Raising our voices to defend Due Process

This week, I launched a petition on CREDO Mobilize challenging the judicial nomination of Justice Department lawyer David Barron to a lifetime seat on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. As I write in the petition:

Assassinating Americans citizens without charge, trial, and the presentation of evidence is unconstitutional — and advancing a legal justification for the executive branch to do so renders Mr. Barron unfit for the federal judiciary.

A consensus among prophets (April 2013)

Love really can conquer all.
That's the only thing
the messengers
actually showed us
 
Underneath all
the cultural rubble we've heaped
onto their barely
vestigial legacies
 

Challenging the legitimacy of 3 letter agencies

Acronym TV featured me in an extended interview alongside Kevin Zeese focused on NSA surveillance but also ranging well beyond it. The interview concludes (and opens with a preview of) a live performance of my new dance song, "NSA vs. USA,"

Hedges v. Obama: The Supreme Court digs its head deeper into the sand

I published an article today, "Hedges v. Obama: The Supreme Court digs its head deeper into the sand," examining the Supreme Court's refusal to consider an appeal challenging the government's authority to indefinitely detain Americans without trial. It was cross-posted at Huffington Post and FireDogLake.

History beyond the headlines on C-SPAN

Around April 28, C-SPAN aired archival footage from an event at which I spoke on February 21 at the University of the District of Columbia exploring "The Life and Assassination of Malcolm X." My comments (from 1:29-1:46 of the original complete clip) were wide-ranging, addressing history, secrecy, corruption, and freedom of thought. Video of my remarks before the Q&A are posted on the C-SPAN site (from which I unfortunately can't embed).

Entropy (January 2014)

Entropy rises
he stalks each of us
openly
in broad daylight
 

Kicking the CIA in the groin

The Intercept -- the new media venture featuring Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Dan Froomkin -- reached out to me and printed my comments for the first time, in a story about CIA torture, the Senate's investigation of CIA human rights abuses, and the CIA cover up that drove Senator Feinstein to the Senate floor. 

Calling out the FBI in the Guardian

On February 23, 2014, the Guardian quoted me in a story covering the latest proposed NSA reforms from the White House.

Speaking in the Guardian, on cable TV, and on the mic with Davey D

Today, the Guardian -- the newspaper that first broke the Snowden revelations last year, shaming the American press after a decade of failing its constitutional responsibility -- quoted me in a story on NSA spying. Investigative reporter Spencer Ackerman wrote "Utah lawmaker floats bill to cut off NSA data centre's water supply," from which I excerpt below.

Later in the day, I appeared on Wilkow!, a cable talk program on the Blaze network founded by Glenn Beck.

Earlier, a few weeks ago, I was excited to respond to the President's State of the Union address on the Pacifica Radio network (starting at 1:20:30) alongside underground hip-hop icon Davey D.

VIDEO from my 1/23 performance & panel in Berkeley, CA

Last Thursday offered some of my most memorable highlights of the new year so far. In addition to sharing a microphone with some of my most esteemed personal heroes, I had a chance to kick my newest rhyme for about 500 people attending live, plus another 1,000 tuning in via live stream. High quality video of the entire panel, including my latest rhyme (starting at 1:22), is posted on YouTube.

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