The Oil Despots
Basav Sen | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-14
The world's burgeoning far-right movements are far-flung and diverse, but in government they share a few core tendencies: They attack minority populations. They criminalize dissent. And they're horrible for the planet. The slide into extractivist authoritarianism in the U.S. is part of a worldwide trend, exemplified by the parallels between the U.S. and Brazil, where…
US impeachment inquiry: State Department official testifies in defiance of Trump ban
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is the first Trump administration official to testify before the House Intelligence Committee since the White House declared its policy of noncooperation with the impeachment inquiry.
No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!
wsws.org | 2019-10-14
The defeat of Trump's efforts to create an extreme rightwing authoritarian regime and the defense of democratic rights require the political mobilization of the working class.
Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-10-12
While Assange is subjected to what amounts to torture in a British prison, the war criminals he has done so much to expose walk free.
What Fourth Amendment? Court ruling says FBI snooped on private data of MILLIONS of Americans
rt.com | 2019-10-11
The phone records, emails, and data of millions of American citizens collected by the NSA haven't just been sitting in a vault somewhere. Rather, they've been searched and pored over by the FBI, apparently unconstitutionally. | According to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court ruling, issued last year and declassified this week, the FBI has been searching through records collected by the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance program. By searchi…
A Declassified Court Ruling Shows How the FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance Data
Trevor Aaronson | theintercept.com | 2019-10-10
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found that the FBI may have violated the rights of potentially millions of Americans — including its own agents and informants — by improperly searching through information obtained by the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program. | U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg, who serves in the District of Columbia and the FISA court, made his sweeping and condemnatory assessment in October 2018 in a 138-page ruling, which was declass…
The Espionage Act Is Again Deployed Against a Government Official Leaking to the Media
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-10-09
The Justice Department on Wednesday announced its eighth prosecution under President Donald Trump for leaking sensitive information to the media, expanding a crackdown on press disclosures that began during the Obama administration and has only accelerated under Trump. | In an eight-page indictment unsealed on Wednesday, prosecutors alleged that Henry Kyle Frese, a 30-year-old counterterrorism analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, accessed intelligence reports unrelated to his job and discussed their contents with two reporter…