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What about press disclosures in public interest on mass privacy violations of 4A/FISA, intel failures where many died & billions in corrupt, fraudulent funding that were UNCLASSIFIED but retroactively CLASSIFIED ex post facto to prosecute under Espionage Act? Asking for a friend. twitter.com/jesselynradack…
Justice Alito's invocation of Sir Matthew Hale in his leaked majority opinion is so, so much more fucked up than people realize. I'm a professor with a PhD, and my area of expertise happens to be women and gender in the early modern era (1500-1700). Here is what you need to know.
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Veteran #DanielHale has been incarcerated more than a year for committing the truth. Join us tonight for reflection & solidarity. Register: tinyurl.com/dhletterwriting
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My personal view on the matter is to acknowledge that free women are hated and frightening (ugly, filled with vices like ambition, etc.). There are carve outs for women who are mothers; and/or objects of lust-- but on whole latter a pandora's box for society (love/hate). (con't) twitter.com/alexadobrien/s…
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NEW from @sueonthetown: Rep. Henry Cuellar, the last anti-abortion Democrat in the House, fired a staffer at 28 weeks pregnant after she requested maternity leave. Two weeks later, her pregnancy ended in a stillbirth... 🧵jezebel.com/rep-henry-cuel…l
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So first they came to take away voting rights, then women’s rights, civil rights & privacy rights — eviscerating Constitution/14A & our inalienable rights. All that remained were privileges for & rule by the few. Then they came for what was left of me. A dystopian future present.
Sometimes, a tiny change in the political process comes along that makes you realize just how far things have come - a change that's both substantive *and* symbolic. 1/
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🚨So theofascist Alitoists view women as baby ‘factories’ men impregnate at will? These men taking away women’s sovereignty over their own bodies in service & subjugation to men as forced privacide & involuntary servitude. Violates 8A&13A. Next is ban on birth control & condoms??
No one should be surprised at what the leak of Alito’s opinion taking away abortion rights revealed. There is a plan, and this is just one part of it.   This is why Mitch McConnell refused to let the Senate consider Judge Merrick Garland.
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It wasn't a hoax, anymore than going after Disney is a hoax. Making up stuff and showing that you can use the made up stuff to destroy your targets is a raw assertion of power. The wilder the made up stuff is, the better. It's not a hoax, it's a successful assertion of power. twitter.com/JuddLegum/stat…
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There are Americans who don’t like America & reject aspirational ideals of the Republic & protections of Constitution (for all its original sins) & its Amendments. They want to create a neofascist state that controls the lives & fortunes of others thru unconsenting abuse of power
2016: The attack on America’s election infrastructure by Jennifer Cohn “Biden has not pardoned Reality Winner for leaking the NSA report that provided some of the sunlight the federal government withheld from the American public about that election. “ jennycohn1.medium.com/2016-the-attac…
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Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government took them away, and rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges. That's all we've ever had in this country is a bill of temporary privileges. — George Carlin
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Um, @USATODAY should consult those of us who defend #whistleblowers & #journalists. Sec 641 has a huge carve out for gov to go aft them using the #EspionageAct, which it does with vigor. a.msn.com/01/en-us/AAWSf…
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#Leaks are the lifeblood of American democracy. From Benjamin Franklin to @DanielEllsberg, from @Thomas_Drake1 to @xychelsea, from @TeamDanielHale to whomever comes next…
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I've been warning Americans for months that the GOP is replenishing its political ranks with criminals who have the skill set & character to support autocratic rule. Fascists in Italy & Germany brought thugs & murderers into party & state bureaucracy. twitter.com/FPWellman/stat…
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For more than 20 years, US presidents have vindicated Saudi Arabia's government on their involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, a declassified FBI memo suggests otherwise. Here's why. 👇businessinsider.com/saudi-governme…Cr
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Assuming #RoeVsWade is overturned, what if men were then required to register their male member as a weapon with the authorities as a potential accessory to the ‘crime’ of a future abortion & the member must remain as a concealed carry until ‘approved’ for use??
Men don’t own women. Men have no inherent right to violate women’s privacy. Men don’t have license to control the lives of women. Men don’t have the liberty to treat women as property or as a possessive object. Women have agency & their bodies are their own & don’t belong to men.
When will SCOTUS issue opinion that criminalizes any & all male member emissions that do not result in pregnancies or create unwanted pregnancies due to lack of protection? Rooted in history of unconsenting oppression against women by men, indeed. Ghosts of Gilead all too real.🫢
Must read article by Jill Lepore. “Women are indeed missing from the Constitution. That’s a problem to remedy, not a precedent to honor.” Alito’s deep misogyny & misrouted history of agency reflects treating women as property, chattel, vessel & receptacle newyorker.com/news/daily-com…
At the 1788 North Carolina convention to ratify the Constitution, future #SCOTUS Justice James Iredell warned that a written bill of rights would lead people in the future to argue — wrongly — that those rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution wouldn’t be protected.
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Recent superspreader event continues to expand. Guess all that combined power, celebrity and klieg lights do not provide immunity. Who is really that surprised? nytimes.com/2022/05/04/us/…
Here's an article I wrote in 2005, during Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation process, about how his colleagues on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit kept criticizing him for ignoring or disrespecting precedents. archive.boston.com/news/nation/wa…
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I miss my friend a lot, especially his furious ranting about injustice. He would probably have been on a motorbike ride, taking in the weather today. Instead, 1 year in a cage for revealing the truth about the US drone program. Please show up: tinyurl.com/dhletterwriting twitter.com/TeamDanielHale…
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Sooo Chief Justice Roberts orders an investigation into the Roe v Wade leak but not an investigation into Justice Thomas protecting his wife and not an investigation into Kavanaugh’s debt relief and thinks the court wasn’t comprised before. Got it.
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So let me get this right: I don’t get to tell you to wear a mask during a pandemic… but YOU can make me carry a pregnancy I don’t want or that isn’t safe to term (and then of course be solely financially responsible for the baby)? Oh. Cool cool.
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🚨Wake up, America! It CAN happen here! Took oath to defend Constitution & 9A against rise of fascist Amerika. If#RoeVsWadee erased, other intrinsic rights secured by freedom & liberty are open season. Some wish to outlaw rule of law & replace w/ rule by fiat to subjugate people.
Maybe “The Handmaid’s Tale” is really a dystopian documentary & mirror of a post rights apocalyptic #RoeVWade world — where privacide is the norm & personal agency is owned by others — who control & direct everyday life thru extreme unconsenting decrees & pathological behavior?
The GOP demand for probe of #leaked draft SCOTUS abortion ruling isn’t just political theater. It’s #LeakProsecutionCreep. I warned for yrs it would go beyond natsec. nbcnews.com/politics/supre…
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Draft majority #SCOTUS opinion overturning Roe v Wade disclosed to press poses huge social consequences & on right to privacy. Personal agency & choice under direct duress & attack. Other bedrock human rights & liberties already eroded & threatened for rollback by neotheofascists
So, why was postcolonial scholarship so slow in waking up to Russia’s empire(s)? The reasons are complex, and have to do with the nature of postcolonial scholarship itself, and Russia’s specific position in the modern global order. A thread 🧵
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#DanielHale is in a Kafka-esque prison called a Communications Management Unit b/c he couldn't stand seeing @BarackObama spread falsehoods about drone assassinations. Hale's "crime" was trying to correct misinformation that killed civilians. twitter.com/NYTNational/st…
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Barack Obama, the "First Amendment absolutist" brought more Espionage Act prosecutions against #whistleblowers & sources than all previous presidents combined, & was described by @pressfreedom as "worse than Nixon" on going after leaks. twitter.com/Yair_Rosenberg…
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This means: any foreign journalist violating another country’s secrecy laws (e.g. US, Russia, North Korea, Iraq) is vulnerable to being extradited there & prosecuted in a secret proceeding w no available defense. #AssangeExtradition nytimes.com/2022/04/20/wor…
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I’m noticing an increase in virtue signaling among the transparency & accountability community, eg supporting “ethical truth-telling” & “lawful whistleblowing.” Friendly reminder that these are gov talking pts. It’s abt the message, not the messenger or the medium.
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Just filed: The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court *not* to revisit the constitutionality of the “prepublication review” system, a sprawling system of prior restraints imposed by the intelligence agencies on former public servants. supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/21/2…
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Mike Lee wasn't mentioned a single time on CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week, or CBS's Face the Nation. Not one mention of new revelations about a senator scheming w/the Trump admin to end democracy on any of the major Sunday shows.
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@JesselynRadack & I have been representing whistleblowers from the drone program for over 8 years now - our clients’ disclosures reflect these same tragic outcomes. And yet the U.S. continues to expand this killing program. (1 of 3) nytimes.com/2022/04/15/us/…
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The intelligence agencies' "prepublication review" policies are so byzantine & obscure that even the Justice Department lawyers whose job is to defend the policies in court don't always know what the policies are. (Here's a letter that DOJ just filed in the Fourth Circuit.)
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Major new POGO investigation: according to an unpublished report, more than 10,000 DHS employees say they have experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. pogo.org/investigation/…
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The thing about January 6th is it was an intrinsically political crime. The sitting President whipped up a murderous mob and set it upon the legislature in the culmination of an effort to stay in office; many, many legislators aided and abetted him to keep their party in power.
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Why do so many Russian-speakers support Putin and this war? Still. Even in Ukraine (though their number is declining). And in other former satellites, or even Canada and the US. Why? How? WHY? It’s not just the Kremlin propaganda. Let me tell you a deeply personal story. 1/n
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1) Let me tell you a crazy story. It's consumed 2 years of my life. As COVID-19 shut down the world in April 2020, I decided to follow the money. I began with a call to a no-name federal contractor who’d somehow landed a $35M deal for masks. Hours later, I’m on a private jet …
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.@jonathanvswan asks Mitch McConnell where he draws his moral redlines
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New Army regulation 380-5 allows holders of classified info to challenge improper classification decisions. This option, which should help reduce over-classification, was required by exec order in 2009, but the Army only got around to it last month bit.ly/38z9UFR
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A Russian intellectual has published what @sumlenny describes as a “genocide masterplan” that calls for the complete eradication of Ukrainian national identity. news.yahoo.com/genocide-maste…
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Myths & mirages—“..rise of..ivermectin cult is one of..most nonsensical storylines — in..sea of nonsensical storylines — to emerge during the pandemic. Even now, as Covid begins to become a less dominant force in our lives, the ivermectin bunkum continues” nbcnews.com/think/opinion/…
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