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The criminalization of dissent in the U.S.

Early in the morning on Friday, September 24, FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota's Twin Cities kicked in the doors of anti-war activists, brandishing guns, spending hours rifling through their homes. The FBI took away computers, photos, notebooks and other personal property. Residents were issued subpoenas to appear before a grand jury in Chicago. It was just the latest in the ongoing crackdown on dissent in the U.S., targeting peace organizers as supporters of "foreign terrorist organizations."

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The G20's symbolic violence

This week's mass processing inside (and outside) a Toronto courthouse helped clarify June's Jailapalooza festival during the G20, the largest mass arrest in our history. Of 1,100 detained, all but 227 had the charges dropped or were never charged. Most had no links to burning police cars or battered bank machines. They were picked up while protesting peacefully or looking on.

Why? Police say they wanted to prevent recurrences, after the dramatic events. Some intimate they were embarrassed by criticisms of their earlier inaction, and overreacted. Why had police gone missing at the crucial time? There's been no clear answer. One possibility: to justify the vaulting security costs via shocking images of violence.

Steve Anderson

New privacy legislation fails to tackle Canadians' concerns about government surveillance

| April 10, 2014

Your letters about privacy and online spying are getting published from coast to coast

| April 8, 2014
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Former Black Panther Eddie Conway released after 44 years in prison

Photo: Laurin Corrigible/flickr

Marshall "Eddie" Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was a prominent member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, the militant black-rights organization that was the principal focus of COINTELPRO, the FBI's illegal "counterintelligence program." The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled and infiltrated Black Panther chapters from coast to coast, disrupting their organizing activities, often with violence.

February 24, 2014 |
The National Union of Public and General Employees is calling on the Harper government to take immediate steps to protect Canadians' online privacy.

B.C. privacy law, federal information technology procurement both trade barriers, says U.S.

| February 21, 2014

Guard dog or watchdog? It’s time to set the story the straight about CSEC spying

| February 14, 2014
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Hacking NBC's credibility: Web fear and Russian cyberspies

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Just before the Winter Olympics started, NBC ran a piece about how easy it was for hackers to get into and steal data from the cellphones and computers of Sochi-bound tourists. 

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U.S. journalist Marcy Wheeler on NSA spying

January 29, 2014
| Marcy Wheeler is author of the book Anatomy of Deceit. She has been following the revelations surrounding the scope of NSA data theft both domestically and overseas.
Length: 14:47 minutes (13.54 MB)
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