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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Feds to Look Harder at Cell Carriers When Tower Climbers Die

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will systematically track whom subcontractors were working for when accidents occur on cell tower sites.

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Why Does the FBI Treat Nonviolent Activists Like Terrorists?

Peace activists in the Midwest are the latest victims of a surveillance state hellbent on prosecuting terrorists where none likely exist.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



The FBI, the NSA and a Long-Held Secret Revealed

This week, more news emerged about the theft of classified government documents, leaked to the press, that revealed a massive, top-secret surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Lee Baca to Step Down From L.A. County Sheriff Post

After 48 years in the department, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is hanging up his hat at the end of January as federal probes continue into allegations of prisoner abuse in local jails and racial discrimination in an area over which his office presides.

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Edward Snowden: ‘I Already Won’

Edward Snowden has reclaimed the phrase “mission accomplished” from a certain former president in a much different context, couching it in terms of his appraisal of the outcome of his leaks to the press of highly classified information from his former employer, the National Security Agency.

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Stephen Colbert: NSA Is Distracting Us From FBI’s ‘Great Snooping’

The National Security Agency has been plastered all over the news since Edward Snowden leaked documents showing how widespread American surveillance is. But, as the late night pundit points out, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also doing a pretty darn good job playing Big Brother.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE


Corporations Enlist Ex-U.S. Spies to Surveil Nonprofits

A new report reveals how corporations use ex-U.S. intelligence agents to spy on environmental, anti-war, consumer safety and other kinds of nonprofit groups they regard as potential threats.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Rape Is Grossly Underreported in the U.S.

A new study by the National Research Council found major gaps in the data on rape collected by three major accounting groups.

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Barrett Brown’s Mother Sentenced

The mother of the activist-journalist with links to Anonymous was sentenced to six months’ probation Friday for helping her son hide laptops from the FBI.

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Gagging the Press: The Federal Case Against Barrett Brown

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the controversial case against journalist Barrett Brown, accused of a crime for, among other things, posting a link to a public site containing hacked files. Yes, the feds are trying to criminalize a journalistic act.

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FBI Let Informants Break the Law 5,658 Times in One Year

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from USA Today, we now know that agents authorized an average of 15 crimes a day in 2011.

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Weiner’s Campaign Sinks, Limbaugh and Hannity Reportedly Dropped, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney denies his infamous “47 percent” remark and Eliot Spitzer weighs in on Anthony Weiner’s latest round of illicit messages.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



iKnife: The Surgical Tool That Detects Cancer

A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Political Violence and Privilege

Right-wing extremists have committed far more acts of political violence since 1990 than American Muslims. That law enforcement across the country hasn’t felt compelled to infiltrate and watch over conservative Christian communities in the hopes of disrupting violent right-wing extremism confirms what American Muslims know in their bones: to be different is to be suspect.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Redacted FBI Documents Show Plot to Kill Occupy Leaders If ‘Deemed Necessary’

“Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders?” asks journalist Dave Lindorff at WhoWhatWhy. “What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?”

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Warren Opposes Obama Nominee, Lawmaker Urges Gender-Role Class for Kids, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a third GOP senator throws her support behind legalizing gay marriage and a Democratic lawmaker takes a major step to end corporate personhood.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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FBI Confirms Drone Use Over U.S. Soil

Speaking at a Senate hearing Wednesday about telephone data collection, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the bureau uses drones to aid its investigations in a “very, very minimal way, very seldom.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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What Snowden Told Us This Week

The whistle-blower spoke directly with Guardian readers Monday to answer questions about his leak of NSA documents and government surveillance in general.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The FBI May Have Finally Found Jimmy Hoffa

The former Teamsters boss, father of that union’s current boss, is buried in a field 20 miles from his last known location, according to an octogenarian reputed mobster who tipped off the FBI.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE


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Bush Caved on NSA Surveillance After Top Officials Threatened to Resign

According to The Washington Post, some of the top officials who served during the George W. Bush administration, including the man whom President Obama may tap to become the next head of the FBI, threatened to resign nine years ago upon learning that then-President Bush had ordered the NSA to begin collecting metadata on emails and Skype calls placed within the U.S.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE


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Bachmann Opponent Bows Out, Alleged ‘Crack Mayor’ Won’t Quit, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a person of interest is identified in the ricin letters investigation and a liberal activist reveals why he secretly recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE


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Bachmann’s Craziest Comments, Ricin Letter Sent to Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the likely next head of the FBI is revealed and a governor up for re-election in 2014 gets set to switch political parties this week.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


Under the FBI Thumb

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DOJ Allegedly Spied on Fox News Correspondent, the FBI Investigates Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP candidate once trying to criminalize not reporting a miscarriage to police and Bob Woodward delivers some bad news for Republicans.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE


Video Allegedly Shows Police Beating David Silva to Death

After allegedly beating 33-year-old David Sal Silva to death last week, Kern County, Calif., officers reportedly confiscated cellphones from multiple witnesses containing videos of the incident. One piece of footage they apparently weren’t able to take away, however, is a grainy black and white surveillance video that shows parts of the encounter.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Benghazi, Immigration and the Summer of Debt

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine the Benghazi attack. Was it terrorism? If so, did the administration try to cover it up, as Republicans say? Also, the immigration debate zeroes in on border security and a legalization process.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama May Separate Facebook and the Fourth Amendment

The Obama administration is on the verge of backing an FBI plan that would require websites that receive a wiretap order to comply by building surveillance capabilities into their communication services, officials say. Fines for those targeted companies that fail to add such functions would start at $25,000 a day. 

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria, Boston and George W. Bush

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the White House’s belief that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. How should President Obama respond if such a red line has been crossed?

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Inside America’s Dirty Wars

The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

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Don’t Push Us, Intelligence Veterans Say

Intelligence experts say criticism that the FBI should have done more to catch the Tsarnaev brothers and prevent the Boston Marathon bombings could provoke government agencies to infringe civil liberties.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE



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FBI Releases Video, Images of Two Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

The FBI on Thursday released surveillance video and photographs of two persons of interest agents want to question in connection with the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, asking for the public’s help to find them.

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No Arrests, No Responsibility Determined in Boston Attacks (Video)

Law enforcement agencies are scrambling to figure out who carried out the Boston Marathon blasts. So far there have been no arrests, no credible claims of responsibility and little information from authorities about who might have planted the explosive devices.

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State of Fear

The security and surveillance state, recently released FBI documents show, monitors even mainstream dissenters and is determined to shut down all organized resistance to corporate rule. The goal: an encompassing system of pervasive fear and overt intimidation.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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John Kiriakou Becomes First CIA Officer to Face Prison for Classified Leak

The former CIA officer who blew the whistle on waterboarding is preparing to serve a 30-month prison sentence for disclosing to a reporter the name of a covert agent previously involved in the government’s torture program.

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Secret Docs: The FBI vs. Occupy

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the woman who obtained records showing the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days as a potential terrorist threat, talks about how agents conducted the effort to track the movement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



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How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

The Invisible Government, published by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross in 1964, was groundbreaking, shadow-removing, illuminating. It caused a fuss from its very first paragraph, which was then a shockeroo: “There are two governments in the United States today. One is visible. The other is invisible.”

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Do Americans Deserve to See These Secret Documents?

From the memo detailing the right to assassinate U.S. citizens worldwide to the paper negotiating the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, the U.S. government has kept many documents classified for dubious reasons. David Wallechinsky of AllGov looks at 11 of them.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


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