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10 Serious Considerations/Revelations (snip-less) re Snowden Scenario

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 below the fold...

Libby’s Stew-Re: Snowden & 'Casual Abduction of Bolivian Prez'

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.

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Libby’s Stew: Obama in Germany, Ireland, and Stasi America

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.

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Paul Harris: Portrait of Our President

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 below the fold...

10 Thoughts Re Unlawful Mass Surveillance (w/out snips)

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 below the fold...

Snowden: To be Droned Disappeared DeathSentenced Imprisoned?

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.”







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Who Are We and Why Don't We Have Any Sense of Proportion About Terrorism?

About the recent continuing revelations on the scope of domestic spying, the drone attacks, and the many violations of civil rights and liberties we've seen since 9/11; we need to ask: “why don't we have any sense of proportion about terrorism?” OK, 9/11 was terrible. We lost more than 3,000 people. Read below the fold...

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Koch brothers financial coup d'etat

Watching the unfolding emergency management tragedy in Michigan, I realized what anti-tax extremism was about. It is much worse than your normal conservative I don't want to pay taxes. By destroying the tax base, the Koch brothers can engineer financial collapse, race in and scoop up all the assets for cheap. It is the blitzkrieg of disaster capitalism. Read below the fold...

Libby's Stew: Holy Sh*t Surveillance!

Joseph Kishore in “Obama administration collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans”

The Obama administration is engaged in a secret and illegal dragnet to accumulate detailed phone records of tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of US residents in a program organized by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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Obama Arrogant Defense of PRISM and Tirade Against Press

Departments: 

Condemns "media hype." These are just "modest encroachments on privacy." "Nobody listens to your phone calls." You can't have "100% privacy." One has to make "reasonable" conmpromises. Plus, everybody in Congress has known and approved and we have implemented safeguards. The program is run by "professionals." And ominously: "I don't take kindly to leaks." [paraphrased, but only minimally.]
http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-nsa-prism-spy-programs-phone-tap-ve... Read below the fold...

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The news media, cable companies, and the NSA

Many news companies are also cable providers. The Washington Post, Cox Newspapers, TimeWarner, and other news corporations also own cable systems. It is very likely that they are providing, or more properly selling their customers' information to the NSA. Comcast is part owner of NBC, which explains why NBC is not covering this aggressively.

It's how the kleptocracy works. Read below the fold...

Stew-Goldman Suchs, Genitals@Gitmo, 911 Sorry, Rice, Poverty

Paul Haeder in "Top 71 People on Earth are Killing Us Softly"

Goldman Sachs is Bitchin’ — Welcome to the Cattle Call

We live in a world where 17,000 young folk applied for Goldman Sachs internships. Can you believe it? Goldman Sachs, which should be in we the people’s receivership, controlled by us, now and forever, having that sort of draw?

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Full Background/Update for Manning’s Court Martial

Pfc. Manning’s trial by court martial began on June 3rd at Fort Meade in Maryland. It is expected to last 3 months. (Naomi Spencer in “Bradley Manning’s court martial begins”)

Pfc. Manning is 25 years old. Read below the fold...

Gen. Videla, Kissinger’s 'Operation Condor' Buddy, Dies

Bill Van Auken writes in “Argentina’s General Videla and the ‘war on terror’”: Read below the fold...

Obama, the F-word, & the Criminalization of News-Gathering

The f-word is fascism.

The first amendment matters. Should matter. Apparently not so much to the Justice Department and Democratic President Barack Obama.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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