Daily Archives: September 23, 2019

2019-09-23: News Headlines

Kasia Anderson (2019-09-23). Making Torture American Again, With Help From Hollywood. truthdig.com Regardless of their take on the volatile topic of torture, there appears to be rare agreement among an array of experts, activists, proponents and critics about one of the most reliable ways it has been successfully defended in recent decades. The so-called ticking time bomb scenario has done the trick so often and so well—for leaders of countries, militaries, small armies of Hollywood producers—that it has taken on the enticing shine of a particularly hot political commodity: the foregone conclusion disguised as a given. | The scenario lays out the premise that if a man-made catastrophe were about to…

Jeff Hauser, Max Moran (2019-09-23). Why Are House Democrats Afraid to Wield Their Subpoena Power? commondreams.org From left, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calf., Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conduct a news conference on the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/democrats_subpoena_trump.jpg

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-23). Globalising Artificial Intelligence (AI) Surveillance. globalresearch.ca They all do it: corporations, regimes, authorities. They all have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability, all under the umbrella term of "security". Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the global citizenry; it all comes down to the same …

Fight Back (2019-09-21). New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…

Fight Back (2019-09-21). Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…

Staff (2019-09-17). Headlines for September 17, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Rejects Talks with U.S. Following Disputed Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia, Israelis Head to Polls to Decide Netanyahu's Fate, Afghanistan: Blast Near Presidential Rally Kills Dozens Amid Mounting Violence, Massive Blackout Hits Four Central American Nations, 2 Italian Officials Indicted over Migrant Deaths from 2013 Shipwreck, 2019 Was Northern Hemisphere's Hottest Summer on Record, Autoworkers Continue Strike with Support from Dems, Environmental Activists, Manhattan DA Subpoenas Trump Tax Returns, Acting Intelligence Dir. Refused to Turn Over Whistleblower Complaint That Could Involve Trump, House Dems Inve…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-15). Outing of CIA's Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax. thegrayzone.com The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence…

ACLU (2019-09-11). Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality. aclu.org A personal story of police brutality at the hands of the police in Peoria, Illinois. | My name is Yunek Moore. I am a Black woman, a college graduate, and a survivor of police brutality. I'm choosing to tell my story because, sadly, this wasn't the last time something like this happened to a person of color in Peoria, Illinois, and that must change. | On June 4, 2013, I was a happy 17-year-old looking forward to attending college at Millikin University. I had just graduated high school, where I was ranked 11th in my entire class and spoke at graduation as one of my final duties as Senior Class President. | That n…

Brett Barrouquere (2019-09-04). Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture. splcenter.org League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader. splcenter.org Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group's activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member's resignation.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Identity Unmasked: Meet the Proprietors of the Internet's Largest Neo-Confederate Propaganda Machine. splcenter.org A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation.

Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project (2019-09-03). The Last Word: When Dollars Matter 
More Than Decency. splcenter.org As America's technology and financial giants struggle, or refuse, to curb hate on their platforms, far-right extremists leverage them to build war chests that promote bigotry and violence.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits 'Ex-Gay' Movement. splcenter.org According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson's fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO "goes undercover to expose 'ex-gay' conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation," its website states.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark. splcenter.org Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.

2019-09-23: Social Media Postees

Making Torture American Again, With Help From Hollywood
Kasia Anderson | truthdig.com | 2019-09-23
Regardless of their take on the volatile topic of torture, there appears to be rare agreement among an array of experts, activists, proponents and critics about one of the most reliable ways it has been successfully defended in recent decades. The so-called ticking time bomb scenario has done the trick so often and so well–for leaders of countries, militaries, small armies of Hollywood producers–that it has taken on the enticing shine of a particularly hot political commodity: the foregone conclusion disguised as a given. | The scenario lays out the premise that if a man-made catastrophe were about to…
truthdig.com/articles/making-torture-american-again-with-help-from-hollywood/

Globalising Artificial Intelligence (AI) Surveillance
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-23
They all do it: corporations, regimes, authorities. They all have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability, all under the umbrella term of "security". Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the global citizenry; it all comes down to the same …
globalresearch.ca/globalising-artificial-intelligence-ai-surveillance/5689928

Why Are House Democrats Afraid to Wield Their Subpoena Power?
Jeff Hauser, Max Moran | commondreams.org | 2019-09-23
From left, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calf., Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conduct a news conference on the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/democrats_subpoena_trump.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/23/why-are-house-democrats-afraid-wield-their-subpoena-power?cd-origin=rss

New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/new-york-activists-demand-never-again-martial-law-philippines

Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/aurora-ice-warden-johnny-choate-confronted-his-home

Outing of CIA's Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-15
The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/15/outing-of-cias-kremlin-mole-echoes-iraq-wmd-hoax/

Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality
aclu.org | 2019-09-11
A personal story of police brutality at the hands of the police in Peoria, Illinois. | My name is Yunek Moore. I am a Black woman, a college graduate, and a survivor of police brutality. I'm choosing to tell my story because, sadly, this wasn't the last time something like this happened to a person of color in Peoria, Illinois, and that must change. | On June 4, 2013, I was a happy 17-year-old looking forward to attending college at Millikin University. I had just graduated high school, where I was ranked 11th in my entire class and spoke at graduation as one of my final duties as Senior Class President. | That n…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/being-black-not-crime-yuneks-story-police

Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2019-09-04
League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/rift-exposed-desertion-robbed-league-south-its-longtime-headquarters-and-hints-member-chose

Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group's activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member's resignation.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/spurned-burned-anti-muslim-extremists-rebuff-prominent-chapter-leader

Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits 'Ex-Gay' Movement
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson's fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO "goes undercover to expose 'ex-gay' conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation," its website states.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/out-darkness-conversion-therapist-quits-ex-gay-movement

Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/hatewatch-brave-dark

Identity Unmasked: Meet the Proprietors of the Internet's Largest Neo-Confederate Propaganda Machine
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/identity-unmasked-meet-proprietors-internets-largest-neo-confederate-propaganda-machine

The Last Word: When Dollars Matter 
More Than Decency
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
As America's technology and financial giants struggle, or refuse, to curb hate on their platforms, far-right extremists leverage them to build war chests that promote bigotry and violence.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/last-word-when-dollars-matter-more-decency