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"Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance

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So what will the future of American society and culture be? Will it be a place for true tolerance, where competing ideas and visions of human flourishing are openly and respectfully debated in the public square? Or will the new tolerance create a totalitarian regime that controls both private thought and public engagement through accusations of bigotry while masquerading as enlightenment and progress?

Ben Crenshaw, Intellectual Takeout

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August 26, 2015 | America is in the midst of a raging national debate on issues surrounding sexuality and gender. If you dare to suggest that gender is determined by sex and is immutable, that same-sex sex acts are immoral, or that marriage is a permanent, exclusive union of husband and wife, then you will be called an intolerant bigot, hater, and homophobe.

Where does the charge of bigotry come from? Is it just a passing fad, a political and social tool for power and control, or do its roots go deeper?

Ben R. Crenshaw is pursuing a double MA at Denver Seminary and is a teaching fellow at the Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture.

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Special Report | Julian Bond and the Civil Rights Movement, August 22, 2015

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  • "I am a hopeless optimist; I always believe things will work out." — Julian Bond
  • Part 1: What Julian Bond Taught Me
  • Part 2: We've Lost A Champion

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: What Julian Bond Taught Me

Freedom movements don’t just happen, they are made—and not by charismatic leaders, but by everyday people possessing great courage.

Jeanne Theoharis, the Nation

Julian%20Bond-%20We%27ve%20Lost%20a%20Champion.jpgAugust 17, 2015 | His lecture on the Montgomery bus boycott spanned three class periods. Professor Julian Bond traced the origins and development of the boycott, in the hours and days after Rosa Parks’ arrest. Character by character, he detailed the various people who came together to turn Parks’ bus stand into a movement in Montgomery and how they sustained that effort for 382 days.

On Saturday night, August 15, Julian Bond died after a brief illness. The 75-year-old civil rights leader had been a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), whose courageous direct action changed the systems of racial inequality in voting, jobs, schools, and public services in the South. Elected to the Georgia state legislature in 1965 , Bond was then denied his seat because of his opposition to the Vietnam War, fought and won it back twice, and served for twenty years, first in the House and then in the Senate. Continuing his commitment to social justice, he served as the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center and as chairman of the NAACP. And for the past 25 years, he had also been a professor at Williams College, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, American University, and the University of Virginia.

Jeanne Theoharis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College, is the author of the award-winning The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.

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Part 2: We've Lost A Champion

With Julian's passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all.

Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center

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August 16, 2015 | It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond, SPLC's first president. He was 75 years old and died last evening, August 15, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

From his days as the co-founder and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century, Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. He served as the SPLC's president from our founding in 1971 to 1979, and later as a member of its board of directors.

Morris Dees is Founder, Chief Trial Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

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Special Project | The Fight for American Rights and Liberties: Week Ending August 15, 2015

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  • Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
  • 9 New items including:
    • Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 7: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism
    • John Oliver Gets Edward Snowden to Crack
    • Ferguson report: Perversion of court system, rampant racism
    • The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
    • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation
    • UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials
    • Civil Rights Pioneer: America's Discriminatory Election Landscape Worst in 50 Years
    • We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election
    • You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pavel Constantin

 

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Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 7: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism, Natasha Hakimi Zapata, http://www.truthdig.com

  • In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites.
  • Part 6: on the culture of violence in the United States
  • Part 5: on Respecting America's Founding Fathers 
  • Part 4: For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control
  • Part 3: on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State
  • Part 2: on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy
  • Part 1: on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex

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John Oliver Gets Edward Snowden to Crack, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Snowden is stunned to near-silence, not expecting such a contentious line of questioning from the bespectacled late-night host.
  • Part 1: John Oliver Makes Edward Snowden Squirm on ‘Last Week Tonight’
  • Part 2: Why John Oliver Can't Find Americans Who Know Edward Snowden's Name (It's Not About Snowden). 

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Ferguson report: Perversion of court system, rampant racism, Mary Turck, maryturck.com 

  • The report is as appalling as it is important, and it should be required reading and study in criminal justice classes, especially for future police officers.
  • No time to read the whole DOJ report? Read my summary.

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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' Spencer Ackerman, Guardian US

  • Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
  • ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
  • Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
  • Latest: Follow the Guardian’s investigation into Chicago’s Homan Square
  • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

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LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation, Rory CarrollGuardian US

  • A video taken by a passerby appears to show police officers wrestling the man to the ground before shots are heard.
  • Civilian oversight and other reforms have improved the LAPD’s fearsome image … (but) critics say the force remains prone to racism and unneccessary force.
  • Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

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UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials, John Heilprin, Newsmax

(US officials)  faced a barrage of questions from the 10-member UN Committee on Torture on how the (US) was dealing with rectifying and providing redress for acknowledged abuses during the "war on terror."

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Civil Rights Pioneer: America's Discriminatory Election Landscape Worst in 50 Years, Wade Henderson, AlterNet

  • The targets are Americans who have struggled the most for the right to vote.
  • The Latest Affirmative Action Decision Isn't Just About Race

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We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election, Wendy Weiser and Lawrence Norden, Huffington Post

This is the democracy the Roberts Court has brought us -- one in which politicians feel free to deprive targeted constituencies of the vote and special interests feel free to buy up elections.

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You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you, Falguni A. Smith, Salon

  • Government data collection is scary for many reasons. But least understood: what it does to our personal creativity
  • The Senate is about to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act?

Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 7: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism

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  • In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites.
  • Part 6: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the culture of violence in the United States
  • Part 5: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Respecting America's Founding Fathers 
  • Part 4: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control
  • Part 3: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State
  • Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy
  • Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex

Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig

scheerhedg_360.jpgJune 4, 2015 | While the two continue to disagree on many subjects throughout, they finally converge at the end of the interview on the very reason they write in the first place: to encourage our society to organize against an increasingly oppressive surveillance state, against all odds and all fear.

Watch the two respected journalists challenge one another in the video above, and read The Real News Network’s transcript of the discussion below. You can also watch the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth parts of the interview by clicking on the links provided.

Natasha Hakimi Zapata is an Assistant Editor of Truthdig

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Part 6: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the culture of violence in the United States

In perhaps the liveliest portion (sixth) of the seven part interview on The Real News Network, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges discuss the culture of violence in the United States as their opposing views on American history come to light.

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Part 5: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Respecting America's Founding Fathers 

In this (fifth) installment of their seven-part interview series Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges discuss the Founding Fathers, FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the persecution of Chelsea Manning in this sweeping conversation.

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Part 4: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control

In this installment of their seven-part interview series Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges drill into the motivations for the collusion between big tech companies and the U.S. government.

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Part 3: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State

In this installment of their seven-part interview series Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges drill into the motivations for the collusion between big tech companies and the U.S. government.

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Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

In this second part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

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Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

Special Project | The Fight for American Rights and Liberties: Week Ending August 8, 2015

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  • Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
  • 9 New items including:
    • Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex
    • John Oliver Gets Edward Snowden to Crack
    • Ferguson report: Perversion of court system, rampant racism
    • The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
    • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation
    • UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials
    • Civil Rights Pioneer: America's Discriminatory Election Landscape Worst in 50 Years
    • We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election
    • You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pavel Constantin 

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Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex, Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig 

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

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John Oliver Gets Edward Snowden to Crack, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Snowden is stunned to near-silence, not expecting such a contentious line of questioning from the bespectacled late-night host.
  • Part 1: John Oliver Makes Edward Snowden Squirm on ‘Last Week Tonight’
  • Part 2: Why John Oliver Can't Find Americans Who Know Edward Snowden's Name (It's Not About Snowden). 

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Ferguson report: Perversion of court system, rampant racism, Mary Turck, maryturck.com 

  • The report is as appalling as it is important, and it should be required reading and study in criminal justice classes, especially for future police officers.
  • No time to read the whole DOJ report? Read my summary.

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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' Spencer Ackerman, Guardian US

  • Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
  • ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
  • Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
  • Latest: Follow the Guardian’s investigation into Chicago’s Homan Square
  • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

###

LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation, Rory Carroll, Guardian US 

  • A video taken by a passerby appears to show police officers wrestling the man to the ground before shots are heard.
  • Civilian oversight and other reforms have improved the LAPD’s fearsome image … (but) critics say the force remains prone to racism and unneccessary force.
  • Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

###

UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials, John Heilprin, Newsmax

(US officials)  faced a barrage of questions from the 10-member UN Committee on Torture on how the (US) was dealing with rectifying and providing redress for acknowledged abuses during the "war on terror."

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Civil Rights Pioneer: America's Discriminatory Election Landscape Worst in 50 Years, Wade Henderson, AlterNet

  • The targets are Americans who have struggled the most for the right to vote.
  • The Latest Affirmative Action Decision Isn't Just About Race

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We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election, Wendy Weiser and Lawrence Norden, Huffington Post

This is the democracy the Roberts Court has brought us -- one in which politicians feel free to deprive targeted constituencies of the vote and special interests feel free to buy up elections.

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You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you, Falguni A. Smith, Salon

  • Government data collection is scary for many reasons. But least understood: what it does to our personal creativity
  • The Senate is about to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act?

 

Disabled Americans Are Worse Off In The Job Market Than They Were 25 Years Ago

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The failures of the ADA are manifest in the reduced life chances of millions of Americans living with disabilities. Having a separate policy and enforcement mechanism reinforces the idea that disabled people are different and should be seen differently by the law. What has developed is a separate and unequal policy system where the rights of people with disabilities are interpreted far differently than the rights of other disadvantaged groups.

David Pettinicchio, Talking Points Memo

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July  29, 2015 | Twenty-five years ago this past Sunday, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Today, people with disabilities are less likely to be employed than they were before the law was enacted. Workers with disabilities earn, on average, about $14,000 less than similar workers without disabilities. About one in every three disabled Americans lives in poverty.

When George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law in 1990, hopes were high for a revolutionary improvement in the lives of people with disabilities. What can explain this law’s colossal failure?

David Pettinicchio is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and the author of numerous articles and essays on social inequality and disability. He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 6: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the culture of violence in the United States

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  • In perhaps the liveliest portion (sixth) of the seven part interview on The Real News Network, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges discuss the culture of violence in the United States as their opposing views on American history come to light.
  • Part 5: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Respecting America's Founding Fathers 
  • Part 4: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control
  • Part 3: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State
  • Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy
  • Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex

Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig

Scheer%20%26%20Hedges%20Native%20Americans%20Fighting%20in%20Battle.jpgJune 2, 2015 | Hi. Welcome back. I’m Chris Hedges for The Real News. And I’m speaking with Robert Scheer about his new book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy. We have in previous discussions had some dispute about whether we are destroying it or whether it’s destroyed. And we’re going to try and talk in this last section a little bit about the culture of violence in the United States, which makes it very different from many other countries—Canada would be a good example—and how in a moment of societal breakdown that violence will manifest itself.

So let me begin. We are a deeply violent culture. We always have been. It is the nature of imperialism, which—of course, we colonized ourselves, and in a way that’s very different from Europe, with the subjugation and campaigns of genocide against Native Americans. The whole institution of slavery was one that was kept in force by coercion, and then the subjugation of African-Americans after emancipation through convict leasing, up to Jim Crow laws, up to the current system of mass incarceration, which of course targets, as Michelle Alexander has pointed out, primarily people of color, poor people of color. We have one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the industrialized world, 83 weapons, I think, per 100 Americans. I believe I have that figure right. Not only are there young African-American men that are killed week after week after week, even after these killings are caught on videotape and in most cases the police are not charged. I mean, since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, we’d had 11 people shot dead in the St. Louis area. And that’s just writ large. We have these bizarre school shootings, largely carried out by people who come out of the white survivalist cult. It’s not violence by African-Americans. Adam Lanza’s mother was a survivalist. And then we have proto-fascist entities—the Christian right, Tea Party, militias, the Minutemen, and others who celebrate not only the gun culture, but celebrate or, I think, express those fundamental tenets of fascism, which is where you direct your rage and legitimate despair towards the vulnerable, towards undocumented workers, Muslims, homosexuals, liberals, intellectuals, feminists. And in a moment of breakdown—and I think we are headed for some type of breakdown—all of these groups are empowered to express themselves in our society through violence.

Natasha Hakimi Zapata is an Assistant Editor of Truthdig.

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Series | They Know Everything About You, Part 5: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Respecting America's Founding Fathers 

In this (fifth) installment of their seven-part interview series Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges discuss the Founding Fathers, FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the persecution of Chelsea Manning in this sweeping conversation.

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Part 4: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges For the Corporatist State, Information Is Control

In this installment of their seven-part interview series Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges drill into the motivations for the collusion between big tech companies and the U.S. government.

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Part 3: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State, Kasia Anderson, Truthdig

In this installment of their seven-part interview series Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges drill into the motivations for the collusion between big tech companies and the U.S. government.

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Part 2: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy, Kasia Anderson, Truthdig

In this second part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

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Part 1: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex, Alexander Reed KellyTruthdig

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

 

 

 

 

 

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