Police State Repression

Gregory Koger Sent Back to Cook Co. Jail in Continuing Political Prosecution

Ad Hoc Committee for Reason | July 23, 2013

“In my 38 years as an attorney I have never seen anything like the blatant, sloppy and disingenuous actions of the Court today.”

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This afternoon Gregory Koger was sent back to Cook County Jail to serve the remainder of his 300 day sentence (around 3 months) for peacefully videotaping a statement against censorship at a public meeting of the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC) on Sunday, November 1, 2009. Over 50 supporters, including fellow ex-prisoners, human rights activists, a priest, musician, scientist, retired business people, and a doctor, filled the courtroom in suburban Skokie. Expressing their outrage at the vindictive hearing and sentencing, over two dozen supporters went straight to the main Cook County jail several miles away to demonstrate their support for Mr. Koger and the California hunger strike.


New Revelations of Widespread Surveillance Call for Widespread Protest

Debra Sweet | July 12, 2013

Snowden is a heroEdward Snowden is still stuck in the Moscow airport, having been offered asylum by Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela. It's unclear whether any government will challenge the U.S. which is threatening governments in Latin America not to let Snowden in or even over their countries, saying that, “would put relations in a very bad place for a long time to come.” In fact, more information has come out on the extensive surveillance the U.S. is doing of data in those countries.


We Are The Enemy: Whistleblowers, Journalists, Dissenters, and the People

By Dennis Loo | July 5, 2013

Obama says that his prosecution of whistleblowers is necessary because whistleblowers have aided America’s enemies by informing them of secrets that will harm America. With precious few exceptions, the rest of this nation’s political leadership and media pundits join in this chorus of condemnation of whistleblowing and call for the metaphorical or literal heads of these dastardly whistleblowers.


The NSA Spying Scandal and Improbable Cause

by Dennis Loo | June 24, 2013

I have previously written and spoken that the view expressed by some people to the NSA spying scandal that "I have nothing to hide" is a very serious mistake. If you allow the government to conduct ubiquitous, warrantless surveillance over the nation and the world, then you are allowing your rights and everyone else's rights to be destroyed to ever dissent and organize against authorities. I won't repeat that argument here but want to expand upon another aspect of this issue in this piece. It's called "Improbable Cause."


Time for Courage — Stop Massive U.S. Surveillance!

Andy Zeeby Andy Zee | June 19, 2013

From remarks presented by at the Emergency Forum at Cooper Union on June 19, 2013.

Edward Snowden’s actions reveal not just the vast repressive technology, but also the power even a single person acting on their conscience can have to challenge and change the whole political landscape.


“Yes, I Am Guilty, but it's Not What You're Thinking”

Ray McGovern

by Ray McGovern | June 19, 2013

The following remarks were given by Ray McGovern (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) at the Emergency Forum at Cooper Union on June 19, 2013.

I lived in Germany for 5 years and I had all manner of talks with Germans, young and old, asking them: How could it possibly be? How could it possibly happen, in one of the most cultured, educated peoples in the Western World, how could you let happen what happened? Guess what they said? “We couldn’t say anything.” We face a situation like that now. Some of you know about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran minister who did try to do something about it [applause].


Government Spying Chills Free Speech

Heidi Boghosian

by Heidi Boghosian | June 19, 2013

The following remarks were given by Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild at the Emergency Forum at Cooper Union on June 19, 2013.

Organizations such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU and others challenged the Bush warantless wire tapping program. In each case they were told they didn’t have standing and they couldn’t prove with certainty that they were being wire tapped. We know that that creates what’s called a chilling effect on free speech. If you’re aware of the possibility that your conversations and correspondences may be monitored it effects the way you communicate...


Obama: the Architect of Making it So Much Worse

Mike Daisey

by Mike Daisey | June 19, 2013

From the remarks Mike Daisey made at the Emergency Forum at Cooper Union June 19, 2013.

I’m here to say that, you know, I too was a fool, which is not a new thing for me. I’ve been a fool for a very long time. I imagined that Obama would not give back that power. But I’ll tell you honestly, standing here, that I would not have imagined in 2008 that he would be the architect of making it so much worse. Like I did not really understand or imagine that not only would he passively let those policies continue but that he would deepen them and extend them.


A Tutorial on Government Repression, Spying & Resistance

Dennis Loo

by Dennis Loo | June 19, 2013

The following tutorial was presented by Dr. Dennis Loo at the Emergency Forum at Cooper Union on June 19, 2013.


 Saying “I’ve nothing to hide” means giving up NOT only your right to privacy but even more importantly, giving up your right to dissent AND everybody else’s right to dissent – ever.


Message from Tom Morello on Whistleblowers, Government Surveillance, and War

Tom Morello

The following message was written by Tom Morello and read at the June 19 Emergency Forum at Cooper Union.

I have another name for the so called "whistleblowers" who are responsible for shining a bright and revealing light on the secret crimes of our government. I call 'em RIGHTEOUS HEROES.


A Message on Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, the Press & Government's Pursuit of Whistleblowers from Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Goszola prepared this message for the Emergency Forum at Cooper Union on June 19. While we were not able to share it at the event, we are making it available here.

Follow Kevin's work: @kgosztola.

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