loss of civil liberties since 9/11

Senate Rejects FISA Reforms, Delays Vote On Bush-Era Warrantless Wiretapping Program

 

"It is never okay, never okay for government officials to use a general warrant to deliberately invade the privacy of a law-abiding American," Wyden said. "It wasn’t okay for constables and customs officials to do it in colonial days, and it’s not okay for the National Security Agency to do it today."

While conceding that the bill could use some oversight improvements, Sen. Dianne Feinsten (D-Calif.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, urged passage of the bill without alteration to avoid prompting both a fight with the House of Representatives, which has already passed a "clean," unamended version of the bill, and also the program's expiration.

Without renewal, she said, "the program comes down. The program is interrupted."

She and other senators who favor an unamended bill cited procedures meant to minimize when Americans' intelligence is collected and used, as well as a secret court that oversees the program, as evidence that it is being used appropriately.

THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2008, Against the Militarized Academy, by: Henry A. Giroux

http://www.truthout.org/112008J

THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2008

Against the Militarized Academy
by: Henry A. Giroux, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced an effort to increase the militarization of higher education. (Photo: FilmMaker Magazine)

Guantanamo Survivor-Hero Moazzam Begg to Discuss 9/11! today, 4-6 pm CT, gcnlive.com

Kevin Barrett interviews Moazzam Begg: 4-6 pm CT today, Monday 10/15/07, Dynamic Duo, http://gcnlive.com network 4

Just as William Rodriguez symbolizes the heroism and suffering of all first responders, survivors and truth-tellers, Moazzam Begg is the pre-eminent heroic survivor of Guantanamo and the rest of the post-9/11 global torture gulag. Begg's book Enemy Combattant has garnered rave reviews from those mainstream and left-mainstream outlets brave enough to face it--including my old friend Amy Goodman:

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/31/1435225

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19356

http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/biography/0,,1733975,00.html

http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article3035941.ece

As far as I know, Moazzam Begg has not yet had an on-the-record conversation with a 9/11 truth advocate, so this interview will boldly go where no interview has gone before.

WHERETHEYLIVE.ORG Launched in Response to Florida Taser Outrage

What can we do to prevent people from being tortured for asking good questions? More generally, how can we respond effectively to abuses of power, in an era when the authorities and the media they own are ignoring most forms of peaceful protest?

After spending many hours of conversation with Father Frank Morales of St. Mark's Church during my recent trip to New York, I think I have an answer.

Frank Morales (who now stands beside David Ray Griffin and Rev. Rich Lang in my pantheon of Christian heroes) has been struggling against military and police abuses of power almost since I was in diapers. In my interview with him on 9/8/07 (archived free at: http://www.republicbroadcasting.org/get_archive.php?hn=Barrett&yr=07) and in private conversations that kept us up till the wee hours, Frank brilliantly analyzed the trends toward martial law and police state tactics. He pointed out that protesting OUTSIDE THE HOMES of those who abuse their power has often been the most effective way to apply pressure on malfeasant police and other authorities. In New York, the mere threat of doing this has gotten immediate results.

WHERETHEYLIVE.ORG Launched in Response to Florida Taser Outrage

What can we do to prevent people from being tortured for asking good questions? More generally, how can we respond effectively to abuses of power, in an era when the authorities and the media they own are ignoring most forms of peaceful protest?

After spending many hours of conversation with Father Frank Morales of St. Mark's Church during my recent trip to New York, I think I have an answer.

Frank Morales (who now stands beside David Ray Griffin and Rev. Rich Lang in my pantheon of Christian heroes) has been struggling against military and police abuses of power almost since I was in diapers. In my interview with him on 9/8/07 (archived free at: http://www.republicbroadcasting.org/get_archive.php?hn=Barrett&yr=07) and in private conversations that kept us up till the wee hours, Frank brilliantly analyzed the trends toward martial law and police state tactics. He pointed out that protesting OUTSIDE THE HOMES of those who abuse their power has often been the most effective way to apply pressure on malfeasant police and other authorities. In New York, the mere threat of doing this has gotten immediate results.