Archive for the 'Freedom' Category

HANDS UP…! DON’T SHOOT…!

September 1st, 2014

This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Hands up. Don’t shoot. The image of black men and women repeating this simple action at protests in Ferguson, Missouri – and across the globe – generates its power from what […]

NO WALL BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL…

August 29th, 2014

Via Janine Gibson, Times executive editor Jill Abramson–at a meeting to convince the Guardian to collaborate on certain NSA stories–sent a message: Please tell Glenn Greenwald personally [but not officially or professionally, JH] that I agree with him completely about the fact that we should never have run the claim about China ‘draining’ Snowden’s laptops. […]

APPEALS COURT DANGEROURSLY WRONG…

August 28th, 2014

Police didn’t violate the First Amendment when they threatened to ticket Christian evangelists at an Arab-American street festival in suburban Detroit, a federal appeals court said Wednesday in a 2-1 decision that drew a pointed dissent from a judge who called it a “blueprint” to stifle speech. Members of a group called Bible Believers were […]

THE BANALITY OF POLICE VIOLENCE…

August 22nd, 2014

Also and previously…

NOTHING TOUGH ABOUT THE SITUTATION…

August 22nd, 2014

[Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson has garnered praise from many for his brand of public engagement during the unrest [in Ferguson, Missouri]. But he has also fielded critical questions over law enforcement’s treatment of media covering the demonstrations. More than a dozen journalists have been arrested covering events in Ferguson, including this reporter. Johnson […]

BUNDY V. BROWN, NOT A SCOTUS CASE… YET…

August 21st, 2014

Nothing could better illustrate the reality of anti-African-American bias in America today than the stark contrast between what happened at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. The response to those two events is a portal to the soul of a nation that still belongs to Jim Crow. In Nevada, […]

FUCK SHOULD NOT, HOW ABOUT WILL NOT

August 20th, 2014

Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs —President Barack Hussein Obama, 14 August. Only five days later… Late Monday evening, after many of the major media outlets covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., had left the streets to broadcast […]

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE TWO SENTANCES…?

August 19th, 2014

During one confrontation, police fired tear gas and flash grenades. There were no immediate reports of serious violence. From the Associated Press Are we really that fucked up?

MICHAEL BROWN SHOT SIX TIMES…

August 18th, 2014

Ferguson: Missouri national guard to be deployed.

WE MUST DEMILITARIZE THE POLICE…?

August 17th, 2014

There is a systemic problem with today’s law enforcement. Not surprisingly, big government has been at the heart of the problem. Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond […]

CUE 2ND AMENDMENT SYCOPHANTS IN 3… 2…

August 15th, 2014

So where are all the patriot gun-toters? How come they’re not flocking to Fergusen like they did to Bundy’s Ranch or when they paraded around sleepy Medina, Ohio, on a Saturday morning, with ARs slung over their shoulders, terrifying shoppers and soccer moms? This is the REAL deal here, government thugs bringing the jackboot down […]

THE EVERWAR IS COMING TO YOUR STREET…

August 15th, 2014

What is happening in Ferguson, Missouri will not stay in Ferguson, Missouri Previously…

THEY MADE HONEST ABE CRY…

July 26th, 2014

READING THIS COULD GET YOU WATCHLISTED…

July 24th, 2014

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals […]

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD, TAKE THREE…

July 10th, 2014

What follows below are a few of the bits from Glenn Greenwald’s and Murtaza Hussain’s Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On that I first mentioned yesterday. Of all that I read, Jaffer’s comment below (bold, emphasis mine) is the most telling and disturbing. Indeed, the government’s ability to monitor […]

WHICH NATION WILL BE NEXT…?

July 10th, 2014

Diplomatic relations between Germany and the US plunged to a new low after Angela Merkel’s government asked the top representative of America’s secret services in Germany to leave the country. While not formally amounting to a full expulsion, the move nonetheless sends a dramatic signal: after a year-long dispute triggered by the revelations of NSA […]

HERMANN GOERING INTERVIEWED…

July 10th, 2014

We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction. “Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” Goering shrugged. “Why would some poor slob on a farm want […]

WELL…?

July 10th, 2014

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD, TAKE TWO…

July 10th, 2014

The White House has instructed US security agencies to review their training and policy materials for racial or religious bias after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed training material for the intelligence agencies referring to “Mohammed Raghead.” After an extensive investigation by the Intercept on Wednesday reported that the NSA and the FBI spied on […]

TARGETING MOHAMMED RAGHEAD…

July 9th, 2014

The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes: • Faisal […]

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