So as of last Sunday the US State Dept. closed down 19 foreign embassies and facilities in North Africa and the Middle East due to an ongoing “terror alert” begun last Friday based on what Thomas Gaist in "US officials cite deadly drone strike in Yemen to defend NSA spying operations" reports US officials call a "need to exercise caution.” Gaist declares this a “euphemistic way of saying the government does not have credible, specific evidence to offer to the public.” Read more about Real Global Terror Alert or NSA-Justifying Scare Tactic?
I just read an article called “US Drug Enforcement Agency conceals use of information from NSA mass surveillance programs” by Niles Williamson.
It made me SCREAMING MAD!!!!
Yes, there are lots of things on the assembly line of "FRESH HELLS ‘R’ US" AMERICA, but wait until you get a load of this one! Read more about Naughty US Drug Enforcement's NSA Use: PARALLEL CONSTRUCTION
According to Ryan Gorman of the Daily Mail, on August 2nd an attempt was made to edit the Edward Snowden Wikipedia page to replace the word “dissident” with the word ”traitor." The edit was rejected by a moderator of Wikipedia.
The IP address of the attempting editor had a US Senate registration.
Staffer, intern or senator one wonders.
Wikipediocracy watchdogs Wikipedia and noticed the adjustment first. Read more about Senate IP Edit ‘Dissident’ to ‘Traitor’ on Snowden Wikipedia
A commenter at DailyKos on my previous post on drawing the line in identifying whistle blowers said, among other things:
What I really find interesting is that Greenwald isn't even allegeding any wrong doing or illegal activity, just that the NSA 'has the capability' well no shit sherlock the government could do lots of things that doesn't mean it does or will.
Here's a memorable piece of video on Xkeyscore, featuring Piers Morgan, Glenn Greenwald, James Risen, and Jeffrey Toobin.
Risen and Greenwald get set up by Morgan pretty well to make Toobin look clueless, and silly, in his insistence that Snowden's done a very valuable thing for American democracy, but nevertheless must pay the price for releasing classified material. This is a village meme running around Washington, New York, and evidently, London, these days. Read more about Where Do You Draw the Line?
Re the NSA scandal, Obama postures that he wants to open a CRIMINAL investigation of what amounts to an information leakage on his own CRIMINALITY in defying our first, fourth and fifth amendment rights. His along with the other two branches of our government.
Fascistic enough for you? It is for me.
Norman Solomon in “Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment”: Read more about STOP NSA! Authoritarianism Ending Individualism!
And by terrorists we mean environmentalists and protesters.
We are sliding towards fascism. For real. Read more about Proto death squads
You can run from the truth
You can hide from the truth
You can deny the truth
But you cannot destroy the truth
Robert J. Burrowes
According to Robert J. Burrowes in “Why Violence?” “no-Self” people run from, hide from, deny the truth. “Self” people recognize it and communicate it!
Edward Snowden! Self or no-Self?
Bradley Manning! Self or no-Self?
Gitmo Hunger Strikers! Selves or no-Selves? Read more about Invisible Violence to Kids = no-Self Adulthoods & Violence
I recently came across an interesting article with some bold theorizing by Robert J. Burrowes entitled “The Destruction of Obama.” Burrowes uses Obama’s autobiography “Dreams From My Father” to analyze probable childhood conditioning for what he determines is Obama’s lack of psychological integration today.
I have not read the book, but I found many of Burrowes’ psychological conclusions compelling.
Burrowes sees Obama as having serious and endangering “issues” and lists a few principle ones: Read more about The Tragic & Dangerous Arrested Development of Barack Obama
1) Political asylum is an internationally recognized right. Snowden’s motives for releasing the surveillance info were in the public interest --and not just the American public’s. It was not for private and self-aggrandizing gains. Snowden discovered a massive government conspiracy to violate the Fourth Amendment with “unreasonable searches and seizures.” It was his legal and moral duty to disclose it. Snowden’s fear of persecution is well-founded. He could face torture, incarceration without trial, or death (already may be on the "kill list") under the M.O. Read more about 10 Serious Considerations/Revelations (snip-less) re Snowden Scenario
Gary Leupp in “Here’s What People Think About You, When You Dis Edward Snowden”:
[followup to open letter to Melissa Harris-Perry] Your colleague Rachel Maddow (who often disappoints me too) did a nice segment last night on the harassment of Bolivian president Evo Morales as he tried, aboard his presidential plane, to return home to La Paz from Moscow.
Obama in Germany
Paul Craig Roberts in “Hypocrisy At The Brandenburg Gate - Stasi in the White House”
Obama’s speech will go down in history as the most hypocritical of all time. Little wonder that the audience was there by invitation only. A real audience would have hooted Obama out of Berlin.
The Observer’s ten-year US correspondent Paul Harris recently wrote a thoughtful article entitled “From hope to fear: the broken promises of Barack Obama.” Here is his summation: Read more about Paul Harris: Portrait of Our President
Edward Snowden is risking his welfare in order to expose illegitimate surveillance of millions of Americans and foreign peoples who are innocent of any wrongdoing.
Edward Snowden has revealed the betrayal and incompetence of our Congress and judicial system, both unable to watch-dog and prevent such anti-4th amendment over-reach of the executive branch’s intelligence and security operations. Read more about 10 Thoughts Re Unlawful Mass Surveillance (w/out snips)
Johnathan Easley in “Ron Paul Warns US Government May Assassinate NSA Leaker Snowden” quotes the former Republican Representative from Texas:
“I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile ... I mean, we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights, and that they can be killed, but the gentleman is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on.”