Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions, Dan Zukowski on Climate Disruption

30 June 2017 — FAIR

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John Ashcroft (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

John Ashcroft (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

This week on CounterSpin: After 9/11, hundreds of non-citizen Muslim, Arab and South Asian men should be locked up and treated as suspected terrorists, despite no evidence of terrorist connections. That policy came from the highest levels of government; that’s why a suit brought on behalf of some of those men sought damages from top officials, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Supreme Court has just denied the men’s right to sue those officials. What does that mean for accountability when powerful people make unconstitutional policy? We’ll hear from Rachel Meeropol, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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medConfidential Bulletin 30 June 2017

30 June 2017 — medConfidential

So, we have a new Government (after a fashion). And, whatever else, there’s some continuity at the Department of Health…

Given this continuity, the completely unambiguous Conservative Manifesto commitment, and cross-party support for the National Data Guardian, it was a bit disappointing that a statutory footing for NDG was absent from the Queen’s Speech.

We can’t help but note – with a Data Protection Bill on its way, arbitrary data-sharing powers available in the Digital Economy Act, and Theresa May threatening to roll back human rights – that it is protections such as these that underpin the privacy of all our medical records.

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‘Let’s Get Back to Russia’: Media’s Interest in Narrowing the Trump Story

29 June 2017 — FAIR

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a heavily edited video on Tuesday that quoted CNN health producer John Bonifield expressing skepticism about his network’s priorities. Despite O’Keefe’s well-deserved reputation for sleaze, lies and deceptive editing, the video does show a continuous shot of Bonifield complaining about his network’s insistence on continually pushing the did-Trump-collude-with-Putin? scandal to the headlines: Continue reading

Black Agenda Report June 29, 2017: Where's Bernie's Single Payer Bill? Trump Tries to Out-Warmonger Hillary, Pelosi Sends Dems Over the Cliff

29 June 2017 — Black Agenda Report

The Tide Is Turning on Single Payer, With or Without Bernie Sanders

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Obamacare, was such a huge favor to the insurance companies that Republicans can’t outdo it, they can only make it a little meaner. Liz Warren is telling Democrats that Medicare For All is the issue to campaign on for 2018. But where is Bernie Sanders? Why hasn’t he introduced his long promised Medicare For All bill in the senate? What’s he waiting for? More Democratic unity? Continue reading