Peter Greste's panel discussion in Sydney: Support for censorship and throwing Assange to the wolves
wsws.org | 2019-09-07
Greste advocates the anti-democratic conception that a "responsible journalist" censors information that is deemed too controversial for the population to know.
How Pop Culture Tries to Justify Torture
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-07
| If you've ever had a conversation about torture, chances are that you know about the ticking bomb scenario, which many people became familiar with after 9/11 through the TV series "24," starring Kiefer Sutherland as the ruggedly uncompromising heroic torturer, Jack Bauer. | The scenario poses the following question: If there was a bomb hidden somewhere in a major city, and you had the person responsible for it in your custody, would you torture them to get the information needed to stop the bomb exploding, preventing a d…
Embassy insider exposes CNN lies about Julian Assange
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-06
A "bombshell" CNN report claimed to show how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published stolen Democratic Party emails in 2016 in…
9/11 and the American Orwellian Nightmare
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-06
Next week will mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Politicians and bureaucrats wasted no time after that carnage to unleash the Surveillance State on average Americans, treating every citizen like a terrorist suspect. Since the government failed to protect the public, Americans somehow forfeited their constitutional right to privacy. Despite heroic efforts by former NSA staffer Edward Snowden and a host of activists and freedom fighters, the government continues ravaging American privacy.
A Luxury Facility for Military Contractors Endangers Afghan Civilians
Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand | thenation.com | 2019-09-06
Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand A Luxury Facility for Military Contractors Endangers Afghan Civilians…
Israeli Security Tech on US-Mexican Border Threatens Nation's Civil Liberties
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-05
The ACLU's Jay Stanley says that the Border Patrol's repurposing of surveillance technology and drones could open doors that put our liberty and privacy at risk…
'Free Julian Assange!' say Roger Waters, John Pilger, and British MP Chris Williamson
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-03
Legendary musician Roger Waters sang "Wish You Were Here" in honor of Julian Assange, at a public concert outside the…
Draconian Rules at Guantánamo Bay Would Have Violated Media's First Amendment Rights, News Outlets Say
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-08-30
Update: September 6, 2019 | After protests from multiple media organizations, public relations officers at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay have dropped their request for reporters to sign a new set of rules as a precondition for attending military commission proceedings. Reporters must still sign Defense Department ground rules that have been in place since 2010. | Military officials at Guantánamo Bay have drafted restrictive new rules for journalists visiting the naval base that require journalists to agree to have all their interviews vetted and supervised by public affairs officers. | The policy was handed out t…
How Solitary Confinement Kills: Torture and Stunning Neglect End in Suicide at Privately Run ICE Prison
José Olivares | theintercept.com | 2019-08-29
Guards at an ICE jail put Efraín Romero de la Rosa in solitary confinement despite a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He killed himself after 21 days.
New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government's Prepublication Review System
aclu.org | 2019-08-27
Millions of current and former government employees are subjected to this far-reaching censorship system. | This piece was originally published in Just Security. | For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to "prepublication review." Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, con…
Breaking The Media Blackout on the Imprisonment of Julian Assange
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-26
The same media that has spent years dragging Assange's name through the mud is now engaging in a blackout on his treatment. If you are waiting for corporate media pundits to defend freedom of the press, you're going to be disappointed.