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Federal Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Against Bush Officials for Post-9/11 Abuse of Immigration Detainees

A federal appeals court reinstated complaints in a lawsuit against former Justice Department officials, who allegedly violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. It is very rare for this to happen. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of eight former detainees in 2002 by the Center...

You Want to Commit Espionage with Hacked Personal Data?

This post was originally published at WeMeantWell.com. Did the most-recent, recent, breach of United States government personnel files significantly compromise American security? Yes. Could a foreign government make use of such information to spy on the United States? Oh my, yes. China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the United States...

Enough is enough: Workers of the World Unite!

Karl Marx predicted that capitalism would destroy itself by exploiting everything and everyone to exhaustion, The excesses of the 1880s and 1890s appeared to confirm his predictions. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire ironically proved he was mistaken. Wikipedia describes the disaster. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York City on March 25, 1911...

Documents Raise Concerns About Extent of CIA Spying Inside the United States

The American Civil Liberties Union published a batch of documents obtained from the CIA on how it complies with and understands Executive Order 12333, an executive order issued by President Ronald Reagan which mandates the powers and responsibilities of US intelligence agencies. The documents strongly suggest that the agency engages in an extensive amount of...

Bureau of Prisons Puts CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling in Prison Around 900 Miles from Wife & Family

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling was notified at the end of last week that he will serve his prison sentence of three and a half years at Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, a medium-security facility in Littleton, Colorado, that is around 900 miles away from where his wife and family live in St. Louis. That is at...

Over Easy: Monday Science

Greetings! We really had a roasting weekend. Temps well into the 90’s and not dropping out of the 80’s over night. Fairly normal for this time of year, but uncomfortable. Even with a summer shave, the Great Pyrenees just lies on the kitchen floor sucking up the cold from the tile. It does not help...

The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst — and Filled with Falsehoods

By Glenn Greenwald Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously voiced claims as Truth. But...

Red Cross Holds a Press Conference In Haiti. It Doesn’t Go Well.

Haitian reporters demand answers from the Red Cross but don’t get many. By Justin Elliot Haitian journalists grilled an American Red Cross official Wednesday about the group’s Haiti program, but the official declined to provide any new details of how it spent nearly $500 million donated after the 2010 earthquake. The Red Cross called a...

Transparency Now! Says former lobbyist

All I know about lobbying I learned from the movie “The American President.” (During which I determined that Mrs. Spocko was more attractive than Annette Bening.) By Spocko The movie shows everything people think they know about lobbying: getting the vote count right, educating congress people, making deals, trade offs and pay offs with different...

The Roundup for June 13th, 2015

We end in Argentina folks. Lots of Latin American artists this week. International Politics Overall – Gallup: Fifty-one percent of Americans say the Iraq War was a mistake and 42 percent say the same about the Afghanistan War – Iranian commanders in Syria apparently executed three Syrian officers – The recent decision to increase more troops...

Saturday Art: Horace Vernet

(Picture courtesy of snapshooter46 at flickr.com.) (Picture courtesy of fmpgoh at flickr.com.) Born into a family of artists, Vernet was known for hunting and battle scenes, and was very much part of the royal household in his work and life. He was born in the Paris Louvre, while his parents were staying there during the...

Late Night FDL: Days Like This

Van Morrison – Days Like This Arise, Sir Van…! Singer-songwriter Van Morrison and US actor Kevin Spacey have been given knighthoods in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The Belfast-born star has been recognised for services to music, and tourism in Northern Ireland, the inspiration for many of his hits. Morrison said: “Throughout my career I...

Does Rachel Dolezal have some splainin’ to do?

Does Rachel Dolezal have some splainin’ to do? Some people think so. Rachel Dolezal is the president of the Spokane branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is also a professor of African American studies at Eastern Washington University. She has been passing herself off as mixed race with...

Over Easy; Friday Preview

This will be a preview of Saturday’s Art post, a scene painted by Horace Vernet.    Tomorrow at this time, the post will tell about the artist, his work and his effect. The opportunity to have a conversation on today’s Over Easy is open, and if any fellow FDL posting pups would like to do a post...

Could Anti-Climate Amendment Torpedo Fast Track?

Last-minute anti-climate effort led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) slammed by green groups and some lawmakers By Sarah Lazare Environmental groups have long (warned) of the dangers Fast Track poses to the environment. Now they have solid proof. With the controversial House Fast Track vote expected to take place Friday, an 11th-hour GOP effort to...

Whistleblowers Testify on High Risk of Retaliation They Face for Going to Congress

United States government whistleblowers, who have gone to Congress in the past, have had a hugely positive impact. However, often government employees, who blow the whistle on fraud, waste, abuse and other examples of wrongdoing to members of Congress, face great risk to their livelihoods. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held...

The Roundup for June 11th, 2015

A Mexico amigos! International Politics Overall – Pew: Civilians in countries a part of NATO mostly blame Russia for the Ukrainian crisis – FIFA may not be able to remove the World Cup from Russia and Qatar – A new report found United Nations peacekeepers offered supplies to Haitian women in return for sex – A new...

Late Night FDL: ‘Revolution’

Fiach Moriarty -‘Revolution’ I love Fiach’s new album, The Revolution… Contrary to the sentiment of Gil Scott-Heron’s 1970 album, here Fiach Moriarty sings that “The revolution will be televised.” To be sure The Revolution will garner its share of radio airtime as Moriarty offers up here a set of catchy pop tunes like the title...

Furthering a Failed Strategy, Obama To Send More Ground Troops to Iraq

Critics say that everything the administration is doing in Middle East is making things worse, not better. By Jon Queally In a move anti-war critics and foreign policy experts are certain to call simply an extension of a policy that has proved a failure, the New York Times reports the Obama administration is planning to...

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