Archive for the 'Edward Snowden' Category

THIS IS HOW DEMOCRACY ENDS…

June 7th, 2017

So, this is what I’m readng this morning: …Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks… That’s the lede for Top-Secret […]

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

WHEN HACKERS HACK THE NSA, THEN WHAT…?

August 20th, 2016

Way back on 7 January 2005 (ARMOR CAN NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE…) I wrote a story about reports that insurgents in Iraq had successfully destroyed a heavily armored M2 Bradley fighting vehicle with an improvised explosive device. This, for me, was the turning point in the Iraq war. When irregulars can take out the […]

ALLOWING THE GOVERNMENT TO FUCK US AT WILL…

May 6th, 2016

I graduated from Ohio University in 1984. The knowledge of the irony that I would do so in the year randomly made prophetic by George Orwell was not lost on me or my classmates. There was a certain badness inherent in earning our degrees in that particular year. We believed that we had come out […]

SNOWDEN, CHOMSKY AND GREENWALD TALK…

April 3rd, 2016

[Update @ 0637] So, I’ve just finished watching the discussion and while I found the entire conversation fascinating, I would make note of three bits. First, beginning at about time mark 1:26:10, Edward Snowden points to the single greatest flaw in our present security state when he says, “When you collect everything, you understand nothing.” […]

THIS IS THE VERY NATURE OF CORPORATIONS…

August 19th, 2015

I had no idea that a prosecution of the private corporation tasked with vetting employees of private corporations conducting the most sensitive of public work—dealing with our nation’s security—was going on. The firm involved has agreed to pay a fine of $30 but there is no mention of how many millions the company received from […]

USA FREEDOM ORWELL ACT PASSES…

June 3rd, 2015

So, a few odious provisions of the Orwellian named Patriot Act, particularly section 215 used to illegally justify the bulk collection of the phone records of law-abiding U.S. citizens, was forced to sunset only to be replaced by a slightly less odious, and just as Orwellian named USA Freedom Act. I expected to find a […]

THE BOSS* WANTS YOU MEEK AND TERRIFIED…

May 29th, 2015

Writing in Anonymous Fearmongering About the Patriot Act from the White House and NYT Glenn Greenwald says: Several of the most extremist provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act are going to expire on June 1 unless Congress reauthorizes them in some form. Obama officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and new Attorney […]

TELL SENATORS: ALLOW SECTION 215 TO SUNSET…

May 28th, 2015

From the transcript: JAFFER: There are presumably negotiations going on right now between some of the big players – Senator Mitch McConnell, for example, Senator Diane Feinstein, Rand Paul, Ron Wyden, Senator Leahy, and maybe something will get wrapped up in a neat bow and presented to us on Sunday when the Senate comes back. […]

KILL THE UNPATRIOTIC ACT AND START OVER…

May 25th, 2015

I have to wonder how much blowback Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) faces for his grandstanding on the floor of the Senate in opposition to legislation continuing one of the worst, and most grossly misinterpreted, sections of the U.S. Patriot Unpatriotic Act. Edward Snowden had this to say about Paul’s filibuster. It represents a sea change […]

SOMEONE IS ALWAYS LISTENING…

May 24th, 2015

For the better part of twenty years, I was a regular coffeehouse denizen in and around Cleveland Heights’ various caffeine shoting galleries. When I would find a table at Arabica, Caribou, Phoenix, Stone Oven or Brews Brothers and get to work I was often amazed at the conversations—both in person and over cell phones—that I […]

HAS DID RAND PAUL GONE GO ROGUE…? NO…

May 20th, 2015

[Update at 1000 on 21 May: So, Paul spoke for 630 minutes and only managed to waste a day of the senate’s time. Two years after rising to national prominence with a 13-hour talking filibuster against drones, Rand Paul has made another marathon speech on the floor of the US Senate – only this time […]

THE BUSH(ES) OBAMA SECURITY SCHEME LIVES ON…

April 21st, 2015

The BOSS isn’t going anywhere soon. Even if Hilary Clinton takes the White House, not a pleasant thought, we will only need to tweak the acronym a bit to perhaps BOCSS, rhymes with box? Glenn Greenwald writes: One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is […]

SNOWDEN, THE NSA AND YOUR DICKAGE…

April 7th, 2015

Glenn Greenwald had this to say: On his HBO program last night, John Oliver devoted 30 minutes to a discussion of U.S. surveillance programs, advocating a much more substantive debate as the June 1 deadline for renewing the Patriot Act approaches (the full segment can be seen here). As part of that segment, Oliver broadcast […]

HOW THE FBI HOME-GROWS TERRORISTS DUPES…

March 18th, 2015

OK. Serious question. Has the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered, arrested and provided sufficient information to convict a single individual in the United States on terrorism charges that the FBI did not, in fact, actually train to be arrested? Any one? Got a name? Hint. That name is not Sami Osmakac. IN THE VIDEO, Sami […]

J. EDGAR’S GHOST IS SMILING…

March 15th, 2015

In the eyes of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and those who control that organization (hint: not We The People) we are all terrorists until proven otherwise, and then only provisionally. Members of an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force tracked the time and location of a Black Lives Matter protest last December at the Mall […]

STOP FIGHTING FIRES AND FIGHT THE ARSONIST…

March 15th, 2015

As I think of how paralyzing are the myriad of injustices—global warming/climate change, police militarization, racism, sexism, water pollution, air pollution, mass surveillance, the list goes on and on—I realize that I, we, have to think about the root cause, our runaway economic system that allows the Masters Of The Universe and their legions of […]

LET’S GO TO THE TAPE, BOB…

March 10th, 2015

Synopsis: politician makes public promise to resign if claims of wrongdoing found to be true; claims of wrongdoing found to be true; politician claims do-over. In August, 2013, as evidence emerged of the active participation by New Zealand in the “Five Eyes” mass surveillance program exposed by Edward Snowden, the country’s conservative Prime Minister, John […]

MEDIA STILL LYING ABOUT EDWARD SNOWDEN…

March 5th, 2015

Yesterday’s headlines included: Fugitive ex-NSA contractor Snowden seeks to come home: lawyer; Edward Snowden Working to Return Home to US: Lawyer; Edward Snowden in talks to return to United States from Russian exile: lawyer; Edward Snowden ready to return to U.S., lawyer says; and so on and so on. Who is this lawyer? Yesterday, in […]

HINT: NOT BECAUSE THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM…

November 7th, 2014

To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich: As […]

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