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I’ve been watching Person Of Interest of late, and I’ve been struck by a comparison of two topical and timely television characters–Harold Finch and Jack Bauer–and the way they are nearly mirror images. Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland on Fox’s 24 for eight seasons (2001-2010, and making a limited comeback next month) is Fox […]
[Update at 0732: So, this story is beginning to spin off into Never Never land. I was working on an unrelated bit just now and had call to reference Eric Blair's Bugaboo and that gave me pause as I remembered John Cook's odd choice of art to illustrate his letter yesterday. I think I need […]
I left this comment on Mano Singham’s blog this morning concerning his post: They are not ‘bug splats’ which focuses on a project to put human faces on those killed by U.S. drone strikes. Good morning Mano, I am much less concerned about the lack of compassion in the drone operators than I am in […]
…really out to get you!
Glenn Greenwald writes: This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create “a Twitter-like Cuban communications network” run through “secret shell companies” in order to create the false appearance of being a privately owned operation. Unbeknownst to the service’s Cuban users was the fact that […]
Spencer Ackerman, for The Guardian, writes: The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms. Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested […]
Dan Froomkin writes: What’s the problem with a nationwide license plate tracking database, anyway? [Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty program at the ACLU of Massachusetts] recently asked and answered that question in her blog: If you aren’t the subject of a criminal investigation, the government shouldn’t be keeping tabs on when you […]
Henry Giroux writes: The biggest problem facing the US may not be its repressive institutions, modes of governance and the militarization of everyday life, but the interiority of neoliberal nihilism, the hatred of democratic relations and the embrace of a culture of cruelty. Huh?
Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State, written by Mike Lofgren, a former congressional staff member who served on both the House and Senate budget committees, and published by Bill Moyers & Company on 21 February of this year, is a longish piece at nearly 6,000 words and I’ve excerpted Lofgren extensively below, but I strongly […]
Glenn Greenwald writes: [The unidentified Signal Intelligence official] gives two examples: “For instance, since the election of a pro-American president, one European partner has been much more open to providing information on their own capabilities and techniques, in hope of raising our intelligence collaboration to a higher level. Conversely, another of our partnerships has stalled, […]
Paul Lewis writes: The whistleblower Edward Snowden accused the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee of double standards on Tuesday, pointing out that her outrage at evidence her staff were spied on by the CIA was not matched by concern about widespread surveillance of ordinary citizens. Snowden, the former contractor whose disclosures to journalists revealed […]
) Note: due to multiple levels of security, the video does not play perfectly. Please be patient, and make a donation to the ACLU (see comments below). Via Mano Singham…
Dear Zelda, Here’s the scenario: when the boss sees co-workers having a quiet conversation, he wants to know what is being said (it’s mostly work related). He has his designated “snitches” and expects them to keep him apprised of all the office gossip – even calling them at home and expecting a run-down! This puts […]
Alison Flood writes: John le Carré has warned that the intelligence services could “become as much of a peril to our democracy as their supposed enemies” if they are not subjected to rigorous examination. The novelist was defending himself against the accusation that his former colleague John Bingham, upon whom he based his most famous […]
Dan Froomkin writes: In the wake of an explosive new allegation that the CIA spied on Senate intelligence committee staffers, one senator felt this morning that he needed to make something clear. “The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around,” Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) said in a press release. In normal […]
Glenn Greenwald writes: The vast bulk of the commentary issuing from American commentators about the Russian military action in Ukraine involves condemning exactly that which they routinely advocate and which the U.S. itself routinely does. So suffocating is the resulting stench that those who played leading roles in selling the public the attack on Iraq […]
Glenn Greenwald writes: In his last, seemingly prescient Facebook post, published just hours before his arrest, Begg wrote: “Sometimes knowing too much can be a curse.” UK-based human rights investigator Nawaz Hanif told The Intercept that the charges against Begg are a transparent attempt at silencing political dissent: The arrest of Moazzam Begg under British […]
Dan Novack writes: Verrilli’s false assurance to the Court came in the context of the ACLU’s lawsuit – Clapper v. Amnesty International USA — challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance authority under Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, codified as U.S. Code § 1881a. Title VII, which was added […]
Glenn Greenwald writes: By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive […]