Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We, the People, Can Win Over Washington
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7 Outrageous Examples of Police Spying and Harrassment Toward Peaceful Activists
Joshua Holland writes for AlterNet: "According to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), law enforcement agencies around the country have acted as diligent Thought Police, relying on dubious justifications to spy on Americans based on little more than their political beliefs (PDF)."
The Erosion of Individual Liberties: When Justice and Politics Become One
Supreme Court Rules for President in Separation of Powers Case
Warren Richey reports for the Christian Science Monitor: "Congress overstepped its authority when it sought to create an independent watchdog agency deliberately insulated from direct presidential control and political accountability. In a 5-to-4 decision, the US Supreme Court struck down a portion of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which authorized the creation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)."
How Washington Blew Its Chance to Bring Real Change to Wall Street
Eliot Spitzer writes for Slate magazine: "Even acknowledging the truism that making laws is like making sausage, often leading any observer toward becoming a vegetarian, if not a vegan, some legislation stands out as especially unpleasant. With that in mind, what conclusions can we draw about the financial reregulation bill now making its way through Congress?
Decline in Labor Force Leads to Drop in Unemployment
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Move the Money, Starve the Empire
Christine Ahn writes for Foreign Policy in Focus: "June 26 may have been the last day of the U.S. Social Forum (USSF) in Detroit, but it might very well be the emergence of a more powerful antiwar movement in this country.The U.S. Social Forum is a meeting place for progressive social justice organizations to discuss issues, strategies, and ideas for building a social movement in this country. The sessions on the antiwar and anti-militarism track made several linkages: between the domestic economic crisis and the bloated military budget, the expansion of U.S. bases and the displacement of farmers and indigenous peoples from their land and livelihoods, and the rise of militarism and violence against women."
Goldman Can't Say How Much It Made From Housing Crash
No Age of Austerity for the Rich
Sasha Abramsky writes for The Guardian UK: "We are, pundits frequently inform us, living through an "age of austerity". True, perhaps; but what that means, and what community responses it mandates, vary widely from country to country. UK chancellor George Osborne's emergency budget was stark in the cuts that it laid out - and there's obviously a good case to be made that the notion of an impending debt crisis was largely used as a foil for an ideologically motivated attack on the public sector. But, to sell the cuts, the government couldn't resort to a simplistic "government-is-bad, welfare-is-awful" rhetoric. It wouldn't have worked with an electorate that still retains some affection for the redistributive, protective functions of government vis-à-vis the nation's poor; that still believes in a societal obligation to smooth out the roughest edges of a market system."
A Defining Vote on Afghanistan
Katrina vanden Heuvel comments for The Nation: "More than six months after the implementation of the Obama/McChrystal strategy, and with one year to go before the beginning withdrawal of US forces, it's clear that the strategy in Afghanistan is failing on nearly all fronts. It’s critical that we now turn to a more fundamental exit debate: How do we change course and craft a responsible strategy to end the war?"
When Rolling Stone Calls the Shots, It’s Time to Negotiate
Fred Branfman writes for Truthdig.com: "It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone? The very fact that it took a magazine article for President Barack Obama to remove Gen. Stanley McChrystal provides the strongest possible reason for allowing Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan to negotiate a settlement with the Taliban."
The Appalling Cowardice of the NY Times and the Rest of America's Big Newspapers -- Too Scared to Say 'Torture'
we went after Japanese war criminals who used the ancient and inhumane interrogation tactic, it was torture when Pol Pot and some of the worst dictators known to mankind used it against their own people, and it was torture to the U.S. military which once punished soldiers who adopted the grim practice." Illustration by: Matt Mahurin.
What Kind of Supreme Court?
Stanley Kutler writes for Truthdig.com: "The follies that are the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominations returned with Solicitor General Elena Kagan in the hot seat, but with a new twist. Kagan had famously written that the lack of “meaningful discussion of legal issues” has given the confirmation process “an air of vacuity and farce,” resulting in a failure to properly evaluate nominees or educate the public on the court’s role."
Mexico’s July 4 Election – Has the Narco State Arrived?
kidnapped on May 16 and has not been heard from since. Three days ago, Rodolfo Torre, the odds on winner for governor in the state of Tamaulipas, was murdered in a highway ambush. Torre’s murder represents the highest ranking politician of the 50 assassinations this election cycle."
Another Immigration Policy Is Possible!
David Bacon writes for Truthout: "Thousands of left-wing activists just spent a week at the US Social Forum in Detroit, gathered again under the banner 'Another World is Possible.' Among them hundreds added a new subtext: 'Another Immigration Policy is Possible!'"
David Bacon was a guest on Community Bridge in 2009. Listen to his speech broadcast on Community Bridge here.
'9500 Liberty:' Documenting the Immigration Debate
Emily Wilson writes for Truthdig.com: "The new documentary “9500 Liberty” is about the struggle over a law requiring police to question anyone they have probable cause to believe is undocumented. This premise may sound awfully familiar, but the film isn’t about SB 1070, the controversial immigration law recently adopted in Arizona; rather, it’s about a 2007 resolution in Prince William County, Va."
Is BP Rejecting Skimmers to Save Money on Gulf Oil Cleanup?
Anita Lee reports for McClatchy Newspapers: "A report released Thursday by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform included a photo depicting 'a massive swath of oil' in the Gulf with no skimming equipment in sight. The report concluded: 'The lack of equipment at the scene of the spill is shocking, and appears to reflect what some describe as a strategy of cleaning up oil once it comes ashore versus containing the spill and cleaning it up in the ocean.'"
A Hole in the World
BP Is Only the Latest Killer of the Gulf
Max Ajl reports for Truthout: "The news from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe keeps on worsening. [But] the marine ecosystems of the Gulf have been literally dying for decades. Most summers, an immense zone of oxygen-depleted seawater runs from the Louisiana continental shelf to the Texas coast."
Delegation From Oil-Afflicted Amazon Visits Louisiana Tribes Hit by BP Disaster
A New Deregulatory Push in the Energy Heartland
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Obama Needs to Hit GOP Harder
Eric Alterman writes for The Daily Beast: "The market is tanking. Consumer confidence is collapsing, car sales are falling, and now the pumped-up housing market is also losing steam despite mortgage rates hitting their lowest point in five years. Meanwhile, jobless claims are also rising but Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, he of the big pain in the ass on health care, won’t allow his party to extend benefits about to expire. Is it any wonder that, finally, Barack Obama can (finally) be found out on the hustings handing out a little red meat? Obama complained that his opponents 'think that our economy will do better if we just let the banks or the oil companies or the insurance industry make their own rules… They still believe that even after the Wall Street crash, even after the BP oil well blew, that we should keep a hands-off attitude.' The president paid particular attention to the remarks of House Republican leader John Boehner, who likened the rather mild fin/reg legislation to 'killing an ant with a nuclear weapon,' something, hardly coincidentally, that could also be found on DNC ads running on the Web. 'He compared the financial crisis to an ant,' Mr. Obama said. 'That is the same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly 8 million jobs. Same crisis that cost people their homes, their life savings. He can’t be that out of touch with the struggles of American families. And if he is, then he’s got to come here to Racine and ask people what they think.'"
The Tea Party Is Dangerous: Dispelling 7 Myths That Help Us Avoid Reality About the New Right-Wing Politics
How the TeleCom Industry Plans to Take Over the Internet in Four Easy Steps
Tim Karr writes for Common Dreams: "Have you heard about the battle over the Internet? It's a power grab that involves lawyers, lobbyists, unscrupulous legislators, phony front groups and the most powerful telecommunications companies in the world. They've aligned themselves against the rest of us -- the millions of Americans who use the Internet every day, in increasingly inventive ways."