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Posted: 30 Aug 2008 08:25 PM CDT
By Paul Stuart and Paul Mitchell http://www.wsws.org 30 August 2008 In a further escalation of the attack on democratic rights, the Labour government is proposing a huge increase in state surveillance. It is implementing new measures under the pretext of the “war on terror” to intrude ever deeper into the private lives of people who are viewed
Statewatch News Special 6/11/07:
1. EU: Terrorism plans threaten freedom of expression
2. EU: Statewatch wins Ombudsman complaint against the Commission
3. EU: All children over six to be fingerpinted for EU passports
4. EU: G6 – Communique
5. EU: European Commission proposes EU-PNR
We Know that you know – Remember the massive pile of docs and CDs that the Iraqi government delivered to the UN on its WMD (or lack therof) programme which were then purloined by the US and thence disappeared from public sight?
- Pentagon behind Iraq terror attacks
- Scott Ritter Says U.S. Plans JuneAttack on Iran;‘Cooked’ Jan. 30 Iraqi Election Results by Mark Jensen
- The Undiscovered Malcolm X: Stunning New Info on the Assassination, His Plans to Unite the Civil Rights and Black NationalistMovements & the3 ‘Missing’ Chapters from His Autobiography
RED ALERT MEANS MARTIAL LAW By Mike Whitney
Coup d’Etat in America? by Michel Chossudovsky
The Criminalization of the State by Michel Chossudovsky
Postponing the November Election? How Big Brother Is Watching, Listening and Misusing Information About You By Teresa Hampton & Doug Thompson 08/06/04
‘John Doe’ Revealed as Secret Client in Censored ACLU Patriot Act Case by Jessica Azulay
US Thought Control of Middle East Studies By Joel Beinin (05/04/04)
Be careful what you say on campus By PROFESSOR BESHARA DOUMANI (02/04/04)
Does passenger screening system target dissenters? By Bill Fletcher Jr. (18/03/04)
The IRS Claims New Patriot Act Type Powers to Punish Political Dissenters by Robert R. Raymond (26/11/03)
Feds win right to war protesters’ records (07/02/04)
Real life MATRIX (29/01/04
Fascism in the making By Michael Hasty (10/01/04)
U.S. prosecutor sues Ashcroft :
A U.S. federal prosecutor in one of the first war on terror trials is suing Attorney General John Ashcroft, alleging he was investigated for raising concerns about the war on terror.
UN criticises vague ‘terror’ laws:
Washington has rejected the UN report, saying the working group is not competent to judge the matter.
The Bill of Rights and the Homeland Security prison in Tacoma:
Is there a detention center near you?
Texas: Army agent questions Islamic law students :
The organizer of an Islamic law conference at UT Law School is questioning whether ethnic discrimination brought a Special Agent for Army Intelligence to campus
Report slams airline computer screening :
A congressional report to be published Friday slams the planning for a controversial new computer screening system designed to identify potential terrorists among airline passengers, saying it has failed a series of tests set by lawmakers.
Ridge Unaware of TSA’s Threatening Email to Armed Pilots:
The Transportation Security Administration’s recent email to participants in the armed pilots program, threatening them with dismissal and fines if they disclosed classified information about the program to members of Congress, was apparently sent without the knowledge or approval of the cabinet secretary who supervises TSA.
Spying on peace meetings, cracking down on protesters, keeping secret files on innocent people — how Bush’s war on terror has become a war on freedom.
Canadian tried in secret:
Ex-Ontario resident pleads guilty in U.S. to terror charges: While it has been reported that Jabarah had been co-operating with American agents and faced unknown charges, his case has been shrouded in secrecy. Hearings have been held in private. There is no listing of his case on New York court databases and prosecutors with the Southern District of New York state won’t comment to reporters.
‘Press freedom under fire’:
If the first casualty of war is truth, then the War on Terror has dealt a body blow to those trying to get at the bottom of the story: journalists.
An Antiwar Forum in Iowa Brings Federal Subpoenas:
“I’ve heard of such a thing, but not since the 1950’s, the McCarthy era,” said David D. Cole, a Georgetown law professor. “It sends a very troubling message about government officials’ attitudes toward basic liberties.”
Governor Calls for ‘Cyber Court’ :
Gilmore told the House Science committee, the commission will recommend that a “cyber court” be created with extraordinary powers to authorize electronic surveillance and secret searches of suspected hackers’ homes and offices.
Seven years jail, $150,000
If you don‚t tell the world your email, home address and telephone number you could face a seven-year jail sentence and a $150,000 fine under new legislation that the US Congress is trying to push.
Feds Win Right to War Protesters’ Records :
In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists.
Media law experts weigh in on police encounter:
Experts say a North Liberty police officer’s threat to arrest a Press-Citizen reporter seeking to interview the police chief and his neighbors borders on a civil rights violation.
Are You On Uncle Sam’s No Fly List?:
Why would two women in their 50’s, U.S. citizens, San Francisco homeowners and long-time peace activists with no criminal records be on a federal watch list with suspected terrorists?
UK: This covert experiment in injustice :
Blunkett’s proposals for secret trials will shame the country
UK: Dangerous thinking?:
Home Secretary David Blunkett says he wants to tackle terror attacks before they happen, and is proposing new laws which he says will help do it. But the idea of predicting who might commit crimes is an extremely tricky area.
USA PATRIOT Act is latest in series of bad laws:
That we’re a nation of laws isn’t in itself saying much. The Soviet Union was a nation of laws, too. So were the Balkans’ genocidal little countries in the 1990s. So was Rwanda. The mass graves filled up anyway. To mean anything at all, laws have to be just, they have to be realistic and they have to be enforced.
Professors take aim at Patriot Act:
According to the resolution, passed by about 100 professors, the Patriot Act empowers the FBI ‘’to employ campus police to monitor political and religious activities on campuses ? prohibits librarians from informing patrons of monitoring of information requests,’’ and enables law enforcement ‘’to track and record an individual’s activities on campus without judicial authorization.’’
UK Government floats plans for secret trials of terrorist suspects:
The British government said yesterday it was considering giving courts the power to try terrorist suspects in secret and without juries – proposals condemned by civil liberties groups.
Justice Warns Against Civil Rights Apathy:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that people concerned about losing freedom to government anti-terrorism efforts should speak out.
Disappeared in America :
The lesson of Argentina‚s “Dirty War‰ should not be lost on Americans who are concerned about the direction the Bush administration has taken.
Doubts cast shadow over terror convictions:
Seven months after two Arab immigrants were convicted of being part of a terrorism conspiracy, investigations into the lead prosecutor in the case and the FBI’s Detroit offices have intensified doubts that those convictions will hold up.
Ashcroft: Bush would veto bill scaling back Patriot Act :
The Bush administration issued a veto threat Thursday against legislation introduced in Congress that would scale back key parts of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act.
In many places across George Bush’s America, you may be losing your ability to exercise your lawful First Amendment rights of speech and assembly. Increasingly, some police departments, the FBI, and the Secret Service are engaging in the criminalization—or, at the very least, the marginalization—of dissent.
Some permanent residents of Canada are nervous about the new identification card they are required to carry. If this new card is only supposed to contain basic biographical information — gender, marital status, height, nationality, citizenship and eye colour — why can its shiny, silver stripe hold the equivalent of 1,500 pages of information?
Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America:
“As long as an economic system provides an acceptable degree of security, growing material wealth and opportunity for further increase for the next generation, the average American does not ask who is running things or what goals are being pursued.”
Fascism‚s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for.
Are Parallels To Nazi Germany Crazy? :
My conclusion is that some comparisons between modern times and Nazi Germany are valid, and some are not. Enough are valid, in my opinion, however, for us to be wary, and as vigilant as humanly possible.
The Bush Plan for America: The Rise of an American National Security State:
Americans may not realize it yet, but the United States under Bush is already more than three-quarters of the way down the road to fascism. This is no conspiracy theory, no leftist complaint, no bleeding-heart sentiment. The facts are all there, but Americans do not yet see this ominous truth.
Detainee cases hit court:
The justices are preparing to take up cases this spring that will test the very foundation of American government – the balance of power between the courts, Congress, and the White House. At issue is whether President Bush is acting within his constitutional authority as commander in chief in ordering the indefinite detention of those he has designated “enemy combatants.”
Guantanamo: a symbol of US loss of values:
The US does not believe the old rules apply in the war against terror. Given enough time and enough pressure, even the innocent will confess to something – anything just to end the isolation and deprivation.
The choices are clear: Tyranny or Enlightenment :
What has galled me to no end this political season is the utter and shameful failure of the political opposition to correctly and courageously define the colossal criminality of the present administration in Washington, particularly the failures to notify all Americans that the U.S. is waging wars and squandering the lives of its own children in unjustifiable attacks on innocent people in faraway lands.
Military Lawyer Slams U.S. Terrorism Tribunals :
The U.S. Marine Corps lawyer assigned to defend an Australian terror suspect being held at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba Wednesday criticized the military tribunal process and said it will not allow a fair trial
USA: “Double jeopardy” for some Guantánamo detainees:
Held in isolating conditions, the detainees held in Guantánamo Bay have not been allowed to see lawyers or relatives, or to have access to any court. Now, even if eventually released with no charge, some may face further injustice: indefinite untried detention, torture or execution in their home country.
Patriot Act renewal ‘a can of worms’ :
Seventeen key provisions of the act, mostly ones which extend the surveillance powers of the federal government, are due to expire Dec. 31, 2005, if no fresh legislation is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president.
9-11 is no reason to suspend the Constitution :
Essentially, the government is saying in these cases and others that 9-11 suspended the Constitution, and did so for all time, not just the immediate future.
Weapon of Mass Deception:
One of those essential tools‰ in fighting the war on terrorism, Bush said, “is the Patriot Act, which allows federal law enforcement to better share information, to track terrorists, to disrupt their cells and to seize their assets.‰ He forgot to mention spy on ordinary Americans, violate the Constitution, destroy civil liberties and turn the USA into a police state
NASA’s New Antiterrorism Mission :
The program is the second recent example of a NASA effort to mine information storehouses for enemies of the state. Over the weekend, the Electronic Privacy Information Center revealed that Northwest Airlines forked over millions of passenger records to the space agency for a terrorist-screening project, an effort enhanced with data from the 1990 U.S. census.
Northwest Lands in Hot Water :
Northwest airline passengers who are irate about having their travel records turned over to the government for a data-mining project likely have few avenues for their anger, however, other than a personal boycott of the airline.
UK: Snooping industry set to grow:
Snooping powers given to more than 600 public bodies look set to create a small industry of private firms that will help process requests for information about who people call, the websites they visit and who they swap e-mail with.
Canada: RCMP searches journalist’s home and office for leaked Arar material:
Barry Wright, a law professor at Carleton University, says the Security of Information Act goes too far. “This is a chilling effect on freedom of the press and the public’s right to know.”
http://www.canada.com/news/national/story. html?id=B6124CBF-E7D4-4410-AAA 3-D72165040B57
Infiltration of files seen as extensive:
Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.
Justice Department Investigating Lead Prosecutor in Terrorism Trial:
The allegations include withholding evidence from defense attorneys and trying to convince a court employee to get confidential information about a prisoner, the newspaper said.
Guantanamo Bay: Hicks trial won’t be fair: US lawyer:
The military lawyer assigned to Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks has launched one of the most serious attacks yet on the legal process surrounding his client. Major Michael Mori says the military commission which will hear charges against him “will not provide a full and fair trial”.
Canadian to Sue U.S. for Expulsion to Syria :
A Canadian expelled by the United States to Syria as an al Qaeda suspect plans to sue the U.S. government on Thursday for sending him to be tortured, his lawyers said on Wednesday.
Clampdown on nuclear scientists:
Pakistan has barred all scientists working on its nuclear weapons program from leaving the country
Bush Pushes Plan to Permit Internet Surveillance :
The agreement makes it mandatory for each participating nation to grant new powers of search and seizure to its law enforcement authorities, including the power to force an Internet service provider (ISP) to preserve a customer’s usage records and to monitor his or her online activities as they occur.
Homeland security seen spurring biometrics:
Big government contract coming to develop fingerprint-ID system
Norwegian Ambassador’s home in Israel bugged:
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was informed of a recent meeting between PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei and opposition leader Shimon Peres at the home of the Norwegian ambassador via the use of electronic listening devices, Norwegian media reported Tuesday.
1986: The CIA in Australia (this is a large (212K) and comprehensive overview of the role of the CIA, BCCI and US covert actions to undermine the Labour government of Gough Whitlam in Australia)