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We obtained folk legend Pete Seeger's FBI file. Here's what it reveals.

We obtained folk legend Pete Seeger's FBI file. Here's what it reveals. | Upsetment | Scoop.it

from the 1940s through the early 1970s, the US government spied on singer-songwriter Pete Seeger because of his political views and associations. According to documents in Seeger's extensive FBI file—which runs to nearly 1,800 pages (with 90 pages withheld) and was obtained by Mother Jones under the Freedom of Information Act—the bureau's initial interest in Seeger was triggered in 1943 after Seeger, as an Army private, wrote a letter protesting a proposal to deport all Japanese American citizens and residents when World War II ended.

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It was my privilege to meet Pete. He was a great influence in my life; I even reference his group The Weavers in Broody New Englander. I share this post in part to honor him but more importantly to iterate my horror at the racism and bigotry recently being shown in this country towards Muslims and especially Arabs. Pete is an icon to those of us who know that what was done to Japanese Americans was wrong. More, he is a role model to all who believe in the dignity of the individual in the face of the politicians who would belittle others. His stand before HUAC represents a high-water mark for integrity. 

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U.S. Apologizes to Poles Over FBI Chief's' Holocaust Article

U.S. Apologizes to Poles Over FBI Chief's' Holocaust Article | Upsetment | Scoop.it
FBI director James Comey accused Poland of being an accomplice to the Holocaust.
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The truth lies, as usual, in the middle. Poland as a country was certainly victimized. Many Poles were forced into camps and were murdered by the Nazis. Many Poles tried to help the Jews who were being hunted by the Germans. AND, many Poles were antisemitic and more than willing to help with the extermination of Jews. Were there more Nazi sympathizers in Poland than say Holland, France, or the other countries that were invaded by the Germans? I honestly don't know for sure, but I would expect so since the Jews were more set apart in Poland than in some of the more Western countries. But overall, the Poles were certainly not the perpetrators and were victims, so I think we can safely say that Director Comey has shown a remarkable lack of judgment and historical knowledge. My question: Why did he feel called upon to write a piece about the Holocaust anyway?

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FBI Chief: Your iPhone 6 Is a Threat

FBI Chief: Your iPhone 6 Is a Threat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The FBI has long had the ability to tap into the nation's telephone exchanges. James Comey wants it to be able to access computer servers as well.
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This is very upsetting. The key to democracy is not government surveillance of the people but the ability of the people to see the government clearly.

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NSA, FBI Spied on Muslim Public Figures' Email, Used "Raghead" Slur in Internal Document

NSA, FBI Spied on Muslim Public Figures' Email, Used "Raghead" Slur in Internal Document | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The biggest news of the day is from Glenn Greenwald's new site, The Intercept, in a story co-written by Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain: The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures...
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This is not only profoundly disturbing and disgusting, it is also so anti-American as to make me question what has happened to the country I grew up loving.

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FBI Runs Secret Air Force Posing As Fake Companies To Spy On U.S. Cities

FBI Runs Secret Air Force Posing As Fake Companies To Spy On U.S. Cities | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Some people have read my latest novel "Times to Try the Soul of Man" and said such conspiracies can't be happening—not here in the U.S. of A. I suggest the doubters take a look at this article and then reread my book. It is the nature of government to expand its control and of people in authority to perpetuate their power. Truly, we live in "Times to Try the Soul of Man."

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Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison

Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At least two significant drug cases could be jeopardized because of an agent’s alleged misconduct, officials said.
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The War on Drugs has become a cancer in our nation not only making drugs appear more desirable and strengthening the roles and finances of criminals but also infecting the law enforcement community. It is time to stop the madness. Prohibition didn't work and neither does the "Farce on Drugs."

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Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades

Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After two years, inquiry into FBI forensic testimony targets 45 capital convictions, with no results reported
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Another myth of American greatness shattered. Anybody who knows about Hoover and the history of the FBI would not be surprised that the "culture of appearing perfect" he created would eventually lead to this kind of malfeasance. 

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