Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

              The Editorial Board The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/opinion/edward-snowden-whistle-blower.html?ref=opinion&_r=1& Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects...

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Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond’s Message to the World

The Sparrow Project In These Times http://inthesetimes.com/uprising/entry/15888/hacktivist_jeremy_hammonds_message_to_the_world/ Jeremy Hammond, a 28-year-old political activist, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to participating in the Anonymous hack into the computers of the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor). The Ceremonial Courtroom at the Federal Court for the...

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Why Snowden’s Passport Matters

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/23 When the State Department revoked Edward Snowden’s passport four months ago, the move was a reprisal from a surveillance-and-warfare state that operates largely in the shadows. Top officials in Washington were furious. Snowden had suddenly exposed what couldn’t stand the light of day, blowing the...

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The Sparks of Rebellion

Chris Hedges truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/the_sparks_of_rebellion_20130930 I am reading and rereading the debates among some of the great radical thinkers of the 19th and 20th centuries about the mechanisms of social change. These debates were not academic. They were frantic searches for the triggers of revolt. Vladimir Lenin placed his faith in...

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Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/19-0 In Oslo, the world’s most important peace prize has been hijacked for war. In London, government authority has just fired a new shot at freedom of the press. And in Washington, the Obama administration continues to escalate its attacks on whistleblowers, journalism and civil liberties....

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America’s Upside-Down Morality

Robert Parry Consortiumnews http://consortiumnews.com/2013/08/15/americas-upside-down-morality/ Pvt. Bradley Manning has prostrated himself before his court-martial judge, apologizing for leaking documents on U.S. government wrongdoing and referencing his psychological problems as reasons for mercy. The sad spectacle underscores how upside-down American morality now is. Having covered the U.S. government for nearly 36 years,...

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The Courage of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others to Seize Their Moment of Truth

John Pilger Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/18046-the-courage-of-bradley-manning-will-inspire-others-to-seize-their-moment-of-truth The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on February 28, 2013, when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very...

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