2019-07-10: Social Media Postees

CIA Torture Unredacted: Four-Year Investigation Reveals What Was Hidden in US Senate Torture Report
Crofton Black | commondreams.org | 2019-07-10
New report is the most comprehensive public account of one of the most disturbing elements of America's so-called 'War on Terror' | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/unredacted_torture_report.jpg

Elections in the Era of Charismatic Politics
Walden Bello | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-10
Elections are often regarded as the quintessential expression of democracy. Yet elections can have undemocratic outcomes. The carefully choreographed election designed to give a fig leaf to an authoritarian regime is something everyone is familiar with. But there is also the paradoxical case where a relatively free and fair election ends up bringing the winner…

FBI and ICE scanning driver's license photos with facial recognition technology
wsws.org | 2019-07-10
Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.

Australian police monitoring journalists' travel and Internet data
wsws.org | 2019-07-10
New reports demonstrate an escalating effort to criminalise exposures about key military and intelligence operations.

The International Spy Museum in DC: Lies, Spies, and Paranoia
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-08
The mainstream media have given rave notices to the new International Spy Museum, a striking edifice that is close by the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The New York Times finds the museum "remarkable," and the Washington Post credits the museum with taking an objective look at both intelligence analysis and clandestine operations. However, there are serious shortcomings in a curation that has given the entire intelligence community a remarkable and stunning recruitment tool.

Veterans Affairs Police Are Supposed to "Protect Those Who Served." They Have a Shocking Record of Brutality and Impunity
Jasper Craven | theintercept.com | 2019-07-08
The VA is unable to conduct adequate oversight of its 4,200 police officers. Veterans across the country pay the price — sometimes with their lives.

SPLC: Hate groups have long adopted symbols of U.S. history to promote white supremacy
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-07-03
As America prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, the display of some of the nation's earliest regalia has rekindled a debate about racist symbolism.

Joint solidarity statement: Stop police brutality in Hong Kong! No extradition to China!
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-03
The following joint statement in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong initiated by the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) has been supported by nearly 60 international organisations and parties. | We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the high-handed approach by the Hong Kong government in dealing with the recent mass protests against the proposed extradition bill. | We condemn the use of unprecedented excessive force by the Hong Kong police in dispersing and arresting protesters. The use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds, as well as beating up unarmed protest…

SPLC: Sentencing of James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' will not heal victims or their families
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-06-28
James Alex Fields Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering a woman who was protesting a white supremacist rally two years ago, is a remorseless killer and a domestic terrorist.

Working in Prison, I Witnessed the Inhumane Conditions of Solitary for Incarcerated Women
aclu.org | 2019-06-28
Solitary confinement can amount to torture. One practitioner witnessed this first hand, and shares her story and her journey to action. | At the first checkpoint at Tennessee Prison for Women, there was a large, scrolling television screen behind the desk displaying the image of two pairs of hands — one pair with a key and one pair in handcuffs. The message read, "You can either be one of us or one of them." I had been working in the facility for less than a year, but this message exemplified an uneasiness I had long felt without articulating: The prison's faàßade of "rehabilitation" masked a system s…

Abrams Welcomes Venezuela's Former Intelligence Chief to the US, Reaffirms Trump's Commitment to Ousting Maduro
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-06-26
The press conference came as the Venezuelan military called for respect from those looking to fracture it.

US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid is an 'Act of War' (According to the US)
Dave Lindorff | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-17
Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services load electronic "explosives" in the computer systems of critical infrastructure of the other, that in …

US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid Is an 'Act of War'
Dave Lindorff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services …

Bringing Police Torture in Chicago to the Full Light of Day
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Flint Taylor's new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, is one of those remarkable works that won't fit under any one category. It's at once a history of civil and human rights battles in Chicago with national and global reach, a text of modern urban sociology, an example of critical legal theory, a long polemic against white and class privilege, a literature of political exposure, a manual of strategy and tactics, and last but not least, for Flint himself, an autobiography. In its pages, Chicago's top lawyer of the left also shares with us the intense and determined commitment, wi…

Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
The mysterious mines that blew up two tankers, one of them Japanese-owned and operated, on Wednesday, sent a frisson of fear through the Gulf, since it was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war. | Despite the confident pronouncements of "Benghazi Mike" Pompeo at his brief news conference, the fact is that US intelligence hasn't had time or access to come to a firm conclusion about the author of the mine attack. | Pompeo's people put out grainy video of some sort of small ship coming alongside one of the tankers and then leaving peacefully. Since this doe…

Think US media won't help lead nation into war with Iran based on flimsy or false intelligence? Looks like they already are
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15

US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing, Provides No Evidence
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US military intelligence agency the DIA has issued a new statement directly accusing the Russian government of conducting low-yield nuclear tests in the course of developing more advanced nuclear arms. This is the second time the DIA has suggested Russia was conducting nuclear tests in the past month. The statement today, as with the previous one, came with no …

US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing, Provides No Evidence

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington's vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.

"Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as US Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-14
(CD) — In a press conference that immediately evoked memories of the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday claimed Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman without presenting one single shred of evidence. "This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the …

'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies as US Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence

The Armed Bureaucracy
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
The researchers "found officers bashing immigrants and Muslims, promoting racist stereotypes, identifying with right-wing militia groups and, especially, glorifying police brutality." (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-160814231.jpg

How SDS Imploded: an Inside Account
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-14
Fifty years ago, this June, the Students for a Democratic Society held its last united National Convention. It was torn apart by ideologically driven factions, each claiming to have the only correct approach for saving America. Ironically, SDS was initiated by the anti-authoritarian, but socialist oriented, League for Industrial Democracy. Al Haber, SDS's first president,…

Think US Media Won't Help Lead Nation Into War With Iran Based on Flimsy or False Intelligence? Looks Like They Already Are
Jake Johnson, staff writer, Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
"Do U.S. reporters, anchors, and editors really want more Middle Eastern blood on their hands? If not, they need to fix their rather credulous and increasingly hawkish coverage of Iran—and fix it fast." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iran_war_media.jpg

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee's habeas corpus appeal
wsws.org | 2019-06-14
The court's refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.

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