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Truthdigger of the Week: Cecily McMillan

Occupy Wall Street organizer Cecily McMillan is paying with her time and body for our leaders’ sins of unbridled power and extreme wealth.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE



How ‘Revolution’ Became an Adjective

For the last several years, the word has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody—visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian—to cue its appearance on camera.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE


Propaganda: Securiotic

An excerpt from an animated film in production skewers claims that police state-style measures of social control are undertaken for the good of citizens.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE


Parent Arrested After Asking Questions at School Meeting

A Baltimore father was forced out of a public meeting between parents and leaders of his child’s school district Thursday and faces a possible 10½ years in jail on charges of assaulting a police officer after being removed when he dared to ask an unscripted question, reports an article on “Activist Post.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex

Calling the border security act the Senate passed on June 27 “immigration reform” is like calling the National Security Agency’s expanding global surveillance system a domestic telecommunications upgrade. It’s really all about the country that the United States is becoming—one of the police and the policed.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE


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AP / Nick Ut

Top Ten American Steps Toward a Police State

The police state is characterized by a standing political police, by intense domestic surveillance and by restrictions on the movements of citizens. Police states are on a spectrum, and unfortunately in the past decade the United States has moved toward police-stateness in small but key ways.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg remains a steadfast example of the courage he recognizes in Edward Snowden and others in the current generation of whistle-blowers.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Feingold Correctly Predicted Patriot Act Abuse in 2001 (Video)

When the Senate passed the Patriot Act after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, only one senator voted against it: Russ Feingold, a Democrat from Wisconsin. At the time, he expressed concern over where it could lead. And in the wake of revelations about the scope of NSA surveillance, it turns out the former senator’s fears were completely justified.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: NSA Whistle-Blower Edward Snowden (Updated)

The Guardian notes, “Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Lockdown, USA: Lessons From the Boston Marathon Manhunt

What is needed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy is careful reflection about what locking down an entire city means—not just for the future of urban living, but for democracy itself.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE


How Not to Prevent a School Shooting

What happens when you put police-minded people in charge of schools? Officials take ideas like “bulletproof whiteboards” seriously.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tom Engelhardt

At least three times a week, there is one place online where readers can go for the most comprehensive coverage possible of the workings of American Empire.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Julio Cortez

Police State Argument Begins After Bombing Suspect’s Capture

After the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, civil rights activists and officials are disputing whether it was acceptable for police to deprive him of his Miranda rights, and whether he should be classified as an enemy combatant and denied a lawyer.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Where the Opposition Is Going

As austerity pushed by Britain’s Tory government whittles away jobs and benefits and increases poverty and despair, many Brits are asking where the resistance is. Journalist Laurie Penny knows: “There was resistance, and it was brutally and systematically put down.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Spy Agencies to Have Access to Your Finances

The Obama administration plans to give all U.S. intelligence agencies full access to a database that contains information on the financial activity of American citizens and others who bank in the country, a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters says.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



The Guardian

Raytheon Creates Social Media Spy Software (Video)

The world’s fifth-largest defense contractor has developed a surveillance program that predicts your behavior by tracking the movement of your smartphone and mining public data from sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The American Lockdown State

This Inauguration Day, Washington was in a lockdown mode unmatched by any inauguration from another era—not even Lincoln’s second inaugural in the midst of the Civil War, or Franklin Roosevelt’s during World War II, or John F. Kennedy’s at the height of the Cold War. Yet the subject got remarkably little attention during the ensuing media blitz.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s Second Term Begins, Maher on the U.S. ‘Quasi-Police State,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including sore loser Rick Santorum’s tough talk for the president and why the Republicans’ debt ceiling proposal may be a constitutional fail.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Electronic Frontier Foundation

As the larger part of American culture seems ready to surrender its claim to privacy without question, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are riding like Paul Revere through the digital Massachusetts night.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



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High Insecurity in the Police State

Anna Minton took a tour of an East London housing estate that received a Secured by Design award for its “small windows, reinforced steel doors and grey, aluminium, military-style roofs. The overall effect,” she says of results that will be published in a forthcoming report, “was oppressive.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE


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Truthdig/Zuade Kaufman

America the Great ... Police State

Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal’s essays over the last six years. In a tribute to his legacy, we’ll be rerunning his great works. In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the U.S. is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws—only by armed men and force.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


OWS Raid: ‘Red Scare History Burst Through My Door’

In the early hours of July 10, armed SWAT officers burst through the doors of an apartment belonging to organizers of Occupy Seattle as part of an ongoing investigation into the May Day riots. Phillip Neel, one of the residents of that apartment, talks about the ordeal.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


Tipping Point Democracy

A collection of distinguished voices on the left—journalists, activists and organizers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—sued the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In interviews that occurred during or after the March court hearing, they spoke to the deep, grim causes of the deterioration of Western societies.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Alexander Cockburn’s Amerika

Two percent of the U.S. adult population in lockup; 600,000 “stop-and-frisks” in New York City; three-quarters of a million people booked as official sex offenders. Counterpunch editor Alexander Cockburn thinks it’s time we revisit the notion of “fascism.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Chicago Police Detain Independent Journalists at Gunpoint (Video)

Police stopped and drew guns on a group of independent journalists who were driving home after covering the NATO protests in Chicago on Monday evening. Tim Pool and Luke Rudkowski, two of the best-known live streamers covering the Occupy movement, believe they may have been targeted.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP/M. Spencer Green

2 NATO Protesters Arrested, Charged With Terrorism

Two men involved in the NATO summit protests in Chicago are being held on separate terrorism charges. One is accused of making a false threat about blowing up a highway overpass. The other is charged with discussing the making of a pipe bomb.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE


Relax, Everything Is OK

The 20th-century French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus once wrote: “At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.” For the unfortunate few deprived of the experience, a few megaphone-wielding British agitators took to the streets of London to make things clear. (more)

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Wong

The Chinafication of America

A recent trip to China made me think about the way life can go on in a police state when people are much more preoccupied with economic survival than with civil liberties.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hossam Ali

Cops Disperse Syrian Funeral for Protesters

A crowd of 20,000 people at a funeral for six slain protesters in the southern Syrian town of Dara’a was dispersed by police with tear gas and truncheons Saturday.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Condemns Tyranny While Torturing Bradley Manning

Juan Cole examines the psychological torture of accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning in light of the collapse of Tunisia’s brutal regime. The “monarchical national security state” created by George W. Bush and his cohort can abuse, torment and punish the unconvicted with the best of them.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Is on Collapsing Empire Watch

As the Salon scribe points out, it can be “quite difficult to really internalize” America’s superpower implosion, but the numbers don’t lie. Our life expectancy ranking is dropping like a rock, while we’re getting better and better at imprisoning, executing and selling guns to people. USA! USA!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Witness Says Slain Day Laborer Was Unarmed

The neighborhood of Westlake near downtown Los Angeles has been under lockdown as protests continue after the LAPD killing of a Guatemalan day laborer Sunday. Officers say the man was brandishing a knife, but one witness has come forward to say he was unarmed.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


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No Firings in LAPD’s May Day Brutality

A Los Angeles police review panel comprised mostly of cops has refused to fire any of the officers involved in the 2007 May Day brutality in MacArthur Park. The city shelled out $13 million in settlements because of the melee, but the worst punishment handed down was a 20-day suspension for one cop.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Matt Rourke

Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention

St. Paul is a window into our future. It is a future where constitutional rights mean nothing and where lawful dissent is branded a form of terrorism.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


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nyc.indymedia.org

Over 300 Arrested at RNC

Beginning Saturday with a guns-drawn assault on a protester meeting space and continuing through the weekend with raids on houses of known activists in St. Paul, Twin Cities police have arrested over 300 anti-RNC demonstrators. At least 120 of them are accused of felonies, including trumped-up “conspiracy to riot” charges.

Posted on Sep 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Wiki Commons/Andy Miah

Beijing 2008: Are You Ready for McCommunism?

Naomi Klein points out that while repression in China is nothing new, Police State 2.0 has nothing to do with Communist ideological purity and everything to do with creating “the ultimate consumer cocoon for Visa cards, Adidas sneakers, China Mobile cell phones, McDonald’s happy meals, Tsingtao beer, and UPS delivery—to name just a few of the official Olympic sponsors. But the hottest new market of all is the surveillance itself ... an entirely for-profit affair that is the latest frontier for the global Disaster Capitalism Complex.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


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The American Police State

A Dallas jury, a week ago, caused a mistrial in the government case against this country’s largest Islamic charity. The action raises a defiant fist on the sinking ship of American democracy.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Ellsberg Warns of Possible ‘Police State’ in U.S.

Just to put current world events in perspective, here’s a transcript of a recent speech by Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the press during the Vietnam War, about some potential developments that could severely harm our country in the not-so-distant future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Yahoo Sued for Collaborating With China

A human rights organization is suing Yahoo for assisting the Chinese government in arresting dissidents by providing information on its users. Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo has defended the practice of handing over data to China as a necessary evil mitigated by the benefits of the Internet, crippled and corrupt though it may be.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


In Orlando, Charity Can Be a Crime

A 21-year-old Floridian was arrested in Orlando for feeding a group of 30 homeless people. It is illegal in Orlando to feed more than 25 destitute people without a permit, which can be obtained only twice a year. As if to drive home the absurdity of the law, authorities took a sample of Eric Montanez’s illegal stew for evidence.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


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