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"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759)


 • Added 07.01.2006
REPORTER EASILY FINDS GITMO DEFENSE WINTNESSES THE U.S. SAYS COULDN'T BE FOUND
The US government routinely failed to give detainees at Guantanamo Bay access to witnesses who might helped them prove their innocence, saying it could not locate witnesses for the defense. But a reporter found one detainee's witnesses in just 3 days.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)
More here... (Boston Globe)


 • Added 07.01.2006
SUPREME COURT: BUSH USURPED POWERS WITH GITMO PRISONER ORDERS
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying in a strong rebuke that the trials were illegal under U.S. and international law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 05.14.2006
HOW BUSH SIGNS LAWS THEN DISREGARDS ANY PART HE DOESN'T LIKE
By placing statements in the Federal Register, Bush has sidestepped new laws over 700 times.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Gate)


 • Added 08.01.2005
SECRET MILITARY EMAILS INDICATE GITMO TRIBUNALS MAY BE RIGGED
Two senior prosecutors have complained in confidential messages that the trial system had been secretly arranged to improve the chance of conviction and to deprive defendants of material that could prove their innocence.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.24.2005
BUSH CAMP TRYING TO BLOCK REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION AGAINST PRISONER TORTURE
Cheney attempts to intimidate backers into abandoning legislation that would bar the U.S. military from engaging in "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees or hiding prisoners from the Red Cross.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 07.24.2005
MILITARY STILL TRYING TO COVER UP DETAILS OF ABU GHRAIB ABUSE
Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.22.2005
HOUSE VOTES TO MAKE PATRIOT ACT PERMANENT
Your library, business and medical records can be searched without your knowledge, your web surfing can be tracked, searches that once required a judge's OK can be conducted on the whim of the CIA or FBI, and you don't even have to be a terrorism suspect. 257 House members think this is just ducky and the Patriot Act needs no revisions at all.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 07.07.2005
REPORTERS INVITED TO TOUR GITMO PRISON, THEN DENIED ANY USEFUL ACCESS
CNN shown comfortable cells, but their pictures and video are censored, and they're not allowed to talk to prisoners, especially those who shouted out "We take the torture in here!"
Inform yourself with the full story here (CNN)


 • Added 07.07.2005
HAS THE U.S. GOV'T BEGUN HOOVER-TYPE SPYING ON AMERICANS AGAIN?
A new unit of the California National Guard has apparently been investigating peaceful protesters, just like during the Vietnam War, and covering it up.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 06.16.2005  • RARE GOOD NEWS
HOUSE VOTES TO WEAKEN UNCONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOT ACT PROVISION
The sweeping Section 215 - often called the "library provision" - that greased the wheels for the government to obtain business records, library records and other "tangible things" for investigations has been rebuked by the House of Representatives in a 238 to 137 vote.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Added 06.12.2005
REPUBLICAN HEADING PATRIOT ACT HEARINGS CUTS OFF CRITICS, CLOSES TESTIMONY
James Sensenbrenner interrupted witnesses, shut down hearings on the renewal of the Patriot Act when critics cataloged US abuses of human rights that have occurred under its regulations.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
More details (Washington Post)


 • Added 06.10.2005
CARTER CALLS ON BUSH TO SHUT DOWN ABUSE-SCANDALIZED PRISONS
"The U.S. continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation...because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo."
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 05.17.2005
CONSTITUTION? WHAT CONSTITUTION? 43% OF AMERICANS THINK THE PRESS HAS TOO MUCH FREEDOM, 22% SAY GOV'T CENSORSHIP SHOULD BE ALLOWED
53% say news organizations should be prevented from printing stories with unnamed sources, and just 14% of the public can name "freedom of the press" as a guarantee in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Editor & Publisher)


 • Added 05.17.2005
BUSH DRAGGING FEET ON CREATION OF BOARD DESIGNED TO PROTECT RIGHTS UNDER PATRIOT ACT
Bipartisan group of senators calls attention to president's lack of action on naming members of group that would keep tabs on privacy, civil rights violations.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 05.17.2005
A CHRONOLOGY OF U.S. WAR CRIMES AND TORTURE, 1975-2005
An brief but thorough run-down of systematic double-standards in U.S. defense and foreign policies for the last 30 years -- and a good quick reference for recent Bush Administration violations of U.S. and international law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Counterpunch)


 • Added 05.09.2005
ULTRA-CONSERVATIVES INTRODUCE BILL TO STRIP POWERS FROM U.S. COURTS, INSTILL BIBILCAL LAW ABOVE THE CONSTITUTION
A sample of the text (cutting out all the jabberwocky): "...the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review...any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government...concerning that entity's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government."
Here's the text of the bill (US Senate)
Here's an analysis (Znet)


 • Added 05.02.2005
GROWING EVIDENCE SHOWS U.S. SENDS PRISONERS TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR TORTURE
Seven months before 9/11, the State Department listed a litany of horrors inflicted on prisoners in Uzbekistan. Now the former Soviet republic is a primary destination for captured "enemy combatants."
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 05.02.2005
ALABAMA REPUBLICANS GET THEIR CENSORSHIP ON
A bill an Alabama lawmaker very much in bed with the Bush Administration would ban any book that contains any mention of homosexuality and any book written by a homosexual author, regardless of content.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CBS)

To quote: No public funds or public facilities shall be used by any state agency, public school, public library, or public college or university for the purchase, production, or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that, directly or indirectly, sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state of Alabama.
Here's an interview story with the bill's sponsor, who wonders aloud why theaters "can't do something else" instead of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" or "A Chorus Line" and proves himself a well-educated man by refering to "Hamlet" as "Hammet."


 • Added 04.27.2005
FAKE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ROUTINELY TOSS NON-BUSHIES FROM RALLIES
White House claims impersonator in Denver was a lone overzealous Republican Party volunteer. But the same guy has kicked out or denied entry to dozens of people at Bush events nationwide.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Denver Post)


 • Added 04.27.2005
REPORT: MUSLIMS IN U.S. CUSTODY ROUTINELY TORTURED
"Abu Ghraib was only the tip of the iceberg," says Human Rights Watch in a report, released Wednesday, that summarized abuses at U.S. facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba, and reiterated a call for a probe into which U.S. officials may have had roles in the mistreatment.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 04.24.2005
U.S. GETS HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATOR BOOTED FROM U.N. JOB FOR EXPOSING U.S. RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Under U.S. pressure, the United Nations eliminated the job of its top investigator on human rights in Afghanistan last week after the official criticized violations by U.S. forces in the country.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Newsday)


 • Added 01.13.2005
VALUABLE MILITARY TRANSLATORS FIRED UNDER 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'
The military has discharged 20 service personnel who spoke or had studied Arabic for being gay. Well, they certainly have their priorities straight.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 01.03.2005
U.S. PREPARING TO IMPRISION SUSPECTS WITHOUT EVIDENCE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES
Human rights? What's that? The Pentagon and the CIA have asked the White House to decide on a more permanent approach for lifetime detentions for people in custody whom the government does not have enough evidence to charge in court.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 11.19.2004
DEM. SENATOR PROPOSES NEWS CENSORSHIP SO U.S. WAR CRIMES CAN BE COVERED UP
Following videotaped shooting of an injured Fallujah insurgent by a U.S. Marine, Sylvestre Reyes (D-Texas) says reporters' war privileges should be revoked, saying, "We don't want to know everything that's going on on the field."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Editor & Publisher)


 • Added 10.14.2004
REPUBLICAN 'ACTIVIST JUDGES' VOTE TO KEEP INNOCENT MAN ON DEATH ROW
Bush like to throw around the term "activist judges." I wonder what he has to say about the 8 Republican appointees on an appeals panel who refused to free a death row inmate proven innocent by new DNA evidence.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 10.14.2004
TERRIFYING EXAMPLE OF RAMPANT RACIAL PROFILING UNDER THE PATRIOT ACT
This morning, on the train coming out of Manhattan on the Hudson line, my co-worker got arrested....He is totally guilty of what he was arrested for: Being a young, dark-skinned (Indian) guy with an accent, video-taping the beautiful view of the Hudson river that the Hudson train line runs along, and being reported to the police by two young girls.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThePatriotFacts)


 • Added 10.07.2004
BUSH'S HOMETOWN PAPER RECEIVES HUNDREDS OF THREATS, ADS ARE PULLED OVER KERRY ENDORSEMENT
Terrorist threats have been made by Bush supporters against the staff of the Crawford, Texas, newspaper that endorsed John Kerry for president last week. Several local business have pulled their ads from the paper, some after receiving threats as well.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Lone Star Iconoclast)
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 • Added 09.27.2004
KEY RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF PATRIOT ACT RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
"Democracy abhors undue secrecy" says judge who strikes down illegal search and seizure, anti-free speech provisions.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Added 09.27.2004
1,821 ARRESTED IN INDISCRIMINATE POLICE SWEEPS DURING REPUBLICAN CONVENTION
Alexander Pincus pedaled his bicycle to the Second Avenue Deli to buy matzo ball soup, a pastrami-on-rye and potato latkes for his sweetheart, who was sick with a cold. He would not return for 28 hours...
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 09.27.2004
PENTAGON BLOCKING U.S. CITIZENS & SOLDIERS ABROAD FROM REGISTERING TO VOTE
Siting sudden concerns about hackers, the Pentagon has begun restricting international access to the official Web site intended to help overseas absentee voters cast ballots.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Internation Herald-Tribune)


 • Added 09.27.2004
RUMSFELD SAYS INCOMPLETE ELECTIONS ARE OK
"Let's say you tried to have an election and you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country. But in some places you couldn't because the violence was too great. Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life." So it's also okay pick and choose which states to leave out of November 2, right?
Inform yourself with the full story here (CNN)


 • Added 09.05.2004  • Analysis
HOW TORTURE CAME DOWN FROM THE TOP
"A clear and meticulous account of how decisions made by President Bush, his top political aides and senior military commanders led directly to those searing images of naked prisoners being menaced with guard dogs."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 08.21.2004
HAMDI TOLD HE MUST WAIVE RIGHT TO SUE BEFORE HE'S RELEASED AFTER 2 YEARS W/O CHARGES
Administration officials are trying to force U.S. citizen Yaser Esam Hamdi, held for two years without charges, to waive his right to sue the federal government over civil rights violations as a condition of his release.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 08.06.2004
COUPLE HANDCUFFED, ARRESTED FOR WEARING ANTI-BUSH T-SHIRTS
A FEMA worker and her husband attending a Bush rally in "Love America, Hate Bush" T-shirts were removed from the Capitol grounds in handcuffs and arrested shortly before the President's speech -- supposedly for "trespassing" (with others who weren't arrested).
Inform yourself with the full story here (West Virginia Gazette)


 • Added 07.08.2004  • First Person story
HOMELAND SECURITY USING PATRIOT ACT, McCARTHY-ERA LAW TO DETAIN, DEPORT JOURNALISTS
British reporter was "interrogated for four hours, body searched, fingerprinted, photographed, handcuffed and forced to spend the night in a cell in a detention facility" for 26 hours.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • ABUSE SCANDAL BACKGROUND  • Updated 07.03.2004
BUSH MEMO ASSERTED 'RIGHT' TO WAIVE TORTURE LAWS
"I have never ordered torture," Bush said. But documents show he claimed the right to waive anti-torture laws and treaties covering prisoners of war after the invasion of Afghanistan.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   • Bush asked lawyers cover his butt on torture in '03 (SF Chronicle)
   • Memo sought to circumvent torture laws (NY Times)
   • Torture memo Ashcroft tried to hide is revealed (Washington Post)
   • Download the memos, see for yourself (Nat'l Security Archive)
   • Military, legal specialists analyze Bush's butt-covering (CAP)


 • Added 06.29.2004
BUSH POLICY ON DETAINEES RULED ILLEGAL BY SUPREME COURT
8-1 decision rejects administration attempt to circumvent legal rights to court hearings, legal representation, says detainees cannot be held indefinitely without filing charges.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 06.28.2004
ASHCROFT HYPOCRACY: IN 1997 HE DEMANDED WE 'KEEP BIG BROTHER'S HANDS OFF THE INTERNET'
The Patriot Act's biggest cheerleader once lambasted a similar bill for FBI access to personal e-mail, decryption codes, etc., saying "this proposed policy raises obvious concerns about Americans' privacy" and "Why should we grant government the Orwellian capability to listen at will...to our communications across the Web?"
Read Ashcroft's 1997 position paper here (US State Dept.)


 • Added 06.27.2004
FBI QUESTIONS OAKLAND MAN FOR CALLING BUSH AN 'A**HOLE'
Somebody said, "Osama bin Laden is a real a------ for killing those people." And I said, "That's true. It's a terrible thing. But bin Laden will never be as big an a------ as Bush, who has bombed all over the world for oil." Two weeks later, the FBI was at his door.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Oakland Tribune)


 • Added 06.27.2004
SECRET SERVICE QUARANTINES PROTESTORS FAR FROM BUSH, MEDIA
Local police are ordered to set up "free speech zones" where those opposed to Bush policies are kept out of presidential sight and away from media covering the event. Protesters who refuse are often hogtied because, according to the SS, "inadvertently they may walk out into the motorcade route and be injured." Yeah, right.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 06.17.2004
HOMELAND SECURITY STILL REFUSES TO HELP CLEAR INNOCENT TRAVELERS ON 'NO-FLY' LIST
A federal judge rules Bush administration has not justified its refusal to disclose how people's names get on the list or the procedures for removal. But apparently innocent parties are being targeted because of name similarities to terror suspects or for no discernible reason at all.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Newsday/SF Cronicle)
   • Anti-war activists detained without explanation (Sacramento Bee)


 • Added 06.15.2004
RIGHT-WING GROUP TRYING TO CENSOR MICHAEL MOORE
Fighting against the First Amendment and filmgoers' right to actually see a movie and make up their own minds about it, a far-right organization called moveamericaforward.org is attempting to block "Fahrenheit 9/11" from theaters. Visit the link below and counter-attack with an email campaign of your own.
List of theaters they're attacking


 • Added 06.03.2004
REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE BILL TO DO AWAY WITH CONSTITUTIONAL CHECKS & BALANCES
Here is a link to a bill submitted in March to the House of Representatives, proposing that the Congress be given the power to override Supreme Court decisions. If this bill were law in the 1950s, there would be no civil rights for minorities, no desegregation.
Text of the actual bill (very short -- and thus even more chilling)


 • Added 06.02.2004
TWO REPUBLICAN COMPANIES NOW CONTROL MOST U.S. VOTE COUNTING
Diebold and ES&S will count (using BOTH computerized ballot scanners and touchscreen machines) about 80% of all votes cast in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Inform yourself with the full story here (EcoTalk)
   • Exposé on Bush links & flawed computer code (Newsweek)
   • In-depth analysis of electronic voting, etc. (Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D.)
   • Activist site exposing electronic voting pitfalls (VerifiedVoting.org)
   • More details here (Yes Magazine)
   • Links to dozens more stories (EcoTalk)


 • Added 6.14.2004
'AMERICAN TALIBAN' WAS TORTURED
But plea deal prevents him from telling the truth about it.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times/SF Chronicle)


 • Added 05.28.2004
DAN RATHER: PRESS INTIMIDATION BY BUSH ADMINISTRATION
CBS anchor tells British interviewer of White House pressure: "It's that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions and to continue to bore in on the tough questions so often."
Inform yourself with the full story here (BBC Newsnight/Greg Palast)


 • Added 06.01.2004
RELIGIOUS RIGHT PLAN TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT
An annotated story w/ links to facts and sources

Sound crazy? This fully-documented article details how a political religious movement called Dominionism gained control of the Republican Party, helped elect far-right members of Congress, then took over the White House with George W. Bush, and is now trying to seal America's conversion to theocracy by taking over the judiciary.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Yurica Report)


 • Added 06.12.2004
RIGHT WING TRYING TO CONTROL CONTENT ON PBS
Bill Moyers: "This is the first time in my 32 years of public broadcasting that (the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Capital Times)


 • Added 6.13.1004
BUSH ASKED LAWYERS TO COVER HIS BUTT ON TORTURE
The administration consulted lawyers to make sure the president couldn't be prosecuted for human rights violations -- but officials have tried to keep related paperwork secret. Copies leaked to several newspapers "lay out a shocking and immoral set of justifications for torture."
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)
Washington Post editorial (reprint)


 • Added 06.13.2004
GUANTANAMO WORKERS WARNED TO KEEP QUIET
Military and civilian employees at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay were warned recently not to talk about the "personal treatment of detainees" or any "failure to report actions of others."
Inform yourself with the full story here (USA Today)


 • Achrives
LIST OF JOHN ASHCROFT RIGHTS ABUSES, SCARE TACTICS, LIES
Example: During Congressional testimony, asserted that anyone who raised concerns about his actions would "aid terrorists" and "give ammunition to America's enemies" - statements which are antithetical to the spirit of the First Amendment right to dissent.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ACLU)

  THE PATRIOT ACT


 • Archive
BREAKDOWN OF PATRIOT ACT CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS
The so-called Patriot Act allows secret searches of U.S. citizen's property (you'll never know your place has been broken into by the FBI), allows searches without a warrant, and authorizes investigations based on nothing but what a person says (hello Big Brother -- goodbye free speech).
Inform yourself with the full story here (ACLU)
   • A more general review here (TruthOut)
   • Potential abuses & stories of abuses (SF Chronicle)


 • Archive
CONSERVATIVES SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE PATRIOT ACT
Inform yourself with the full story here (ACLU)


 • Archive
CONSERVATIVES SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE PATRIOT ACT II
Inform yourself with the full story here (ACLU)


 • Archive
MORE ANALYSIS OF THE PATRIOT ACT
Section 215 vastly expands the FBI's power to spy on U.S. citizens, and much more.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ACLU)


 • Archive
ANALYSIS OF PATRIOT ACT II
Diminishes personal privacy by removing checks on government power, Diminishes public accountability by increasing government secrecy; Sheltering federal agents engaged in illegal surveillance, Giving the government secret access to credit reports without consent, Authorizing secret arrests, limiting defense attorneys from challenging the use of secret evidence, shifting burden of proof to defendants...
Inform yourself with the full story here (ACLU)


 • Archives
POINT-BY-POINT REBUTTAL TO BUSH LIES ABOUT THE PATRIOT ACT
Inform yourself with the full story here (ACLU)


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