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What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

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  • "Spies of Mississippi," won't be airing (Feb 10) on WETA, the public television station serving the nation's capital. 
  • A shadowy government entity (Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission) exercising questionable powers in the name of a vaguely defined goal? It's not hard to draw a parallel between the commission and today’s government activity in the name of homeland security.
  • Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division

Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

 

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spies-of-mississippi.pngFeb 10, 2014 | A new documentary called Spies of Mississippi takes a look at the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a state agency that served as a political surveillance tool in the 1950s and '60s, keeping tabs on civil rights activists.

As a review in the New York Times (2/10/14) notes: 

A shadowy government entity exercising questionable powers in the name of a vaguely defined goal? It's not hard to draw a parallel between the commission and today’s government activity in the name of homeland security.

It sounds like a pretty timely film, then, and it's being made available this evening to PBS stations around the country, thanks to the series Independent Lens.

Peter Hart is the Activism Director and and Co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin, He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! 

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Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division, David Sirota, Pando Daily

  • Millions of unsuspecting viewers (are) wholly unaware that the PBS “reporting” they are watching is not objective news, but instead an ideological advertisement funded by a billionaire trying to manipulate public policy.
  • The Wolf of Sesame Street
  • A Word from Our Sponsor
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary
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Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers

  • “Michael Dunn is on trial for killing a 17-year-old in a dispute over loud music, and this case is far from an isolated incident,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Just last month, a man with a concealed carry permit shot and killed someone who was texting in a movie theater. State policymakers are jeopardizing public safety with laws that allow virtually anyone to carry a concealed handgun, and innocent people are paying with their lives.”
  • White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

Avery Palmer, Violence Policy Center

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CCWbargraphFeb2014%20670%20wide.jpg February 10 - As the trial of concealed carry permit holder Michael Dunn in the fatal shooting of teenager Jordan Davis gets underway, research shows this tragic incident is part of a nationwide trend. The Violence Policy Center (VPC) has found that individuals legally allowed to carry concealed handguns are responsible for at least 622 deaths since May 2007 — including the victims of 27 mass shootings and the killing of 14 law enforcement officers.

The VPC details these incidents in the latest update to Concealed Carry Killers, an online resource that offers examples of non-self defense killings by private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns in public. 

Because there is no comprehensive recordkeeping of deaths involving concealed handgun permit holders and many states in fact bar the release of such information, the examples on the Concealed Carry Killers website are taken primarily from news reports and most likely represent a fraction of actual events.

 

michael_dunn2-620x412.jpg Michael Dunn reacts after the verdict is read in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (Credit: AP/Bob Mack)

The Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national non-profit, works to stop the annual toll (More than 30,000 Americans die in gun-related incidents.) of death and injury through research, advocacy, education, and collaboration.

Avery Palmer is Communications Director at Violence Policy Center.

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White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman, Paul Rosenberg, Salon 

  • Monday, Feb 17, 2014 | The way we talk about race remains all wrong -- and until we fix it, more young people are going to needlessly die.
  • Although Michael Dunn was found guilty of four lesser charges, his mistrial for the murder of Jordan Davis bears obvious comparison to George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. In both cases, innocent, unarmed black teenagers were killed with impunity, with after-the-fact “explanations” that strain credulity, to say the least, while prosecutors failed to address the central role that race played in the case.

At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress  

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

Toothless On 42nd Street

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  • But the United Nations … has thereby enabled the church to continue its reign of terror against … millions of innocent little victims, and millions of victims yet to come... . And so it is now up to the people of the world through their lawful common law courts and enforcement, to directly stop the crimes of the Vatican.
  • UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate action.

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Recently, datelined Berlin, we learned from the popular media - and gee- whizz, even the normally dissident media on which we depend NOT to be popular - that "a UN committee issued a scathing indictment of the Vatican's handling of cases of child sexual abuse involving clerics, releasing a report that included criticism of church teachings on homosexuality, gender equality and abortion."

Don't you just love the softened verbiage, the hesitant love-taps on the centuries of genocide, the "scathing" of the un-scathable? But wait, there's more of what we have come to expect from the United Nations organization, closely followed and emulated by academics, polite corporate journalists and the 40% of us who are nostalgic Catholics in the media and political ranks:

William Annett written six books, including a page-turner on mutual funds, a send-up on the securities industry, three corporate histories and a novel, the latter no doubt inspired by his current occupation in Daytona Beach as a law-abiding beach comber.

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UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate action, Lizzy Davies in Rome and Henry McDonald, theguardian.com

Vatican envoy rejects UN panel's critical verdict on clerical abuse scandal.

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  • Devastating UN report demands Vatican 'immediately remove' all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers
  • Vatican envoy rejects UN panel's critical verdict on clerical abuse scandal
  • Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

Special Report | NSA Spying: Week Ending February 16, 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:
    • Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald | The NSA's Secret Role in the US Assassination Program
    • Why A Bipartisan Move Against The NSA Could Kill The New Deal, Zack Beauchamp and Ian Miller
    • NSA Bulk Metadata Collection Is Illegal: Government Oversight Board
    • Chris Hedges | What Obama Really Meant Was…
    • Glenn Greenwald: Obama NSA Speech A 'PR Gesture' 
    • “Surveillance breeds conformity”: Salon’s Glenn Greenwald interview
    • NSA Surveillance Is About Power, Not "Safety"
    • Ralph Nader | Corporate Espionage Undermines Democracy
    • You're not paranoid--the NSA really is spying on you

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jimmy Margulies

 

Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald | The NSA's Secret Role in the US Assassination Program, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept 

  • The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes - an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
  • Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

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Why A Bipartisan Move Against The NSA Could Kill The New Deal, Zack Beauchamp and Ian Miller, ThinkProgress

  • If Utah can cut of water or electricity to the NSA, what’s to prevent Texas from cutting off power to federal agencies that provide health care to poor people?
  • Libertarians who endorse a constitutional theory that radically limits federal power will be happy to craft legislation consistent with that theory; liberals will find the implications of such a law repulsive.
  • Beware Of Libertarians Bearing Gifts
  • NSA Bulk Metadata Collection Is Illegal: Government Oversight Board

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NSA Bulk Metadata Collection Is Illegal: Government Oversight Board, John Glaser, Antiwar.com

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Chris Hedges | What Obama Really Meant Was…, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

  • Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence (if he had told the truth)
  • No Place to Hide

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Glenn Greenwald: Obama NSA Speech A 'PR Gesture' Jack Mirkinson , Huffington Post

  • He noted that Obama was framing the debate around where citizens' data would be stored, rather than whether it needed to be collected in the first place.
  • “Surveillance breeds conformity”: Salon’s Glenn Greenwald interview

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“Surveillance breeds conformity”: Salon’s Glenn Greenwald interview, Natasha Lennard, Salon

  • Glenn Greenwald tells us what he'd have done different in '13, why privacy matters and his hope for his new venture.
  • Facebook is reading your private messages, new lawsuit alleges

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NSA Surveillance Is About Power, Not "Safety" Edward Snowden, Countercurrents.org

  • An open letter to the people of Brazil. This letter was published today (December 17) in the Brazilian newspaper A Folha in Portuguese and this original text was provided via the Facebook page of Glenn Greenwald's husband David Miranda.
  • Ralph Nader | Corporate Espionage Undermines Democracy

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Ralph Nader | Corporate Espionage Undermines Democracy, Ralph Nader, Reuters <> 

  • It's not just the NSA that has been caught spying on Americans. Some of our nation's largest corporations have been conducting espionage as well, against civic groups.
  • The NSA is crippling America’s economy

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You're not paranoid--the NSA really is spying on you, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

  • In the name of making us "safe," the NSA has shredded privacy rights and now treats all citizens as suspects
  • Four Ways To Escape The NSA Dragnet

Keystone XL pipeline: The Basics

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  • The probability of spills from this pipeline is high and more threatening than conventional spills, because tar sands oil sinks rather than floats, making clean ups more difficult and costly. TransCanada's first pipeline proves that this threat is real, as it spilled a dozen times in less than a year of operation. Experts warn that the more acidic and corrosive consistency of the type of tar sands oil being piped into the U.S. as well as the risk of external corrosion from higher pipeline  temperatures makes spills more likely, and have joined the EPA in calling on the State Department to conduct a thorough study of these risks. 
  • Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb
  • Series | Snake Oil, Introduction: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future

Friends of the Earth

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small/keystonemap.jpgThe Canadian company TransCanada hopes to begin building the northern section of an oil pipeline that would trek close to 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. If constructed, the pipeline, known as Keystone XL, will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil. Along its route from Alberta to Texas, this pipeline could devastate ecosystems, pollute water sources and jeopardize public health.

Giant oil corporations invested in Canada's tar sands are counting on the Keystone XL pipeline to make the expansion of oil extraction operations there profitable: The pipeline would double imports of dirty tar sands oil into the United States and transport it to refineries on the Gulf Coast and ports for international export.

Friends of the Earth, as an outspoken leader in the environmental and progressive communities, seeks to change the perception of the public, media and policy makers -- and effect policy change -- with hard-hitting, well-reasoned policy analysis and advocacy campaigns that describe what needs to be done, rather than what is seen as politically feasible or politically correct.

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Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb, Juan Cole, Informed Comment

  • If you approve Keystone XL and become an enabler of tar sands, you will not only lose that opportunity (to enter the history books for your second term achievements), you will be remembered as a second Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned.
  • Breaking: Update on Keystone XL

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Series | Snake Oil, Introduction: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future, Richard Heinberg, Resilience.org

For the past decade I’ve been a participant in a high-stakes energy policy debate—writing books, giving lectures, and appearing on radio and television to point out how downright dumb it is for America to continue relying on fossil fuels. Oil, coal, and natural gas are finite and depleting, and burning them changes Earth’s climate and compromises our future, so you might think that curtailing their use would be simple common sense. But there are major players in the debate who want to keep us burning more.

Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division

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  • Millions of unsuspecting viewers (are) wholly unaware that the PBS “reporting” they are watching is not objective news, but instead an ideological advertisement funded by a billionaire trying to manipulate public policy.
  • The Wolf of Sesame Street
  • A Word from Our Sponsor
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

David Sirota, Pando Daily

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February 12, 2014 | On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on  major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour.

However, neither the WNET press release nor the broadcasted segments explicitly disclosed who is financing the series. Pando has exclusively confirmed that “Pension Peril” is secretly funded by former Enron trader John Arnold, a billionaire political powerbroker who is actively trying to shape the very pension policy that the series claims to be dispassionately covering.

David Sirota is a staff writer for Pando Daily, television commentator and nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, The Nation and Salon.com. He covers the intersection of politics, technology and popular culture.

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A Word from Our Sponsor, Jane Mayer, New Yorker

  • Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch.
  • PBS Drone Coverage Brought to You by Drone Makers

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PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary, Alesa Mackool, SEIU.org

  • Sign our petition to PBS: Koch money shouldn't influence our media.  We want to see "Citizen Koch" aired.
  • The Corporate Dictatorship of PBS and NPR
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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald | The NSA's Secret Role in the US Assassination Program

  • The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes - an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
  • Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

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9493-drone-mountains-sky-041713.jpg Scahill and Greenwald: 'The agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies.' (photo: file)

10 Feb 2014 | The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter and war correspondent. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the National Security Correspondent for The Nation Magazine and Democracy Now!

Glenn Greenwald  is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012.

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abdulrahman-al-aulaki.jpg 16-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, who the Obama administration has admitted to killing in a drone strike.

Obama White House targeting American for drone murder, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

  • 11 February 2014 | Unnamed “senior US officials” have told the Associated Press that the Obama administration is “wrestling with whether to kill [a US citizen] with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy.”
  • This extraordinary AP report publicly announces and justifies a drone assassination of an American citizen before it takes place. It has all the hallmarks of a deliberately orchestrated leak. Its evident aim is to lend a veneer of “transparency” and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder, all the better to institutionalize it as a permanent arm of dictatorial presidential power.

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