Freitag, 14. Juni 2013

The NSA scandal violates the lessons of our history and our constitution

by Andrew P. Napolitano


The government says we should trust it. Who in his right mind would do so after this? President Obama says the feds have your phone records but are not listening to your calls and will not read your emails. Who would believe him? James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, testified that the feds were not gathering vast data on Americans. Who would trust him? The NSA says that Congress knew about all this, but its members were prohibited from telling the American people. What kind of a democracy is that?

Sorry, Mr. Obama, the Constitution is not negotiable

Fox News Forum
by US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)


In the United States, we are supposed to have a government that is limited with its parameters established by our Constitution. This notion that the federal government can monitor everyone s phone data is a major departure from how Americans have traditionally viewed the role of government. If this is acceptable practice, as the White House and many in both parties now say it is, then there are literally no constitutional protections that can be guaranteed anymore to citizens...

Covering up indiscriminate killing

Come Home America
by Darryl W. Perry


All in all, Manning s crime is that he is a whistle-blower of government war-crimes. Knowing that war-crimes have been committed, and that members of the military were killing civilians, at times doing so intentionally, it should come as no surprise that the CIA did not always know who it was targeting and killing in drone strikes.

Drones for Jesus

by David Swanson


Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell. Its publications carry the slogan 'Training Champions for Christ since 1971.' Some of those champions are now being trained to pilot armed drones, and others to pilot more traditional aircraft, in U.S. wars. For Christ...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Security Wars: Inside the Military s Big, Messy Fight With Palantir, the Company They Pay to Spy on You Online

Stephen Benavides, Truthout: With a single private corporation having access to top secret classified information on everything from military troop movements and terrorist watch lists to everyday movements and communications of common individuals, at what point does it stop? Or is this just the beginning?


NSA: No Such Agency

Snowden, Spies, and Network

Stop PRISM Surveillance

Orwell Revisited: Privacy in the Age of Surveillance


James Clapper Must Go

By David Sirota

His attempts to mislead the nation, and absurd claims afterward, should get him fired and prosecuted.

Edward Snowden s Worst Fear Has Not Been Realised, Thankfully

Glenn Greenwald

Edward Snowden told me he had only one fear. It was that the disclosures he was making, would fail to trigger a worldwide debate because the public had already been taught to accept that they have no right to privacy in the digital age.

My Creeping Concern That The NSA Leaker Is Not What He Purports To Be...

By Naomi Wolf

Consider that in Eastern Germany, for instance, it was the fear of a machine of surveillance that people believed watched them at all times, rather than the machine itself, that drove compliance and passivity.

Americans' Confidence in Congress Falls to Lowest on Record

Congress ranks last on list of 16 institutions; military earns top spot again.

Judge Napolitano: We Live In Dangerous Times, Losing Liberty A Slippery Slope


Ron Paul: NSA ''Fudged the Figures'' on Terror Plots


Ron Paul says he s not buying the NSA s claim that its surveillance program foiled 50 terror plots.

Irish Parliamentarians Spar Over 'War Criminal' Obama s Summit Visit

By Julian Pecquet

An outspoken liberal lawmaker on Wednesday denounced the U.S. president as a ''war criminal'' for his drone use and his decision to arm the Syrian rebels.

Rand Paul: DNI James Clapper lied, Edward Snowden told the truth -


''I do think that when history looks at this, they are going to contrast the behavior James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden,'' ''Mr. Clapper lied in Congress, in defiance of the law, in the name of security. Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy. So I think there will be a judgment, because both of them broke of the law.''

Intelligence Director James Clapper Should Resign for 'Lying to Congress,' say Lawmakers

By Adi Robertson

''[Clapper] was here in March and unambiguously lied to Congress,'' Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY).

From Information Clearing House


Élites, not Snowden, have betrayed America

How James Clapper will get away with perjury


When Drones Guard the Pipeline: Militarizing Fossil Fuels in the East

CIA s Plan to Crush Leaks Gets Leaked

Global Backlash After Leaks Reveal Hypocrisy of US Spying

Chemiewaffenpropaganda: Obama überschreitet rote Linie

14. Juni 2013

''Die USA tun es wieder. 2003 wurde der Irak-Krieg mit einer Biowaffenlüge begonnen. Jetzt konstruiert Obama sich seinen Kriegsgrund für Syrien. Die Beweislage ist ganz, ganz dünn. Vor allem gibt es keinen Beweis dafür, dass ein möglicher Einsatz von Chemiewaffen von Assads Seite durchgeführt wurde'', kommentiert Jan van Aken, stellvertretender Vorsitzender der LINKEN und außenpolitischer Sprecher der Linksfraktion im Bundestag die jüngsten Aussagen der US-Regierung, dass Assad Chemiewaffen in Syrien eingesetzt habe.

Van Aken weiter: ''Selbst wenn tatsächlich Giftgas in Syrien eingesetzt wurde, bleibt völlig offen, wer es eingesetzt hat. Die Behauptung, nur Assad kontrolliere diese Waffen, ist sehr weit hergeholt. Seit der Warnung Obamas von der ''roten Linie'' müssen wir doch damit rechnen, dass Rebellen alles daran setzen, einen Chemiewaffenangriff vorzutäuschen oder gar selbst auszulösen, um damit einen Kriegseintritt der USA zu provozieren. Deshalb ist es richtig, dass die Syrien-Kommission der UNO immer darauf hinweist, dass es nicht möglich sei, die Täter festzustellen. Es spricht einiges dagegen, dass die Chemiewaffen, so sie denn tatsächlich zum Einsatz gekommen sind, von Assads Regierungstruppen eingesetzt wurden. Militärisch macht der Einsatz von kleinsten Mengen Giftgas punktuell an einem Ort überhaupt gar keinen Sinn. Einzelne Giftgranaten bringen taktisch in einem Gefecht kaum messbare Vorteile, während sie strategisch mit dem großen Risiko behaftet ist, dass die USA militärisch angreifen. Ein Einsatz einzelner Chemiegranaten durch die Assad-Truppen wäre deshalb im höchsten Maße irrational.''


Nicht ohne den Iran

Syrien: No-Fly-Zone, Panzerfäuste und Fragen nach dem Ziel einer militärischen Intervention.

Amerikanisch-Arabisches Déjà-vu?

Es spricht einiges dagegen, dass das syrische Regime Chemiewaffen eingesetzt hat.


The Secret War

By James Bamford

The military has for years been developing offensive capabilities, giving it the power not just to defend the US but to assail its foes.

As Rebels Defeated US Plays WMD Card

US to Give Military Support to Syrian Rebels as 'Red Line' Crossed


After concluding that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the country's insurgency, thus crossing a 'red line,' the Obama administration has decided to start sending arms to anti-Assad rebels.

Lest We Forget: The Art of Lying


''Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me''.

Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?

By Shamus Cooke

The peace talks are dead because the U.S.-backed rebels are boycotting the negotiations, ruining any hope for peace, while threatening to turn an already-tragic disaster into a Yugoslavia-style catastrophe...or worse.

Obama to step up military support of Syrian rebels

''This is going to be different in both scope and scale in terms of what we are providing,'' said Ben Rhodes, Obama s deputy national security adviser.

From Information Clearing House

Tyranny Is Bipartisan

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: ''First they came for the whistleblowers, but I was not a whistleblower, so I did not speak up...''

Chris Pyle, Whistleblower on Domestic Spying in '70s, Says Be Wary of Attacks on NSA s Critics

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: Now teaching constitutional law and civil liberties at Mount Holyoke College, 1970s whistleblower Chris Pyle says the NSA is known for attacking its critics instead of addressing the problems they expose.

Understanding Leaks Is Understanding the Rise of a New Fascism

John Pilger, Truthout: The power of truth-tellers like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema, the corporate academy and the corporate media.


Chris Pyle, Whistleblower on Domestic Spying in 70s, Says Be Wary of Attacks on NSA s Critics

Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

Edward Snowden: The Asymmetry of Courage

Edward Snowden and the Real Issues


Obama Administration Officials, Guilty of Perjury, Defend Spy Program

By Thomas Gaist

Obama ''certainly believes that Clapper has been straight and direct in the answers that he s given'' claimed Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday.

Put the NSA on Trial

By David Sirota

Perjury before Congress is considered a serious crime.

Clarity from Edward Snowden and Murky Response from Progressive Leaders in Congress

By Norman Solomon

The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, labels his brave whistleblowing ''an act of treason.'' What about the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus?

How the Government Deceived Congress in the Debate over Surveillance Powers

It s clear Congress has been deceived and DNI Clapper and the Administration should come clean on how, when, and why they scoop up the phone and Internet records of millions of Americans.

Biden in 2006 Debates Obama in 2013 over NSA Spying Program


Watch then-Senator Joe Biden from 2006 as he directly refutes each point made by his boss, President Obama, about the NSA surveillance program at his news conference last week.

Control and Dominance: Understanding the Latest Leaks Is Understanding the Rise of a New Fascism

By John Pilger

Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world, from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia, the genie has risen at home.

Feinstein Promotes Bill to Strengthen NSA s Hand on Warrantless Searches

By Spencer Ackerman

A Senate bill promoted as a surveillance reform would codify the ability of the National Security Agency to search its troves of foreign phone and email communications for Americans' information, and permit law enforcement agencies to search the vast databases as well.

From Information Clearing House


The NSA and the infrastructure of the Surveillance State

by Eric Draitser

[T]he political landscape in the United States has so thoroughly devolved that elected officials are more concerned about stopping the whistleblowers and leakers, than about addressing America s continued descent into a fascist police state. Despite all of this, Americans continue to be told that this is the 'sweet land of liberty.' We may be able to buy Nike sneakers and flat screen TVs, but that s not liberty. We may be able to tweet with our iPhones and download our favorite movies, but that s not liberty either. Rather, as George Orwell famously wrote, 'If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear'''...

1984 and the surveillance state

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sarah Skwire


In the kind of horrifying coincidence that surely would have prompted one of his more acerbic essays, the news that various U.S. government surveillance agencies have been gathering data from millions of citizens? phones, email accounts, and web searches broke during the week of the 64th publication anniversary of George Orwell s 1984. As the news reports poured in, and as sales of 1984 surged by an astonishing 6,884 percent, a friend asked me whether the PRISM story strikes me as more Orwellian or more Kafkaesque...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Tyranny for Profit

Outsourced Intelligence: How the FBI and CIA Use Private Contractors to Monitor Social Media

Stephen Benavides, Truthout: Right now, companies like Palantir Technologies Inc, Booze Allen Hamilton and i2 are mining your Facebook and Twitter data to discern whether you are a terrorist, have ties to terrorists or maybe just have the potential to someday become one.


Investigate Booz Allen Hamilton, Not Edward Snowden


How Booz Allen Made the Revolving Door Redundant

By Pratap Chatterjee

Edward Snowden, unexpectedly exposed a powerful and seamless segment of the military-industrial complex, the world of contractors that consumes some 70 percent of this country s 52-billion-dollar intelligence budget.

The Terror Con

By Robert Scheer

Just when the good times for war profiteers seemed to be forever in the past, there came 9/11 and the terrorist enemy, the gift that keeps on giving.

Edward Snowden Says He Sought Booz Allen Hamilton Job To Gather NSA Surveillance Evidence

''My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,'' he said. ''That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.''

I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately

By Brandon Toy

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

FBI admits to flying drones over US without warrants

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it has used drones for domestic surveillance purposes in the United States at least ten times without obtaining warrants.

US approves drones for civilian use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued certificates for two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. The move is expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operation later this summer.

From Information Clearing House


Booz Allen dangerous mercenary near heart of US government

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