Monthly Archives: January 2014

[Video] Listen to the Pete Seeger Song Once Deemed Too Political for American Television

The great American musician Pete Seeger died yesterday at the age of 94. Referred to by many as the father of folk music, Seeger apparently preferred “river singer.” But he didn’t just sing up and down the Hudson River, he sang … Continue reading

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Dramatists Guild to Washington DC’s Embattled Theater J: “Stand Strong”

NCAC participating organizations the Dramatists Guild and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund have sent a letter (PDF embed below) to Theater J in Washington DC in support of the venue’s staging of Motti Lerner’s The Admission. A group called Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as … Continue reading

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NSA’s collection of metadata “should end,” according to new report

Responses to recent disclosures about official surveillance of private communications and activities are rolling in. The most recent is from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which today released a Report on the Telephone Records Program Conducted under Section … Continue reading

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ProPublica – Debunking Rationales for Mass Surveillance

ProPublica has published an analysis of the four most often cited rationales offered to justify mass surveillance and collection of metadata, describing why they are “questionable claims.” It is instructive reading for anyone who is concerned about claims that security … Continue reading

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Did you catch it? NCAC Allies Shine in Al Jazeera Conversation About Book Censorship

Last night, Al Jazeera America’s The Stream dedicated its show to a topic near and dear to NCAC’s work and hearts: book challenges and bans in the U.S. Joining the show was author Carolyn Mackler, whose works NCAC has defended throughout … Continue reading

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Court of Appeals Ruling Kills Net Neutrality

In a 2-1 ruling today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals effectively ended net neutrality, striking down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. The FCC’s order was intended to keep broadband providers from interfering with traffic on the Web. The … Continue reading

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TomDispatch on Surveillance Abuses, Past and Present

This is a good, concise history of abuses by the intelligence community and offers a great argument against warrantless surveillance.  Without that break-in by the Media 8, J. Edgar Hoover’s “shadow FBI,” a criminal conspiracy at the heart of a … Continue reading

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