Power of Story Send a Tweet        

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 2 Share on Facebook 5 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 3 (10 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   1 comment
OpEdNews Op Eds

This week in press freedoms and privacy rights

By       Message Glenn Greenwald       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 4   Well Said 3   News 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H1 7/21/13

Author 4807
Become a Fan
  (150 fans)
- Advertisement -
Source: The Guardian

The travesty calling itself "the Bradley Manning court-martial," the kangaroo tribunal calling itself "the FISA court," and the emptiness of what the Obama DOJ calls "your constitutional rights."


I'm on a (much-needed) quick vacation until Sunday, so I'll just post a few brief items from what has been a busy and important week of events, particularly when it comes to press freedom and privacy:
- Advertisement -

(1) In the utter travesty known as "the Bradley Manning court-martial proceeding," the military judge presiding over the proceeding yet again showed her virtually unbreakable loyalty to the US government's case by refusing to dismiss the most serious charge against the 25-year-old Army Private, one that carries a term of life in prison: "aiding and abetting the enemy." The government's theory is that because the documents Manning leaked were interesting to Osama bin Laden, he aided the enemy by disclosing them. Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler explained in the New Republic in March why this theory poses such a profound threat to basic press freedoms as it essentially converts all leaks, no matter the intent, into a form of treason.

At this point, that seems to be the feature, not a bug. Anyone looking for much more serious leaks than the one that Manning produced which ended up attracting the interest of bin Laden should be looking here. The Obama White House yesterday told Russia that it must not persecute "individuals and groups seeking to expose corruption" -- as Bradley Manning faces life in prison for alerting the world to the war abuses and other profound acts of wrongdoing he discovered and as the unprecedented Obama war on whistleblowers rolls on. That lecture to Russia came in the context of White House threats to cancel a long-planned meeting over the Russian government's refusal to hand over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US to face espionage charges.

(2) The kangaroo tribunal calling itself "the FISA court" yesterday approved another government request (please excuse the redundancy of that phrase: "the FISA court approved the government's request"). Specifically, the "court" approved the Obama administration's request for renewal of the order compelling Verizon to turn over to the NSA all phone records of all Americans, the disclosure of which on June 6 in this space began the series of NSA revelations. This ruling was proudly announced by the office of the Director of National Intelligence, which declassified parts of that program only after we published the court ruling. In response, the ACLU's privacy expert Chris Soghoian sarcastically observed: "good thing the totally not a rubberstamp FISA court is on the job, or we might turn into a surveillance state"; the Wall Street Journal's Tom Gara noted: "Reminder: The style guide for mentioning the FISA court is that it's written 'court' with scare quotes."

- Advertisement -

Click Here to Read Whole Article

  vandanashiva ad

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Trump Will Soon Purge Stephen Miller From His Administration by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump Effect: New Kingwood, TX business model: Lawn Care by 'White People' U.S. Citizens (VIDEO) by Egberto Willies (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Roger and Julian Lin are at center of Taiwan Civil Government fraud allegations by Michael Richardson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Big Oil CEOs needed a climate change reality check. The pope delivered by Bill McKibben (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

An Empire of Exploitation, a World of Misery, and the Revolution Humanity Cries Out For by Revolution Newspaper (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Gates of Hell are Closing Behind us: US-Saudi Horror Show Heats up in Yemen by Chris Floyd (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Americans won't "Sit Up" for Great Leader Trump, because They Don't Approve of Him by Juan Cole (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Republican Party Falls Apart, The Democrats Get Stuck by Lawrence Davidson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Monticello Officially Recognizes Children of Sally Hemings and Jefferson Posted by Meryl Ann Butler (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Postliterate America by Linh Dinh (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Damage Control Dance, After Japan Suspends GMO Canadian Wheat Import Modified to Resist Bayer/Monsanto's Roundup by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Redemption of the Bully by Carmine Gorga, Ph.D. (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Four-star general warns Trump's family separation policy echoes Nazis Posted by Sheila Samples (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

It's the world's worst humanitarian disaster. But it's rarely ever discussed Posted by David Watts (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Et Tu, Bernie? by Chris Hedges (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Deena Stryker's "Russia's Americans" Shows Merits of Managed Democracy by Phil Butler (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Democratic Senator Schumer Is a Dishonest Putz on Korea, Peace by William Boardman (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Bringing Julian Assange home by John Pilger (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Spanish Labyrinth by Conn Hallinan (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Border Angels Fight Trump's Borderland Brutality by Dennis Bernstein (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

There's a Good Reason the GOP is Silent on Steve King's Racism by earl ofari hutchinson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Triple Crown Winner Won't Visit White House Posted by Meryl Ann Butler (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

From Russia with love, as Putin kicks off soft power Games by Pepe Escobar (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

To the Press, after 18 Months of Trump by Robert B. Reich (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Blame Canada by Kathy Malloy (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular