Howard Zinn and Michael Parenti: Liberty Bound

The patriot act is watching you

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with Howard Zinn and
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted April 10, 2010
August 12, 2017

Christine Rose on Jun 13, 2012

A US Citizen’s journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11.

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Ralph Nader: The Biggest Divide And Rule Tactic Is The Constant Drumbeat That We Are Highly Polarized

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

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With Ralph Nader

talkingsticktv on Nov 3, 2016

Talk by Ralph Nader author of “Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think” recorded October 21, 2016 at Town Hall Seattle.

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We Live Under a Total Surveillance State in America by Fred Branfman (#NDAA, #NSA)

by Fred Branfman
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published on Alternet, September 25, 2013
September 29, 2013

Police State NATO protests, May 20, 2012

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“Knowledge (of) the scale of our capability would raise public awareness generating unwelcome publicity for us and our political masters.” — Classified UK NSA document

“To approve such a program, the Court must have every confidence that the government is doing its utmost to ensure that those responsible for implementation fully comply with the Court’s orders. The Court no longer has such confidence.” — U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Order, p. 12, 3-9-2009

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The Biggest Assault on Our Democracy Is Coming from the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government by Fred Branfman

by Fred Branfman
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published on Alternet, September 4, 2013
September 7, 2013

Democracy is Dead

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The Executive justifies its actions, like all authoritarian institutions, on the grounds that it is protecting us. We must reverse the tide.

“America no longer has a functioning democracy. This invasion of privacy has been excessive, so bringing it to public notice has probably been beneficial —President Jimmy Carter

Millions of Americans will face a basic question in the coming decade: how much loyalty do we owe a U.S. Executive Branch which extracts huge sums from us to spy upon and lie to us, on the false grounds that doing so is protecting us? Or do we owe our moral allegiance to the ideal of democracy, which requires us to fight the Executive which is its enemy?

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Background on the President’s Statement on Reforms to NSA Programs + NSA Twists Words To Fit Agenda + Jennifer Hoelzer on Secret Laws, Domestic Spying and Obama’s NSA Reforms

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 9, 2013

President Obama believes that there should be increased transparency and reforms in our intelligence programs in order to give the public confidence that these programs have strong oversight and clear protections against abuse. That is what he has pursued as President, and today he is announcing several initiatives that will move that effort forward.

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Edward Snowden Leaves the Moscow Airport + XKeyscore: #NSA Program Tracking Real-Time Internet Use Exposed

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As Edward Snowden Wins 1-Year Asylum in Russia, NSA Program Tracking Real-Time Internet Use Exposed

democracynow on Aug 1, 2013

www.democracynow.org – National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been given one year temporary political asylum in Russia. Snowden has reportedly already left the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for over a month. On Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper revealed details about another secret NSA program based on leaked documents provided by Snowden. The program, XKeyscore, allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals giving NSA analysts real-time access to “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.” To discuss these latest developments, we’re joined by Spencer Ackerman, national security editor at The Guardian.

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If You See Something, Say Something by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Writer, Dandelion Salad
recoveringarmybrat, July 7, 2013
July 13, 2013

Plak surprise

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I’m finding New York City harder and harder to deal with. First, I’m accosted by the “If you see something, say something” signs painted on the steps in the subway stations. And once I’m on the train there’s the disembodied voice straight out of Orwell’s “1984” warning me, “If you see a suspicious package, we have the right to search all bags and backpacks; if you see something, say something;” and on and on it drones.

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Obama = Bush — A President Who Places Himself Above The Law by Jean-Claude Paye

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by Jean-Claude Paye
Translation by Pete Kimberley
www.voltairenet.org
Nov. 13, 2012

NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act)

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Far from having broken with his Republican predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama has now reinforced the law of exception that he criticised when he was a senator. It is now possible to deprive United States citizens of their fundamental rights because they have taken part in armed action against their own country, but also when they take a political position favourable to those who use military action to resist the Empire. Worse – Barack Obama has added to the law John Yoo’s “Unitary Executive theory,” which puts an end to the principles of the separation of powers as defined by Montesquieu. The security policy of the United States President now escapes all control.

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How Did We Let this Happen? By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
liberalpro.blogspot.com
April 12, 2012

Every nation gets the government it deserves. (Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre (1 April 1753 – 26 February 1821) was a Savoyard lawyer, diplomat, writer, and philosopher.)

This is a fact not an opinion. When I first read this quote, I believed the author had it wrong. I thought about nations that had governments forced on them, from outsiders and from their own people. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that the author had it wrong. Continue reading

Make Public Secret Patriot Act Legal Interpretation by Dennis J. Kucinich

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by Dennis J. Kucinich
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Mar. 16, 2012

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has led opposition to the PATRIOT Act since its inception, today released the following statement after the Justice Department confirmed it maintains classified legal interpretations of the Act.

“In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Department of Justice recently confirmed that it maintains secret interpretations of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Continue reading

Ralph Nader: Ron Paul and I agree on ending the empire

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Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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with Ralph Nader

Washington Journal for Sunday
C-SPAN
January 8, 2012

Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate & Former Presidential Candidate

Topic:  Guest will discuss latest book, his thoughts on the current political landscape, the upcoming Presidential campaign, and prospects for a 3rd party candidate.

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Charles Shaw: The History of Police Militarization in the U.S. (must-see)

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on Nov 30, 2011

On Monday, November 28, 2011, students at UC-Davis occupied Dutton Hall, the University’s financial center, and held an all-day teach-in. Author/Journalist/Filmmaker Charles Shaw was one of the featured speakers. Here is his talk, “The History of Police Militarization in the US.”

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Cornel West: As a Nation, We Have the Blues (2003)

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on Nov 7, 2011

Dr. West has written and co-authored numerous books on philosophy, race and sociology. His Race Matters won a Critics Choice Award and was listed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1992. Other works included Keeping the Faith: Philosophy and Race in American and Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, co-authored with Michael Lerner.

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Kucinich: People have a right to be left alone! + Kucinich Opposes Intelligence Authorization

(patriotact12dees) Patriot Act. Illegal WARS. ...

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on Sep 8, 2011

September 08, 2011 News Corp

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