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Chris Hedges: The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 1 Comment
Chris Hedges: The Crime of Peaceful Protest

The state, after the coordinated nationwide eradication of Occupy encampments, has relentlessly used the courts to harass and neutralize Occupy activists, often handing out long probation terms that come with activists’ forced acceptance of felony charges. A felony charge makes it harder to find employment. Most important, the long probation terms effectively prohibit further activism.

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People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

Foster Gamble: From one perspective, people are trying to use the government and the court system to stand up for their rights. Ideally, from my perspective, none of this begging for rights from authoritarian rulers or frequently co-opted courts should be necessary because no person or organization should have rights that all people don’t have. I believe that any individual or corporation that is violating any person, their privacy, or their property should be prosecuted and need to provide restitution. These legislative wins that I refer to are examples of that Stage, of bringing as much integrity to our existing institutions as we can while we’re transforming our society to a free one. As we learn to move into self-ownership and self-governance, where there are defensive rules to protect against aggression and fraud, hopefully we’re going to look back at the obvious evidence showing government to be the most lethal concept in human history with over 200 million deaths just within our governments’ own so-called jurisdiction in the 20th century alone. People who want others to rule them can set up their own special colonies for self-selected coercion, but the rest of us, following the principle of the non-initiation of force, will be free to love, to prosper, and to thrive.

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Matt Taibbi: Who Does, and Who Doesn’t, Go to Prison in America

Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
Matt Taibbi: Who Does, and Who Doesn’t, Go to Prison in America

In this interview with former Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, he compares the non-enforcement of socially destructive white-collar crime with the highly aggressive law enforcement tactics applied to virtually everyone else in America.

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“A Travesty of Justice”: Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans via Drones

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Military with 0 Comments
“A Travesty of Justice”: Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans via Drones

A US federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s killing of three Americans in drone strokes, a decision slammed as “a true travesty of justice for our constitutional democracy.”

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McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy.

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Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC overturned a law that allowed the federal government to cap how much an individual could give to multiple federal candidates and committees in a single campaign cycle. The $123,200 overall limit for total contributions to campaigns, parties, and PACs will no longer be in effect, although contributions to individual candidates remain limited to $2,600. Potentially opening the door to a flood of cash from wealthy individuals, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, stating that this ruling “perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. In the 2nd video (see below), RT’s Lindsay France looks into this historic ruling.

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Senate Report: CIA Has Been Lying About Torture

Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
Senate Report: CIA Has Been Lying About Torture

The CIA has been misleading Congress and the public about its interrogation practices for years, according to The Washington Post. Post reporters spoke with officials who have seen a still classified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, detailing the growth of secret “black sites,” misstatements on the effectiveness of harsh interrogation techniques, and how the CIA has misled Congress about how they gain intelligence from detainees. The controversial report is expected to come before the full Senate on Thursday for a vote on whether to declassify the document. RT’s Ameera David speaks with national security journalist Marcy Wheeler about these new revelations.

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: The disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United threw out campaign funding laws that limited what wealthy individuals and corporations could spend on elections. Since that ruling, campaign spending by Adelson, the Koch brothers and a handful of other billionaire families has fundamentally undermined American democracy. If present trends continue, elections will not be decided by one-person, one-vote, but by a small number of very wealthy families who spend huge amounts of money supporting right-wing candidates who protect their interests. This process – a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process – is called “oligarchy.” The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.

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The “Big Secret” Behind the CIA Spying on the Congress: America’s Rogue Government

The “Big Secret” Behind the CIA Spying on the Congress: America’s Rogue Government

You’ve heard that there’s a big battle between the CIA and Congress over the CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s review of documents related to the Bush-era torture program. Many are calling it a “constitutional crisis“. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa calls it potential “treason“. The congress members complaining about spying by the CIA are right, of course.

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Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power. By blatantly concealing what Feinstein condemned as “the horrible details of a CIA program that never, never, never should have existed,” the spy agency now acts as a power unto itself, and the agency’s outrages have finally aroused the senator’s umbrage.

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Margin of Safety Dwindles at Federal Reserve

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Bankers & Wall St. with 0 Comments
Margin of Safety Dwindles at Federal Reserve

Tracking data for the US Federal Reserve shows an astounding decline in the Fed’s ‘margin of safety’ over the last few years.

 Does a currency crisis loom?

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‘Citizens Won Today’: Judge Strikes Down Nebraska’s Keystone XL OK

Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
‘Citizens Won Today’: Judge Strikes Down Nebraska’s Keystone XL OK

In a victory for opponents of the Keystone XL, a local judge on Wednesday struck down a law that would allow the tar sands pipeline to pass through Nebraska, the Associated Press is reporting. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman approved TransCanada’s pipeline over a year ago, but in a ruling today Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy states that Nebraska’s Legislative Bill 1161, which allowed for pipeline companies to go around the state’s Public Service Commission to get approval, is unconstitutional, and therefore the governor’s action was “predicated on an unconstitutional statute” and as such is null and void.

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Minority Report Is Here: Chicago Residents Get Police Visit Based on Pre-Crime Surveillance List

Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Minority Report Is Here: Chicago Residents Get Police Visit Based on Pre-Crime Surveillance List

With the quickening pace of technological advancement it is no surprise to see “ideas” become reality quicker than ever before. Philip K. Dick explored the concept of pre-crime in his short story “The Minority Report” in 1956. We are now at the point where “Minority Report” is being used as a sound description of current technological applications, even in mainstream news, which means that the future is actually the present. Below you will find 10 signs that we have now entered the world depicted in fiction.

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Federal Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
Federal Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

RT: US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 20-year-old surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing, will face the death penalty in his trial. In April, prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan – the 26-year-old who authorities believe was the mastermind – left two bombs near the finish line of the historic Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Tsarnaev has pled not guilty to the 30 criminal charges he faces, 17 of which would carry the death penalty should he be convicted. Ameera David talks to RT’s Marina Portnaya about Holder’s decision-making process in opting for the death penalty in this case.

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The U.S. Crackdown on Hackers Is Our New War on Drugs

Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 4 Comments
The U.S. Crackdown on Hackers Is Our New War on Drugs

The growing recognition of the powerful capabilities of modern computing and networking has resulted in a “cyber panic” in legislatures and prosecutor offices across the country. Instead of reexamination, we’ve seen aggressive charges and excessive punishment.

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