RIP Michael Ratner–On the Side of Right and Justice by Anthony Arnove + Julian Assange: Michael Ratner was a “Campaigner for Justice” from Guatemala to Palestine

Michael Ratner (CCR) at Justice After Bush Panel, Princeton

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Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Michael Ratner. — Lo

by Anthony Arnove
Socialist Worker
May 12, 2016

Anthony Arnove, co-author with Howard Zinn of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, pays tribute after the passing of a giant among radical lawyers.

THE SOCIALIST lawyer Michael Ratner, emeritus president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, passed away on May 11 at the age of 72.

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Embargo Ended: US lifts sanctions against Cuba + #TheCuban5 Are Home

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RT on Dec 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced an historic move to normalize relations with Cuba. It comes after more than 50 years of tough American sanctions and severed diplomatic ties. Let’s get more from our correspondent Marina Portnaya in New York.

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Julian Assange on Being Placed on NSA Manhunting List and Secret Targeting of WikiLeaks Supporters

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democracynow on Feb 18, 2014

democracynow – Top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed new details about how the United States and Britain targeted the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks after it published leaked documents about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. According to a new article by The Intercept, Britain’s top spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters or GCHQ, secretly monitored visitors to a WikiLeaks website by collecting their IP addresses in real time, as well as the search terms used to reach the site. Continue reading

Pres. Barack Obama Signs H.R. 3304, #NDAA for 2014 + Ratner: Gitmo: 12 Years of US War Crimes

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 26, 2013

Statement by the President on H.R. 3304

Today I have signed into law H.R. 3304, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.” I have signed this annual defense authorization legislation because it will provide pay and bonuses for our service members, enhance counterterrorism initiatives abroad, build the security capacity of key partners, and expand efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthen protections for victims.

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Chris Hedges, Kade Crockford and Michael Ratner: National Security Overload (#NDAA)

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with Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute. He writes a regular column for TruthDig every Monday. This is Hedges speaking at an event hosted by the NYU Radical Film & Lecture Series entitled “National Security Overload: The War on Whistle-blowers, Journalism, and Privacy, and its Implications for Democracy”. Continue reading

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
August 21, 2013

TheRealNews on Aug 21, 2013

David Swanson: Private Manning becomes latest victim of President Obama’s war on whistleblowers and efforts should be made to remember him as a hero not a traitor. Continue reading

Bradley #Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy + Guilty of 19 Counts

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Criticizing Military = Aiding the Enemy? Bradley Manning Charge Upheld + Michael Ratner: All Publishers Are At Risk

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RussiaToday on Jul 19, 2013

Prospects are looking bleak for the US army whistleblower Bradley Manning. A military judge has refused to drop the charge against him of ‘aiding the enemy’. That means the army private – who turned over thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks – could spend the rest of his life behind bars with no chance of parole.

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Empire of Secrets (with Oliver Stone, Michael Ratner, Jeremy Scahill) + Part 2

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www.aljazeera.com
June 30, 2013

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama promised transparency and open government yet his administration is one of the most closed governments in US history, described as being worse than even the Nixon administration.

The technology and information revolution allows the government to cast its net wider than ever before; collecting data, watching, spying and analysing. As revelations of systemic snooping continue to hit the headlines, Empire asks: who is watching the watchers?

Just when more people open up about their private lives through social media, the government becomes ever more intrusive.

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Julian Assange: Snowden is a Hero. He Has Told the World That There is Mass Unlawful Interception of Their Communications + Transcript

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Chris Hedges: Americans Have No Privacy Left, No Capacity To Communicate Without Govt Watching + Transcript

with Chris Hedges
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June 25, 2013

Russia Today
June 25, 2013

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The US government pulls out all stops to prosecute, hound, and capture those who reveal classified data. This plus constant control and surveillance makes it impossible to keep anything private or secret, Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges told RT.

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Julian Assange: Snowden, Manning Victims Of Obama’s War On Whistleblowers + Glenn Greenwald: Where is Edward Snowden? + Assange on the Bradley Manning Trial

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RussiaToday on Jun 24, 2013

Edward Snowden and Wikileaks’ Sarah Harrison who is accompanying him are “safe and healthy,” Julian Assange said during a conference call broadcast by RT.

“The current status of Mr Snowden and Harrison is that both are healthy and safe and they are in contact with their legal teams,” the WikiLeaks founder said. “I cannot give further information as to their whereabouts,” Assange added.

“Snowden is not a traitor, he is not a spy, he is a whistleblower who told the public the important truth,” he pointed out.

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NSA leaker Edward Snowden flies to ‘third country’ via Moscow + Glenn Greenwald Responds To News Edward Snowden Has Left Hong Kong

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RussiaToday on Jun 23, 2013

US whistleblower Edward Snowden is en route to Moscow from Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight, authorities have confirmed. Washington has filed an extradition order to Hong Kong on charges of espionage, theft and conversion of government property.

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Glenn Greenwald on Massive Surveillance Apparatus + William Binney: On a Slippery Slope to a Totalitarian State

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democracynow Jun 10, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – Speaking from Hong Kong where he broke the story of Edward Snowden outing himself as the NSA whistleblower, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald joins us to discuss Snowden’s actions and the multiple disclosures he’s revealed about government surveillance. “There is this massive surveillance apparatus being gradually constructed in the United States that already has extremely invasive capabilities to monitor and store the communications and other forms of behavior not just of tens of millions of Americans, but of hundreds of millions, probably billions of people, around the globe,” Greenwald says. “It’s one thing to say that we want the U.S. government to have these capabilities. It’s another thing to allow this to be assembled without any public knowledge, without any public debate, and with no real accountability. What ultimately drove [Snowden] forward — and what ultimately is driving our reporting — is the need for a light to be shined on what this incredibly consequential [surveillance] world is all about and the impact it’s having both on our country and our planet.”

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Jeremy Scahill: Killing Americans + Obama Heckled by Medea Benjamin + Fact Sheet: Counterterrorism

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democracynow May 23, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – The Obama administration has admitted for the first time to killing four U.S. citizens in drone strikes overseas. Three died in Yemen: the Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. A fourth, Jude Kenan Mohammed — whose death was not previously reported — was killed in Pakistan. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that all but the attack on the elder al-Awlaki were accidental, saying the other three “were not specifically targeted.” The admission came on the eve of a major address in which President Obama is expected to defend the secret targeted killing program and announce modified guidelines for carrying it out. We’re joined by Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” and co-producer of the upcoming documentary film by the same name.

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