The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother

Pratap Chatterjee TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175757/tomgram%3A_pratap_chatterjee%2C_big_bro_wants_you/ Big Bro is watching you. Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in...

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Finding Our Way To Empathy, Passion And Resistance

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers popularresistance.org http://www.popularresistance.org/popular-resistance-newsletter-finding-our-way-to-empathy-passion-and-resistance/ Public opinion is going through a major change.  The combination of the collapsed and languishing economy; and people standing up and speaking about taboo subjects out loud is creating a new political narrative. The Brookings Institution, a mainstay of Washington, DC think tanks, found...

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The Sparks of Rebellion

Chris Hedges truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/the_sparks_of_rebellion_20130930 I am reading and rereading the debates among some of the great radical thinkers of the 19th and 20th centuries about the mechanisms of social change. These debates were not academic. They were frantic searches for the triggers of revolt. Vladimir Lenin placed his faith in...

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The NSA Deserves a Permanent Shutdown

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/30-0 To the people in control of the Executive Branch, violating our civil liberties is an essential government service. So — to ensure total fulfillment of Big Brother’s vast responsibilities — the National Security Agency is insulated from any fiscal disruption. The NSA’s surveillance programs are...

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It’s Time to Finally Admit We’re an Empire

David Sirota AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/its-time-finally-admit-were-empire?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark Is America an empire or not? It is a loaded question because in the modern age, that word — empire — is not a moniker citizens proudly embrace in the way we might imagine the Ottomans or the Romans did during their reigns. Instead, the word...

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New bill seeks to outlaw bulk surveillance, shine light on secret FISA court system

by Sean Hollister The Verge Following public outcry about the US government’s controversial domestic surveillance programs, members of Congress have rushed to propose solutions. Now, four senators have combined a number of those ideas into a single piece of proposed legislation that would prohibit several questionable practices that US government agencies...

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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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Nowhere to Hide: The Government’s Massive Intrusion Into Our Lives

Christopher Calabrese , Matthew Harwood Tom Dispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175750/ For at least the last six years, government agents have been exploiting an AT&T database filled with the records of billions of American phone calls from as far back as 1987. The rationale behind this dragnet intrusion, codenamed Hemisphere, is to find suspicious links between people...

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