FOIA Lawsuit Fights to Reveal US Government’s Involvement in Nelson Mandela’s 1962 Arrest

7 April 2014 — Unredacted

Nelson Mandela welcomed by President Bill Clinton and Speaker Gingrich at a 1998 ceremony where Mandela received the Congressional Gold Medal - while he was still on the terror watch list. Photo: Ruth Fremson/Associated Press

Nelson Mandela honored by President Bill Clinton and Speaker Gingrich at a 1998 ceremony where Mandela received the Congressional Gold Medal – while he was still on the terror watch list. Photo: Ruth Fremson/Associated Press

Nelson Mandela was found guilty of sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government on June 12, 1964, served 27 years in prison, and stayed on the US’ terror watch list until 2008 –including while he was president of South Africa. While the US joined the international community in condemning Mandela’s arrest in 1962, it has long been believed that American intelligence agencies played a key, behind-the-scenes role in the event, and a recent Democracy Now! exclusive with the FBI’s “most prolific” FOIA requester, Ryan Shapiro, adds more to this murky chapter in American history.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging drone assassinations of US citizens By Tom Carter

7 April 2014 —WSWS

On Friday, federal Judge Rosemary M. Collyer entered an order dismissing a civil rights case that challenged the Obama administration’s “targeted killing” program. Judge Collyer ruled that there is no legal remedy for the extrajudicial killings of US citizens, endorsing a battery of totalitarian pseudo-legal doctrines advanced by the Obama administration.

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CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship By Patrick Martin

3 April 2014 — WSWS

Only one conclusion can be drawn from the report published in the Washington Post Tuesday giving grisly details of CIA torture of prisoners and systematic lying by government officials to cover it up: the US ruling elite as a whole is guilty of war crimes for which it must be held accountable.

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Street Violence and the Political Destabilization of Venezuela. US Sponsored “Color Revolution” By Franck Gaudichaud

2 April 2014 — Venezuelanalysis.com

an interview with Franck Gaudichaud

chavez3Venezuela is torn between the destabilising attempts of the right-wing, the limits of the Bolivarian process and the possibility the working class and the popular movements will advance the revolutionary project, but not without tensions and contradictions.

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CIA’s lies on Libya: Benghazi protest never happened

2 April 2014 — Voice of RussiaInvestors.com

A CIA Libya Station Chief has admitted that the government agency has lied about Libya, as the Benghazi protest never took place. Before the Benghazi news buzzed around the world, the station chief for the CIA reported to his superiors located in Washington that no type of spontaneous protest ever happened.

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