"Judy Woodruff sits down with two former NSA officials [Russell Tice and William Binney] who blew the whistle on what they said were abuses at the NSA, along with that agency’s former inspector general, to talk about whether that secretive agency is recording all domestic calls in the U.S."
"Imagine there’s a list somewhere that contains every single webpage you have visited in the last five years. It also has everything you have ever searched for, every address you looked up on Google Maps, every email you sent, every chat message, every YouTube video you watched."
"The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today’s global power oligarchy. By studying the relationships and varying levels of leadership that govern our planet’s most influential institutions — from banks, corporations and financial institutions to think tanks, foundations and universities — this project seeks to expose the complex, highly integrated network of influence wielded by relatively few individuals on a national and transnational basis. This is not a study of wealth, but a study of power."
Chris White: "Continuing with the FAQ series, I answer one of the most common questions from new "truthers." There are many ways to answer this question so I took my time and tried to do so in a biblical way. I hope it helps anyone experiencing "Short Term New World Order Freak Out Syndrome." "
"If our leaders could have recognized the signs ahead of time, do you think that they could have prevented the financial crisis of 2008? That is a very timely question, because so many of the warning signs that we saw just before and during the last financial crisis are popping up again."
"Despite the size and scope of Edward Snowden's NSA whistleblowing, there's little sign of Washington DC changing its practices, and even less of an indication that any of its European allies will actually hold it to account."
"The horrible irony here is too obvious to ignore: the US government, through its NSA, is giving away taxpayer dollars so these corporations can profit from handing over all of your personal communications and data."
"The American people have suffered a coup d’etat, but they are hesitant to acknowledge it. The regime ruling in Washington today lacks constitutional and legal legitimacy. Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch is above the law and that the US Constitution is a mere “scrap of paper.” "
"Looks like everybody was in on the act with complying with the National Security Agency’s spying around the world according to secret files. The Guardian newspaper of the UK has just obtained secret files from Edward Snowden detailing the full extent of the affair. The affair was revealed just about a month ago now, but it now seems that Prism had everybody doing their dirty work."
"Snowden stated that: "Never before in history have states conspired to force to the ground a sovereign president's plane to effect a search for a political refugee. This dangerous escalation represents a threat not just to the dignity of Latin America or my own personal security, but to the basic right shared by every living person to live free from persecution”. Here, here!"
"Military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout have been purged from Pentagon computers and sent to the CIA, where they are less likely to ever be seen by the American public."
"The secret move, ordered by the nation's top special operations commander and described briefly in a draft report by the defense department's inspector general, appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the Freedom of Information Act."
Somehow, here at The Mind Renewed, we can't help thinking that this seems strangely reminiscent of the "burial at sea"! As Sibel Edmonds puts it at Boiling Frogs Post:
"The simple process of secret-making and classifying, and doing so as the sole authority not accountable to any one or power, gives our executive branch the power to claim anything, including the existence of the nonexistent. Now that’s some power!"
EndTheLie.com: " 'French PRISM' revealed : All commuication tracked, metadata collected", 04 July 2013.
"The French external intelligence agency spies on French citizen’s (sic) phone calls, emails and social media activity and web use, the Le Monde newspaper has reported, similar to what is done by the American NSA and British GCHQ."
Image: "Drapeau de la France.png", by Wox-globe-trotter via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]
"Hong Kong kept Snowden’s whereabouts secret so that an amerikan black-op strike or a drone could not be sent to murder him."
"With Hong Kong, China, Russia, Ecuador, and Cuba refusing to obey the Stasi’s orders, Washington is flailing around making a total fool of itself and its media prostitutes."
"The NSA is in position to blackmail everyone in the House and Senate, in the White House itself, in all the corporations, the universities, the media, every organization at home and abroad, who has anything to hide."
"Let’s quit calling the NSA the National Security Agency. Clearly, NSA is a threat to the security of every person in the entire world. Let’s call the NSA what it really is--the National Stasi Agency, the largest collection of Gestapo in human history."
Image: "WhSouthLawn.jpeg", by PHC C.M. Fitzpatrick [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"Project Tempora – the evolution of a secret programme to capture vast amounts of web and phone data"
Image: "GCHQ / Always listening" by George Rex on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). The displayed image is a modified version of the source image; it is thus a new work, which, in accordance with the conditions of the above licence, is here distributed under an identical licence (CC BY-SA 2.0).
William Binney, a 32-year National Security Agency veteran, the former Head of the NSA’s Global Digital Data Gathering Program, and a very highly-regarded cryptographer:
"They’re making themselves dysfunctional by collecting all of this data... they’re putting an extra burden on all of their analysts. It’s not something that’s going to help them; it’s something that’s burdensome. There are ways to do the analysis properly, but they don’t really want the solution because if they got it, they wouldn’t be able to keep demanding the money to solve it. I call it their business statement, “Keep the problems going so the money keeps flowing.” It’s all about contracts and money."
Professor Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University:
"...privacy is dying in the United States by a thousand papercuts from countless new laws and surveillance systems. Before we plunge ahead in creating a fishbowl society of surveillance, we might want to ask whether such new measures or devices will actually make us safer or just make us appear safer."
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy (1975-1978), asks: What is the US government's agenda? The US government, he says, has been spying on its citizens for years in violation of the Constitution, and yet most people remain unconcerned, thanks in large measure to a government-controlled media that spins everything according to offical diktat.
"The latest whistle blower, Edward Snowden, has sought refuge in Hong Kong, which has a better record of protecting free speech than the US government."
"If Washington and its presstitutes can convince Americans that courageous people, who are trying to inform Americans that their historic rights are disappearing into a police state, are espionage agents of foreign powers, America can continue to be subverted by its own government."
"A US editor has alleged he overheard security officials saying that the NSA leaker, and the Guardian columnist who broke his story, should be “disappeared.” Leaker Edward Snowden said that American spies often prefer silencing targets over due process." (RT)
Daniel Ellsberg: "Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America", The Guardian, 10 June 2013.
In Daniel Ellsberg's estimation, writing in The Guardian, Edward Snowden's recent leak of NSA information is of unique importance in US history, giving the people of the US the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an "executive coup" against the US constitution.