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US Military Is Sexually Assaulting Colombian Children (Project Censored #16)

US Military Is Sexually Assaulting Colombian Children (Project Censored #16)

According to an 800-page report commissioned by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), US military personnel raped at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007. Adriaan Alsema, writing for Colombia Reports, was first to report the story in the English-language press on March 23, 2015.

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Project Censored #17: Media ‘Whitewash’ Senate’s CIA Torture Report

Project Censored #17: Media ‘Whitewash’ Senate’s CIA Torture Report

Although the corporate and progressive press alike focused public attention on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s December 2014 report on the CIA’s secret program of abductions, “brutal” interrogations, and torture of terrorism suspects, Nafeez Ahmed reported that this coverage has “whitewashed the extent to which torture has always been an integral and systematic intelligence practice since the second World War.” Despite President Barack Obama’s claims that he officially banned torture in 2009, these practices continue today, “under the careful recalibration of Obama and his senior military intelligence officials,” serving to legitimize the existence and expansion of the national security apparatus, Ahmed wrote.

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Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Ryan Gallagher reported for the Intercept that the National Security Agency (NSA) has developed a “Google-like” search engine called ICREACH, which has the capacity to gather personal information. This search engine can access over 850 million personal records, including private e-mails, chats, and some phone locations.

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The Hunger Games, Its Real Meaning and Why the Message Must be Understood

The Hunger Games, Its Real Meaning and Why the Message Must be Understood

The Hunger Games real meaning is an allegory. Main actor, Donald Sutherland is risking his career to expose it. It is vital that young people seeing the movies know what they are really about.

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These 3 Judges Hold the Fate Of The Internet In Their Hands

Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Internet Control with 2 Comments
These 3 Judges Hold the Fate Of The Internet In Their Hands

Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online. At stake are the government’s net neutrality rules…

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FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

Responding to announcements by Apple and Google that they would make customers’ smartphone and computer data more secure, in October 2014 the FBI’s director James Comey announced the Bureau was seeking to enlarge its data collection capabilities to include direct access to cell phones, tablets, and computers through an expansion of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in the interest of “public safety”

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Unprocessed Rape Kits Lower Rape Prosecutions (Project Censored #23)

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Censorship, Government, Policies with 3 Comments
Unprocessed Rape Kits Lower Rape Prosecutions (Project Censored #23)

A report that got little mainstream media attention indicates that although the testing of rape kits—forensic exams that collect evidence of rape or sexual assault, including the perpetrator’s DNA—can be “vital for the prosecution of cases,” a backlog of untested rape kits may factor into low rape prosecution rates.

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Cops Arrested and Charged with Murder After Shooting Autistic Kid 5 Times

Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies with 33 Comments
Cops Arrested and Charged with Murder After Shooting Autistic Kid 5 Times

An autistic child, 6 year old Jeremy Mardis, was shot and killed on Friday by police officers of the Louisiana State Police Department. The Superintendent gave an update in a press conference remarking about the incident.

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Why Does America Have More Prisoners Than Any Police State?

Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 62 Comments
Why Does America Have More Prisoners Than Any Police State?

Did you know that the U.S. is the most incarcerated nation in the world with more prisoners than any other per capita? This article examines why.

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The Current Militarization of America’s Public Schools

Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Corruption, Government, Military with 4 Comments
The Current Militarization of America’s Public Schools

Thanks to a combination of media hype, political pandering and financial incentives, the use of armed police officers to patrol school hallways has risen dramatically in the years since the Columbine school shooting (nearly 20,000 by 2003). Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, these school resource officers (SROs) have become de facto wardens in elementary, middle, and high schools, doling out their own brand of justice to the so-called ‘criminals’ in their midst with the help of tasers, pepper spray, batons and brute force.

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Israel, Zionist Ambition, ISIS and US Affiliated Connections – Part One

Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Corruption, Government, Politics with 21 Comments
Israel, Zionist Ambition, ISIS and US Affiliated Connections – Part One

The creation of ISIS and other, frankly, narcissistic, terrorist groups is mostly about leveraging successful psychologies to underscore the funneling of willing dupes. Aided & abetted by institutions, the mainstream (and most alternative) medias, freelance & paid experts, have constructed a false “reality” and the veil of deceit is now so thick, justifications for lies are scarcely offered.

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Big Push Towards a Holistic and Creative Educational System

Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 4 Comments
Big Push Towards a Holistic and Creative Educational System

By Lance Schuttler  | TheMindUnleashed.com “Reform is not enough anymore. Because that’s simply improving a broken model. What we need, and the word’s been used many times in the course of the past few days, is not evolution, but a revolution in education. This has to be transformed into something else.” – Sir Ken Robinson […]

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Obama encouraging limits on standardized student tests

Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 8 Comments
Obama encouraging limits on standardized student tests

Addressing one of education’s most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools.

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In ‘Tragic’ Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking

Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 8 Comments
In ‘Tragic’ Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking

In a blow to anti-fracking campaigners across the state, the Ohio Supreme Court said this week that the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling activities—and therefore, to ban fracking within municipal borders—lies with the state as opposed to cities, towns, or counties.

As the Akron Beacon Journal put it: “The decision takes local control of drilling away from communities and supports the state as the continued main overseer of drilling.”

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Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Since Estonia regained independence in 1991, its government has sought to redesign the nation’s entire information infrastructure with goals of openness, privacy, and security. The technology platform that Estonia built to serve its citizens sets an example for the rest of the world. Each citizen has one identification number to use across all systems, from paper passport to bank records to any government office or medical care. This includes giving electronic signatures, filing taxes, and voting. Estonians elect their parliament online, and get their taxes back in two days.

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