The Courage of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others to Seize Their Moment of Truth

John Pilger Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/18046-the-courage-of-bradley-manning-will-inspire-others-to-seize-their-moment-of-truth The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on February 28, 2013, when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very...

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Govt Training Game Marks ‘Unhappiness with US Foreign Policy’ as ‘High Threat’

Lauren McCauley Common Dreams http://www.alternet.org/culture/govt-training-game-marks-unhappiness-us-foreign-policy-high-threat How does the government hope to spot the next Edward Snowden? And how can federal employees pitch in to spot the ‘threat’? Thanks to a video game dubbed the “CyberAwareness Challenge” created by private contractor Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), federal employees can be trained...

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We’re All Being Poisoned by Deregulated Capitalism

The Daily Take The Thom Hartmann Program http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/18045-were-all-being-poisoned-by-deregulated-capitalism There’s an undeclared war going on between the rich and the poor right here in the United States and the rich think they’ve found a way to win it. They’ve locked themselves into gated communities, lily-white suburbs, and wealthy urban neighborhoods and...

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The Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks

Ellen Brown Web of Debt http://webofdebt.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-detroit-bail-in-template-fleecing-pensioners-to-save-the-banks/ The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in” (stripped of a major...

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Low-Power Radio: A Chance to Start Listening Locally

Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/07-6 Low-power FM radio levels the playing field of ideas and culture.     The world of radio is experiencing a shake-up. The country’s second-biggest radio network recently announced it may cancel Rush Limbaugh’s show on 40 of its major-market stations. This might not be enough to get...

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What Five-letter Word Can’t You Live Without?

Frances Moore Lappé Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/07-1 Here it is: Power. Now, quick, before reading further, close your eyes. What associations come to mind? If your list is full words like coercion, force, guns, oppression, domination, money, you could be in big trouble. Turns out, our very idea of power can rob us...

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Criminalizing Journalism: Manning, Media and You

Josh Stearns freepresshttp://www.freepress.net/blog/2013/08/01/criminalizing-journalism-manning-media-and-you?akid=4374.9948461.Imiafn&rd=1&t=6 On Tuesday, Bradley Manning was acquitted of “aiding the enemy” for leaking 700,000 classified government documents, including a video of an American airstrike in Baghdad that killed 12 civilians, among them two Reuters journalists. While aiding the enemy was the most serious charge he faced, Manning was still found...

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10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans

Medea Benjamin Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/06-3 This 10-point plan would significantly reduce terrorist threats, save taxpayers billions of dollars and make Americans more loved and admired in the world. After a decade of wielding the military stick, it’s time for some carrots. Declare a moratorium on drone strikes: The head of Al-Qaeda,...

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8 Ways Privatization Has Failed America

Paul Buchheit Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/05 Some of America’s leading news analysts are beginning to recognize the fallacy of the “free market.” Said Ted Koppel, “We are privatizing ourselves into one disaster after another.”Fareed Zakaria admitted, “I am a big fan of the free market…But precisely because it is so powerful, in places...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America

Peter Van Buren TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175732/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_the_manning_trial_began_on_9_11/ On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed...

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