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Guardian NSA Fallout Special Seems Daniel Ellsberg picked up on our East German Stasi Theme in this op-ed! Daniel Ellsberg of the infamous Pentagon Papers leak in the 1970s tells us Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden's whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an "executive coup" against the US constitution.
Since 9/11, there has been, at first secretly but increasingly openly, a revocation of the bill of rights for which this country fought over 200 years ago. In particular, the fourth and fifth amendments of the US constitution, which safeguard citizens from unwarranted intrusion by the government into their private lives, have been virtually suspended.
The government claims it has a court warrant under Fisa – but that unconstitutionally sweeping warrant is from a secret court, shielded from effective oversight, almost totally deferential to executive requests. As Russell Tice, a former National Security Agency analyst, put it: "It is a kangaroo court with a rubber stamp."
For the president then to say that there is judicial oversight is nonsense – as is the alleged oversight function of the intelligence committees in Congress. Not for the first time – as with issues of torture, kidnapping, detention, assassination by drones and death squads –they have shown themselves to be thoroughly co-opted by the agencies they supposedly monitor. They are also black holes for information that the public needs to know.
The fact that congressional leaders were "briefed" on this and went along with it, without any open debate, hearings, staff analysis, or any real chance for effective dissent, only shows how broken the system of checks and balances is in this country. ........ But what is not legitimate is to use a secrecy system to hide programs that are blatantly unconstitutional in their breadth and potential abuse. Neither the president nor Congress as a whole may by themselves revoke the fourth amendment – and that's why what Snowden has revealed so far was secret from the American people. In 1975, Senator Frank Church spoke of the National Security Agency in these terms:
    "I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."
The dangerous prospect of which he warned was that America's intelligence gathering capability – which is today beyond any comparison with what existed in his pre-digital era – "at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left." That has now happened. That is what Snowden has exposed, with official, secret documents. The NSA, FBI and CIA have, with the new digital technology, surveillance powers over our own citizens that the Stasi – the secret police in the former "democratic republic" of East Germany – could scarcely have dreamed of. Snowden reveals that the so-called intelligence community has become the United Stasi of America........ I see the unexpected possibility of a way up and out of the abyss. Pressure by an informed public on Congress to form a select committee to investigate the revelations by Snowden and, I hope, others to come might lead us to bring NSA and the rest of the intelligence community under real supervision and restraint and restore the protections of the bill of rights. ......
See Dan Ellsberg in an EXCLUSIVE BradCast show below! And read and watch Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong with Snowden's entire video statement. MUST WATCH (also below at DN!). More on the fall-out later including the revelation in WaPo's Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge.
We have much more but first some other items of interest and importance. The Guardian's Lisa O'Carrol reports on the unexpected ERT shutdown: Greek government reveals plans for new state broadcaster The Greek government has unveiled plans to open a slimmed down version of the state broadcaster just hours after taking the draconian step of shutting ERT down with the immediate loss of 2,700 jobs. As ERT journalists continued to defy the shutdown on Wednesday with a live web feed from the occupied studios at the broadcaster's headquarters in Athens, draft legislation was unveiled to launch a replacement service, but not until the end of August. Simos Kedikoglou, a government spokesman, said the proposed slimmed down state broadcaster would run on just 1,200 employees. "We tried during the past year to find a way of overhauling public television but it wasn't possible to change anything," Kedigolou added. A journalist inside ERT's radio HQ who has just returned from a succession of meetings with the leaders of the centre and left-of-centre Greek government coalition partners told the Guardian they are trying to draft fresh legislation which could offer the prime minister, Antonis Samaras, a face-saving compromise that will keep the broadcaster on air. Anastasia Zigou, a member of Strike Struggle, a group formed by ERT journalists in November 2011, said: "Many of us haven't slept for 48 hours, but we won't give in. We are sustained by the huge response we've had from citizens, not only here but at local radio stations all over the country." ...... Zigou continued: "We need solidarity from around the world, not just from fellow journalists and unions but from ordinary citizens. This matters to everyone." The decree to shut ERT, citing the need to cut the "incredible waste" at the broadcaster, has been condemned by Greek opposition politicians, sparking calls for a general strike and widespread international criticism. Leftwing opposition leader Alexis Tsipras, who met the Greek president Karolos Papoulias to discuss the ERT crisis on Wednesday, issued a statement calling the decision an "institutional coup", saying "we are all obliged to resist it". He asked the president to intervene and initiate a debate in parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Greece's two largest unions have called a 24-hour general strike for Thursday to protest against the government's move that has shocked the public and triggered a political crisis. ..... More info at The Telegraph Greek PM seeks to avert crisis over broadcaster shutdown by Anthee Carassava in Athens ....Buses and trains came to a halt, state offices were shut, hospitals operated on skeleton staff, and flights were grounded after Greece’s two biggest labour unions called 24-hour strikes in response to what they called a “coup-like move... to gag unbiased information”. Greek media maintained an indefinite news blackout while thousands of protesters rallied at ERT’s headquarters holding banners reading "Fire Samaras, not ERT workers!" Workers formed a human chain at the building's entrance, while inside defiant staff camped out, attempting to continue a makeshift news service via private satellite links and internet streaming. In a statement, staff called for an end to the violation of "fundamental democratic rights" and for a guarantee that police would not be ordered into the offices. .....
AUSTERITY UPDATE NORTH CAROLINA: Privatization Through Legislation. reports
North Carolina NAACP Protests: Latest "Moral Mondays" Rally Sees 150 Arrested Over 150 people were arrested on Monday during ongoing weekly protests by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) against the policies of North Carolina's Republican-controlled General Assembly. Grievances include cuts to public education, restrictions on women's access to reproductive health care, suppression of voter rights, restrictions on access to health insurance, lifting of the fracking moratorium, and restrictions on labor rights. An estimated 1,000 people turned out at the latest rally, the largest yet since protests began in mid-April. While there is much attention being paid to the ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey, and rightly so given their significance and the nature of the police and government response, it is also worth remembering that many people in America are also engaging in protests against their government. According to those involved, the demonstrations, referred to as "Moral Mondays," seek to highlight the increasingly conservative nature of the state legislature since Republicans took control of both chambers in 2010 for the first time in over 100 years. The demonstrations have been going on every Monday for over a month, and the NAACP has been joined by other groups including environmentalists, pro-abortion activists and public educators..... Chris Kardish of the Associated Press reports that since 2010, Republicans have "built veto-proof majorities and taken control of the governor's mansion while lawmakers have pushed a conservative agenda on social programs, criminal justice, taxes, education, voting rights and other areas." ...... BeforeItsNews adds North Carolina Republicans– Anti-Democracy Authoritarians At Work citing a item
    The General Assembly as a whole fares particularly badly, with just 23% job approval and 49% disapproval. 50% say they have an unfavorable opinion of Republicans in the North Carolina Legislature compared to 36% who hold a favorable opinion.
WHAT? Can you say ALEC? Daily KOS blogger MsSpentyouth writes N.C. civil disobedience: Nearly 100 arrested so far for protesting ALEC-ification of state featuring the "Third Koch Brother" Art Pope. .....Many of these bills are taken verbatim from the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) "model legislation" playbook. All of this is made possible now that our newly elected Republican governor, Pat McCrory, has named Art Pope the state's deputy budget director. Pope's long been known as an ALEC vizier; his bankroll seeded the campaigns of many of the lawmakers now working to implement ALEC plans in North Carolina. ...... According to the Raleigh News & Observer, here are just a few of the odious bills that survived crossover. Yes, this is an exhaustive list. In less than 12 weeks (from January lawmaker installation to bill submittal deadlines late in March and early in April), nearly 1,000 bills were submitted in the N.C. Senate and more than 1,000 in the N.C. House. Geez didn't the DNC have their big party in "right-to-work" N.C. in 2012?
Michael R. Blood reports at HuffPoAOL San Onofre Nuclear Plant Closing Leaves $500 Million Bill ...... A $670 million equipment swap in 2009 and 2010 went haywire, leaving Southern California Edison on Friday with two idle reactors, more than $500 million in bills and a federal decision on a possible restart nowhere in sight. The company decided to close it, permanently. The announcement triggered a celebration among environmentalists and other critics of the nuclear power industry who argued the plant was too damaged to operate safely. "There's a huge sense of relief for us," said Laguna Beach Councilwoman Toni Iseman, whose community is about 20 miles up the coast from San Onofre's twin domes. "We were just sitting with a time bomb just to the south of us." Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, said San Onofre's closing represents an opportunity for California to use more wind, solar and other clean energy. The group waged a long fight to block the restart. The U.S. nuclear industry, Pica said, "is on its final trajectory downward." ......... It will take months, and possibly years, to complete the closing of the reactors, which will involve removing all fuel from the reactor cores. And still unresolved: who pays for all the trouble, customers or shareholders. Boxer, who heads the Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a statement the plant "had a defective redesign and could no longer operate as intended. Modifications to the San Onofre nuclear plant were unsafe and posed a danger to the 8 million people living within 50 miles of the plant." The problems center on four new, much-heavier steam generators that were installed during in 2009 and 2010. Just a few years later, tests found some generator tubes so badly eroded that they could fail and possibly release radiation, a startling finding for nearly new equipment. ....... For some background on some other "problems" possibly caused by San Onofre read San Onofre Edison...West Coast Radiation Crisis - Part 1 by Yoichi Shimatsu, Exclusive to 4-23-13. Very scary! Also read Next at San Onofre: Defuel, dismantle which explains Billions of dollars have been set aside for the plant’s dismantling, a decades long process that will sustain hundreds of jobs at the plant site in northern San Diego County. Spent nuclear fuel will remain on the site indefinitely, as the U.S. government wrestles with where the nation’s radioactive waste can be safely stored for centuries to come. Remember the "Too cheap to meter" slogan? In a related matter The Toldeo Blade reports Calif. nuclear plant closing has local implications - Critics want regulators to revisit Davis-Besse’s plans. Recall that Davis-Besse has the EXACT SAME DESIGN as the reactors at the Dai Ichi ones in Fukushima that have the spent nuclear waste on the SECOND FLOOR! DOH!
Lisa Song at has this Map: Another Major Tar Sands Pipeline Seeking U.S. Permit While all eyes are on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, another Canadian company is quietly building a 5,000-mile network of new and expanded pipelines that would achieve the same goal as the Keystone. In fact, the project by Enbridge, Inc., Canada's largest transporter of crude oil, would bring even more Canadian oil into the U.S. than the much-debated Keystone project. Enbridge has already begun growing its existing pipeline infrastructure to increase the flow of Canadian and U.S.-produced oil into refineries and ports in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Northeastern Canada. The company's plans have largely escaped public scrutiny, in part because its expansion has proceeded in many segments and phases. The linchpin of Enbridge's Canadian oil transport system is its proposal to increase the capacity of Line 67 (often referred to as the Alberta Clipper pipeline) to bring an additional 430,000 barrels a day of oil into the United States. Line 67 runs from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisc. and currently ships up to 450,000 barrels of oil a day. Enbridge wants to expand the line’s capacity to 570,000 barrels a day, with the possibility of future growth to 880,000 barrels a day. That's larger than the Keystone XL's proposed daily capacity of 830,000 barrels. Because Line 67 crosses the U.S.-Canada border, it needs a presidential permit from the State Department before it can be expanded. That’s the same kind of permit TransCanada is seeking for the northern segment of Keystone XL. The Obama administration is expected to approve or deny the Keystone permit by the end of 2013. For Enbridge, the application process has just begun: the State Department is reviewing public comments on the scope of the environmental review. ...... Common Dreams staff writer Andrea Germanos explains further in Is Enbridge Building a Secret Keystone Pipeline? ..... The company's piecemeal approach—the expansion would include both new and existing pipelines—has allowed the project to move forward under the radar, Song reports. Like TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, Enbridge's project would need State Department approval because it crosses the U.S./Canada border. Al Monaco, Enbridge's CEO and president, laid out the company's expansion plans to shareholders at a meeting in Calgary last month. ....... A key part of this secretive pipeline push is the company's Alberta Clipper pipeline, Song reports. Enbridge describes the Alberta Clipper as a 1,000-mile crude oil pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Superior, Wisconsin, and, while its current capacity is 450,000 barrels per day, it has an "ultimate capacity of up to 800,000 barrels per day." This amount, Song points out, is "larger than the Keystone XL's proposed daily capacity of 830,000 barrels." Enbridge was dealt a blow on Friday when the government of British Columbia formally rejected its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The company is also still mired in its disastrous tar sands spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River three years ago, a spill, the National Transportation Safety Board reported, that happened after the company ignored warning signs for five years.
In a related matter DeSmogCanada reports Apache's 9.5 Million Litre Spill Covers 42 Hectares of "Internationally Important" Wetlands A week and a half after its discovery, Apache Corporation estimates that a toxic water leak from a pipeline has affected 42 hectares of land near Zama City in Northern Alberta. The spill released 9.5 million litres of what the company called “produced water” from its operations there, making it the tenth largest in the province since 1975. Neither Apache nor Alberta Environment have spoken officially on the exact chemical content of the water. However, the Dene Tha First Nation who has been trapping in the area since the 1950s report detection of “hydrocarbons, high levels of salt, sulphurous compounds, metals and naturally occurring radioactive materials, along with chemical solvents and additives used by the oil industry.” No estimates have been released regarding the duration of the leak, although locals say the evidence shows it could have be present for "months" before it was detected on June 1st. Chief James Ahnassay told The Globe and Mail“‘Every plant and tree died’ in the area touched by the spill.” The Dene Tha has provided the first photos of the affected area, which show wide swaths of brown evergreens and black swampy fields where once there was marshland. The area around Zama City is protected as a Wildland Provincial Park and is a critical habitat for migrating waterfowl and prized for its interlocking waterways, muskeg and wetlands noted for their biological diversity. ..... explains Court To Monsanto: You Said You Won’t Sue, So You Can’t A federal appeals court slapped down a quixotic legal campaign against Monsanto’s biotech patents this week. Organic farmers had gone to court to declare those patents invalid. The farmers, according to their lawyers, were “forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement” if their field became contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed. Instead, the judges — echoing the ruling of a lower court — told the farmers that they were imagining a threat that doesn’t exist. “There is no justiciable case or controversy,” they wrote. Monsanto says that it won’t sue anyone for accidentally growing trace amounts of patented crops, and the organic farmers couldn’t come up with any cases in which this had happened. The organic farmers, however, declared partial victory, because the court’s decision binds Monsanto to this promise. Up to now, it was just a statement on the company’s website. Now, it’s enshrined in the legal record. In fact, according to the judges, since the decision to reject the organic farmers’ claims relies explicitly on Monsanto’s policy statements, “those representations are binding.” The reason is something called “judicial estoppel” — the common-law principle that someone can’t use an argument to win one case and then turn around and argue the opposite in a different case. Original article by Dan Charles for NPR.
MORE STASI AMERIKA: Senator AL FRANKEN calls for more transparency! Haha! Here's Al's statement:
    "There's a balance to strike between protecting Americans' privacy and protecting our country's national security. I don't think we've struck that balance. I'm concerned about the lack of transparency of these programs. The American public can't be kept in the dark about the basic architecture of the programs designed to protect them. "We need to revisit how we address that balance. I agree with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) that the relevant significant FISA Court opinions should be made public to the degree possible, consistent with protecting national security."
Good luck with that Al! From the The Most Transparent Administration Ever™. Al used to be Funny-haha now he's just Funny-weird.
Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism explains how Edward Snowden Makes Himself an Even Bigger Problem to the Officialdom But putting the effectiveness of the strategy of the packaging of the story aside, the message in the video is even more disturbing than the program overviews released so far. If nothing else, listen to the section starting at 3:16 to 3:40, where he described the untrammeled access analysts have to information. Your information. And we’re already seeing serious fracturing on political lines. Some vocal members of the right are alarmed about the reach of the surveillance state. ....... As Chris Engel pointed out yesterday, a number of sites, particularly tech oriented sites, have tried attacking Greenwald’s work for inaccuracy. Ed Harrison has been keeping tabs on the reporting (see here and here) and describes it as falling into two camps, the first being techies who take issue with the use of terminology. This is similar to the sort of finance pedantry which was routine during and after the crisis. While getting the fine points right matters, too often the critics are simply trying to confine the discussion to experts, who also happen overwhelmingly to be pro status quo. The second is more obvious: journalists who are affiliated with the technology industry (and may not be experts but translate for them regularly) and will defend their meal tickets (the tech industry gets huge amounts of funding from the defense and intel communities). The other element that Ed highlighted by e-mail is that this shows the dangers of outsourcing government functions. Here are some sections of a blistering, 2007 Salon article by Tim Shorrock on Booz (hat tip Richard Smith): Go read all of that then see this new post by Tim Shorrock at Salon Meet the contractors analyzing your private data Private companies are getting rich probing your personal information for the government. Call it Digital Blackwater ...... Well, on Sunday we got part of the answer: Booz Allen Hamilton. In a stunning development in the NSA saga, Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald revealed that the source for his blockbuster stories on the NSA is Edward Snowden, “a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.” Snowden, it turns out, has been working at NSA for the last four years as a contract employee, including stints for Booz and the computer-services firm Dell. The revelation is not that surprising. With about 70 percent of our national intelligence budgets being spent on the private sector – a discovery I made in 2007 and first reported in Salon – contractors have become essential to the spying and surveillance operations of the NSA. From Narus, the Israeli-born Boeing subsidiary that makes NSA’s high-speed interception software, to CSC, the “systems integrator” that runs NSA’s internal IT system, defense and intelligence, contractors are making millions of dollars selling technology and services that help the world’s largest surveillance system spy on you. If the 70 percent figure is applied to the NSA’s estimated budget of $8 billion a year (the largest in the intelligence community), NSA contracting could reach as high as $6 billion every year. But it’s probably much more than that. ....... HUGE! Click over to Salon for the rest!
Sam Stein & Paul Blumenthal tell us at HuffPoAOL about NSA Surveillance: Telecom Companies Spend Millions Lobbying Congress To Protect Their Interests WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. government has ramped up its surveillance programs in the years since 9/11, telecommunications companies have spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress to ensure legislation is molded to their liking. From 2002 through 2012, officials and organizations associated with the three largest U.S. telecom companies -- Verizon, AT&T and Sprint -- spent a combined $52.7 million on campaign contributions, according to a review of records compiled by the open government group Center for Responsive Politics. Of that total, $29.3 million were donations to federal candidates from political action committees tied to the companies, a more direct form of political influence peddling. The federal lobbying expenditures by these three telecom giants were even more extensive. During that same 10-year period, Verizon filed 114 separate lobbying forms that listed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act-related legislation as a topic of interest. The total cost of those filings was more than $22 million. AT&T filed 171 such forms at a cost of more than $29.5 million, and Sprint filed 26 forms at a cost of $2,539,000. ...... The totality of the expenditures does show an industry eager to protect its interests in the increasingly expanding national security state. In exchange for participating in the National Security Agency's surveillance operations -- the extent of which was further exposed in news reports by The Guardian last week -- telecommunication companies have been granted retroactive legal immunity from civil lawsuits. At various points during the past decade, lawmakers have pushed to end that arrangement, and the telecom industry has shepherded resources to Washington to maintain it. "The immunity is fairly broadly written," said Alex Abdo, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. "It seemingly releases them from all liability from cooperating with the government in surveillance under the statute." There have been legal challenges, spearheaded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to put an end to that immunity. But they have been dismissed in higher courts, with judges giving deference to the laws passed by Congress. A spokesman for the EFF declined to comment for this article. ...... From 2003 to 2012, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), now the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, received $110,447 in donations from telecom companies. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the committee received $150,750. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, received $232,450 in donations, while Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the ranking member, received $110,650. Feinstein and Chambliss were some of the first lawmakers to publicly defend the NSA surveillance program after it was reported the agency was capturing call data from all Verizon phone customers, though the senators did not address the specific point of telecom immunity..... Remember a portion of your bill you pay to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint is used to lobby government representatives to pass laws favorable to THEM not YOU! Ever read the fine print in your contract? NO? Then read C|NET from 2012 Why you can't sue your wireless carrier in a class action - Millions of wireless subscribers probably don't realize that since a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year, consumers can no longer file class action suits against their carriers.
Over at ZeroHedge Tyler Durdan reports Thousands Of Firms Trade Confidential Data With The US Government In Exchange For Classified Intelligence The rabbit hole just got deeper. A whole lot deeper. On Sunday we predicated that "there's one reason why the administration, James Clapper and the NSA should just keep their mouths shut as the PRISM-gate fallout escalates: with every incremental attempt to refute some previously unknown facet of the US Big Brother state, a new piece of previously unleaked information from the same intelligence organization now scrambling for damage control, emerges and exposes the brand new narrative as yet another lie, forcing even more lies, more retribution against sources, more journalist persecution and so on."
And like a hole that just gets deeper the more you dug and exposes ever more dirt, tonight's installment revealing one more facet of the conversion of a once great republic into a great fascist, "big brother" state, comes from Bloomberg which reports that "thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said."
The companies extend far wider than the legacy telcos, such as Verizon, that launched the entire NSA-spying scandal a week ago: "Makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies and many other companies also participate in the government programs. In some cases, the information gathered may be used not just to defend the nation but to help infiltrate computers of its adversaries." ......... Remember how they say conspiracies are impossible because too many people know about them, and the information always eventually leaks? Well not if you contain it to a handful of people in any organization, and force them to sign a bloody NDA, pledging one's first born in the case of secrecy breach.
An example of a company that is happy to "communicate" with tht the government is Intel's McAfee internet security unit, which in addition to everything is one giant backdoor entrance for the government. If need be of course:
    Intel Corp. (INTC)’s McAfee unit, which makes Internet security software, regularly cooperates with the NSA, FBI and the CIA, for example, and is a valuable partner because of its broad view of malicious Internet traffic, including espionage operations by foreign powers, according to one of the four people, who is familiar with the arrangement. Such a relationship would start with an approach to McAfee’s chief executive, who would then clear specific individuals to work with investigators or provide the requested data, the person said. The public would be surprised at how much help the government seeks, the person said. McAfee firewalls collect information on hackers who use legitimate servers to do their work, and the company data can be used to pinpoint where attacks begin. The company also has knowledge of the architecture of information networks worldwide, which may be useful to spy agencies who tap into them, the person said.
....... Going back to Obama's promise on live TV that nobody was listening in to any conversations, one wonders: why did the major telecom companies "ask for guarantees that they wouldn’t be held liable under U.S. wiretap laws." Because if the companies demanded a waiver, they obviously were wiretapping, i.e., eavesdropping, and doing so on US citizens, or those protected by US laws. And that's why Obama should have just kept his mouth shut, instead of having to explain what he meant and that he never said what he said. ......
NEXT Laurie Penny asks What do Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and the Steubenville hacker have in common? Expose injustice and pay the price. .......... I've been trying for a while now to convince the geek activists and hackers in my life that the fight for the principles of free speech, the fight against surveillance and the fight for a society where whistleblowers are protected, is a feminist fight. Steuvenville isn't the only case where the internet has pursued justice for rape victims where the state was unwilling to do so. There is a growing awareness that commitment to openness and transparency as organising principles necessarily involves a commitment to a new kind of sexual politics. Patriarchy doesn't like it when you tell its secrets, and neither does the government. Secrecy is only supposed to work for the strong against the weak. Right now Edward Snowden, the former CIA technical operative who leaked data exposing the extent of Anglo-American state internet surveillance to the world, is in hiding in Hong Kong. ........... Edward Snowden. Bradley Manning. Deric Lostutter. These young people are on the frontlines of a different war, a war of the old world of violence enforced by secrecy against the new logic of information transparency. It is generational, and it is gendered, and it's about values. The MO of national security, in a world where both the nation state and the notion of security are tenuous ideals, holds that any state should be able to access any information about any person at any time, but not vice versa. You can't ever turn off the internet, nor prevent people having access to it, so ordinary people must learn to fear cracking or publish the private data of state and corporate institutions. We must learn to be silent, to keep secrets, or pay for doing not doing so with our freedom, and possibly with our lives. Right now, a few brave souls are refusing to learn that lesson. The risks they are taking today will affect how states operate in the future, wherever we live; they will decide whether an information-rich society frees people to have more control over our lives or simply allows governments more control over people. What these hackers are writing isn't just history - it's the base code of future human relations, on the most intimate level. And it’s not just even about the state.... See Laurie Penny in the Max Keiser section below for more.
Scott Creighton has a different take Manufactured Hero Edward Snowden: Been Staying at Hong Kong’s Mira Hotel (pics) ......For those of you who don’t know, FACEBOOK isn’t just a company that agreed to help out the NSA under their Prism operation, it was created by the NSA and handed over to a couple of guys who played their part and cashed the checks. There have been very few major innovations in the tech world that didn’t come out of military and intelligence R&D over the past few decades, FACEBOOK is certainly no exception. Edward Snowden is quickly becoming the FACEBOOK HERO of the year. Previous honorees were the likes of Malala (Global privatized education systems for the Middle East) and STOP KONY 2012 (recolonization of the whole of Africa for the benefit of 45 major corporations including Monsanto. I received an email from World Can’t Wait. Apparently they are running their own Edward The Great campaign. Debra Sweet wrote a long email talking about this guy like he was the reincarnation of Howard Zinn and Martin Luther King Jr. all rolled into one. She proudly announces the Stand With Edward Snowden campaign and accusingly asks: “What are you willing to risk for real change?”
What am I willing to risk? I’ve been doing this for 7 years under my own name. When the various and sundry exploits of the NSA and the CIA and the lies of the Pentagon to go to war came out, when they FIRST came out, I was here writing about all of them, under my real name. False flags, staged color revolutions, fake congressional actions which only support the neoliberalizing of America. Even the marketing of the CHANGE candidate, the fake liberal who was nothing more than “George W. Obama” as he was recently called. I was there from the start to the finish and I’ve lost jobs, friends, family members turned their backs on me… all for what? To tell the truth to people about the growing police state and the neoliberalizing of America and the world. While I was doing that over the past 6 years, Edward Snowden was helping create the lies, helping to sweep up anything and everything all of you said wrote bought and did… and he was getting paid $200,000 a year to do it while I have had potential employers ask me about American Everyman before telling me I not the right “fit” for the job. What the fuck am I willing to “risk”? What haven’t I risked? What did Aaron Swartz risk? There was a real activist and look at what it got him. Where’s the calls to Stand With Aaron?
Anyway, that said, the FACEBOOK page for the new Snowden (snowjob?) Movement is up and running called “I Stand with Edward Snowden” (created by Yoni Jakob Brombacher Miller ) so I thought I would share some of the marketing campaign’s choicer quotes (one guy seems to have the right idea though he’s not getting many “likes” on the page “We should be more concerned about organizing around the issue instead of trying to create a hero...

Common Dreams staff writer Jacob Chamberlain reports the ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA 'Dragnet' Surveillance Revealed in Historic Leaks Following this past week's groundbreaking NSA leaks, the ACLU has now filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the agency's vast phone spying practices—a move that could pose an eventual Supreme Court challenge to the NSA's now exposed "dragnet" surveillance network. (ACLU) As a Verizon customer, the ACLU—who is known as an active critic and opponent of U.S. government secrecy and overreach—was targeted by the NSA, and has thus had their ability to "engage in legitimate communications with clients, journalists, advocacy partners, and others," undermined, the ACLU argues.
The ACLU says the unprecedented 'metadata' now known to be collected by the NSA, "gives the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations," adding that it “is likely to have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and others who would otherwise contact” the ACLU. ACLU's Brett Kaufman writes Tuesday:
    As an organization that advocates for and litigates to defend the civil liberties of society's most vulnerable, the staff at the ACLU naturally use the phone—a lot—to talk about sensitive and confidential topics with clients, legislators, whistleblowers, and ACLU members. And since the ACLU is a VBNS customer, we were immediately confronted with the harmful impact that such broad surveillance would have on our legal and advocacy work. So we're acting quickly to get into court to challenge the government's abuse of [the Patriot Act's] Section 215.
The lawsuit maintains that given recent revelations, the NSA has violated the First Amendment rights of free speech and association as well as the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment, and that the NSA has surpassed even the vast authority awarded to them by Congress through the Patriot Act. "This dragnet program is surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens," said Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director. "It is the equivalent of requiring every American to file a daily report with the government of every location they visited, every person they talked to on the phone, the time of each call, and the length of every conversation." "The program," Jaffer adds, "goes far beyond even the permissive limits set by the Patriot Act and represents a gross infringement of the freedom of association and the right to privacy." ........

BIG BROTHER UPDATE: Washington's Blog asks Is This the REAL Reason for the Government Spying On Americans? Are Emergency Plans Meant Only for Nuclear War the Real Justification for Spying?
To understand the scope and extent of government spying on all Americans – and the reasons for such spying – you have to understand what has happened to our Constitutional form of government since 9/11.
State of Emergency - The United States has been in a declared state of emergency from September 2001, to the present. Specifically, on September 11, 2001, the government declared a state of emergency. That declared state of emergency was formally put in writing on 9/14/2001:
    A national emergency exists by reason of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New York, New York, and the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I hereby declare that the national emergency has existed since September 11, 2001 . . .
That declared state of emergency has continued in full force and effect from 9/11 to the present. President Bush kept it in place, and President Obama has also. ....... The Washington Times wrote on September 18, 2001:
    Simply by proclaiming a national emergency on Friday, President Bush activated some 500 dormant legal provisions, including those allowing him to impose censorship and martial law.
The White House has kept substantial information concerning its presidential proclamations and directives hidden from Congress. For example, according to Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy:
    Of the 54 National Security Presidential Directives issued by the [George W.] Bush Administration to date, the titles of only about half have been publicly identified. There is descriptive material or actual text in the public domain for only about a third. In other words, there are dozens of undisclosed Presidential directives that define U.S. national security policy and task government agencies, but whose substance is unknown either to the public or, as a rule, to Congress.
Continuity of Government - Continuity of Government (“COG”) measures were implemented on 9/11. .....
Read the rest of this very long detailed item to find out what COG means to the U.S. form of democracy. When you're finished with that also read Government Spying on Americans … and then Giving Info to Giant Corporations

Don't think of them as D or R but gradients of the same fascist party.

HERE'S AN IDEA: How about if we STOP the PRIVATIZATION of NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE-for-PROFIT? That's right. Billions of unaccounted-for Taxpayer Dollars are PAYING for PRIVATE COMPANIES to gather ALL your communication. PRIVATIZATION OF INTELLIGENCE FUNCTIONS: On Thursday Amy Goodman interviewed Chris Pyle, a former military instructor who exposed the CIA and Army’s monitoring of millions of Americans in the 1970s Chris Pyle, Whistleblower on Domestic Spying in 70s, Says Be Wary of Attacks on NSA’s Critics. Pyle said this:
    Well, what we’ve seen in the ensuing years has been a vast explosion in intelligence-gathering capabilities. But the most significant part of that is the fact that civilian corporations are now doing the government’s work. Seventy percent of the intelligence budget of the United States today goes to private contractors like Booz Allen, which employed Edward Snowden. This is a major change in the power of surveillance. It now goes not only to the government, but to private corporations. ....... The forerunner of the PRISM system that Snowden disclosed was called Trailblazer. It wasted $1 billion on private contracts. It replaced a much less expensive system called ThinThread, which had more privacy protections and had been developed inside the government. Now, the reason that private contractors get this business is because members of Congress intercede with them with government agencies. And we now have a situation where members of the Intelligence Committee and other committees of Congress intercede with the bureaucracy to get sweetheart contracts for companies that waste taxpayers’ money and also violate the Constitution and the privacy of citizens. This is a very serious situation, because it means that it’s much more difficult to get effective oversight from Congress. ....... Well, it’s true. NSA doesn’t want to hire people like you and me. We don’t know enough about the Internet. That said, it’s important to note that the vice chairman of Booz Allen happens to be Mike McConnell, who was former director of NSA and of national intelligence. There is a revolving door between high government positions and private corporations, and this revolving door allows these people to make a great deal more money upon leaving the government, and then being rented back to the government in a contractor capacity. And that’s part of the corruption of the system. ....... Well, yes. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures, only binds the government, doesn’t bind corporations. That’s a serious problem. The reason we have privatization of prisons, in some ways, is for governments to escape liability. They put the liability on the private corporations that run the prisons, and they just charge their liabilities as an operating cost. .......... They must expel dissenters and discredit dissenters, because dissenters force them to reconsider what it is they’re doing, and no bureaucracy wants anybody to interrupt what they’re doing. And so, this is the natural, organic response of any bureaucracy or any establishment.
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YER TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: LEE FANG posts at The Nation How Spy Agency Contrators Have Already Abused Their Power .......... Could the sprawling surveillance state enable government or its legion of private contractors to abuse their technology and spy upon domestic political targets or judges? This is not a far off possibility. Two years ago, a batch of stolen e-mails revealed a plot by a set of three defense contractors (Palantir Technologies, Berico Technologies and HBGary Federal) to target activists, reporters, labor unions and political organizations. The plans— one concocted in concert with lawyers for the US Chamber of Commerce to sabotage left-leaning critics, like the Center for American Progress and the SEIU, and a separate proposal to “combat” WikiLeaks and its supporters, including Glenn Greenwald, on behalf of Bank of America— fell apart after reports of their existence were published online. But the episode serves as a reminder that the expanding spy industry could use its government-backed cybertools to harm ordinary Americans and political dissident groups.The episode also shows that Greenwald, who helped Snowden expose massive spying efforts in the United States, had been targetted by spy agency contractors in the past for supporting whistleblowers and WikiLeaks. ............ Take Action: Help End the 'Secret Law' Behind Government Surveillance For those that don't recall the Anonymous/HBGary digital activism see
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From the EconomicCollapseBlog 27 Edward Snowden Quotes About U.S. Government Spying That Should Send A Chill Up Your Spine Thanks to Snowden, we now know that the U.S. government has been spying on us to a degree that most people would have never even dared to imagine. Up until now, the general public has known very little about the U.S. government spy grid that knows almost everything about us. But making this information public is going to cost Edward Snowden everything. Essentially, his previous life is now totally over. And if the U.S. government gets their hands on him, he will be very fortunate if he only has to spend the next several decades rotting in some horrible prison somewhere. There is a reason why government whistleblowers are so rare. And most Americans are so apathetic that they wouldn't even give up watching their favorite television show for a single evening to do something good for society. Most Americans never even try to make a difference because they do not believe that it will benefit them personally. Meanwhile, our society continues to fall apart all around us. Hopefully the great sacrifice that Edward Snowden has made will not be in vain. Hopefully people will carefully consider what he has tried to share with the world. The following are 27 quotes from Edward Snowden about U.S. government spying that should send a chill up your spine... ......... And if the U.S. government has anything to say about it, Snowden is most definitely going to pay for what he has done. In fact, according to the Daily Beast, a directorate known as "the Q Group" is already hunting Snowden down...
    The people who began chasing Snowden work for the Associate Directorate for Security and Counterintelligence, according to former U.S. intelligence officers who spoke on condition of anonymity. The directorate, sometimes known as “the Q Group,” is continuing to track Snowden now that he’s outed himself as The Guardian’s source, according to the intelligence officers.
If Snowden is not already under the protection of some foreign government (such as China), it will just be a matter of time before U.S. government agents get him. And how will they treat him once they find him? Well, one reporter overheard a group of U.S. intelligence officials talking about how Edward Snowden should be "disappeared". The following is from a Daily Mail article that was posted on Monday...
    A group of intelligence officials were overheard yesterday discussing how the National Security Agency worker who leaked sensitive documents to a reporter last week should be 'disappeared.' Foreign policy analyst and editor at large of The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, tweeted about the 'disturbing' conversation after listening in to four men who were sitting near him as he waited for a flight at Washington's Dulles airport. 'In Dulles UAL lounge listening to 4 US intel officials saying loudly leaker & reporter on #NSA stuff should be disappeared recorded a bit,' he tweeted at 8:42 a.m. on Saturday. According to Clemons, the men had been attending an event hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
As an American, I am deeply disturbed that the U.S. government is embarrassing itself in front of the rest of the world like this. .....
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    Lawmakers concerned about the health effects on humans from mountaintop removal coal mining set forth legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives today. Representatives Dennis Kucinich (OH), Louise Slaughter (NY), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), John Yarmuth (KY), Lynn Woolsey (CA), Judy Chu (CA), Raúl Grijalva (AZ), James Moran (VA), Michael Honda (CA), John Conyers (MI), and Keith Ellison (MN) introduced the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act H.R. 5959 which would place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACHE coalition presently consists of participants from Coal River Mountain Watch, Mountain Health and Heritage Association, and Christians for the Mountains. “We encourage you, if you’re concerned about mountaintop removal’s effect on your community’s health, to join us in making your voice heard,” said Allen Johnson, executive director of Christians for the Mountains. “Please contact us, learn about the issue, and take action to protect your community.” a project of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity. Featuring Overview: The Cleveland Model—How the Evergreen Cooperatives are Building Community Wealth Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative—the host of—in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Shorebank Enterprise Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, and the city's major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted by the nation's decaying economy. Increasingly, this model is being referred to nationally as The Cleveland Model. Initial planning is now underway to assist other cities in Ohio and nationwide to replicate and adapt this innovative approach to economic development, green job creation, and neighborhood stabilization. Find more many resources at!

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    »» State legislatures are becoming more and more polarized from their electorate, and attorneys Joe Cotchett and Dave TeSelle will tell us how Republicans have been able to gerrymander themselves into power.
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    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Private Contractors Sifting Through Your Personal Data (VIDEO) Sixty percent of the American public thinks that it is fine that the NSA spies on them. But that’s because they don’t know the whole story about how corporations are abusing their power to sift through their personal data. Ring of Fire host Mike Papantonio discusses how these data mining companies are abusing their power with investigative journalist Lee Fang.
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