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Noam Chomsky | The Long, Shameful History of American Terrorism

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  • It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it.
  • Torture Is Who We Are
  • Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgRevelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions.

 

Noam Chomsky, Alternet

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"It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it."

That should have been the headline for the lead story in the New York Times on October 15, which was more politely titled 'CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels.' The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effectiveness."

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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Torture Is Who We Are, Peter Beinart, Atlantic  

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A country, like a person, is what it does.

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Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions, The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) 

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Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions

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senatetorturereport-dec2014.jpgDecember 10, 2014 | After months of wrangling with the Obama Administration over redactions, today the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released the declassified summary and conclusions of its inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation and detention program.

The report proves what CCR has been saying since 2006: that the CIA engaged in a sophisticated program of elaborately-planned, ruthlessly-applied, state-sanctioned torture, and that high-level government officials authorized, justified, and covered-up these crimes. To date, not a single high-level official has been held accountable for these crimes within the United States.

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

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10 appalling findings in the Senate’s torture report, Luke Brinker, Salon

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Senate Intel Committee releases report on use of torture against detainees. Here are some of the worst findings.

 

10 appalling findings in the Senate’s torture report

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  • Senate Intel Committee releases report on use of torture against detainees. Here are some of the worst findings.
  • Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgRevelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions

Luke Brinker, Salon

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Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 | The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday unveiled the much-anticipated summary of its report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture against terrorism suspects, providing often-harrowing insight into U.S. interrogation practices in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and offering a damning look at the CIA’s pattern of giving false information in its defense of the practices and stonewalling lawmakers and executive branch officials responsible for overseeing the agency’s actions.

The 524-page summary released today is less than a tenth of the length of the committee’s full, 6,700-page report. This spring, committee members voted to release only the summary and a Republican rebuttal.

Luke Brinker is Salon's deputy politics editor.

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Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions, The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) 

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Special Report | NSA Spying: Week Ending December 7, 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:
    • Tomgram | Alfred McCoy: It's About Blackmail, Not National Security
    • You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you
    • CIA shouldn’t get away with redacting torture report
    • The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America
    • Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties,
    • NSA Spying
    • The Snowden Saga Begins
    • The National Security Debate
    • Pulitzer Vindicates: Snowden Journalists Win Top Honor

Compiled by David Culver, Ed.,  Evergreene Digest

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Tomgram | Alfred McCoy: It's About Blackmail, Not National Security, Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch

  • To update Henry Stimson: in the age of the Internet, gentlemen don't just read each other’s mail, they watch each other’s porn. Even if we think we have nothing to hide, all of us, whether world leaders or ordinary citizens, have good reason to be concerned.
  • Obama and the CIA

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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?

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CIA shouldn’t get away with redacting torture report, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post

Obama’s overall failure to deliver on his promise to create a more transparent government has been one of the greatest disappointments of his leadership. 

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The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Uncertainty is born of everything we don't know, and the people who don't want us to know what they're doing in our name are its midwives. They know what they're doing. They are cultivating it quite deliberately, and for their own purposes. Very little of what they do is accidental. An uncertain people is a people easily led. That's the way it works now. That's the way it has always worked.

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Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties, Noam Chomsky, Daily Caller

  • “It is of no slight import that the project is being executed in one of the freest countries in the world, and in radical violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which protects citizens from ‘unreasonable searches and seizures,’ and guarantees the privacy of their persons, houses, papers and effects,” Chomsky said.
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NSA Spying, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Why fusion centers matter: FAQ
  • Part 2: How the NSA is Transforming Law Enforcement

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The Snowden Saga Begins, Glenn Greenwald, TomDispatch.com

  • “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light” --Glenn Greenwald 
  • How I Met Edward Snowden
  • This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of Metropolitan Books.
  • Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear

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The National Security Debate, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Glenn Greenwald debates former NSA director Michael Hayden on state surveillance
  • Part 2: Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom

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Pulitzer Vindicates: Snowden Journalists Win Top Honor, Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

  • Guardian and Washington Post each honored with Pulitzer for Public Service
  • Following news of the honor, Snowden released a statement thanking the Pulitzer committee for recognizing those involved in the NSA reporting.

Communities in Resistance: Presentes!

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Here are some awesome photos of action by Vigil to Shut Stewart Down photographer Steve Pavey. 

November 21-23, 2014 | The 25th annual November Vigil kicked off Friday night with a packed plenary session and opening concert. 

Saturday morning, SOA Watch activists with other allies, led by the Georgia Detention Watch coalition and the Alterna community in LaGrange, gathered outside of the Stewart Detention Center to stand in solidarity with those who continue to be impacted by the SOA and to emphasize the connection between closing the SOA/WHINSEC and the root causes of migration. 

Sunday morning, we continue to commemorate the martyrs. The Central American refugee crisis, the "Drug War" massacres and disappearances in Mexico, and the protests against police brutality in Ferguson have made clear -- we must unite our struggles and push back against the militarized security forces that only "serve and protect" the interests of the elites. 

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials

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(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."

John Heilprin, Newsmax

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18/1284856024_4238/300h.jpgWednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | The United States said Wednesday it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog panel it had "crossed the line" following the September 11 attacks.

"The U.S. is proud of its record as a leader in respecting, promoting and defending human rights and the rule of law, both at home and around the world," acting U.S. Legal Advisor Mary McLeod told the 10-member UN Committee on Torture.

"But in the wake of 9/11 attacks, we regrettably did not always live up to our own values," she said.

John Heilprin is chief correspondent for The Associated Press in Switzerland and has reported from 15 nations in Europe, Asia and Africa, including five trips with the U.N. Secretary-General and the U.N. Security Council. 

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Civil Rights Pioneer: America's Discriminatory Election Landscape Worst in 50 Years

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

Wade Henderson, AlterNet

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(AlterNet Editor's note: The following remarks were made at a Washington, D.C. press conference on Tuesday by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which runs a national election protection hotline and legal aid service.)

November 4, 2014  | Today, and for the past several weeks during early voting, we have been witnessing the most unfair, confusing and discriminatory election landscape in almost 50 years. And it’s a disgrace to our citizens, to our nation, and to our standing in the world as a beacon of democracy. Moreover, it comes as no surprise—no surprise whatsoever.

This is the predictable outcome in the first major election since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder last year, when a bare majority chose to gut critical pieces of the Voting Rights Act. This rendered inoperable the pre-clearance system [of the Justice Department approving or blocking changes in state laws] that had worked for half a century to protect voters from discrimination before it could take effect.

Wade Henderson is president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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The Latest Affirmative Action Decision Isn't Just About Race, Patricia J. Williams, The Nation

The Supreme Court's decision sweeps away decades of equal protection precedent.

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