Abuse of Power

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Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Gertten, Fredrik
Film/Video
2011
First there was a film about banana workers saying the Dole Food Company had made them infertile. Then Dole attacked the filmmakers. Now it's time for a new film!
Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him
Konrad, Caroline
Article
2015
Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws designed to keep voters who oppose him from the polls.
Cops Charge Black Activist with "Lynching": Defend Maile Hampton!
Article
2015
On January 18, 2015, Maile Hampton, a young black woman and member of the ANSWER Coalition, was leading chants at a Sacramento, California, protest against a pro-cop rally. An online video shows the c...
The Day America Died: Assassinating Awlaki
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2011
As long as the President sanctions an illegal act, executive branch employees are no longer accountable to the law that prohibits the illegal act. On the president’s authority, the executive branch ca...
Dismantling Democracy: Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada
Article
2015
An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
Eavesdropping on the Planet: The Inalienable Right to Snoop?
Blum, William
Article
2013
Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex … satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communi...
First a Hand on Your Crotch, Next a Boot in Your Face: False Choices and Airport Security
Scott, Michael
Article
2010
Since 9/11, we have given up many of our rights and our government has condoned practices like torture, legalized assassination, kidnapping, indefinite detention without access to council or trial – a...
From Wikileaks to TSA: Anti-Empire Report
Blum, Willian
Article
2010
We have to remind the American people of what they once knew but seem to have forgotten: that they don't want BIG government, or SMALL government; they don't want MORE government, or LESS government; ...
Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Outrageous Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Krasovitzky, Laura
Article
2015
Civil asset forfeiture violates civil and property rights, not to mention fundamental notions of justice. Now, finally, it's under increasing fire.
Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled: The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.
Beers, David; and Tyee Staff and Contributors
Article
2015
Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants...
If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?: Snowden Coverage
Cohen, Jeff
Article
2013
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion h...
Information Terrorists?: The Vile Campaign Against Julian Assange and Wikileaks
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2010
WikiLeaks is under concerted attack from the US government. Also under attack by the US government is the whole idea of freedom of thought and of information. It needs to be clearly understood that th...
John Pilger: The dirty war on WikiLeaks
Pilger, John
Article
2012
War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception is essential for starting an un...
The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America -- and Spawned a Global Crisis
Hudson, Michael W.
Book
2010
Hudson explains the rise and fall of the subprime mortgage business by chronicling the rise and fall of two corporate empires: Ameriquest and Lehman Brothers, who did more than any other institutions ...
Net freedom 'at stake' on WikiLeaks
York, Jillian
Article
2010
Internet service providers are cutting access to the whistleblower site, raising broader concerns about online freedom.
One Thousand Years of Solitude: Life in the SHU
Mariner, Joanne
Article
2012
Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 24, 2015: Whistleblowers and national security
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2015
This issue sheds light whistleblowers and the murky world of national security. Governments may often pay lip service to the importance of protecting whistleblowers, but in reality they are almost alw...
PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze
Addley, Esther
Article
2010
PayPal today admitted it suspended payments to WikiLeaks after an intervention from the US State Department.
Police Ripped Off More Stuff Than Burglars Did Last Year: Civil asset forfeiture is big business for cops
Smith, Phillip
Article
2015
Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property -- often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest -- has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the cr...
Reflections on a whistleblower: Two years after Snowden
Tzabiras, Marianna
Article
2015
Two years after Snowden, the international state of surveillance and the ranks of whistleblowers both continue to grow.
The Return of Debtors' Prisons: Reservations for the Poor
Breyman, Steve
Article
2010
Nearly a quarter of the people spending time behind bars on Riker’s Island in 2008 - one in four inmates - were there because they didn’t have the money to pay bail on a misdemeanor charge. These unfo...
Revealed: How DOJ Gagged Google over Surveillance of WikiLeaks Volunteer
Gallagher, Ryan
Article
2015
The Obama administration fought a legal battle against Google to secretly obtain the email records of a security researcher and journalist associated with WikiLeaks.
The Secret Secret: Of Wikileaks and Literacy
Johnson, Jimmy
Article
2010
Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret pri...
The Servility of the Satellites: The Snowden Affair and the Destruction of Effective Democracy in Europe
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2013
Recent revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the "Western democracies" into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name. The outrage against the Bolivian Preside...
The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror
Parenti, Christian; Rossetti, Chip (eds.)
Book
2004
Parenti explores the history of American surveillance from colonial times to the present. What this historical evidence clearly reveals is a continuum of the culture of surveillance. The weakest, most...
Spies Hacked Computers Thanks to Sweeping Secret Warrants, Aggressively Stretching U.K. Law
Fishman, Andrew; Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
British spies have received government permission to intensively study software programs for ways to infiltrate and take control of computers. The GCHQ spy agency was vulnerable to legal action for th...
Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits: Sources News Release
Article
2013
Giant corporations are employing highly unethical or illegal tools of espionage against nonprofit organizations with near impunity, according to a new report by Essential Information.
Tracking Harper's 9-year-long assault on unions
Manek, Haseena
Article
2015
Stephen Harper has been Prime Minister of Canada for almost a decade. In that time, the system of protections that were put in place by decades of advocacy by labour organizations and unions has been ...
Truth in Chains: The Arrest of Julian Assange
Floyd, Chris
Article
2010
Tell a truth that discomforts power, that challenges its domination over our lives, our discourse, our very thoughts, and you will be destroyed. No institution, public or private, will stand with you;...
TSA's Gestapo Empire: A Greater Threat Than the Terrorists
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2010
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is a far greater threat to the lives and freedom of Americans than the 'terrorists' it claims to be protecting them from.
12 most absurd laws used to stifle occupy movement
Khalek, Rania
Article
2011
Here are 12 desperate and unsuccessful measures the authorities are using to discourage, deter and crack down on peaceful protests.
The US Government's Frontal Assault on Freedom: Hillary the Identity Thief
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2010
The leaked Wikileaks documents show that the last thing the US government wants anywhere is a government that is accountable to its own citizens instead of to the US government.

Sources Library

Australian court imposes generalized news blackout on bribery case
Sources News Release
2014
WikiLeaks has revealed the existence of a blanket gagging order applying to all citizens and news media throughout Australia.
Big business censorship
Boura, Malcolm
2011
Big business is almost entirely unaccountable. Some of the worst offenders are US corporations exporting harmful attitudes from the USA to the rest of the world. We suspect that some of them are drive...
Electronic Frontier Foundation to Court: There's No Doubt the Government Destroyed NSA Spying Evidence
Sources News Release
2014
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a federal court today that there was no doubt that the government has destroyed years of evidence of NSA spying -- the government itself has admitted to i...
IFJ Condemns United States "Desperate and Dangerous" Backlash over WikiLeaks
Sources News Release
2010
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free spe...
Will the government's counter-extremist programme criminalise dissent?
Kundnani, Arun
2015
From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies - from nursery schools to optometrists - will be legally obliged to participate in the U.S. government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. Und...