FBI and DHS Spied on Occupy Wall Street

During the Occupy Wall Street protests, leaked to the media reports revealed that the Department of Homeland Security was paying close attention to the peaceful demonstrations in the fear that they may turn violent. On Tuesday, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund confirmed through a Freedom of Information Act that the DHS and the FBI were spying on the movement from the beginning and treated it as a potential terrorist threat to the country. Journalist John Knefel joins us with more on what the documents revealed.

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Documents Show Coordinating Spying on Occupy

Occupy ArrestThe US government routinely kept tabs on Occupy encampments through monitoring and coordinating surveillance, according to new government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Much of the online surveillance of peaceful activist groups was carried out through the Department of Homeland Security’s “fusion centers,” which were set up after September 11th, 2001 to analyze terrorist threats. The revelations come as members of Congress debate reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows the government to access private email content, online conversations and cell phone location data without a warrant. In Washington, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has the story.

War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and The National Security State

In a Democracy, citizens are entitled to the freedom of information and the freedom of the press, but what happens when that democratic government turns its back on the truth and begins to punish those who stand up to falsehood, secrecy, and deception? In Robert Greenwald’s latest film for Brave New Foundation, we reveal the war targeted at the people who put the US constitution before everything. We reveal the War on Whistleblowers.

Chris Hedges: NDAA Lawsuit Update

Sierra Adamson interviews Chris Hedges at the hearing for the second court of appeals in the Hedges v Obama NDAA lawsuit. Hedges explains what has happened in the lawsuit to date, the next steps and what he sees in America’s upcoming future.

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Daniel Ellsberg on the NDAA Lawsuit

Daniel Ellsberg speaks at the press conference after the hearing for the second circuit court of appeals in the NDAA lawsuit, Hedges v Obama. He speaks about what is happening in the lawsuit, the erosion of the Bill of Rights and Bradley Manning.

Daniel Ellsberg is a former United States military analyst turned whistleblower, most known for publishing the Pentagon Papers.

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