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America Is the Land of the Free – Unless You’re Muslim
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To most Americans, Thursday was perfectly mundane. The Olympics were drawing to a close, people were still discussing House of Cards, and things were gearing up for the weekend. All of those were things I should have been mulling over, but none of them were.

CIA, DoD had doctors torture detainees after 9/11
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In a new report that makes contextualizes the torturous force-feeding of Gitmo hunger strikers, it has been revealed that under CIA and DoD orders, doctors tortured terror suspects to gain intel after 9/11.

NYPD Secretly Designated Entire Mosques As Terrorism Organizations
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NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Len Levitt: A Brooklyn Mosque: Ground Zero for Spying
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When it comes to the threat of terrorism versus the NYPD’s pervasive spying on Muslims, the At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn is where the rubber meets the road. The mosque is one of six plaintiffs, charging in a lawsuit filed last month by the American and New York and Civil Liberties Unions, that the NYPD has unlawfully and unconstitutionally engaged in “religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers.”

Ray Kelly: Things Falling Apart
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How did this happen? How did the wheels fall off Ray Kelly’s NYPD?

How did Kelly’s policies manage to alienate the City Council, groups of Muslim-Americans and African-Americans, the New York Times, the FBI and even the Obama administration?

Edward Snowden: Ex-CIA Worker and NSA Whistleblower’s Other Revelation
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Mr. Snowden, a native of North Carolina, told The Guardian that he signed up in 2003 for an Army Special Forces training program because he wanted to fight in Iraq. “I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression,” he said.

“Indisputable” that U.S. practiced torture after 9/11
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A lengthy independent review found that the country’s highest officials and president condoned torture

Drone strikes linked to “unprecedented” psychological trauma in Pakistan
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“They are always apprehensive about the drones, about their lives,” said Pehshawar psychiatrist. A report from the AFP this week finds that the psychological trauma suffered by Pakistanis living under the threat of U.S. drone strikes and Taliban fighting is “unprecedented.”

Big Data, Big Brother: Hadoop for Spooks?
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The man who introduced the CIA’s Chief Technology Officer, Ira “Gus” Hunt, at yesterday’s GigaOM Structure:Data conference in New York City thought it would be funny to quip, “If you don’t give a big round of applause for our next speaker, he’s gonna find out and it’s gonna go on your permanent record.”

Afghan Student Details Capture, Torture by CIA ‘Strike Force’
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An engineering student at Kandahar University, Abdul Qayum was at the center of a major incident over the weekend, when he was detained by a CIA “strike force” that attacked his university and tortured in detention before President Karzai secured his release.