Information Clearing House 15 October 2013: Edward Snowden’s Brave Integrity

15 October 2013 — Information Clearing House

Breaking: Iran, US Hold Direct Talks in Geneva

By Al-Monitor

The U.S. and Iranian nuclear negotiating teams met for one on one talks for one hour this evening, Iranian and American officials confirmed.


How Obama Should Handle the Crisis In Syria

By Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick

One shouldn’t forget that the neocon interest in toppling Assad had long predated legitimate concerns over the Syrian bloodbath.


Dear President Obama, What Have You Fixed By Meeting Malala?

By Humna Bhojani

While the world celebrates this beautiful moment strategically captured by your photographer (who deserves a raise), I hope you will excuse me for not patting you on the back.


Empire Under Obama

Barack Obama’s Global Terror Campaign

By Andrew Gavin Marshall

America is waging a global terror campaign through the use of drones, killing thousands of people, committing endless war crimes, creating fear and terror in a program expected to last several more decades.


If Hitler Didn’t Exist The Pentagon Would Have To Invent Him

By David Swanson

For 68 years, wars on poor countries have been justified by the pretended discovery of Hitler’s reincarnation.


Where Journalism Collides With State ‘Security

BBC News, MI5 And The Mantra Of ‘Keeping People Safe’

By David Cromwell

How the state, and a compliant media, relentlessly raise fears of the ‘shadows and threats’ that supposedly assail us.


Breaking: Glenn Greenwald Will Leave Guardian To Create New News Organization

By Ben Smith

The reporter who broke the NSA story promises “a momentous new venture.” A “very substantial new media outlet” with serious backing, he says.


NSA Collects Millions Of E-mail Address Books Globally

By Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans.


Do Not Allow Thought Police to Take Away Our Freedoms

By Iain Macwhirter

No system of justice should allow the police, armed with search engines, to go on fishing expeditions through our private communications looking for things that might incriminate. That is the very definition of a police state.


Edward Snowden’s Brave Integrity

By Ray McGovern

We all stand on the shoulders of patriots who have gone before and pointed the way.


Republicans are Delusional About US Spending and Deficits

By Dean Baker

The story of out-of-control debts and deficits is just plain wrong. Less polite people would call it a lie.


What You Learn About Humanity From Living on the Streets

By Mary, homeless in New York

Many people assume that the homeless are all drug addicts, criminals or prostitutes. I am none of these things.


To Protect And Harass

Smartphones Are a Bully Cop’s Worst Nightmare.


Disturbing video shows aggressive stop and frisk in Philly that ACLU calls ‘abusive’.


Bomb targeting Eid worshippers kills 12 in Iraq:

A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers as they left a Sunni mosque in Iraq Tuesday, killing 12 people, as they marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday.


Militants kill 3 soldiers in southern Yemen:

Three Yemeni security forces have been killed and five others wounded in an attack by al-Qaeda-linked militants on a security base in the southern province of Lahij, APA reports quoting Press TV.


Starving Syrians ‘can eat dogs’:

A group of Syrian clerics have issued a ruling – or fatwa – allowing people living in besieged suburbs of Damascus to eat meat that is normally forbidden. In a video, the Muslim clerics said people could eat cats, dogs and donkeys to stave off hunger.


Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP:

The Syrian opposition’s refusal to attend the peace conference in Geneva is a result of the desire of its foreign sponsors to thwart the peace process, claims the head of State Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee.


Iran nuclear talks in Geneva to continue into second day:

Iran gives hour-long presentation on proposals to end deadlock, and detailed technical discussions take place in afternoon


Propaganda alert:

Kerry tells AIPAC to have Netanyahu’s back on peace talks:

He also asked AIPAC members to make their “voices heard” in support of Netanyahu’s “courageous choice” to enter into peace talks with the Palestinians, according to The Jerusalem Post.


Arafat was poisoned with radioactive polonium, Swiss radiation experts say:

This almost confirms that the Palestinian leader was poisoned to death in 2004 while in France.


Russia denies issuing conclusions over Arafat’s death:

The Russian agency involved in studying the remains of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday denied issuing any conclusions about the death of the Palestinian leader, after a report cited its chief as saying he could not have died from polonium poisoning.


Rights groups urge probe into 1985 US bombing:

At the time of the attack, the FBI said they believed the bombing was the responsibility of the Jewish Defence League. A lawyer for the group denied the allegations and asked for a retraction.


Cautious optimisim over Iran nuclear offer:

An EU official describes the Iranian presentation at Geneva talks as “very useful”.


7 Al-Qaida affiliated militia men killed in Libya:

Seven members of the al-Qaida- affiliated militia Ansar al-Sharia died in Libya’s Sirte in an explosion on Monday, Libyan Deputy Defense Minister Khaled al- Sharif said Tuesday.


What If Abu Anas al-Liby Had Nothing to Do With the Embassy Bombings?:

al-Liby, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, may not be the dangerous al Qaeda terrorist the United States government believes he happens to be.


Deadly blast in Ethiopia’s capital may have been accidental detonation by militants:

Sunday’s blast at a home in Addis Ababa killed two people, both Somalis, state TV reported. The explosion affected a home used by personnel of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, an FBI document said. There did not appear to be any American casualties from the blast.


Hundreds dying in detention in Nigeria – Amnesty International:

Some people are shot outright, some starve and others suffocate, it said.


Blast kills Afghan provincial governor:

Bomb placed inside mosque in capital of eastern Logar province went off as Arsalah Jamal was giving speech to mark Eid.


British occupation force soldier killed while on patrol in Afghanistan:

THE MoD said the soldier, from 14 Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare), was killed as a result of enemy fire while on a patrol in the area of Kakaran, north east of Lashkar Gah.


Videos appear to contradict Medal of Honor winner’s account of Afghan battle:

An ongoing McClatchy investigation found that those videos, which were shot by Army medevac crewmen as they flew into the Ganjgal Valley, add to evidence that suggests many of the events reported by Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer in his memoir were “untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated.”


Votes sell for about $5 in Afghanistan as presidential race begins:

Gul left a routine job – in his case, repairing cars in Marco, a small town in the east – to join a thriving industry selling the outcome of next year’s presidential elections.


NSA harvesting hundreds of millions of personal email contact lists – report:

The NSA is capable of collecting approximately 500,000 so-called buddy lists from live-chat services and the “in-box” displays from web-based email services, according to the Post.


To Get Around US Law, The NSA Collects Email Address Books And Chat Buddy Lists From Foreign Locations:

If the NSA won’t respect the constraints that are put in place on its actions for a reason, and will instead shirk its responsibilities and find a way to get all the data it could ever desire, then we have even less reason to trust its constant petitions that it follows the law


The NSA’s problem? Too much data.:

The National Security Agency’s Special Source Operations branch manages “partnerships” in which U.S. and foreign telecommunications companies allow the NSA to use their facilities to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other data.


NSA Claims It Doesn’t Do Online Attacks;

That’s A Different Organization… Run By The NSA


Malay fund managers move servers to Russia amid ‘dodge NSA’ tech-trend:

Internet companies are feeling the need, based on customer demand and common sense, to move their servers out of the reach of the NSA and the United States’ partners in global surveillance, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK – the “Five Eyes.”


Brazil plans secure email service to thwart cyber-spies:

Brazil has confirmed plans to create a secure email service, following revelations of cyber-surveillance techniques used by the US and UK.


Julian Assange: my life in the embassy:

He lives in a small office room converted into living quarters, equipped with a bed, telephone, sun lamp, computer with internet connections, shower, treadmill and a small kitchenette.


Another U.S. Whistleblower Behind Bars? :

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we look at the case of multimillionaire American businessman and philanthropist Rick Bourke, who blew the whistle on a fraudulent scheme by international criminals to gain control of the oil riches of the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan


Top websites use device fingerprinting to secretly track users:

A new study by KU Leuven-iMinds researchers has uncovered that 145 of the Internet’s 10,000 top websites track users without their knowledge or consent. The websites use hidden scripts to extract a device fingerprint from users’ browsers


How to Keep Google from Using Your Face in Ads:

Google is getting ready to utilize Google+ profiles to shill stuff, by placing your face and your reviews in ads aimed at your friends. According to a notice the firm posted about the changes to its privacy policy:


In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports:

The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions.


Naked Florida man fatally shot by passing motorist after having clothes stolen: shooter not charged:

The family of a Florida man is searching for answers after he was shot by a passing motorist while running home naked because his clothes had been stolen while at the beach.


Plan B: Central banks getting ready for financial Armageddon:

 The European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China (PBC) have struck a deal that moves both banks farther from the dollar orbit. The two banks agreed to ‘swap’ $56 billion worth of yuan for $60.8 billion worth of euros.


Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson Reach New Heights of Hypocrisy in “Fix the Debt” Ad:

The Campaign to Fix the Debt, the $40 million dollar astroturf “supergroup” that CMD exposed on the cover of the Nation magazine, has shifted into high gear in an effort to leverage the debt ceiling crisis into cuts to Social Security and Medicare.


Paying Till It Hurts: The Soaring Cost of Health Care In The USA:

“The one that really blew my mind was the nasal spray,” said Robin Levi, Hannah and Abby’s mother, referring to her $80 co-payment for Rhinocort Aqua, a prescription drug that was selling for more than $250 a month in Oakland pharmacies last year but costs under $7 in Europe, where it is available over the counter.


Carrie stunt terrifies New York cafe customers – video


Cost Of War


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,390


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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