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IS IT REAL OR IS IT THE NSA…?

April 5th, 2014

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 […]

NSA: GOOGLE, YAHOO, APPLE, ET AL. KNEW…

March 19th, 2014

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 […]

YOU THOUGHT SPEED CAMS WERE BAD…?

March 17th, 2014

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 […]

PLUNGING INTO THE DEEP STATE…

March 15th, 2014

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 […]

WHEN THE WATCHERS ARE OUT OF THE LOOP…

March 14th, 2014

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, […]

SNOWDEN CALLS BULL SHIT ON FEINSTEIN…

March 12th, 2014

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 […]

PASSING THE GREENWALD TEST

March 11th, 2014

) 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…

March 8th, 2014

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 […]

MASTER SPY TALER SPEAKS OUT…

March 6th, 2014

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 […]

SPYING IS ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL…

March 5th, 2014

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 […]

OUR GAME, OUR RULES, DEAL…

March 4th, 2014

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 […]

NOT ALL ARE LAMBS TO BE SILENCED…

February 28th, 2014

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 […]

WHEN IS IT OK TO LIE TO THE SUPREME COURT…?

February 27th, 2014

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 […]

FOR THE BOSS, ONLY FEAR & INTIMIDATION WORK…

February 24th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: [Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, also acknowledges that the very human nature of the bureaucracy he controls virtually insures that more mass disclosures are inevitable. “In the end,” he says, “we will never ever be able to guarantee that there will not be an Edward Snowden or another Chelsea Manning because […]

I SAY JOURNALIST, THEY SAY TERRORIST…

February 19th, 2014

On a court ruling this morning Glenn Greenwald writes: In sum, the U.K. Government wants to stop disclosure of its mass surveillance activities not because it fears terrorism or harm to national security but because it fears public debate, legal challenges and accountability. That is why the U.K. government considers this journalism to be “terrorism”: […]

SPYING IS ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL…

February 16th, 2014

The One Percent get hurt. Mano Singham concludes: Anyone who still clings to the belief that this spying is all or even mostly about fighting terrorism is deluding themselves. Economic and political espionage seems to be the driver, at least in the international arena. When corporate executives realize that their secrets are no longer secret, […]

EDWARD SNOWDEN SPEAKS…

February 2nd, 2014

Mano Singham writes: After watching the 30-minute interview I can understand why the US government is freaking out. Snowden comes across as a thoughtful, calm, intelligent, and articulate person who chooses his words very carefully and makes the case for why what he did was right in a very compelling way. Put this guy up […]

HANLON’S RAZOR…

December 31st, 2013

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. –Robert Hanlon, Scranton, Pennsylvania. I’ve often thought that those who claim that politicians are idiots or too stupid to breed make a grave error by allowing the individuals or groups in question to escape charges of malice or flat-out evil, (presidents Ronald Reagan, George […]

ELIZABETH WARREN IN 2016…

October 3rd, 2013

WHERE’S OUR COMMANDER’S INTENT RIGHT NOW…?

October 2nd, 2013

Mark Stevenson writes: It’s not always easy to keep optimistic. As the famous military maxim goes “no plan survives contact with the enemy”, which is why successful military leaders give those under them the freedom to improvise, but make sure they always know what the goal is. Americans call this ‘Commander’s Intent’. What I have […]

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