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Police 'spied on activists for blacklisting agency'

Whistleblower says he believes he personally collected intelligence that later appeared in files of agency<p>Police gathered intelligence on trade union activists and passed the information to a clandestine blacklisting agency that unlawfully stored secret files on thousands of workers, according to …

Guardian front page, Monday 19 August: Guardian journalist's partner held under UK Terrorism Act

Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours

David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act Alan Rusbridger on Snowden, Greenwald and the threat to journalism<p>The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the …

Edward Snowden and the Story of American Weakness

The NSA surveillance story is evolving from one of outrage-by many Americans upon learning that their government has, to cut to the chase, been spying on them, and by many in the political establishment because a mid-level contractor has told this to the world, to one of bad comedy. The story is …

The government whistleblower who wouldn’t be silenced

Seven years after publicly blasting the TSA, a former air marshal might finally be getting his job back<p>What do words mean in a post-9/11 world? Apart from the now clichéd Orwellian twists that turn brutal torture into mere enhanced interrogation, the devil is in the details. Robert MacLean is a …

13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush's Watch Without a Peep from Fox News

The Republican inquisition over the attacks against Americans in Benghazi has never really gone away, but it appears as though in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the House Oversight Committee's Benghazi hearings this week there are renewed psycho-histrionics over Benghazi.<p>Lindsey Graham …

The Incentive for Regulators Not to Regulate

Five years later, nearly every mechanism, law, and incentive that led to the global financial meltdown is still in place. Five years later, we are still at risk of our financial institutions collapsing, our 401Ks plummeting, and our jobs vanishing. Five years later, the U.S. economic system is just …

Watchdog: They want to silence me

The watchdog who tracks the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government officials have tried to silence him because they think he's embarrassing the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai by pointing out the waste and fraud.<p>John Sopko, the special inspector …

Hard truths of campaign finance

The cries for changing the Federal Election Commission from some editorial boards and campaign finance lobbyists overlook the obvious dangers of an unchecked federal agency regulating the political involvement of citizens. When Congress created the FEC, it did not design an agency that could be …

E-Verify triggers privacy concerns

Even technology in the Senate’s immigration bill has sparked a fight.<p>Proposed changes to an abstruse electronic employment-verification system known as E-Verify have triggered dissent among an unusual cadre of privacy activists, human rights organizations and enforcement buffs.<p>The provisions would …

How Wall Street is hiring Washington - House GOP searches for debt limit plan - First look: Fratto/Silverberg joining IIF - First look: Retailers take on eBay - 'The Jamie Dimon witch hunt'

<b>HOW WALL STREET IS HIRING WASHINGTON</b> — POLITICO’s Ben White in a piece that went up overnight: “The financial industry has long been a draw for former political operatives seeking a bigger paycheck and New York lifestyle. But with the big banks now under constant assault from reformers, regulators …

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Does Michigan's Emergency-Manager Law Disenfranchise Black Citizens?

A state law provides for takeover of cities with troubled finances. It just happens that the worst-hit places are also the poorest and blackest.<p>Rebecca Cook/Reuters<p>In Michigan, emergency skews black.<p>State-appointed emergency managers currently run Detroit along with five other Michigan cities and …

If You've Done Nothing Wrong, You've Nothing to Hide: So Why Is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

You know the saying: If you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to hide. I hear it from my students: I've nothing to hide, so let Big Brother scrutinize my emails, my phone calls, my purchases, my activities online, and so on. Anything to keep us safe from the big, bad terrorists.<p>But there's a …

How to Create the Foundations for an American Totalitarian State

<i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Indefinite detention of the innocent and guilty alike, without any hope of charges, trial, or release: this is now the American way. Most Americans, however, may not care to take that in, not even when the indefinitely detained go on a hunger strike. That act has …

Just Reading This In The UK Can Get You 10 Years In Prison

If these reports are true, and if this case took place in the UK, no other evidence would be needed to arrest and prosecute Russell, 24.<p>Simply having a copy of Inspire — or any other materials deemed "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism" — is a crime …

Is Cameron's Britain what we fought for in the war? | Harry Leslie Smith

Every year, the spring rains fall hard and heavy to a parched and hungry earth. Life is reborn from the long slumber of winter. For me the beauty in …

Feds Didn't Tell Boston Police About Probe Of Tsarnaev

(We put a new top on this post at 1:25 p.m. ET.)<p>"The FBI never told the Boston police or the Massachusetts State Police about possible Russian terror connections of the suspected Marathon bombers until three and half days after the attack, law enforcement officials testified today before the House …