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The Dangerous, Infectious Logic of National Security

The Dangerous, Infectious Logic of National Security

by Kai Wright on June 7 2013, 10:16AM

The rationale behind the administration’s secret spying program has been developed and honed to surviell and harass communities of color for years.

Topics: Kai Wright, National Security, Spying

Susan Rice Becomes Third African American to Lead National Security

Susan Rice Becomes Third African American to Lead National Security

by Brentin Mock on June 5 2013, 12:12PM

Rice was blocked as a contender for Secretary of State, but now she’ll occupy the White House as chief security advisor to Obama.

Topics: National Security, /NOW, Politics

New Revelations About NYPD's Muslim Spying Program

New Revelations About NYPD’s Muslim Spying Program

by on May 21 2013, 10:35AM

An NYPD informant who was part of the city’s Muslim spying program says the police told him to use a tactic called “create and capture” to start and record conversations about terrorism.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother's Day in New Orleans

Anti-Violence Blogger Among 19 Shot on Mother’s Day in New Orleans

by Brentin Mock on May 13 2013, 1:54PM

Journalist and documentarian Deborah “Big Red” Cotton was one of the 19 people wounded in the tragic shooting during a “second line” Mother’s Day parade yesterday. In total, ten men, seven women and two 10-year-old children were injured. Cotton had…

Topics: National Security, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Assata Shakur and a Brief History of the FBI's Most Wanted Lists

Assata Shakur and a Brief History of the FBI’s Most Wanted Lists

by Jamilah King on May 8 2013, 8:07AM

What’s the purpose of the FBI’s lists? Basically, publicity and fear mongering.

Topics: History, National Security

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: 'I Am Only One Woman'

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: ‘I Am Only One Woman’

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 10:39AM

The longtime political activist is once again defending herself amid renewed FBI attempts to extradite and imprison her in the United States.

Topics: History, National Security, /NOW

Decoding the Invisible Whiteness In Boston Bombing Coverage

Decoding the Invisible Whiteness In Boston Bombing Coverage

by Akiba Solomon on April 25 2013, 12:00PM

We live in an ahistorical culture that continually attempts to deny the white supremacy that determines who is and isn’t defined as a U.S. citizen, a criminal, a terrorist or a victim. A trip through our history is instructive.

Topics: Boston Bombing, Media, National Security

The Tangled Meanings--and Misuses--of 'Radicalization'

The Tangled Meanings—and Misuses—of ‘Radicalization’

by on April 25 2013, 8:50AM

Everybody wants to know whether and how the Tsarnaev’s religious views radicalized them. But is that even the right question? And what are its implications?

Topics: Boston Bombing, National Security

Sen. Grassley Conflates Immigration Reform With Boston Violence

Sen. Grassley Conflates Immigration Reform With Boston Violence

by on April 19 2013, 11:34AM

Senate Republicans begin to speculate about whether Boston attacks should shape the immigration reform effort.

Topics: Immigration Reform, National Security, /NOW

How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence

How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence

by Rinku Sen on April 16 2013, 10:17AM

Care for those hurt. Care for those who will be accused. And care for ourselves. That’s how we’ll grow together, rather than tear apart.

Topics: Boston Bombing, Coping With Terror, National Security, Movement

History Would Repeat Itself If Boston Derailed Immigration Reform

History Would Repeat Itself If Boston Derailed Immigration Reform

by on April 16 2013, 7:52AM

American lawmakers have generally responded to acts of mass violence, whether by U.S. citizens or foreigners, with anti-immigration laws and a retreat from reform.

Topics: Boston Bombing, Immigration, Immigration Reform, National Security

NYPD Has Changed 'Nothing' About Muslim Spying Program

NYPD Has Changed ‘Nothing’ About Muslim Spying Program

by on April 8 2013, 1:10PM

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says that the city has changed nothing about it’s controversial program to spy in Muslims communities.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Black Churches Condemn Obama's Drone Policy as Murder and Evil

Black Churches Condemn Obama’s Drone Policy as Murder and Evil

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 1:35PM

An association of 34,000 churches has come out strongly against drones.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

5  Things You Probably Didn't Know About Drones in the U.S.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Drones in the U.S.

by , Jamilah King on February 13 2013, 10:33AM

No, the LAPD didn’t use a drone to track and kill Christopher Dorner. But the devices are still being used in some very unsettling ways to track U.S. citizens on American soil.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

Soledad O'Brien Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat

Soledad O’Brien Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2013, 11:16AM

US Marine Corps Captain Zoe Bedell and “Co-Ed Combat” Author Kingsley Browne debate the impact of overturning the ban on women in combat.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Sasha Obama: 'Good Job, Dad. You Didn't Mess Up' This Time

Sasha Obama: ‘Good Job, Dad. You Didn’t Mess Up’ This Time

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 11:38AM

After giving Dad a “Good job!” she added a reminder of his flubbed words four years ago. “You didn’t mess up,” Sasha went on to say, teasing the commander in chief.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Terrorism Suspect Pleads in Yet Another NYPD Case Riddled With Questions

Terrorism Suspect Pleads in Yet Another NYPD Case Riddled With Questions

by on December 5 2012, 10:44AM

The city’s ongoing use of informants to create terror plots it can then prosecute raised concerns of even the FBI in Ahmed Ferhani’s case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

The Nightmare of War Finds an Outlet in Jazz, Poetry from Vets

The Nightmare of War Finds an Outlet in Jazz, Poetry from Vets

by on November 30 2012, 9:19AM

Musician Mike Ladd and jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer explore the emotional toll of war on veterans of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, National Security

Univision: 'Everything' Changed for Immigrants After 9/11

Univision: ‘Everything’ Changed for Immigrants After 9/11

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2012, 10:22AM

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas remembers covering the events of September 11, 2001.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

The Real Reason Big Brother's Still Spying on New York City's Muslims

The Real Reason Big Brother’s Still Spying on New York City’s Muslims

by on August 29 2012, 9:34AM

A program that was meant to make New York City “safer” from would-be terrorists has proven to be an abysmal failure. But city officials aren’t budging.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying