Posts Tagged ‘free speech’

Julian Assange, Daniel Ellsburg and Nic Robertson discussed “The Afghanistan War Logs” leak, Monday evening.

Part One (7:16):

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A recent study released by the civil liberties advocacy group highlights the rise in U.S. government Big Brother policies by localizing the National Security State with no accountability.

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The Army intelligence analyst ‘boasted’ of leaking three specific other items to Wikileaks and over 250,000 embassy cables, including video of a massacre in Afghanistan that is yet to be released. Kim Zetter, who broke the story at Wired, was interviewed at Russia Today (5:47):

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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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The opposition movement claims the Parliament has been dissolved and over 100 are dead at the hands of Kyrgyz police. The government claims the amount is around 40. Reportedly, the main cause for the opposition is the corrupt, dictatorial government’s high taxation blocking the marketplace and skyrocketing utility bills. Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker, reporting from Bishkek, said Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the country’s president, has now fled the capital and relocated to the country’s south (5:43):

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Prof. Noam Chomsky on “Washington Report”, a Pakistani program, expands on how:

  • the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is a literal war of terror from the Reagan Administration’s declaration to the Bush Administration’s ‘re-declaration’;
  • the motivations behind the slogans of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ coming from little more than ‘selling toothpaste and why issues are marginalized in electoral politics;
  • Obama’s continuity of U.S. ‘consistent support of the militarization of Pakistan’ over liberating Pakis to ‘maintain control of the region’ using the Pak government as ‘one of its agents’;
  • Obama’s strategy in expanding the war into Pakistan will obviously radicalize the population;
  • the ‘methods of subversion’ imperial powers are reliant on the submission of occupied populations to deliberately ‘undermine democracy’.

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via Charles “Rad Geek” Johnson’s blog: Freedom is not a conservative idea. It is not a prop for corporate power and the political-economic statist quo. Libertarianism is, in fact, a revolutionary doctrine, which would undermine and overthrow every form of state coercion and authoritarian control. If we want liberty in our lifetimes, the realities of our politics need to live up to the promise our principles—we should be radicals, not reformists; anarchists, not smaller-governmentalists; defenders of real freed markets and private property, not apologists for corporate capitalism, halfway privatization or existing concentrations of wealth. Libertarianism should be a people’s movement and a liberation movement, and we should take our cues not from what’s politically polite, but from what works for a revolutionary people-power movement. Here’s how:

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Masses in opposition to globalization demonstrated in Pittsburgh, PA against the meeting of oligarchs from the Group of 20 industrialized nations (G-20). The militarized police assaulted protesters, curbed free speech, and made overt threats to ensure the elite attendees of the highly politicized G-20 Summit were pleased.

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David Brooks continues to type a lot of words in the ‘paper of record’ without saying anything; bin Laden had ‘intimate relations’ with the U.S. until 9/11; Justin Raimondo comments on ‘progressives’ turning a blind eye to Obama trampling on civil liberties; Obama wants a military-‘civilian’ court hybrid prison in the U.S.; More MI5 connections to participation in the C.I.A. torture of Binyam Mohamed; Chalmers Johnson lays out three reasons to shut down the U.S. Empire and ten steps to do it; Over 1,000 Afghan civilians killed in the first half of ’09 during Obama’s ‘Af-Pak surge’; Jury rules man should pay $675k to Copyright Nazis for downloading 30 songs; and more… (more…)

Glenn Greenwald continues to slam NPR for banning the word “torture” and ducking his interview offers; Philip Giraldi on America’s obsession with creating enemies; 120,000 troops to remain in Iraq at the end of the year; Israel used Palestinian children as human shields in the Gaza Massacre; Afghan and Pakistani civilians grow colder toward the U.S. are it keeps killing people all around them; The Washington Post selling lobbyists access to Obama Administration and Congress; and more… (more…)

Obama drafting executive order for prolonged, indefinite detention; A ridiculously tragic Gitmo story from Andy Worthington; Spain greatly curbs “universal jurisdiction” law to protect U.S torturers; Gareth Porter on the B.S. report from the U.S. military “investigation into the Farah Massacre it carried out May 4; Torture in Israel; Sheldon Richman on healthcare, democracy, and American politics; and more… (more…)

Helen Thomas, Sam Donaldson, and Dan Rather on the responsibility of the press to question the president, the current administrations efforts to control the Newspeak, and the questions the press need to ask themselves. (more…)

In a lecture from 15 Mar 89 that’s more relevant today than ever, Prof. Chomsky provides an in-depth discussion of the “propaganda model” of “historical engineering, thought control and indoctrination” used by the “liberal intellectual class” to “feed the masses”, discussed in the book, co-authored with Ed Herman, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media — (in our opinion) one of the most, if not the most, important political science works of the modern day — followed by Q&A. (more…)

Austrian economist and Lincoln historian Thomas DiLorenzo discusses Abe Lincoln’s horrid record on civil liberties during his unjust war, recorded at the Mises Institute, 06-06-2006. (more…)