News for 2013-07-31

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Aaron Swartz's Loved Ones Slam 'Whitewash' MIT Report
An internal MIT investigation into the university's role in the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, and culpability in his tragic suicide, has been slammed by loved ones of the deceased internet activist and programmer as a fluffy PR maneuver that falsely absolves the institution.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Global Warming = Melting Glaciers = 'Himalayan Tsunamis'
Unprecedented glacier melting caused by warming global temperatures has spawned an increase in massive water surges known as "Himalayan tsunamis" that are causing vast destruction in Himalayan communities in India and threatening countless others ac
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[field_image_caption-raw] Guantanamo Officials Dole Out Solitary Confinement, Beatings to Break Hunger Strike
A first-hand account from a prisoner at Guantánamo reveals the abusive tactics prison authorities are using to break the prisoners' hunger strike.
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[field_image_caption-raw] With Nearly 100,000+ Signatures Collected, 'Manning for Peace Prize' Petition Heading for Oslo
In the wake of Tuesday's verdict against Pfc. Bradley Manning that now threatens to put him in prison for the rest of his life, a petition urging the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway to award this year's award to the 25-year-old whistleblower is gaining widespread public traction.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Manning Conviction Sets 'Dangerous Precedent' for Assange and Snowden
Setting a 'dangerous precedent' for the future of whistleblowers in the United States, Tuesday's ruling in which Pfc. Bradley Manning was found guilty of over 20 counts sheds new light on the current predicaments of at-large truth-tellers Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Manning Faced With Possible Life in Prison as Sentencing Hearing Begins
The sentencing hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning began Wednesday morning, the day after the army whistleblower was handed a guilty verdict on numerous charges including five counts of espionage that could potentially hold over 100 years in prison.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Surprise' Obama Visit Bumps Critical Hearing on NSA Spying
A widely anticipated Wednesday hearing from critics of the NSA on the floor of the House has been suddenly pulled after Obama called a surprise meeting with House Democrats.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Congressional Task Force: Yes, Intensifying Wildfires Are Due to Climate Change
A Congressional task force of representatives and climate experts convened on Tuesday, where they concluded that the worsening of wildfires devastating the U.S. is in fact due to climate change, an unprecedented statement for a government body.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Ad Hoc Transparency': Obama Admin Declassifies NSA Phone Spying Docs
The Obama administration declassified a series of documents on the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance of Americans' phone data on Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Revealed: NSA Program Collects 'Nearly Everything a User Does on the Internet'
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenwald Slams "Establishment" Double-Standard for Manning
Jeffrey Toobin, the CNN legal analyst who spent most of Tuesday on the air of his cable network commending the decision of the military judge who found Pfc. Bradley Manning guilty of nineteen criminal counts for leaking classified information to Wikileaks, was taken to task for his "inside the...
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[title] Kevin Gosztola: Verdict's Impact Will Negatively Affect Future Whistleblowers Including Snowden
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[field_image_caption-raw] Did US Help New Zealand Spy on War Crimes Reporter?
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