The Anti-Empire Report #122 By William Blum: NSA / The United Nations vote on the Cuba embargo – 22 years in a row / Let’s not repeat the Barack fuckup with Hillary

7 November 2013 — The Anti-Empire Report

National Security Agency – The only part of the government that really listens to what you have to say

The New York Times (November 2) ran a long article based on NSA documents released by Edward Snowden. One of the lines that most caught my attention concerned “Sigint” – Signals intelligence, the term used for electronic intercepts. The document stated: Continue reading this...

The Censorship That Dare Not Speak Its Name By James F. Tracy

5 November 2013 — Memory Hole

The Censorship That Dare Not Speak Its Name

This is a subtly revised set of remarks given at “The Point is to Change It” conference on November 1, 2013 at the University of San Francisco. The event was co-sponsored by Project Censored.

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Police State UK: British response to surveillance leaks ‘eroding’ freedom – human rights groups

4 November 2013 — RT

The UK government’s response to revelations of mass surveillance leaked by Edward Snowden is leading to the erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms in Britain, said a letter sent to PM David Cameron on behalf of global human rights organizations.

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Re Mass Meeting on Surveillance

2 November 2013

Re Mass Meeting on Surveillance:

As the article below doesn’t actually inform you as to date and location (and instead gives you a link to a damn Facebook page, here is the info):

Monday, 4 November 6:45 – 9pm at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects?!)
66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD

Do the organisers NOT want people to attend? And why at RIBA? Here’s the actual invitation and a list of all the ‘usual suspects’ hosting it and note, not a single representative from the ‘left’ on the panel of speakers: Continue reading this...

Victims of Haiti cholera epidemic sue the United Nations By John Marion

24 October 2013 — WSWS

On October 9, a lawsuit was filed against the United Nations in the US federal court for the southern district of New York by lawyers from the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and a Miami law firm. The suit, brought on behalf of the families of five victims of the Haitian cholera epidemic, seeks class action status for all victims of the epidemic, which to date has caused at least 8,300 deaths and left more than 679,000 sick.

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NYT’s Iraq War History, Still Misleading By Peter Hart

16 October 2013 — FAIR Blog

nyt-oustedThe New York Times had an interesting piece on October 14 telling the story of José Bustani, the former director general of the intergovernmental Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who was ousted by the United States as part of the run up to the Iraq War.

As the story goes (and was reported at the time), Bustani had been working on getting Iraq  to agree to join the Chemical Weapons Convention. This was an unwelcome development for the Bush administration, since it could complicate efforts to invade Iraq based in part on its chemical weapons stockpile.

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NYT’s OPCW “He Said, She Said” Reporting Misses Major Judgement

15 October 2013 — Moon of Alabama

In 2002 José Bustani, the then head of the now Nobel prized Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, was fired because his insistence on bringing Iraq into the Chemical Weapon Treaty conflicted with the war plans of the Bush administration.

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Video: “Edward Snowden is a Patriot”: Ex-NSA CIA, FBI and Justice Whistleblowers Meet Leaker in Moscow

14 October 2013 — Democracy Now!

In a Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with four former U.S. intelligence officials — all whistleblowers themselves — who have just returned from visiting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in Russia. They are former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake, and former U.S. Justice Department ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, now of the Government Accountability Project. Continue reading this...

Luxembourg NSA dragnet hauls in Skype for investigation – report

12 October 2013 — RT

[As a Skype user myself, I always understood that it had pretty solid encryption. How wrong can you be! WB]

Once heralded as a communication tool free from eavesdropping, Skype is now reportedly under scrutiny for secretly and voluntarily handing over personal data on users to government agencies.

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Top Websites Secretly Track Your Device Fingerprint

12 October 2013 — IEEE

Websites that really want to track you without permission have a way. A new report shows a surprising number of top Internet websites using so-called “device fingerprints” to secretly track visitors—a method that avoids legal limits on the use of cookies and also ignores the Do Not Track HTTP header.

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The Anti-Empire Report #121 By William Blum: The War on Terrorism … or whatever

8 October 2013 — Anti-Empire Report

The War on Terrorism … or whatever.

“U.S. hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s divided rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed political opposition coalition and announced the formation of an alliance dedicated to creating an Islamist state. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, is the lead signatory of the new group.” 1

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NSA: Every Nuclear-Tipped Missile is an “Accident Waiting to Happen”

7 October 2013 — National Security Archive

New History of Nuclear Weapons Control (and Lack Thereof) Cites National Security Archive Documents on War Plans, Nuclear Accidents, and Command Systems

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John McCain: Out of Touch, Out to Lunch and No Longer Fit for Public Office

10 September 2013 — 21st Century Wire

As train wreck politicians go, it would be difficult to top the case study of Republican US Senator John McCain from Arizona. 
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When It Comes to State Violence, Too Much Is Never Enough By Jim Naureckas

7 September 2013 — FAIR Blog

U.S. warship firing one of 110 cruise missiles at Libyan forces (photo: DoD)
U.S. warship firing one of 110 cruise missiles at Libyan forces (photo: DoD)

Time magazine’s Michael Crowley (9/9/13) offers an analysis of how the Syrian situation reflects on Barack Obama’s presidency:

Whatever comes of Obama’s confrontation with Assad, an even more dangerous confrontation lies in wait–the one with Iran. If another round of negotiations with Tehran should fail, Obama may soon be obliged to make good on his vow to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. “I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests,” Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2012. Continue reading this...

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