Re: Guest Post - lw


Southern Poverty Law Center? They've done a lot on domestic terrorism, as an outgrowth of their civil rights work, which necessarily entailed understanding and working against local/regional/national terror groups. Don't know if they have a newswire or anything like that though.

Posted by: Doug | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 9:13 AM
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Hadn't looked there. Their website links to a case docket, a few of which look interesting. Their linked blogs don't look like anything special.

Don't all spill your fabulous RSS feeds at once, now.

Is there a better way than RSS to stay current?

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 9:38 AM
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The linked article -- assuming it's accurate and in context, never a given -- provides such a perfect example of the kind of rightwing censorship that the left is constantly accused of. (At first I typed "accursed." Just so.)

The decision to reduce the department's role was provoked by conservative criticism of an intelligence report on "Rightwing Extremism" issued four months into the Obama administration, the officials said. The report warned that the poor economy and Obama's election could stir "violent radicalization," but it was pilloried as an attack on conservative ideologies, including opponents of abortion and immigration.
But after 20 conservative groups sponsored ads calling for Napolitano's ouster, she said it was disseminated without regular review, and apologized to the American Legion for its warning that veterans could be targeted by militias for recruitment.

Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 9:39 AM
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Oh, I think that the journalist is good; he's written insightfully about Tom DeLay.

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 9:46 AM
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Why is it journalists are always bullshitting when they use the word "ouster"?

Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 9:50 AM
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I certainly remember that hissy fit. Here's a Media Matters summary of the reaction at the time. And of course hardly anyone acknowledged that it was commissioned by the Bush administration and the most "controversial" statement ("some returning military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have joined extremist groups.") was from a 2008 FBI report. (However, they were probably right that under Bushco the report would probably never have been released.)

Sourcewatch does some of what you are looking for.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 10:02 AM
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DHS's caution or avoidance, as its critics claim, may partly stem from worries that aggressive intelligence operations could be seen as civil liberties violations.

Ha! I say again: Ha!

This never seems to stop them when it's leftwing groups, you know, those scary people who distribute vegan literature and shout at convention centers occasionally.

Some of the Indymedia sites do an okay job on this kind of stuff, but it's always hampered by a lack of resources for doing serious investigative reporting. And the quality of Indymedia sites varies widely. Other than maybe Alternet aggregating the best stuff from alt-newsweeklies (what few are left, that is), I'm not sure there's any other one place I'd recommend.

Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 10:02 AM
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4: Good to know. I try to be skeptical of stories that exactly confirm my cynicism.

Apropos of this thread, Stephen Colbert did a pretty good bit (last night's The Word) about Rand Paul's idea that instead of racial profiling, we should arrest and deport anyone who attends speeches promoting the violent overthrow of the government.

Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 10:16 AM
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Are Neiwert and Robinson still blogging?

Maybe a little

Scroll way down on the left, after the usual sites, and they have a section called "Resources I Use"

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 10:35 AM
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Neiwert is mostly at Crooks and Liars these days--link to his stuff there. Although, the "Resources I Use" area per 9.3 is probably what you were looking for.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06- 8-11 10:49 AM
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