Drone Zone: Rep. Ed Markey on the Proposed GOP Operational Control (HR 1505)

by Bruce Gagnon
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Organizing Notes
June 25, 2012

“House Republican leaders are pushing legislation to waive up to 36 key environmental, public land management, and other laws. Setting up military style border control surveillance, detention, patrol and searches — potentially including the use of unmanned flying drones — 100 miles from the northern and southern border of the United States.”

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Chris Hedges: No Outcry Within Media on NDAA

by Chris Hedges
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April 2, 2012

No Justice Forever

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on Apr 2, 2012

We had reported on the show that a group of political activists and journalists testified in a New York Court about why they’re suing the Obama administration over the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA. Chris Hedges, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter is also one of the plaintiffs; he joins the show to discuss.

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Coming to a Gulag Near You by Chris Hedges

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The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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James Bamford: Inside the NSA’s Largest and Most Expansive Secret Domestic Spy Center + Thomas Drake Prevails in Unprecedented Obama Admin Crackdown

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on Mar 21, 2012

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEF...

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democracynow.org – A new exposé in Wired Magazine reveals details about how the National Security Agency is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah, as part of a secret NSA surveillance program code-named “Stellar Wind.” We speak with investigative reporter James Bamford who says the NSA has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency. This includes the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails — parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases and other digital “pocket litter.” “The NSA has constantly denied that they’re doing things and then it turns out they are doing things,” Bamford says in response to NSA Director General Keith Alexander’s denial yesterday that the U.S. citizens’ phone calls and emails are being intercepted. “A few years ago, President Bush said before a camera that the United States is not eavesdropping on anybody without a warrant. And then it turns out that we had this exposure to all of the warrantless eavesdropping in the New York Times article. You have this constant denial in terms and parsing of words.”

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The Crisis of Civilization (must-see)

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Growing Red Raspberries

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on Mar 13, 2012

A dark comedy remix mash-up bonanza about the end of industrial civilization.

The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

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Barack Obama’s Executive Order: National Defense Resources Preparedness

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Propaganda Alert!

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 16, 2012

Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness

EXECUTIVE ORDER

NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS

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H.R. 347: The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 – The “anti-Occupy” law by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
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Organizing Notes
March 4, 2012

Graffiti "4 More Years of Fascism"

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A bill, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, passed on Feb 27 in the U.S. House of Representatives (by margin of 388-3) and has passed in the Senate (Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator’s position was not kept). The new law would make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by lengthy terms of incarceration—to participate in many forms of protest associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests of last year.

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Thomas Drake: These are the hallmarks of tyranny and despotism (must-see)

Freedom of speech!

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on Jan 4, 2012

Thomas Drake blew the whistle on a massive domestic information gathering scheme and was called “an enemy of the state” (speech at Sam Adams Awards)

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Airport Screening Policy: Repression or Discretion? by William John Cox

by William John Cox
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www.thevoters.org
August 22, 2011

TSA Sucks

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Google “TSA stupidity” and you will find that almost one-and-a-half million websites have something to say about the subject. If the United States is to avoid another major terrorist attack on its air transportation system without placing greater restrictions on the civil liberties of air travelers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had better get smart.

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James Bamford: The Secrecy of the Obama Administration, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds + Thomas Drake sentenced for info leak

Updated: July 17, 2011; added video

by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
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Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
July 17, 2011

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEF...

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James Bamford joins us to discuss the case of NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, the government’s overreach in bringing espionage charges against him, and the Obama Administration’s unprecedented level of retaliation against government whistleblowers. He discusses the Obama Administration’s shift from military wars to covert-secret wars, the increased use of the CIA as a war branch, and Obama’s violation of the Presidential War Powers Act. Continue reading

Department of Homeland Security Finds FOIA to be “Politically undesirable”! by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
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Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
July 12, 2011

bar exam:  Freedom of Information Act

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In theory, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guarantees the legal right of the American public to obtain federal agency records. Judicially enforceable, FOIA was designed to ensure public access to Executive Branch records. The U.S. Supreme Court has stated that FOIA’s purpose “is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold governors accountable to the governed.”

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Julia Davis: The Terror Within, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
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Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
July 8, 2011

Search Warrant Service

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Julia Davis joins us to discuss her experience with the Department of Homeland Security as a federal officer, her discovery and reporting of serious security lapses within the department, and the unprecedented magnitude of retaliation and abuses she suffered as a whistleblower. She talks about the recently screened documentary on her plight, The Terror Within , how the DHS spent their money on aerial surveillance with a Blackhawk helicopter and a fixed-wing airplane, warrantless surveillance, wiretaps, sneak and peek burglaries, Internet monitoring and On-Star tracking of her and her family, the mainstream media, and more!

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An Open Letter to the Tea Party from a Concerned Liberal by Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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liberalpro.blogspot.com
June 23, 2011

fuck the patriot act

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This country is in a mess right now. You can blame it on Clinton, Bush or Obama, but the reality is that it’s more like all three, along with most of the people that they brought into their administrations. It also was not only those that worked for and with the executive branch,  included were Congressmen, Senators, and lobbyists, along with just about anyone else that has had any influence in Washington for the last twenty years.

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Geneva Conventions Redefined: The New U.S. Department of War By Lt. Eric N. Shine and Gary Corseri

By Lt. Eric N. Shine USNR – USMMRR/USMMA KP/ and Gary Corseri
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June 7, 2011

Laser Guided Democracy

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“What’s in a name?”

–William Shakespeare

Most people are unaware of the larger picture developing over the past seven or eight decades, or have been willing to ignore it. This still-developing image portrays matters requiring knowledge of world history, a degree of self-education and a global perspective to recognize and decipher.

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