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I chose long ago to represent the poor, the marginalized and the mentally ill. To give voice to those who had no voice. To save the lives of those whom the government would kill. And I found that every person, no matter what horrors they had visited upon others, possessed a core of decency and grace.

In Aftermath of Executions of NYPD Officers, Police Crack Down on Extreme Anti-Cop Speech on Social Media

Police departments throughout the United States have escalated the vigilance in which they monitor speech on social media. Multiple people have been arrested and accused of threatening officers, as part of a law enforcement response to the execution of two New York Police Department officers. Ismaiiyl Brinsley shot NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu [...]

Your Most Gigantic Waste of Taxpayer Money Today List, Afghan Edition

Our good friends at the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a high-risk list for the Afghanistan reconstruction effort that calls attention to areas that are especially vulnerable to significant waste, fraud, and abuse. Quick recap for those who haven’t binge-read the SIGAR reports for the past 13 or so years: the U.S. [...]

The Roundup

So close to Christmas Day! International Politics Overall - At the Bagram prison in Afghanistan, prisoners were raped by dogs if they did not provide any information, according to a former German lawmaker; And you wonder why American society is so sick. It’s because those at the top are the most sick so it trickles down. - [...]

Over Easy: Police Kill 18-year-old black teen Antonio Martin near Ferguson, Missouri

Last night in Berkeley, Missouri, police fatally shot Antonio Martin, an 18-year-old black male, at a Mobil gas station. The St. Louis Dispatch reports that officers were performing a routine business check after hours at the gas station when they spotted two men. Show More Summary

Blame it on Benghazi!?

Darrell Issa’s record of sound and fury signifying nothing” continues. Probe fails to link IRS scandal to White House

Late Night FDL: All Fired Up

Poco - All Fired Up Congrats to Poco and the latest inductees to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame...

Public Strongly Supports Opening Relations with Cuba

President Obama’s recent decision to change course on Cuba has garnered overwhelmingly support with the general public. By roughly a two-to-one margin the country supports establishing diplomatic relations according to a new Washington Post/ABC New poll. It found that 64 percent of Americans back opening diplomatic relations with the nation. In addition 68 percent would [...]

Cuba Will Not Revoke Political Asylum for US Fugitives Who US Government Wants Extradited

Cuba will not revoke political asylum for Americans, such as Assata Shakur, who have fled the United States, the Associated Press reports. Since President Barack Obama announced a shift in US policy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey state police and the FBI have seized upon the shift as an opportunity to force Cuba [...]

Why Iraq Paid for 50,000 Soldiers Who Didn’t Exist

One of the latest stories from Iraq is that some 50,000 “ghost soldiers” haunt the rolls of the Iraqi Army. They have been added to the rosters so that someone can skim away all or part of their salaries. The story has been played for Daily Show-like laughs, has been cited as a cause for [...]

The Roundup

May Joe Cocker rest in peace. International Politics Overall - A German writer said the Islamic State is underestimated by the West and the group aims to take over Europe Middle East - Ali Abunimah: “Guardian reports ‘acid attack’ on Israelis that never happened” Asia and Oceania - Gallup: Fifty-four percent of Pakistani say the government is doing enough to [...]

Over Easy: The “Halo Effect” and it’s opposite.

This time of year I am remembering how Christmas was or rather how I thought Christmas was when I was young. Particularly the music. While I preferred popular music IE Top 40 and R&R, my parents would have Easy Listening on the radio. Show More Summary

Finally, some rational perspective

And by that of course I mean, no rationality or perspective whatsoever, just pure nausea: Rudy Giuliani: 2 NYC Cops Were Killed Because Obama Told Everyone To ‘Hate The Police’ Says the man who had the act of “rape via broom handle by police” named after him.  

Late Night FDL: With A Little Help From My Friends

Joe Cocker - With A Little Help Of My Friends R.I.P. Joe Cocker...

NYC asks federal court to approve mass arrests of protesters

With our nation in crisis regarding the epidemic of police killings of innocent unarmed citizens, most of whom are young black males, including Michael Brown, John Crawford, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, to mention a few, the NYPD police union president Patrick Lynch pushed back hard on Saturday against people who protest against the killings. Show More Summary

Before ‘Enhanced Interrogations,’ CIA Torture Architect Received Special Invite to FBI Academy Conference

The narrative is in place. James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen made millions of dollars having convinced the CIA to construct a torture program via reverse-engineering brutal methods of interrogation used in their previous employment in a military program meant to prepare U.S. military and intelligence personnel for torture by a foreign power or terrorist [...]

Some Perspective as Officials Exploit Execution of NYPD Officers to Discredit Movement for Police Reform

Two New York police officers were killed by a mentally ill African-American man on November 20. The man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had chosen the officers as targets as a kind of revenge for police, who had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Although there is little evidence that these [...]

Help Firedoglake Buy the Kiriakou Kids a Treehouse for Christmas

Imprisoned whistleblower John Kiriakou won't be home for Christmas this year, but we can still do something special for his children. Donate $25 now to help Firedoglake buy the Kiriakou kids a treehouse that they can build with their dad when he's out of jail.

The Roundup

Hey there folks! How are you doing today? International Politics - A favorite term for imperialists is “human rights” because who wants to oppose human rights? No one and that is what makes their campaign so outrageous. - President Barack Obama: Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a chess master considering he is facing a multitude [...]

Over Easy: Fukushima Update

Greetings! Rather warm for the time of the season here, I’ll take it. I can live without a white Xmas. And I can live without a white new year, too. They’re preparing public opinion for a massive dump of hot water into the Pacific. I (and others) have been predicting this for some time. And [...]

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