Legal Expert: “Under [the Government’s] Definition, The Pentagon Papers Could Be Treated As The Same Act As The 9-11 Bombings”

4 November 2013 —  WashingtonsBlog

“Espionage Or Terrorism … Classifications Are Now Entirely Arbitrary”

As we’ve documented ad nauseum, the American and British governments are treating whistleblowers and reporters as terrorists.

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Police State UK: US, UK governments defend police-state spying By Patrick Martin

4 November 2013 — WSWS

Are we living in a police state or what?

“[T]he disclosure [of Documents], or threat of disclosure, is designed to influence a government and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism.” – Scotland Yard

The US and British governments have stepped up their campaign of repression and victimization against Edward Snowden and his allies for exposing the worldwide police-state spying by the US National Security Agency and the British GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

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Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target: Empire Under Obama, Part 4 By Andrew Gavin Marshall

1 November 2013 — The Hampton Institute

obamafourPart 1: Political Language and the ‘Mafia Principles’ of International Relations
Part 2: Barack Obama’s Global Terror Campaign
Part 3: America’s “Secret Wars” in Over 100 Countries Around the World

While the American Empire – and much of the policies being pursued – did not begin under President Obama, the focus of “Empire Under Obama” is to bring awareness about the nature of empire to those who may have – or continue – to support Barack Obama and who may believe in the empty promises of “hope” and “change.” Empire is institutional, not individual. Continue reading

Repeal Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act!

14 October 2013 — Liberty

At Liberty we’ve long argued that Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is ripe for misuse and discrimination.

The power allows for people to be detained for nine hours, fingerprinted, strip searched and asked questions without a right of access to a lawyer. It can be exercised without the need for any grounds to suspect the person is involved in terrorism, or any other criminal activity. This means it can be used against anyone a police, immigration or customs officer chooses and has been used disproportionately against those of Asian origin.

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British court ruling on data seized from Miranda paves way for his criminal prosecution By Jordan Shilton

5 September 2013 — WSWS

Britain’s high court ruled Friday that the government could continue to examine data seized from David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glen Greenwald, when he was detained at Heathrow airport earlier in August. The order will remain in force until a full judicial hearing scheduled for late October.

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The Accelerating Assault on Journalism

27 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

Some media figures applaud the criminalization of investigative reporting

U.S. soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s 35-year sentence represents the harshest punishment issued to date for providing media with evidence of government wrongdoing (Forbes8/21/13). She is the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, ratifying the new reality that those who give the press information that the government wants to keep secret will henceforth be treated as spies.

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David Miranda’s detention and the raid on Britain’s Guardian newspaper By Judy Hyland

24 August 2013 —WSWS

Events of the last week provide chilling confirmation of the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.” They demonstrate how invocations of “national security” are used to justify anti-democratic conspiracies against working people and intimidate and punish anyone who dares to reveal the truth.

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Detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner approved at highest levels of US and UK governments By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore

21 August 2013 — WSWS

The UK government is aggressively defending its decision to detain David Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald, for nearly nine hours at Heathrow Airport, seizing his laptop, camera, cell phone and other personal items. Miranda was detained under a UK terrorism law while traveling from Berlin to his home in Rio de Janeiro.

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When the State Attacks Journalism By Peter Hart

20 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

FireShot Screen Capture #580 - 'UK Media Crackdown_ Greenwald’s Partner Detained, Guardian Forced to Destroy Snowden Files I Democracy Now!' - www_democracynow_org_2013_8_20_uk_media_crackdowOn August 15 Progressive magazine editor Matt Rothschild was arrested at the Wisconsin state capitol building in Wisconsin for the act of reporting on the arrest of a protestor. As he told Democracy Now! (8/19/13):

I get out my iPhone and take pictures. I was doing that, and then they were moving Bonnie Block out down a hallway toward an elevator—this is in the Capitol, a public space—and I was following them down there, and I was taking pictures. Continue reading