Dahr Jamail, Truthout: While the US Navy claims “no significant impacts” will occur to wildlife or humans from its electromagnetic war games over the Olympic National Forest, military documents and an expert on the human impact of electromagnetic radiation fields say otherwise.
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: “Even after many years of writing books and articles about the Bush torture policy, I was unprepared for the atrocious pattern of crimes our government committed against other human beings in our name.”
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: People have let out a collective cry of frustration at the lethal force used disproportionately against people of color in the United States. When a grand jury failed to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, the protests became a global movement.
Dean Baker, Truthout: The good news is that two economic myths that caused great confusion over the last several years are now headed to the trash bin of history. Unfortunately, many of our great national myths have survived 2014.
John Pilger, Truthout: The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government.” It is the government.
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: It is not “the law” that stands like a brick wall of impunity for police, but the interpretation of the law by attorneys general and their subordinates, who view prosecutions of police as akin to unnatural acts that cannot be performed in public view.
Simon Johnson, The Baseline Scenario: The supposedly brilliant people who run Citigroup have, in the space of a single working week, made a series of serious political blunders with long-lasting implications. Sen. Elizabeth Warren articulated the core of the problem and what needs to be done.
Amy Goodman, Samantha Riddell and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Saturday’s nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily actions in New York City since a grand jury elected not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner.
Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch: “Be shocked, be disgusted, be appalled, but don’t be fooled. The Senate torture report, so many years and obstacles in the making, should only be the starting point for a discussion, not the final word on US torture.”
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Even if torture was an effective way to get information from terrorism suspects during a ticking time bomb scenario – and there’s no evidence that it is – it would still be unconstitutional, despite what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.
Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers: This season’s flu vaccine may not be as effective against new and possibly more virulent strains of the virus that could become the nation’s dominant form of influenza in the young flu season.
In today‘s On the News segment: Washington passed a disastrous $1.1 trillion spending bill; activists staged a protest outside the Office of the US Trade Representative to demand that secret trade negotiations come to an end; corporations that donate to political campaigns are getting a massive return on their investment; and more.
The National War on the Homeless Continues: Mass Eviction in San Jose
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It appears that a growing urban trend is to regard destitute humans as “urban blight” and to make them disappear.
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