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Obama's Prosecution of the Press Went Deeper Than Reported 25.5.2019 NewsBusters
Liberals insist Donald Trump is a very serious threat to freedom of the press, and often avoid discussing how Barack Obama was the worst president for cracking down on reporters and their use of government sources. Now they insist Trump will be the worst. But two liberals at the Columbia Journalism Review also report that Team Obama was even worse than previously ...
Professional Assange Smearers Finally Realize His Fate Is Tied To Theirs 25.5.2019
Rachel effing Maddow, the Queen Mother of all tinfoil pussyhat-wearing Russiagate insanity is suddenly supporting Julian Assange after his Espionage Act indictment, as Caitlin Johnstone explains. By Caitlin Johnstone Rachel Maddow has aired a segment condemning the new indictment against…Read more →
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San Francisco police chief reverses on raid of journalist's home and apologizes 25.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott apologized Friday for his officers’ raid of a journalist’s home to identify a confidential source, and said he was referring his department’s investigation into the leak of a report on Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death to another agency.

Scott’s public concession...

Pipeline Activists Challenge Louisiana Law That Criminalizes Protest 24.5.2019
A new lawsuit could set an important precedent for activists fighting fossil fuels nationwide.
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How Many Times Must Assange Be Proven Right? 24.5.2019
The espionage charges against Assange bear out what he’s been saying and should open ears to what he’s also said about the non-Russian source of the DNC emails, says Caitlin Johnstone.   By Caitlin Johnstone And there it is.…Read more →
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Harvard radicals, Julian Assange and the right to 'liberate' the mail of the ruling class 24.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Fifty years ago this spring, Harvard students occupied the school’s administration building, demanding that the university end its complicity in the Vietnam War by kicking ROTC off campus. The student demands also included creating a black studies program and ending evictions of working-class people...

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Julian Assange Indicted On Additional Counts Alleging Violations Of Espionage Act 24.5.2019 Outside the Beltway
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been indicted on seventeen counts under the Espionage Act arising out of his role in the Chelsea Manning affair.
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Assange prosecution shows Trump increasingly able to work his will, breaking constraints 24.5.2019 LA Times: Nation

The end of the special counsel’s investigation has accelerated a central trend of President Trump’s third year in office: Increasingly, he feels emboldened to pursue his views and has found officials willing to put them into action.

Throughout his first year and well into the second, Trump often...

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Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act on 17 New Counts 24.5.2019
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted on Thursday under the Espionage Act, the first time a journalist has been charged under the Act for possessing and disseminating classified information. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News A journalist was indicted…Read more →
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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Indicted on 17 Counts of Espionage By U.S. 24.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Assange faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted of the conspiracy charge levied against him last month and a potential ten-year prison sentence for each of the charges today under the Espionage Act.
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WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom 24.5.2019 TechCrunch
Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, has been charged with more than a dozen additional charges by U.S. federal prosecutors, including under the controversial Espionage Act — a case that will likely test the rights of freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment. Assange, 47, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in […]
Book about criminal justice system problems banned from prisons in Arizona 24.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Arizona officials are under fire from prisoners' rights activists after their decision to ban a book about problems in the criminal justice decision from prisons in the state.

"Chokehold: Policing Black Men," by law professor and former prosecutor Paul Butler, has been banned from state corrections...

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After raid, San Francisco reporter seeks return of property 21.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A San Francisco reporter is seeking the return of his property after police raided his home with a sledgehammer while looking for the source of a leaked police report into the death of the city’s public defender.

An attorney for freelancer Bryan Carmody will make the request Tuesday in San Francisco...

‘Yellow Age of Journalism’; Watch Levin Take a Blowtorch to the ‘Thin-Skinned’ Liberal Media 20.5.2019 NewsBusters
Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin dedicated Sunday’s edition of Life, Liberty, & Levin to promoting his new book Unfreedom of the Press (set for release Tuesday) with Fox & Friends: Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth and, as expected, “the Great One” didn’t hold back, throwing the liberal media through a wood chipper and calling out their rampant Trump ...
Judge orders California attorney general to release pre-2019 police misconduct files 18.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A San Francisco judge has ordered California's attorney general to release police misconduct records predating Jan. 1, when new transparency legislation took effect.

San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer Jr. on Friday also rejected arguments by Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra that...

San Francisco reporter whose home was raided by police fights back in court 17.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

The controversial search of a veteran San Francisco journalist’s home and office by police as part of a leak investigation about Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death was “violent and breathtakingly overbroad,” the reporter’s attorneys told a judge Thursday.

The attorneys representing freelance videographer...

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17 countries pledged to tackle online extremism. The White House said no. 16.5.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
The governments of New Zealand and France announced on Wednesday a voluntary plan to help tackle online extremism. The initiative has the support of seventeen countries, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Tech giants Google and Facebook have also voiced their approval. But the United States declined to support it. The Christchurch Call is […]
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Free Speech! White House Refuses to Sign New Zealand Censorship Call 15.5.2019 NewsBusters
The White House slammed both Google and Facebook over the First Amendment when it passed on a New Zealand plea for censorship of online content. The Washington Post reported that while other foreign powers sign on to the Christchurch Call to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, the White House ...
Don't just give money to your college of choice, donate some free speech backbone 15.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A specter is haunting American college campuses — the specter of social justice hysteria. Time after time, at one institution after another, students hound speakers, disrupt discussions, persecute instructors, occupy buildings — and face few, if any, consequences.

The latest such episode, and surely...

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Supreme Court conservatives are bickering over the death penalty and religion 14.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The Supreme Court justices’ tempers are showing.

In an unusual written exchange released Monday, conservative members of the court — divided over a Texas death penalty case — argued about whether the court was right to halt the execution of Patrick Henry Murphy. Murphy is a Buddhist inmate who...

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