congressional lawmakers finalize an eleventh-hour omnibus bill, which observers say contains gifts to both big monied banks and donors.

Thanks to a provision slipped into the more than $1 trillion congressional funding bill, which lawmakers agreed to late Tuesday evening, wealthy donors will now be legally permitted to contribute even more funds to political parties.

The behemoth spending bill funds a wide variety of government programs, from school lunches to environmental protections.

Lauren McCauleystaff writer, Common Dreams

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The Secret Give-a-ways To Big Money Political Donors Tucked Into 1600-page Federal Budget Bill, Center for American Progress <>

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  • ‘Cromnibus’ Tries To Sneak Through Another Blow To Campaign Spending Limits
  • 5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

 

The Secret Give-a-ways To Big Money Political Donors Tucked Into 1600-page Federal Budget Bill

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‘Cromnibus’ Tries To Sneak Through Another Blow To Campaign Spending Limits

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

 

Center for American Progress

 

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03/Congress.Money_.pngDecember 10, 2014 | With less than two days to go before another government shutdown, last night House and Senate leadership unveiled compromise budget legislation nicknamed the “cromnibus” — a portmanteau of continuing resolution, or CR, and an omnibus spending bill. While the main flashpoint going into these negotiations was conservatives’ radical reaction to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, in the light of day, a number of other odious provisions threaten to derail the bill’s passage.

 

ThinkProgress has a good run-down of the cromnibus’ troubling last-minute additions: handouts to Wall Street, cuts to IRS enforcement, interference in D.C.’s new voter-approved marijuana legalization, and a cold shoulder to students, the homeless, and those in need of affordable housing.

 

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5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal, Mansur Gidfa, Bulletin, Represent Us

 

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So by all means, get furious about the cronyism and special interest carve-outs in the coming budget deal. As long as you also get busy fighting back against the root cause.

 

 

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

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So by all means, get furious about the cronyism and special interest carve-outs in the coming budget deal. As long as you also get busy fighting back against the root cause.

Mansur Gidfa, Bulletin, Represent Us

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OmnibusThumb.jpgDecember 10, 2014 | On Tuesday, Congressional leaders struck a deal to avert another government shutdown and put off our next completely avoidable, 100% self-imposed budget crisis until next September. And while most members of the least productive Congress in the history of these United States are already busy patting themselves on the back for summoning enough courage and can-do American spirit to actually govern for a day, the rest of us shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

If you’re a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1.) It’s 1600 pages long and very easy to hide things in, and 2.) Congress kind of has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.

Mansur Gidfa: I post about money, politics, and corruption for the fine folks here at Upworthy. I also work for an anti-corruption nonprofit called Represent.Us to directly confront the corrosive influence of money in politics.

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Special Report | NSA Spying: Week Ending December 7, 2014

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  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • 9 New items including:
    • Tomgram | Alfred McCoy: It's About Blackmail, Not National Security
    • You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you
    • CIA shouldn’t get away with redacting torture report
    • The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America
    • Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties,
    • NSA Spying
    • The Snowden Saga Begins
    • The National Security Debate
    • Pulitzer Vindicates: Snowden Journalists Win Top Honor

Compiled by David Culver, Ed.,  Evergreene Digest

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Tomgram | Alfred McCoy: It's About Blackmail, Not National Security, Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch

  • To update Henry Stimson: in the age of the Internet, gentlemen don't just read each other’s mail, they watch each other’s porn. Even if we think we have nothing to hide, all of us, whether world leaders or ordinary citizens, have good reason to be concerned.
  • Obama and the CIA

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You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you, Falguni A. Smith, Salon

  • Government data collection is scary for many reasons. But least understood: what it does to our personal creativity
  • The Senate is about to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act?

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CIA shouldn’t get away with redacting torture report, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post

Obama’s overall failure to deliver on his promise to create a more transparent government has been one of the greatest disappointments of his leadership. 

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The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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.

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Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties, Noam Chomsky, Daily Caller

  • “It is of no slight import that the project is being executed in one of the freest countries in the world, and in radical violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which protects citizens from ‘unreasonable searches and seizures,’ and guarantees the privacy of their persons, houses, papers and effects,” Chomsky said.
  • NSA Spying

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NSA Spying, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • Part 1: Why fusion centers matter: FAQ
  • Part 2: How the NSA is Transforming Law Enforcement

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The Snowden Saga Begins, Glenn Greenwald, TomDispatch.com

  • “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light” --Glenn Greenwald 
  • How I Met Edward Snowden
  • This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of Metropolitan Books.
  • Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear

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The National Security Debate, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • Part 1: Glenn Greenwald debates former NSA director Michael Hayden on state surveillance
  • Part 2: Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom

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Pulitzer Vindicates: Snowden Journalists Win Top Honor, Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

  • Guardian and Washington Post each honored with Pulitzer for Public Service
  • Following news of the honor, Snowden released a statement thanking the Pulitzer committee for recognizing those involved in the NSA reporting.

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