Obama’s Justice Department: Trumpeting a New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/24-0 There’s something profoundly despicable about a Justice Department that would brazenly violate the First and Fourth Amendments while spying on journalists, then claim to be reassessing such policies after an avalanche of criticism—and then proceed, as it did this week, to gloat that those policies...

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How Progressives Won Four Important Victories in 10 Days

Phyllis Bennis, Sarah Anderson, Tiffany Williams,Sam Pizzigati AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/activism/how-progressives-won-four-important-victories-10-days?paging=off Progressives won big in four arenas over the past two weeks. They played key roles in stopping a military strike on Syria, defeating Larry Summers’s bid to head the Fed, winning basic protections for 1.9 million home health care workers, and forcing companies...

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Sept. 9 Could Mark the Beginning of the End for Net Neutrality

Josh Levy Save the Internet http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/2013/09/09/sept-9-could-mark-beginning-end-net-neutrality Sept. 9 is the next front in the long-running battle over what we can do and say online. That’s the day Verizon will face the Federal Communications Commission in court over the agency’s Net Neutrality protections, which the company wants to overturn. If Verizon gets...

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Latest Snowden Revelation: NSA Sabotaged Electronic Locks

Jon Healey LA Times http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-nsa-introduced-vulnerabilities-into-encryption-snowden-reveals-20130905,0,2218463.story The latest Edward Snowden-powered exposé published by the New York Times, ProPublicaand the Guardian is, to me, the most frightening. It reveals that the National Security Agencyhas moved beyond its historic role as a code-breaker to become a saboteur of the encryption systems. Its work has allegedly weakened the scrambling...

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Our Democracy?

Robert Jensen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/31-5 An edited version of a presentation on the panel “Our Democracy in Crisis: The Rise of the Total Surveillance State and the War on a Free Press” organized by Chicago Area Peace Action at North Park University, Chicago, Thursday, August 29, 2013. The issue-packed title...

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‘Sending a Message’: What the US and UK Are Attempting To Do

Glenn Greenwald The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/21/sending-message-miranda-gchq-nsa Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger on Monday night disclosed the remarkable news that UK authorities, several weeks ago, threatened the Guardian UK with prior restraint if they did not destroy all of their materials provided by Edward Snowden, and then sent agents to the basement of the paper’s offices to...

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Other Telecoms Fighting to Cash In… on You

Lynn Stuart Parramore AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/telecommunications-and-privacy-laws They call it “modernizing the rules.” We call it “cashing in on your privacy.” Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, DIRECTV, and other giant U.S. cable and telecommunications companies are going hard-core with an aggressive anti-consumer agenda aimed at turning your private behavior into dollar signs....

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Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/19-0 In Oslo, the world’s most important peace prize has been hijacked for war. In London, government authority has just fired a new shot at freedom of the press. And in Washington, the Obama administration continues to escalate its attacks on whistleblowers, journalism and civil liberties....

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Get Radio-Active

Jim Hightower Other Words http://otherwords.org/get-radio-active/ Thousands of low-power radio broadcast licenses will be up for grabs by non-profit, community groups this October. Are you tired of hearing nothing but the corporate news and mainstream views on commercial, mass-market radio? Well, go get your own station! That’s not as preposterous as...

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