By Stephen C. Webster
The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (Protect IP) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) “are like two peas in a pod,” Sen. Ron Wyden, the bills’ most vocal opponent in the U.S. Senate, explained to Raw Story in an exclusive interview.
“These are Web blacklisting bills, Web censorship bills, and anybody with a Web site would be vulnerable,” he said, a tone of urgency prevailing in his voice.
“Had I not put a hold on it in May, it would have simply passed at that time,” Wyden continued. “I put a hold on the previous version back in December, and had I not put a public hold on it then, that version would have passed.”
Now, the Protect IP Act and SOPA are back, and this time seemingly with enough momentum to make it through Congress — but that could be changing.
The Business Software Alliance, a major industry advocacy group that once supported the bills, changed its mind just this week and is now working to oppose them.
Now companies like Apple, Microsoft and Intel are working to significantly alter the legislation, which critics say would fundamentally change the architecture of the Internet. Even Google and Facebook have come out against the bills, aruging that they simply go too far.
But they’re pitted against a collection of very powerful lobbies: the movie and music industries, along with other digital content providers like Sony and Nintendo.… Continue reading
November 13, 2011
with Anthony Wile
Photo: Mickey Huff
The Daily Bell is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Mickey Huff (left).
Introduction: Mickey Huff is Associate Professor of History at Diablo Valley College and a Director of Project Censored and the Media Freedom Foundation. He has been interviewed by many radio stations and news sources throughout the country, including NPR, Air America, Pacifica, Republic Broadcasting, Progressive Radio Network, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, New Standard News and others, and has been published on numerous media and news websites from Global Research, Buzzflash and Counterpunch to Z Mag, Truthout and even a few corporate media outlets(which he routinely critiques). He is co-author with Peter Phillips on a number of academic articles to be published throughout 2010-11 and co-edited two books with Phillips over the past three years. His latest work with Project Censored, the book Censored 2012: Sourcebook for the Media Revolution, is out now on Seven Stories Press. When he has time he blogs at http://dailycensored.com. Mickey is also a musician and composer of over 20 years and lives with his family just outside Berkeley, CA.
A brief synopsis:
Daily Bell: What’s your definition of censored? Is it mostly government censorship you’re after? Do you believe that private entities can “censor” or that the word strictly implies government activities?
Mickey Huff: Our definition of censorship is the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. Basically, decisions as to what subjects are included in the corporate media (or any other media for that matter), or not included, is media censorship at work.…Continue reading
Posted Oct. 14, 2011, 8:51 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
People power triumphs over Wall Street’s bid to end the protests mayor
bloomberg and Brookfield Inc. back down on eviction world prepares for day of
action Saturday October 15 in 950+ cities in 82 countries. We Are Winning!
NEW YORK, NY — Over 3,000 people gathered at Liberty Plaza in the pre-dawn
hours this morning to defend the peaceful Occupation near Wall Street. The crowd
cheered at the news that multinational real estate firm Brookfield Properties
will postpone its so-called “cleanup” of the park and that Mayor
Bloomberg has told the NYPD to stand down on orders to remove protesters. On
the eve of the October 15 global day of action against Wall Street greed, this
development has emboldened the movement and sent a clear message that the power
of the people has prevailed against Wall Street.
“We are winning and Wall Street is afraid,” said Kira Moyer-Sims,
a protester from Portland, Oregon. “This movement is gaining momentum
and is too big to fail.”
“Brookfield Properties is the 1%. They have invested $24 billion in mortgage-backed
securities, so as millions face foreclosure and eviction due to predatory lending
and the burst of the housing bubble that Wall Street created, its not surprising
they threatened to evict Occupy Wall Street,” said Patrick Burner, an
organizer with Occupy Wall Street from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.
“But Brookfield and Bloomberg have backed down and our movement is only
growing as the 99% take… Continue reading
London — 15th October — 10am to 9pm.
After-conference party 9.00pm to 2.00am
“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary
TOPICS: 9/11, Rise of New Labour, 7/7, Death of David Kelly,
global elites, nature of media control.
Meet global experts as they assess the evidence buried by the corporate media
on these issues and more:
Greetings from Occupied Wall Street,
Posted September 30, 2011, 5:06 a.m. EST
Occupy Wall Street has recently come into the media spotlight, not because of our political message, but because certain high-ranking members of the NYPD punched, threw, and stepped on peaceful marchers. Arrestees were handcuffed so tight their hands turned blue. Many of these people have yet to regain feeling in their extremities. A senior police officer infamously forced women into pens and maced them at point-blank range. While we vehemently condemn these abuses of power, we urge all who read this to remain focused on our intended message. Abuse of power is abuse of power. Whether perpetrated by Wall Street bankers or members of the NYPD, it is the duty of all citizens to oppose injustice. We condemn the actions of unprofessional police who used excessive force in subduing a peaceful march. But we are foremost here to oppose the growing power of the ruling class.
Let us also be clear that, when approached as individuals, members of the NYPD have expressed solidarity with our cause. It has been inspiring to receive this support. Over these thirteen days, we have learned that no one supports corporations’ disproportionate influence in the political sphere. We have learned that no one is in favor of evicting struggling families to the street while banks continue to profit. No one, that is, except the corporations and banks. We urge members of the NYPD to remain in solidarity with our cause. These… Continue reading
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET started last Saturday, when 5,000 Americans descended on to the financial district of Lower Manhattan, held a people’s assembly and set up an encampment in Zuccotti Park on Liberty Street, a stone’s throw from Wall Street and a block from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Three hundred spent the night, several hundred reinforcements arrived the next day and dug in for a long-term stay. Call in sick, invite your friends, hop on a bus or plane to New York City — join us! We’re now in DAY 4.
Media Contact: Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
Event website – www.communitycurrency.org/filmfestival2011.html
Ten Years Later, An Independent Investigation of 9/11 is Needed
The Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance will hold its annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival entitled 9/11 Reclaiming the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future this Thursday, September 8, beginning at 1:00 pm at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, and on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 1:00 pm at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Speakers include director of Project Censored Mickey Huff, president of the Media Freedom Foundation Dr. Peter Phillips, sister of fallen firefighter David Weiss from Rescue One and founder of Unite in Peace Michele Little, author of Mounting Evidence: Why We Need a New Investigation of 9/11 Dr. Paul Rea , author of Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism Prof. Anthony J. Hall, author of Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rites of Passage From the Love of Power to the Power of Love , Anodea Judith, author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots , Kevin Danaher, author of World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal , Joanna Macy, filmmakers Ken Jenkins and Brett Smith, and radio hosts Bonnie Faulkner from “Guns and Butter,” Carol Brouillet from “Community Currency” and Sherry Glaser-Love from “Our House!” In addition to the films “Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is the Mind,” “You, Me & the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule,”… Continue reading
ONE: THE EVENT
WE ARE ONE
ONE with ourselves
ONE with each other
ONE with our planet
MAKE THE SHIFT
on September 11th, 2011
Inspired by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the passion of Seattle Fire Fighter
Erik Lawyer, we invite you to participate in ONE: The Event. With more than
3 million people around the world, we will make a collective shift by choosing
love over fear, kindness over anger, and responsibility rather than blame.
In remembrance of the tragedies of September 11th and the wars that followed,
we will honor all those senselessly lost by rebuilding our relationships with
love and kindness, and celebrate our global unity.
You, your friends and loved ones are all invited to join us online, or at
our hub event in Seattle on 9/11, or at one of our satellite events across the
world to help us launch a movement ending our cycle of fear and disempowerment,
and step into our collective power of ONE. Now and forever!
Since it is up to each of us to make this shift, as part of our campaign,
we ask you to make your own fearless declaration stated as “I AM THE ONE
WHO…” through your online submissions and communications of videos,
photographs, tweets and blogs. (Examples: “I am the ONE who will choose
love over fear in my life” or “I am the ONE who will end hunger
in Africa” or “I am the ONE who will make people smile… Continue reading
Posted September 4th, 2011
Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth Brings Together
Leaders of Many Faiths and Belief Systems to Honor Those Who Perished
NEW YORK, NY — A variety of religious and spiritual leaders will hold a memorial service to honor those who died as a result of the 9/11 attacks, and provide spiritual succor and encouragement to all those who still grieve over the events of that tragic day. The service will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village at 10:00 a.m. The service will be followed by a fellowship time, including refreshments.
Hosted by Father Frank Morales, an Episcopal priest, and Rev. Ian Alterman, an evangelical minister, the service will bring together faith leaders and spiritual leaders from a variety of traditions, and will include prayers, intercessions, music, songs, sermons, and respectful memorials. Also participating will be survivors and surviving family members.
Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth believes — as do thousands of scientists and professionals including architects, engineers, pilots, firefighters, first responders, and 9/11 family members — that there are still many unanswered questions with regard to the attacks, and facts which contradict many aspects of the official story, and that faith leaders do a disservice to those who died if they do not do as almost every faith traditions instructs, and seek the truth.
As faith leaders, the members of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth consider it a moral duty to seek this truth, no matter the challenges, and… Continue reading
By Kevin Zeese
October2011.org seeks to Stop the Machine and Create a New World. It can be done. Indeed, it must be done and now is the time to do it. The thousands who have joined October2011.org know the challenges we face but we also know that the disastrous direction the country is going is unacceptable. We have seen that the normal tools – elections, lobbying and education – do not work. The U.S. is facing a crisis on many fronts – economic, environmental and in foreign relations – and the government does not respond or even makes things worse.
We certainly understand the despair, lost hope and discouragement that many Americans feel about the U.S. political system. The system seems designed to make change impossible. We also see the power and sophistication of the corporate propaganda media machine. But, we also see people in the United States seeing through the propaganda, understanding the truth and getting angry. In every rebellion around the world that has occurred in the last year – from Egypt to Spain – the view that it can’t be done, the people will not rise up would have been the belief of 95% of the population before it happened. Predicting the future is not as easy as it looks. There is a lot of evidence that the time may be right for an American Awakening. The past is not always the future.
TORONTO, August 8, 2011 — A decade after the events of September 11, 2001, which resulted in the immediate deaths of nearly 3,000 people on American soil, countless victims from toxic dust, and hundreds of thousands of deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, international hearings on this pivotal event will begin in Toronto in September.
The events of September 11 provided a pretext for a War on Terror that has led to military invasions and occupations, and attacks upon civil and human rights throughout the world. The credibility of the official investigation into the events of September 11, 2001, carried out by the U.S. Government between 2003 and 2005, has been questioned by millions of citizens in the United States and abroad, including victim family members, expert witnesses and international legal experts.
To date, open and transparent judicial hearings to question the official evidence provided by the U.S. Government have never taken place in the United States or abroad. Similarly, no perpetrators of the events of September 11 have ever been brought to justice on American soil.
A group of international citizens has therefore undertaken to privately fund and cause these independent hearings to take place. Because of the global ramifications of the events of 9/11, the initiators of this inquest have opted to select an international location outside of the United States for these hearings to proceed. The city of Toronto, Canada was chosen as an ideal “international” location because of its proximity to New York, Washington and Shanksville (the… Continue reading
by Carol Brouillet
As the ten-year anniversary approaches, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance is organizing its annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival to be held on Thursday, September 8, beginning at 1:00 pm at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, and on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 1:00 pm at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.
Speakers and filmmakers include:
In addition to the films “Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is the Mind,” “You, Me & the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule,” “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup,” “Hypothesis: A Documentary about Prof. Stephen E. Jones,” and “9/11: Explosive Evidence — Experts Speak Out,” there will be live streaming from 9/11 events in Toronto and Seattle.
July 4, 2011
by Michael Collins
The Daily Censored
The citizens of the United States have excellent judgment. They have shown
it consistently over time. When that judgment shifts briefly allowing a failed
policy, it is a result of the vilest forms of propaganda by a small clique of
The people were right about the invasion of Iraq
We know that the plan to invade Iraq began just days after Inauguration Day, 2001. The opportunity to launch the most href="http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/08/31/whitewashing_the_failure_in_iraq">disastrous and href="http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/costs-war-are-4-trillion">costly military effort in our history came on 9/11. The destruction of the World Trade Center towers and attack on the Pentagon became the pretext for war. The manipulators launched their fraudulent storyline in earnest with confidence that they would get their war.
But in December of 2002, the public wasn’t buying it. The people didn’t have access to all of the information. They knew one thing for sure — the invasion was a very bad idea unless Iraq posed an imminent threat to the country with weapons of mass destruction. An in depth
href="http://articles.latimes.com/2002/dec/17/nation/na-iraqpoll17/2">Los Angeles Times public opinion poll asked this question:
The rulers needed to pull out all the stops to get their war. They sent a national icon, href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200509/s1456650.htm">General Colin Powell, to lie to the world as he waved a vile of supposed chemical weapons at the United Nations. Then href="http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20030718.html">President Bush lied in his 2003 state of the union address to Congress about Iraq’s nuclear potential. This shameless manipulation of our worst fears… Continue reading
Richard Gage, AIA, a member of the American Institute for Architects, has studied the evidence at length and concluded the official story of 9/11 cannot be true in respect of the three (sic) building collapses in New York.
He has signed up over 1500 professionals to the demand for a new inquiry. His talk is entitled 9/11 Blueprint for Truth – Architecture of Destruction. For full details of other venues please check www.ae911truth.org.
20 June London. The Royal Institute Of British Architects (RIBA) 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. 7.00pm. £15, £10 concs at door or for £3 discount please send your name to ae911london [at} yahoo.co.uk
21 June Bristol, Colston Hall, Bristol City Centre. 7.30pm. Entry £6.00, £4.00 concs.
11 June Dublin; 12 June Dundalk ; 15 June Cork; 17 June Edinburgh; 18 June Cambridge University; 19 June Cardiff: The Atrium at Glamorgan University; 24 June Rotterdam 25 June Amsterdam
Sen. Mike Gravel and Lt. Col. Bob Bowman on Empowering Citizens to End the
9/11 Wars and Restore Lost Liberties
Peter Phillips will be our MC and first speaker. Professor of Sociology at
Sonoma State University and former Director of Project Censored, Peter currently
co-hosts The Morning Show on KPFA and is President of The Media Freedom Foundation.
Richard Gage, AIA, is well known to many in the Bay Area. He is the dynamic
founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which has grown to 1500
petition signing professionals. He will update us on the many recent activities
Introducing Kathy McGrade, a Silicon Valley engineer now affiliated with AE911Truth.
Her work includes ensuring the safety of firefighters during structural fires.
She presents a sharp critique of the government’s account for the demise of
the three WTC Towers.
As part of his long and distinguished career, Bob Bowman ran for President
in 2000 and for the US Congress in 2006. Bob Scheer of the LA Times called him
“probably the best public speaker in the country today.” Dr. Bowman
will give new voice to several of his recurrent themes–no more imperial presidency,
no more undeclared corporate wars, no more spying on the American people, no
more repression of dissidents, no more exporting of jobs, no more government
lies, false-flag attacks, and cover-ups.
Two-term Senator from Alaska Mike Gravel first gained national attention when
he read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record. For the last two
decades, he has worked to establish a National Initiative process to empower
Announcement dated May 6, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the International Center for 9/11 Studies
will sponsor four days of citizen hearings at Ryerson University in the city
of Toronto, Canada. These international hearings will be commonly referred to
as the Toronto Hearings and more information can be found at http://torontohearings.org/.
The objectives of the hearings are as follows:
(1) To present evidence that the U.S. government’s official investigation
into the events of September 11, 2001, as pursued by various government and
government-appointed agencies, is seriously flawed and has failed to describe
and account for the 9/11 events.
(2) To single out the most weighty evidence of the inadequacy of the U.S.
government’s investigation; to organize and classify that evidence; to
preserve that evidence; to make that evidence widely known to the public and
to governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations.
(3) To submit a record and a summary of the Hearings, together with signed
Statutory Declarations by witnesses, to relevant governments, groups and international
agencies with the request that a full and impartial investigation be launched
into the events of September 11, 2001, which have been used to initiate military
invasions and to restrict the rights of citizens.
(4) To engage the attention of the public and media through witness testimony
as well as through public talks and media events during the four day event.
For more information, contact the steering committee at http://torontohearings.org/about/.
Please support a participant in the Toronto Hearings by making a donation… Continue reading
Posted April 4, 2011
From We Are Change Oklahoma
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This year will be the 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Please consider joining We Are Change Oklahoma along with other investigators, survivors, and victims’ family members to help expose this cover-up. We have several banners and we will be handing out our flyer “Top ten reasons to question the official story of the Oklahoma City bombing”. We hope to see you there! Without Truth there is no Justice!
Top 10 Reasons to Question the Official Story of The Oklahoma City Bombing
We Are Change Oklahoma