Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism

Henry A Giroux Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/20307-hope-in-the-age-of-looming-authoritarianism In the current historical moment, the line between fate and destiny is difficult to draw. Dominant power works relentlessly through its major cultural apparatuses to hide, mischaracterize or lampoon resistance, dissent and critically engaged social movements. This is done, in part, by sanitizing public memory...

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The War on Democracy: How Corporations and Spy Agencies Use ‘Security’ to Defend Profiteering and Crush Activism

Nafeez Ahmed The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/nov/28/war-on-democracy-corporations-spy-profit-activism A stunning new report compiles extensive evidence showing how some of the world’s largest corporations have partnered with private intelligence firms and government intelligence agencies to spy on activist and nonprofit groups. Environmental activism is a prominent though not exclusive focus of these activities. The report by the Center...

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Feeding the Flame of Revolt

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/feeding_the_flame_of_revolt_20131117 I was in federal court here Friday for the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison for hacking into the computers of a private security firm that works on behalf of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, and corporations such as Dow Chemical. In...

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Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond’s Message to the World

The Sparrow Project In These Times http://inthesetimes.com/uprising/entry/15888/hacktivist_jeremy_hammonds_message_to_the_world/ Jeremy Hammond, a 28-year-old political activist, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to participating in the Anonymous hack into the computers of the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor). The Ceremonial Courtroom at the Federal Court for the...

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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175771/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_a_surveillance_state_scorecard/ Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough.  It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America’s spymasters had made just that mistake.  If...

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Opting Out From the Corporate State of Surveillance

Ralph Nader Nader.org Homepage America was founded on the ideals of personal liberty, freedom and democracy. Unfortunately, mass spying, surveillance and the unending collection of personal data threaten to undermine civil liberties and our privacy rights. What started as a necessary means of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering during World War...

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