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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for OpEdNews.com and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the producer of a weekly podcast "This Week in WikiLeaks" that has been tweeted by WikiLeaks to their more than 900, 000 followers (which he continues to post at The Dissenter each weekend).
Saturday, November 9, 2013 Kurt Eichenwald's Espionage Fantasy: Edward Snowden Has Become a Chinese Spy (3 comments)
There is no proof or evidence that Snowden has been working on behalf of China to expose US state secrets that the country could use specifically to aid in its hacking against industrialized democracies around the world. Yet, in addition to this feature story on Snowden, Eichenwald has spent hours upon hours on Twitter pushing a wild theory that what Snowden did makes him a spy.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Political Case Brought Against Palestinian Organizer in Chicago for Immigration Fraud
The US supports Israel's occupation with military assistance. It similarly views all Palestinians fighting back against this occupation as terrorists.
Do we empathize with Odeh's decision to hide her past so she could have a better life and become a productive US citizen or do we support the government for displaying zero tolerance for a person who Israeli Defense Forces convicted of terrorism?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 What the Verdict in Bradley Manning's Trial Means for Whistleblowers (17 comments)
the key result from the Manning verdict may be that the Justice Department and other parts of the US government are emboldened more than ever to bring leak prosecutions and charge individuals, including national security whistleblowers who lack protections under laws, with Espionage Act offenses, even when there is no evidence of acts of espionage.
Friday, July 19, 2013 Significance of Military Judge's Decision to Not Acquit Bradley Manning of "Aiding the Enemy' (1 comments)
A military judge issued a ruling in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning today where she declined to acquit Manning of the "aiding the enemy" charge.
His defense had filed motion requesting what is called a "directed verdict" because they believed the government had presented no evidence that Manning had "aided" any enemies when it presented its case during the trial.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 The Propaganda & Yellow Journalism Which Undermines Snowden's Whistleblowing (3 comments)
When Snowden came forward to identify himself as the source behind stories on US secret surveillance. "I don't want public attention because I don't want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing." He also wrote, "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."
Thursday, September 8, 2011 WikiLeaks Cables: TSA Listing After Attempted Christmas Day Bombing Upset Some Countries (2 comments)
Newly published cables from WikiLeaks shed light on reactions from leaders of countries that were put on the list. From January to February 2010, US diplomats had to explain and justify the designation. Some leaders from countries on the list took serious offense thus relations between the US and certain countries were in jeopardy.
Monday, August 22, 2011 OpenLeaks Founder Destroys Cache of Unreleased WikiLeaks Documents (6 comments)
For the past months, media have held up DDB and his OpenLeaks as a solid alternative to WikiLeaks--a project that would do "what WikiLeaks is trying to do without the drama." This recent action by DDB means those who have suggested OpenLeaks is a valuable "alternative" to WikiLeaks can no longer in good conscience elevate DDB's project as a credible one.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 BART Shutdown of Cell Phone Services Part of Wider Crackdown on Protest (8 comments)
To prevent a planned protest from going "viral," Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco shut down cell phone service at four stations on August 11. The hacktivist group Anonymous responded with plans that included a peaceful protest on August 15. Anonymous drew attention to a move that many believe has no precedent because no government agency has cut off communications out of fear that a protest might happen before.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 London Riots: A Symptom of the 'Burning' & 'Looting' of UK Public Services (16 comments)
What seems lost on those in power is their role in triggering the riots--how the UK coalition government's assault on the middle class, working class, students, school children, the working poor, the unemployed, the disabled and everyone else who does not count themselves as rich or super-rich ultimately led to this eruption of arson, muggings and looting.
Friday, August 5, 2011 Decoding the White House Strategy on Preventing 'Violent Extremism' (14 comments)
The White House has released its strategy for "countering violent extremism in the United States." The strategy seeks to encourage the development and use of community approaches to addressing "all types of extremism that lead to violence, regardless of who inspires it." It seems to be a reasonable and well-rounded approach. However, the strategy does not define "extremism."
Thursday, August 4, 2011 ACLU's New Project to Uncover Details on Law Enforcement Use of Location Tracking (3 comments)
The ACLU has launched a massive effort with more than thirty of its state affiliates to uncover just how law enforcement agencies, large and small, are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The national organization and its affiliates submitted 379 requests through state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Debt Ceiling Deal Trickery: A Catalyst for an Uprising? (23 comments)
There are many initiatives going on in the country. Protests are happening every day and the people are coming out to show their leaders they are angry and outraged. As one organizer of a major October 2011 action finds, "People are all reaching the same conclusion together. There is a group consciousness that is developing that the dysfunctional government that's corrupted by corporate dollars is not acceptable anymore."
Monday, August 1, 2011 The US Drone Program, Terrorism & the Debt Ceiling Talks
At the Aspen Security Forum, former intelligence chief to President Obama, Dennis Blair, offered constructive criticism on drone strikes and the cost of the war on terror, which were later scrubbed by AP's Kimberly Dozier & replaced with remarks from a current official much more gung-ho about the use of drones.
Saturday, July 30, 2011 FBI Director's Term Extension Ensures Neo-COINTELPRO Operations Will Prevail (1 comments)
The Obama Administration and Congress effectively made legitimate all the operations of the FBI since FBI Director Robert Mueller took over the agency one week before the September 11th terror attacks. No senators had a problem with granting this extension, despite the fact that it would establish a clear precedent for undoing one of the biggest reforms to come as a result of the Church Committee.
Friday, July 29, 2011 The 'WikiLeaks Phenomenon' & the Disease of Secrecy in US Government
The ACLU has released a report on government secrecy. It gives attention to all the abuses of secrecy committed since President Barack Obama's inauguration. It takes a look at the increasing level of overclassification in the US and makes several key points about leaks and what the report terms the "WikiLeaks phenomenon."
Friday, July 1, 2011 The Newburgh Four Sentencing: FBI Sting Operation Used the Men as Counterterror Lab Rats (3 comments)
US District Judge Colleen McMahon understood the men were only in her court for sentencing because the FBI "created an act of terrorism." She understood the FBI scripted the plot from "start to finish." But, afraid to upset superiors or government officials, she condemned the defendants' anti-Semitism and their willingness to "kill, maim and destroy for money."
Thursday, June 30, 2011 UK Police Stop & Search Striking Citizens to Prevent Possible 'Hooliganism' (2 comments)
Public workers, up to seven hundred and fifty thousand teachers and civil servants, are alleged to have participated in a June 30 general strike called for in the United Kingdom after UK Parliament passed changes to pensions and retirement, specifically, increasing the amount an employee has to contribute. A number of people participating were subjected to stop and searches by UK police.
Friday, June 24, 2011 Lt. Dan Choi: Proud to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Bradley Manning (1 comments)
While at Netroots Nation 2011, I had the privilege of speaking to Lieutenant Dan Choi, who served in the US Army infantry, went to war in Iraq and graduated from West Point with a degree in Arabic. He expressed solidarity with Bradley Manning, one of the first times Choi had spoken about him on camera.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Local News Stations Engage in Covert Consolidation to Circumvent Media Ownership Rules
A new trend in news (particularly in local newsrooms) is changing the independence of news networks. A business practice of covert consolidation that consists of deals, loopholes and legal agreements between local television stations that allow them to outsource all the majority of their news programming and circumvent media ownership rules is being employed.
Sunday, June 19, 2011 Obama DOJ's War on Free Speech & Activism (5 comments)
The war on free speech and activism is apparent here at Netroots Nation as people like Lt. Dan Choi and Tim DeChristopher speak on panels and as individuals like David House are discussed during panel sessions.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 CNN's 'WikiWars' Documentary Exploits Character of Julian Assange to Cast Doubt on WikiLeaks (2 comments)
Here are two key questions for the producers of "WikiWars": Why, all over the globe, is WikiLeaks being given credit for being a force for good? Why is it being nominated for peace prizes and medals when here in the United States most contend it has put lives at risk and exercises reckless authority when deciding what information to publish and not publish?
Thursday, June 9, 2011 Time for Those Subpoenaed in WikiLeaks Grand Jury Investigation to Setup Support Committee? (5 comments)
The grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks has widened. A subpoena has been issued to David House, co-founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network. Manning's ex-boyfriend, Tyler Watkins and Nadia Heninger also were issued subpoenas.
These subpoenas lead one to wonder if it isn't time for the subpoenaed to band together and launch a support committee to open up a conversation on the US government's investigation.
Sunday, June 5, 2011 A Derelict Congress Unwilling to Exercise Its War Powers (5 comments)
Dueling resolutions from Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic House Representative Dennis Kucinich sparked a debate in Congress. The debate centered around the War Powers Act, the US Constitution and whether President Obama had violated the law by taking the United States into a war in Libya.
Thursday, June 2, 2011 WikiLeaks Through the Looking Glass: A Panel Discussion in a School of Journalism Classroom (6 comments)
A student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago was gracious enough to invite me to speak on a panel on Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower to WikiLeaks, which he had to put together for his "Media, Ethics and the Law" class. I participated in the panel Wednesday morning. See what a former Homeland Security official had to say.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 We Have the Rest of This Year to Save Bradley Manning (1 comments)
A little more than a year ago, Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested for allegedly leaking classified information, specifically the "Collateral Murder" video that showed the slaying of two Reuters journalists by the US military forces. To discuss Manning and the one year anniversary of his arrest, I had Kevin Zeese, a Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member, come on "This Week in WikiLeaks."
Thursday, May 26, 2011 Did PBS Smear Bradley Manning? (6 comments)
I wrote a review of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary "WikiSecrets," which aired on Tuesday night. "The Alyona Show," a show on RT, invited me to appear and discuss the review. Here's video of my appearance along with more discussion of the "WikiSecrets" documentary.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Review: PBS FRONTLINE's 'WikiSecrets' Wants to Be Objective and Fair and That's Why It is Weak (3 comments)
Anyone familiar with the stories of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, the organization's founder and Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower to WikiLeaks, would be forgiven for wondering whether PBS Frontline's documentary "WikiSecrets" presents anything new or not. The documentary attempts to make a sensational connection between Manning and Assange and suggest that Assange might know Manning is the source of the information
Monday, May 23, 2011 On the Issue of the US, Pakistan is Playing with Fire (3 comments)
It's not just the Pakistan military. I would say Pakistan's civilian and military elites have never trusted their people and they have been posturing on the one hand on an anti-Americanism platform and on the other they have been negotiating and bargaining with the West and in particular the Americans, Raza Rumi, a writer based in Lahore, Pakistan explains.
Saturday, May 21, 2011 Pakistan Papers: US Drone Strikes Violate Sovereignty, Fuel Anti-American Sentiment (2 comments)
A new batch of US State Embassy cables released specifically dealing with the US relationship with Pakistan draw attention to a number of Pakistani political issues, the military aid the US has been giving Pakistan, the deployment of US troops in Pakistan and the growing conflict between India and Pakistan, which the US appears to be gaming to advance its own foreign policy.
Friday, May 20, 2011 Obama's Middle East Speech Deceitfully Projects Esteem for People Power
The core of the speech aims to highlight the value of ordinary citizens sparking movements for change. He says these movements "speak to a longing for freedom that has built up for years." He explicitly highlights how America came from a history of nonviolence, protest and rebellion against empire. But, this focus is deceitful on many levels
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Cornel West's Disgust with Obama Should Not Make Him a Pariah (11 comments)
Hedges conducted an interview with philosopher and author Cornel West. (It can be read in Hedges' latest column, "The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic.") Melissa Harris-Perry, a contributor to The Nation, chose to critique the words of Cornel West. Her critique was one of the top articles published yesterday.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 New US International Cybersecurity Strategy Aims to Institute 'Rule of Law' on the Internet (1 comments)
The United States officially launched its international cyber security strategy in a White House event on Monday, May 16. But, at no time during the launch of the strategy was WikiLeaks mentioned. Not even Clinton bothered to mention it, despite the fact that she heads a State Department that had their department's classified information leaked.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 Behind the Blogger Who Made the WikiLeaks Confidentiality Agreement a Top Story (3 comments)
David Allen Green, legal correspondent for the New Statesman out of the UK, has spent the last few days calling attention to a leaked WikiLeaks confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement (NDA), which he revealed in a blog post on May 11. Green, who is the blogger who was the first to draw attention to the agreement, called it a "draconian and extraordinary legal gag that WikiLeaks imposes on its own staff."
Thursday, May 12, 2011 Leaked WikiLeaks Confidentiality Agreement: Neither 'Draconian' Nor 'Extraordinary' (4 comments)
A leaked confidentiality agreement that those doing "business" with WikiLeaks are expected to sign was obtained and published by the New Statesman. The New Statesman and other news organizations believe they have uncovered another aspect of the WikiLeaks organization that indicates it is unfit to be trusted by whistleblowers.
Monday, May 9, 2011 US Dept of Treasury Freezes Palestinian Solidarity Activist's Bank Accounts (2 comments)
Right before Mother's Day weekend, the US government froze the bank accounts of Hatem Abudayyeh, a long-time Palestinian solidarity activist and organizer, and his wife, Naima. Abudayyeh is one of twenty-three activists from the Midwest in the US, who has been the subject of an FBI Grand Jury investigation since September of last year.
Saturday, May 7, 2011 WSJ Launches WikiLeaks-Imitation Website to Further Solidify Role as Gatekeeper
With the creation of this new "leaks portal," it appears the Wall Street Journal, like other traditional media, is setting this up because it believes it needs a digital platform for accepting news tips from sources instead of having sources go through a traditional system that may mostly exist offline.
Thursday, May 5, 2011 The Hunger Strikers of Guantanamo as Detailed in Files Released by WikiLeaks
Hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay are known to have engaged in hunger strikes at the prison in protest of conditions and their prolonged confinement without trial. A recent report from Jason Leopold of Truthout.org details how, as of March, detainees continue to participate in hunger strikes with the hope that the conditions of their detention will improve.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 US Hosts World Press Freedom Day in the Midst of Prosecuting Media Publisher WikiLeaks (1 comments)
Today, the United States hosts World Press Freedom Day. The day, which was proclaimed to be May 3 by the UN General Assembly in 1993, is supposed to be an occasion for informing citizens of violations of press freedom. When it was announced in December 2010 the US would be hosting World Press Freedom Day, WikiLeaks had just partnered with a few media organizations to release the US State Embassy Cables.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 The Guantanamo Children: These Aren't What You'd Call 'Little League' Terrorists (3 comments)
Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as "every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier." However, the US and the Pentagon does not care about child rights. Fourteen or forty years old, detainees are terrorists and should be treated as such.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 New York Times, NPR Collude with Pentagon on Release of Gitmo Files (1 comments)
Michael Calderone reports "representatives from NPR and the Times visited the White House and spoke with Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell and members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo." And, "The news organizations agreed to some redactions requested by government officials but not all of them."
Monday, April 25, 2011 The Gitmo Files: What Can Be Found in a File
Months after news organizations reported the Guantanamo Files might be WikiLeaks' next release , the files are now posted on the WikiLeaks website . Nearly 800 documents, memoranda from Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), the combined force in charge of the Guantanamo Bay prison to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida.
Saturday, April 23, 2011 Ethan McCord & James Spione Talk About New Film on 'Collateral Murder' Video (2 comments)
A new short documentary called, "Incident in New Baghdad," premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Sunday. The film tells the story of Iraq war veteran Ethan McCord, a soldier who appears in the "Collateral Murder" video rescuing two wounded children.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Will Pentagon's Transfer to Ft. Leavenworth Further Isolate Bradley Manning?
The Pentagon's decision to transfer the alleged whistleblower to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, caught Manning's defense by surprise. Manning's move was not reported to his defense counsel until "twenty minutes before the Pentagon's press briefing." Is it possible he is being moved because the Bradley Manning Support Group has been successfully mobilizing people to protest his detention at Quantico?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 State Dept. Spokesman's Newspeak on Whether US is Undermining Syria Government (2 comments)
The Washington Post's coverage of US State Embassy cables that suggest the US has been secretly backing Syrian opposition groups snowballed into a big story today. With the regime gunning down more protesters, senior Obama Administration officials took the opportunity to rehash the talking point that the disclosure of information obtained by WikiLeaks could endanger lives.
Monday, April 18, 2011 'Official History' of the Bay of Pigs Still, Fifty Years Later, Classified Under a CIA Embargo (2 comments)
The more sunshine on the past half century's activities and operations, the more likely we are to reign in a rogue element that has been given carte blanche for far too many barbarous foreign policy experiments. If proper legal channels cannot get the information disclosed, then a courageous person should draw inspiration from alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning and just leak the remaining classified material already.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 The Israel Cables: Gaza is 'Hopeless for Now' (11 comments)
Violence has escalated significantly in the past month between Israel and Hamas. The Itamar attack, which involved the stabbing of five members of a Jewish family by two individuals whom were believed to be Palestinians, and arms found, which Israel believed were being smuggled from Iran, inflamed tensions further. As some suggest Operation Cast Lead II has begun, WikiLeaks cables on Israel are being released.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Talking About the Anniversary of 'Collateral Murder' Video Release with Iraq War Veteran Ethan McCord
April 5th marks one year since WikiLeaks first released the "Collateral Murder" video, which showed a 2007 Apache helicopter attack in Iraq. To mark the anniversary, "This Week in WikiLeaks" had Ethan McCord, an Iraq War veteran and one of the US soldiers on the ground in Baghdad in 2007 who can be seen in the video helping to rescue children wounded in the attack, come on the show.
Monday, April 4, 2011 Nigerian Elections: Candidates, as Revealed by WikiLeaks Cables, Still Register to Vote Multiple Times
US State Embassy cables from Nigeria released by WikiLeaks to NEXT, a leading source for Nigerian news and commentary, show a country with a political class that is fundamentally corrupt. Political candidates vote multiple times, individuals can assume the presidency unconstitutionally, and the country's ruling party is primarily a sect of crony elites wishing to hold on to access to money and power.
Friday, April 1, 2011 WikiLeaks Cable Vindicates Struggle Against Dow Chemical in India (1 comments)
Those in India who have fought Dow Chemical are finding themselves vindicated as a cable released from WikiLeaks and covered by The Hindu on the political maneuvering capabilities of Dow Chemical Company surfaces. The cable illuminates a corporation hampered by its connection to Union Carbide, a company it acquired about a decade ago that was responsible for one of the worst industrial disasters in world history in Bhopal.
Thursday, March 31, 2011 US Doesn't Intend to Shut Down "Cirque de Saleh" in Yemen Anytime Soon (2 comments)
Cables recently posted by the Spanish news organization El Pais provide more details on the manic and overbearing Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The cables appear just as Saleh seems to be closer to transferring control of Yemen to another leader, who can diffuse the growing revolt against his regime.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 Cable Highlights Saudi Anti-Bush Poem Published During Israel's 2006 War in Lebanon (2 comments)
Bombardment of Lebanon by Israel, according to UPI, began on July 12, 2006, just after "Shiite Hezbollah militiamen captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in cross-border attacks." This is the climate that led columnist Saad Al Bawardi to publish a poem titled, "Letter to Bush," in an Al Jazeera newspaper.
Thursday, March 24, 2011 Does Gaddafi Still Have Chemical Weapons? (What WikiLeaks Cables Reveal) (1 comments)
US State Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks show that the US has worked with other countries to ensure that Libya abandoned its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program. It offered incentives for Libya to cooperate. But, cables that have been released suggest a slight possibility that Gaddafi still has chemical weapons materials.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Ghosts of Allende & Pinochet Haunt Obama in Chile (3 comments)
US President Barack Obama, currently on a trip through Latin America, visited Chile yesterday to further expand trade relations and military and security cooperation between the two countries. He did not intend for his visit to be about the US' history of interfering in Chile's domestic affairs or, for that matter, human rights.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 Eight Years of War: What WikiLeaks Has Revealed on the US Occupation of Iraq (5 comments)
The past year has seen the world learn a great deal about the US war and occupation of Iraq. With the WikiLeaks release of US State Cables, the Iraq War Logs, and a "Collateral Murder" video showing US soldiers firing on journalists and innocent civilians from an Apache helicopter, the criminal nature of the war and occupation has become more evident.
Friday, March 18, 2011 US Coal Giant Possibly Involved in Trade Unionist Killings Asked Diplomat for Help with Bad Publicity (2 comments)
On March 12, 2001, in Colombia, then-president and vice president of Sintramienergetica, were both picked up by men of the the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), a terrorist paramilitary force in Colombia that has at this point been mostly dissolved. They were killed by paramilitaries, who were possibly funded and aided by Drummond Coal, a US-based company in Alabama.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Japan's Nuclear Calamity Compounded by History of Neglecting Safety, Downplaying Accidents (4 comments)
In 2007, twelve power companies "admitted to thousands of irregularities in reporting past problems." Japanese citizens began to resist the building of new nuclear reactors. They pushed for legal actions to suspend operations. Now, US State Cables released by WikiLeaks, which are being published by the Telegraph and The Guardian, further affirm that some sort of coverup has been going on.
Friday, March 11, 2011 Muslims and WikiLeaks: Two of Peter King's Most Favorite Targets (1 comments)
Rep. Peter King of New York has a well-known position on WikiLeaks: It's terrorism. Presumably, King would like to see WikiLeaks "strangled" in the way that the Committee on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) is being cracked down on by the FBI.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 After Wisconsin Union-Busting Bill is Rammed Through, Will There Finally Be Widespread Strikes? (1 comments)
The moment there was news last night that Republicans had moved to violate democracy and move legislation that would strip workers have collective bargaining rights one step closer to being signed into law talk of a general strike spread. Now, the union leaders, organizers, workers and citizens of Wisconsin are confronted with the reality that they have a choice to make: Will they take action and strike?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Violence During Million Women March Frustrates Female Egyptians
Stories of what happened as Egyptian women protested in Tahrir Square and called for equality and fairness in Egyptian society in honor of International Women's Day are circulating. Female Egyptians hoped to have a million women march. Unfortunately, only a few hundred women came out to demonstrate and the action turned violent as men disrupted what should have been a peaceful day of celebration.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Amn Dawla Leaks Reveals Gamal Mubarak, Egypt State Security Behind Sharm el-Sheikh Bombings
Egyptians stormed Amn Dawla, a State Security building in Nasr City, over the weekend. Protesters were aware that security was burning, shredding and destroying documents that might incriminate State Security officials in any future investigations or pursuits of accountability in the aftermath of the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak. They entered the building, started taking photos and video and took some of the documents.
Friday, March 4, 2011 Is Bradley Manning Being Treated Like a Guantanamo Detainee? (14 comments)
Daniel Ellsberg, friend of Mannning and frequent visitor to Quantico David House and military lawyer Jon Shelburne all react to charges army filed against Pfc Bradley Manning recently. House notes how solitary confinement was used to break down one particular detainee Mohammed Jawad.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 "This Week in WikiLeaks Podcast" - The Corporate War on WikiLeaks Supporters
The fourth episode of this weekly podcast, which looks at stories related to WikiLeaks from the past week, featured guest Kevin Zeese, who is with the Bradley Manning Support Network and WikiLeaksIsDemocracy.org , which is a project dedicated to preventing the prosecution and extradition of Assange to the United States.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Julian Assange: A Sleazy Anti-Semitic High-Tech Info-Terrorist (Or Not) (12 comments)
Anyone following WikiLeaks and the releases of US State Embassy Cables it has been coordinating with newspapers around the world has no doubt been confronted with details on the organization's founder Julian Assange. True or not, many allegations that seem to be nothing more than gross attempts at character assassination have managed to pile on Assange.
Monday, February 28, 2011 Scott Walker Moves America to Resistance: No-Spine Democrats Step Aside (4 comments)
Hundreds if not over a thousand demonstrators risked arrest in a standoff that lasted for a couple hours. But, the US media could not be bothered to show a live feed of what was going on in the capitol. The image of people power, this aspect of democracy, would not be allowed to obstruct the media's planned coverage of the Oscars. They tuned in to the glitz and glamour on parade in Los Angeles showing off how people were prese
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 How US Businesses in Libya Made Certain They Could Operate in the Rogue State (1 comments)
All the violence, protest and political tension in Libya and the wider Middle East and North Africa seems to have led the US-Libya Business Association to make a cold calculated decision to disappear from the Internet for the time being until calm returns to Libya. RAW STORY reported on February 21 that the website of the US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) went down.
Sunday, February 20, 2011 "This Week in WikiLeaks" Podcast - MENA Protests & WikiLeaks' Influence
The third episode of this weekly podcast, which looks at stories related to WikiLeaks from the past week, featuring guest Michael K. Busch, who teaches international relations at the City College of New York, where he is also program coordinator at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies.
Saturday, February 19, 2011 WikiLeaks Cables: US Lied About Bala Baluk Massacre, Red Cross Concealed Truth (1 comments)
The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has published an article on NATO, US, and the Red Cross and the Bala Baluk massacre on May 4, 2009. The article features a cable that shows the Red Cross put together a report that raised significant doubt about military reports on the number of civilians killed. The cable reveals how a PR campaign kicked into gear to sell the idea that the deaths were not intentional.
Friday, February 18, 2011 The Abu Salim Massacre: Cables on Libya's Continued Impunity for 1996 Killings
Two days ahead of calls to protest the Gaddafi regime in a "Day of Rage" on February 17, members of the Committee of the Families of the Victims of the Abu Salim Massacre came out to protest. Libyan attorney and human rights activist Fathi Terbil, who represents families that had family members massacred in mass prison killings that took place at the Abu Salim prison in 1996, was arrested.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 WikiLeaks Cables: Repression Has Effectively Limited Libyans' Vision for Reform
Libyans are mobilizing for a "Day of Rage" today on February 17. Protesters in the early afternoon, according to a member of the Libyan Youth Movement, were reported to be moving to the Security Headquarters in Benghazi. Cables released on Libya provide context for the protests that are unfolding.
Sunday, February 13, 2011 Ordinary Algerians Losing Confidence in Bouteflika Regime (1 comments)
Thousands of demonstrators came out to demonstrate against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime in Algeria on February 12. Security forces arrested hundreds of protesters, including human rights activists and syndicate members of the General Union of Algerian Workers.
Friday, February 11, 2011 Egypt Army Spokesman: Army Not an Alternative to Authority Demanded by Egyptians (Update) (2 comments)
Demonstrators in various cities in Egypt filled the streets for an eighteenth day. Many of the demonstrators on Friday, one day after President Hosni Mubarak and Vice President Omar Suleiman gave speeches indicating Mubarak was not resigning, have focused their attention on the military hoping that it will support their demands and aspirations.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 ACLU, EFF Release Details on Motions Related to Their Fight Against a DOJ Twitter Order (2 comments)
News broke last night on February 8 as a court unsealed three motions filed on behalf of Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last month. The motions were filed in response to the U.S. government's targeting of Twitter accounts as part of an investigation related to WikiLeaks.