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Chevron spying on Ecuadorian lawyers who defeated them in $18 billion judgement

By Amazon Defense Coalition Facing increased financial risk in Latin America, Chevron has launched a corporate espionage campaign designed to intimidate and track the whereabouts of the lead lawyers who recently won an $18 billion judgment for environmental damage against the oil giant in Ecuador’s courts, said the Amazon Defense Coalition. The purpose of the … Continue reading Chevron spying on Ecuadorian lawyers who defeated them in $18 billion judgement

US government continuing campaign of repression against non-violent environmental activists

By Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post Ben Kessler, a student at the University of North Texas and an environmental activist, was more than a little surprised that an FBI agent questioned his philosophy professor and acquaintances about his whereabouts and his sign-waving activities aimed at influencing local gas drilling rules. “It was scary,” said Kessler, … Continue reading US government continuing campaign of repression against non-violent environmental activists

Aided by snitching LulzSec leader, FBI declares charges against five alleged hackers

By Jana Winter / Fox News Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization’s brazen leader — who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months — arrested three and … Continue reading Aided by snitching LulzSec leader, FBI declares charges against five alleged hackers

Iowa government mobilizes to shield factory farms from scrutiny

By Tom Philpott On Friday, Iowa governor Terry Branstad signed a bill that will make it much more difficult for animal-welfare advocates to sneak cameras into Iowa’s factory livestock farms. The bill’s fate is being watched nationwide, because Iowa’s factory farms grow more hogs and keep more egg-laying hens than those of any other state. … Continue reading Iowa government mobilizes to shield factory farms from scrutiny

WikiLeaks release shows Stratfor surveilled activists for DHS, Dow Chemical, and Coca-Cola

By Allison Kilkenny / In These Times Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings last night posted a story on an internal DHS report entitled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street,” dated October of last year. The five-page report, part of five million newly leaked documents obtained by Wikileaks, sums up the history of the movement and assesses its … Continue reading WikiLeaks release shows Stratfor surveilled activists for DHS, Dow Chemical, and Coca-Cola

WikiLeaks publishing emails from Stratfor, “a private intelligence Enron”

By The Associated Press WikiLeaks said Monday it was publishing a massive trove of leaked emails from the U.S. intelligence analysis firm Stratfor, shedding light on the inner workings of the Texas-based think tank. The online anti-secrecy group said it had more than 5 million Stratfor emails and it was putting them out in collaboration … Continue reading WikiLeaks publishing emails from Stratfor, “a private intelligence Enron”

Police agencies in the United States to begin using drones in 90 days

By Watertown Daily Times Coming soon to the skies above you — drones, drones and more drones. And all giving police and who knows who else the chance to peek into your backyard. Legislation just signed by President Obama directs the Federal Aviation Administration to open the skies to remotely controlled drones within the next … Continue reading Police agencies in the United States to begin using drones in 90 days

Occupy movement targeting corporate governance project ALEC

By Will Potter / Green is the New Red More than 70 cities will be protesting corporations that are part of a secretive lobby group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, that helps corporate interests literally write our laws. Occupy Portland has called for a national day of protest on February 29. The protests … Continue reading Occupy movement targeting corporate governance project ALEC

Canadian government “muzzling” environmental scientists

By Pallab Ghosh / BBC News Speakers at a major science meeting being held in Canada said communication of vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed. But one Canadian government department approached by the BBC said it held the communication of science as a priority. Prof Thomas Pedersen, a senior scientist at … Continue reading Canadian government “muzzling” environmental scientists

Supreme Court strikes down Montana ban on corporate election spending

By Reuters The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago. The justices granted a request from the three plaintiffs to put on hold a … Continue reading Supreme Court strikes down Montana ban on corporate election spending