“UNPRECEDENTED: [sic] DOJ Caught Spying on the Associated Press
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It’s unprecedented, and it’s outrageous. The Associated Press is reporting that the Department of Justice spied on two months of reporters calls in New York, Hartford, and DC — including their phone line in the press office in the House of Representatives!
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
Please add your name at right to demand a Congressional investigation of the DOJ’s spying on the Associated Press.
This is part and parcel of an ongoing war on freedom of the press and on whistleblowers — with the Obama administration having prosecuted more whistleblowers than all prior presidents combined.
Intrustions like these create a chilling effect that undermines the press and our democracy — and makes our society less free and open.
The AP’s CEO Gary Pruitt wrote a letter to the DOJ that underscores the obscenity of this spying:
“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”
Enough is enough. Add your name at right to help us put an end to the war on freedom of the press.”
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Tags: empire, exercises, intimidation, joint operations, law enforcement, militarism, military, Northcomm, police state, Posse Comitatus, training
Police state ramps up its absurdity with military attack helicopters buzzing all over the city of Miami. Oh yes, they’re integrating with the local police as well. Doesn’t that make you feel so safe and secure?
“This is routine training conducted by military personnel designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirement,” the police statement said.” Miami Herald
Tags: anarchist, citizen, collective, corporate crime, corporations, domestic, fighting back, impunity, infiltration, intimidation, justice, politics, radical, review, sabotage, sting, terrorism, The East, violence
Starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Patricia Clarkson – the question here concerns distributor Fox Searchlight acquiring a film that presents itself as anti-capitalist, when we all know Fox is the most right wing, biased organization in the mainstream media. So what gives?
Is the plot a bait and switch? Is the message in the end how anyone who challenges the crimes of corporations is essentially as bad — or worse — than the corporate criminals themselves? We shall see.
The initial review from Sundance is vague on the film’s politics. One glaring point however, it seems Brit Marling (bombshell) is a mercenary intelligence spook on the hunt for the group, and the infiltration and sting setup of its members is a central part of the plot.
Tags: ANSWER, brutality, fascism, intimidation, murder, police violence, racism, shooting, state terrorism
VIDEO of police attack on Anaheim protesters:
“Attack comes hours [after] office deluged with racist hate calls over Anaheim police protests
On Monday, the ANSWER Coalition was highlighted in the mass media for our role supporting the protests in response to the outrageous police attack in Anaheim. ANSWER placards and signs were highly visible in media photos and video. ANSWER volunteers were interviewed by mainstream media outlets.
That night, the ANSWER office in Los Angeles was broken into, ransacked and robbed. All of our computers, ten total, were stolen, in addition to all of our sound equipment and our bullhorns — the things essential to organizing and conducting protest actions. We had many other losses too and our files were ransacked.
Please click here to make an urgently needed donation to help us recover from this attack.
At this point, we cannot say with certainty the nature of this attack—but we believe the events leading up to it are noteworthy. After being in the national spotlight the ANSWER Coalition office was deluged with racist hate calls supporting the Anaheim police, who killed two unarmed men in 24 hours and inflicted so much brutality against the community. At the same time, right-wing websites began an internet-based attack campaign against the ANSWER Coalition labeling us “outside agitators.” Hours later the office was broken into and ransacked.
And we know that the United States—and southern California in particular—has a long history of police attacks on the offices progressive organizations, with the intent of disrupting or sabotaging their organizing efforts during key political crises.
Despite this attack, we are not deterred. We still managed to mobilize for the mass action at the Anaheim City Council meeting, and will be marching in Downey this Saturday against the police murder of Mike Nida.
However, our work has been severely disrupted. We are asking for your help to so that we can replace our equipment and rebuild our office. Please help us so that we can continue mobilizing actions against police brutality, the war in Afghanistan, budget cuts, and as we work to build a movement for justice and equality. Please click here to make an urgently needed donation.
Your solidarity and support through this attack is critical to continuing our work, and is very much appreciated. Please make as generous a donation as you can. Standing together we can make a difference.”