Spencer Ackerman on How the U.S. War on Terror Fueled and Excused Right-Wing Extremism at Home

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We’re spending the hour with Spencer Ackerman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter, author of Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump. Spencer, you begin your book, with the prologue, with Timothy McVeigh visiting the far-right paramilitary compound in Elohim City, Oklahoma, before what you call, the prologue’s chapter heading, “the worst terrorist attack in American history.” Talk about the connection you see between the rise of right-wing extremism in the United States and the so-called…

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Home Office is accused of bypassing parliament to rollout facial recognition cameras

Support us and go ad-freeA group of civil society bodies has called on the government to ban facial recognition cameras, while accusing police and the Home Office of bypassing parliament over guidance for the use of the technology. Thirty-one organisations including Big Brother Watch, Statewatch and Privacy International have posted an open letter alleging guidance allowing police, local councils and enforcement agencies to use facial recognition across England and Wales has been given in defiance of court rulings against invasive filming. The guidance was published last week by the College of Policing during the parliamentary recess and without any announcement by it or the government, according to the…

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Spencer Ackerman on How the U.S. War on Terror Fueled and Excused Right-Wing Extremism at Home

As Republicans raise concerns that Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops will turn Afghanistan “back to a pre-9/11 state — a breeding ground for terrorism,” Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter Spencer Ackerman lays out how the U.S. war on terror after the September 2001 attacks actually fueled white, right-wing extremism. Ackerman says U.S. elites consciously chose to ignore “the kind of terrorism that is the oldest, most resilient, most violent and most historically rooted in American history.” His new book is “Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump.” Source link

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Work from home? They’ll cut your pay!

Support us and go ad-freeBusinesses are still trying to find ways to make workers pay. Curtis Daly calls for a new way of working. Video transcript Working from home? Maybe you’re getting paid too much. I think we’ll cut it.  Seems fair?  Well, Whitehall officials have had ‘high level talks’ discussing scrapping a wage top up for civil servants if they refuse to work in the office.  Predictably, this debate managed to find it’s way to all workers… Mike Parry (Yeah, I don’t know who he is either) was arguing for a wage cut on Jeremy Vine.  Read on...Support us and go ad-free Jeremy Vine: “Cut the pay…

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Home Office failing Windrush generation a second time, warn MPs

Support us and go ad-freeThe Home Office “appears to be failing” the Windrush generation a second time through its ill-thought-out compensation scheme, MPs have warned. They said the remuneration scheme is too complex and too slow to hand out money. They also described it as being understaffed, with only six people at first hired to deal with a predicted 15,000 claims. Scandal The Windrush scandal erupted in 2018 when British citizens, mostly from the Caribbean, were wrongly detained, deported, or threatened with deportation, despite having the right to live in Britain. Many lost homes and jobs and were denied access to healthcare and benefits. Empire Windrush docked in…

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Home Office facing questions over refusal to reveal expenditure on aging ex-military ‘detention centre’ for refugees

Support us and go ad-freeThe Home Office has refused to say how much it has spent operating Napier Barracks, the controversial military site being used to house asylum seekers. Charities said the public “deserve to know the price of this inhumanity” and called for the figures to be published. Home secretary Priti Patel was also criticised for not having visited the site in Folkestone, Kent since it was turned into accommodation. Information The disclosures came in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the PA news agency. A spokesperson for the home secretary declined to comment, while a Home Office spokesperson said “significant improvements” have…

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Win for families as High Court rules Home Office asylum guidance is unlawful

Support us and go ad-freePart of the Home Office’s guidance on reuniting unaccompanied child asylum seekers (UAMs) with their families in the UK is unlawful, the High Court has ruled. Legal action Safe Passage, a charity that supports child refugees, took legal action against the Home Office over how caseworkers are told to process requests for UAMs to be reunited with family members in the UK. Under European legislation, child refugees can have their asylum claims transferred to another country if they have family there. A “take charge request” can be issued so they can travel to that country to be with their family and the claim is…

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Urgent action needed to stop the Home Office deporting a ‘beloved’ Black Bristolian

Support us and go ad-freeThe Home Office plans to deport young Black Bristolian Anthonell Peccoo to Jamaica, a country he left when he was six-years-old. Peccoo’s friends and local campaigners are urging people to put pressure on the government to stop the planned deportation. Peccoo’s story Peccoo arrived in England when he was six-years-old. He was soon placed into private care, and faced what he describes as a “disruptive” start in life. Following his GCSEs, Peccoo found out that he wasn’t legally allowed to work in the UK when applying for jobs as a hairdresser. This was because his citizenship paperwork was not completed when he was a…

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Conditions at a Home Office housing unit deny mums and babies a ‘sense of safety’

An expectant mother staying at a mother and baby unit in Glasgow spoke to The Canary about living conditions there. This mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been living in this unit since March 2021. She said it’s “very stressful” living in such cramped conditions where “there is no community”. Various campaigners in Glasgow, coming together as “the Roof Coalition”, are demanding the Home Office closes this unit that accommodates over 20 women and their babies. The Roof Coalition’s #FreedomToCrawl campaign calls on the public: to take action to ensure that every baby and child in Glasgow has access to safe, suitable housing—including those in the asylum…

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Charity considers legal action against Home Office over Glasgow immigration raid

A migrant charity has said it’s investigating legal action against the Home Office for “casting aspersions” on two Indian nationals detained in Glasgow as “illegal” immigrants. Legal action Lakhvir Singh and Sumit Sehdev were released from Border Force detention after crowds swarmed around the van in which they were held, preventing it from leaving Kenmure Street in Pollokshields on 13 May. Demonstrators blocked the vehicle for several hours, with one even lying underneath its axles, before police released the pair on public safety grounds. Scottish justice secretary Humza Yousaf has blamed the Home Office for its “reckless action”, while first minister Nicola Sturgeon has attacked its “appalling asylum…

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