Federal Judge Strikes Down NSA’s Bulk Metadata Program (Washington'sBlog)

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Washington's Blog: "Federal Judge Strikes Down NSA’s Bulk Metadata Program: "I Cannot Imagine a More 'Indiscriminate' and 'Arbitrary Invasion' Than This Systematic and High-Tech Collection and Retention of Personal Data On Virtually Every Single Citizen" ", Washington'sBlog, 16 December 2013.

 

A US federal court has just struck down the NSA's bulk metadata spying program. Quotations from the Memorandum Opinion [external PDF]:

 

  • "The Government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the Government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature."
  • "There is no indication that these revelations were immediately useful or that they prevented an impending attack."
  • "I have serious doubts about the efficacy of the metadata collection program as a means of conducting time-sensitive investigations in cases involving imminent threats of terrorism."
  • "The Fourth Amendment typically requires "a neutral and detached authority be interposed between the police and the public," and it is offended by "general warrants" and laws that allow searches to be conducted "indiscriminately and without regard to their connection with [a] crime under investigation." "
  • "I cannot imagine a more "indiscriminate" and "arbitrary invasion" than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely, such a program infringes on "that degree of privacy" that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. Indeed, I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware "the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power," would be aghast."

Terrorism : It Could Be Anyone Now (KevinRyan/DigWithin)

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Kevin Ryan: "Terrorism : It Could Be Anyone Now", DigWithin.net, 16 December 2013.

 

Kevin Ryan, who was fired from his job as Site Manager at Underwriters Laboratories for publicly challenging the US Government’s investigation into the WTC tragedy, comments on The Wall Street Journal's recent coverage of the arrest of Terry Lee Loewen. That a Wichita avionics specialist, described by his neighbours as "normal", and by his ex-wife as "peaceful" and "easy-going" and as a man who "didn’t like confrontation", should convert to jihadist Islam (about six months ago) and then spend all his free time preparing to be a "lone wolf" suicide bomber for the sake of "Muslim brothers and sisters" whom he had never met, and apparently without the knowledge of his family, Kevin Ryan finds pretty difficult to believe. He concludes:

"If we can learn anything from the incident it is that the next terrorist could be anybody—you, your father, your neighbor—anyone at all.

And there won’t necessarily be any signs other than what the FBI provides about internet activity."

Japan Has Fallen Back Into Fascism... (Washington'sBlog)

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Washington's Blog: "Japan Has Fallen Back Into Fascism After 68 Years: Japanese Senator Shouts "This is The Way the Reign of Terror Begins" … Then Others Physically Restrain Him", WashingtonsBlog.com, 06 December 2013.

 

Washington's Blog reports that Japan is falling back into fascism after 68 years. Reflecting the outrage of thousands of protesters outside the Diet building in Tokyo, oppostion lawmaker Hirokazu Shiba was heard to shout during Thursday's committee meeting: "This is the way the reign of terror begins!" The Secrecy Bill, which, according to the Guardian, could see whistleblowers and journalists in Japan being given long prison sentences for revealing "state secrets", has prompted one senator to remark:

"The path that Japan is taking is the recreation of a fascist state. I strongly believe that this secrecy bill represents a planned coup d’état by a group of politicians and bureaucrats."

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According to Bloomberg's William Pesek, Shigeru Ishiba, the Japanese governing Liberal Democratic Party's Secretary-General, wrote in a blog post that the act of challenging the Bill should be likened to "an act of terrorism."
 

British MPs highlight Christianity as 'the most persecuted religion globally' (EndTheLie/ChristianToday)

PersecutionNews48Madison Ruppert: "British MPs highlight Christianity as 'the most persecuted religion globally' ", EndTheLie.com, 05 December 2013.

 

During a three-hour debate in The House of Commons on Wednesday, UK Members of Parliament heard that every eleven minutes, somewhere in the world, a Christian is being killed. According to Christian Today, MP Stephen Pound remarked that it is "beyond doubt … [that] Christians are the most persecuted single group in the world today on grounds of religion", and MP Jim Shannon, that the persecution of Christians around the globe is "the biggest story in the world that has never been told." Shannon added that, this year alone, 200 million Christians will be targets for persecution, and that 500 million live in "dangerous neighbourhoods."

 

Noam Chomsky and the Willful Ignorance of 9/11 (KevinRyan/DigWithin)

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Kevin Ryan: "Noam Chomsky and the Willful Ignorance of 9/11", 29 November 2013.

 

 Kevin Ryan, who was fired from his job as Site Manager at Underwriters Laboratories for publicly challenging the US Government’s investigation into the WTC tragedy, takes issue with recent comments made by MIT professor Noam Chomsky at the University of Florida. In response to Chomsky's claims - for instance, that only "a miniscule number of architects and engineers" are sceptical about the official account of WTC7's fall, and that "a tiny number—a couple of them—are perfectly serious" - Kevin Ryan points up example after example the ways in which Chomsky, the celebrated public intellectual, seems to be ignoring the evidence and belittling those who question 9/11.

 

Must Watch Video! Secret Service Agent Pulled Off JFK Car (WhoWhatWhy)

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WhoWhatWhy: "Must Watch Video JFK Motorcade and Odd Secret Service Behavior", WhoWhatWhy YouTube Channel, 11 June 2013.

 

In this fascinating video - a little under three minutes in length - we see footage of JFK's Secret Service agents apparently being instructed to abandon the president's car prior to the assassination. Particularly striking is the reaction of the agent on the right: his behaviour seems to indicate that he simply cannot understand what's going on.

 

 

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Latest News! Conspiracy Theorists Within US Government Conclude Kennedy Shot as Result of Conspiracy! (HSCA)

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HSCA: "Latest News! Conspiracy Theorists Within US Government Conclude Kennedy Shot as Result of Conspiracy!", 1976 -1979.

 

Hot off the press! Conspiracy theorists working at the highest levels of the US Government say they believe President John F. Kennedy was shot as the result of a conspiracy. In an amazing admission of tin-foil-hat wearing hysteria, they state:

"The Committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy." *

Not content with this level of irrationality, the committee also concludes:

"The committee conducted a three-pronged investigation of conspiracy in the Kennedy assassination. On the basis of extensive scientific analysis and an analysis of the testimony of Dealey Plaza witnesses, the committee found there was a high probability that two gunmen fired at President Kennedy." *

What next? While it's a relief that the Committee didn't go down the route of blaming the Secret Service, FBI or CIA - each one a favourite target for conspiracy theorist paranoia - one cannot help wonder what they'll come out with next! Perhaps their second gunman will turn our to be Buddy Holly! Or the Yeti on a sightseeing trip from the Himalayas! Only time will tell.

 

EU Proposal to Monitor "Intolerant" Citizens (GatestoneInstitute)

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Soeren Kern: "EU Proposal to Monitor "Intolerant" Citizens", Gatestone Institute", 28 October 2013.

 

According to Soeren Kern, the European Parliament is considering a proposal that could lead to EU citizens being surveilled for being "intolerant." The proposal, drafted by the Paris-based NGO 'European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation', calls for governments, groups and individuals to be "tolerant", where "tolerance" means something as vague as "respect for and acceptance of the expression, preservation and development of the distinct identity of a group." According to Section 7, even acts such as "holding to ridicule" a group, or persons belonging to a group, shall be "regarded as criminal offences punishable as aggravated crimes." And Sections 8 and 9 call for governments to introduce measures to ensure that their entire education systems and media conform to such politically-correct standards.

But, as European Dignity Watch warns, if this were implemented, it could lead to the downward-spiralling disappearance of our fundamental right to feedom of expression as "individuals and groups... censor themselves, afraid that they might be prosecuted for expressing their own personal moral views."

 

English Officials Accuse Greenwald’s Partner Of “Terrorism” In Transporting Snowden Documents (JonathanTurley)

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Jonathan Turley: "English Officials Accuse Greenwald’s Partner Of “Terrorism” In Transporting Snowden Documents", JonathanTurley.org, 4 November 2013.

 

Jonathan Turley, a top US expert on constitutional law and legal theory, writes with great concern about how easily the UK authorities have slipped into categorising David Miranda's carrying of documents from Edward Snowden as "fall[ing] within the definition of terrorism." The West is on a "slippery slope", he writes; "[U]nder this definition, the Pentagon Papers could be treated as the same act as the 9-11 bombings."

At a moment like this, let's pause to recall the often-quoted words of Pastor Martin Niemöller; but let's have them in the German this time...

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Shameful Shunning in a Thousand Words (AAWA)

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Rick Gonzalez: "Shameful Shunning in a Thousand Words", Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (aawa.co), 3 November 2013.

 

For questioning the Governing Body of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah's Witnesses), Rick Gonzalez now has to put up with being shunned by members of his family. A photograph on the blog says it all: his eighty-year-old father will no longer sit at the same table to eat with him and his four-year-old grandson because "the organization says so."

"He feels he has to suffer through this intuitively wrong act to be loyal to what he thinks is "God’s organization" ", explains Gonzalez, but this shunning doctrine is affecting the whole family, and even damaging innocent children who have "no dog in the fight."

 

Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother (RafiqUrRehman/TheGuardian)

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Rafiq Ur Rehman: "Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother", The Guardian, 25 October 2013

 

A US 'War on Terror' drone targets and kills a 67-year-old midwife and grandmother of nine while she tends her garden in Waziristan. Her daughter, whose three children were also injured in the October 2012 attack, would really rather like to know why. Did she pose a threat to the US?


 

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap (Paul Craig Roberts)

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: "As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap" PaulCraigRoberts.org, 23 October 2013

 

Dr. Roberts warns that 2014 may well be the year in which the US economy - mishandled by a "neoconized and corrupted Washington" - takes a nosedive into economic emergency measures. Most likely, in order to keep afloat the destined-to-sink US economy, the working and middle classes will be plundered - not the 1% whose assets are secured offshore - leading to a break-down of social cohesion.

Then, says Dr. Roberts, the US people will "know why Homeland Security purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition... has its own para-military force and 2,700 tanks. If you think the 'terrorist threat' in America warrants a domestic armed force of this size, you are out of your mind. This force has been assembled to deal with starving and homeless people in the streets of America."

 

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The Perfect Epitaph for Establishment Journalism (GlennGreenwald/TheGuardian)

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Glenn Greenwald: "The Perfect Epitaph for Establishment Journalism", The Guardian , 14 October 2013.

 

 

Glenn Greenwald responds to a column by Chris Blackhurst, former editor of The Independent : "Edward Snowden's secrets may be dangerous. I would not have published them : If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them?" Noting that such an attitude towards national security state officialdom would have prevented journalistic illumination of the Pentagon Papers, the My Lai massacre, the network of CIA torture sites, the NSA's warrantless wire-tapping programme, the non-existent Iraqi WMDs, and "a whole litany of waste, corruption and illegality that once bore the "top secret" label", Greenwald concludes that Blackhurst's subtitle makes a fitting epitaph for the tombstone of mainstream journalism.

 

Glenn Greenwald Wipes Floor with BBC "Journalist" Over Snowden Revelations (BBC Newsnight)

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BBC Newsnight: "Edward Snowden debate and Kirsty Wark interviews Glenn Greenwald", "BBC Newsnight" YouTube Channel, 5 October 2013.

 

 

Glenn Greenwald responds with impeccable logic and clarity to the biased, pro-Big-Brother-establishment questionings of BBC Newsnight "journalist" Kirsty Wark. In fact, he wipes the floor with her. As a UK citizen, I have to say it's pretty depressing to see such a display as hers. But then, as Noam Chomsky points out, people like this get to where they are precisely because they think the 'right' thoughts; those who think for themselves stay pushing the tea trolleys around the BBC studios. And, if we ever wanted an example of how the BBC is most definitely not the impartial and independent organisation it claims - and is widely celebrated - to be, this is it.

 

Crony Capitalism and the American Welfare State: Joined at the Hip (GaryNorth)

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Gary North: "Crony Capitalism and the American Welfare State: Joined at the Hip", Gary North's Specific Answers,

28 September 2013.

 

Thoughts to ponder as the US reels from the Government Shutdown: Gary North asks who benefits most of all from the expansion of the welfare state? Not the 99%...

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Seymour Hersh on death of Osama bin Laden: ‘It’s one big lie, not one word of it is true’ (RawStory/Guardian)

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Lisa O'Carroll: "Seymour Hersh on death of Osama bin Laden: 'It's one big lie, not one word of it is true' ", The Raw Story / The Guardian, 27 September 2013.

 

Seymour Hersh doesn't believe it either. In his opinion the claimed raid on Osama bin Laden's supposed "compound" by Navy SEALS in 2011 is "one big lie, not one word of it is true." And as for the "independent" report by a Pakstani commission on Osama's life in Abottabad: "it was done with considerable American input. It's a ******** report."

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Zero Hours Contracts – A Recurring Theme Of Exploitation (WideShut)

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Lenin Nightingale: "Zero Hours Contracts – A Recurring Theme Of Exploitation", WideShut.co.uk, 31 August 2013

 

What's new about Zero Hours Contracts here in the UK? Nothing, writes this contributor to the WideShut website. Weavers in the early 19th Century were the victims of a 'beggar-your-neighbour' economic system in which unbridled competition to drive down wage costs led to irregular, underpaid and grotesquely subservient employment. But, warns the writer, in case we should think that only the Few shall be affected by the Zero Hour culture...

 

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Fat of the Land (ChrisFloyd)

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In light of the recent revelations about the NSA, Chris Floyd of Empire Burlesque (chris-floyd.com) revisits a song of his...

 

 

 

 

 

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Pakistani TV Reveals that Obama's Claim to Have Killed Osama bin Laden is "An American Hoax" (Paul Craig Roberts)

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: "Pakistani TV Reveals that Obama's Claim to Have Killed Osama bin Laden is "An American Hoax" " PaulCraigRoberts.org, 16 September 2013

 

Dr. Roberts reposts a translation that he made available of a Pakistani National TV interview with an eyewitness to the alleged SEAL Team Six attack that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden. The interview with Muhammad Bashir, who lives next door to OBL's alleged "compound", differs substantially from the Obama administration's story. An update follows, in which Dr. Roberts lists the many reasons why he finds the whole OBL Raid story utterly unbelievable.

 

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Overpopulation Is Not The Problem (NYT op-ed)

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Erle C. Ellis: "Overpopulation Is Not The Problem", New York Times op-ed, 13 September 2013.

 

Following the interview with Mark Musser on his book Nazi Oaks, I came across this op-ed in The New York Times by Erle C. Ellis, associate professor of geography and environmental systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and visiting associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Although he once believed that we humans are undermining our own planetary life-support systems by engineering our environments, he has since changed his mind. While he still hears some of his scientific colleagues make these kinds of claims - as he says, "often unchallenged" - he now believes that such views "demonstrate a profound misunderstanding of the ecology of human systems."

 

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