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Apr 13, 2014 / 2 notes

Podcast: CCR Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei On Court’s Dismissal Of Lawsuit Against Drone Killings

On the this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure Kevin Gosztola and I spoke with Pardiss Kebriaei, lead staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), about the recent decision by a federal district court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the due-process-free drone killings of three US citizens. Kevin wrote a great summary of the interview here.

In the discussion portion Kevin…

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Apr 6, 2014

Podcast: War On Palestine Activism Threatens Free Speech On Campuses Across The Country

This week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure is devoted exclusively to the intensifying war on college campuses against Palestine solidarity activism, where pro-Israel groups are using their vast resources and influence to curtail free speech and academic freedom of those advocating for equal rights for Palestinians. (You can listen to the episode here or you can subscribe for free on iTunes he…

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Mar 30, 2014 / 2 notes

Podcast: Molly Crabapple On Trials As ‘Violent Theater’, ABC News Hires Ray Kelly And Obama Joins Buzzfeed

Molly Crabapple On Trials As ‘Violent Theater’, ABC News Hires Ray Kelly And Obama Joins Buzzfeed

For this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure Kevin Gosztola and I spoke with artist and writer Molly Crabapple about her most recent piece, “Theater of Justice”, which is a scathing indictment of the American courtroom and trial process that you should absolutely go read.

Molly writes that the courtroom is like a “violent theater.” “Most trials resemble not grand dramas but factory farms.…

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Mar 23, 2014 / 2 notes

Podcast: British Citizens Are Being Stripped Of Citizenship, Then Killed In US Drone Strikes

This week marks our 10th episode of Unauthorized Disclosure. To celebrate, Kevin Gosztola and I spoke with independent journalist Aviva Stahl about her killer piece at The Nation on how the UK is stripping dual citizens of their British citizenship in an arbitrary and secretive process called citizenship deprivation.

Some of those subjected to citizen deprivation, often while out of the country,…

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Mar 17, 2014 / 18 notes

US Media Ignores 7 US Drone Strikes On Yemen In First 12 Days Of March

We already know that ignoring America’s extrajudicial killings of unnamed brown people halfway across the world is uninteresting to most US media outlets. But this month, the establishment press has really outdone itself.

On March 2, a US drone strike slammed into a vehicle parked near the town of Shebwan, in Yemen’s Marib province, reducing the car and its two occupants to rubble. This…

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Mar 16, 2014 / 2 notes

Podcast: Oakland Spy Center Has Setback (Yay!), Drone Strikes From Yemen to Gaza And CIA Torture

For this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure, my co-host Kevin Gosztola spoke with Nadia Kayyali, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), a surveillance hub being constructed in Oakland, California. (I was traveling last week, so I was unable to participate in the interview portion, but listen to it anyway!)

Funded by grants from the…

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Mar 9, 2014

Podcast: US-Installed Iraqi Government Is Slaughtering Civilians In Fallujah With US Arms

On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure, Kevin Gosztola and I interviewed Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail about his latest article on the ongoing crisis in Fallujah, where the US-installed Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is slaughtering civilians.

Jamail, one of the only American journalists still reporting on Iraq, highlights the parallels between the…

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Mar 7, 2014 / 2 notes

Jury: Police Killing Of Unarmed Anaheim Man Justified Because Victim Dressed Like Gang Member

Manuel Diaz with his daughter in undated family photo.

Manuel Diaz with his daughter in undated family photo. (OC Weekly)

On July 27, 2012, 24-year-old Manuel Diaz was shot in the back of the head by Anaheim police officer Nick Bennallack. Officers then stood over Diaz, who was unarmed, for three minutes, watching him twitch and bleed out before doing anything. It was an execution. 

Almost two years later, a federal jury has rejected a lawsuit…

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Mar 5, 2014 / 14 notes

Hypocrisy of US Elites Over Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is Out Of Control

Isn’t it ironic how the architects and supporters of the illegal US invasion of Iraq are screaming the loudest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

One of the most laughable denunciations came from David Frum, the neoconservative Bush speechwriter who coined the phrase “Axis of Evil” and till this day remains confident in the rightness of the Iraq war.

But the hypocrisy isn’t limited to neocons.

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