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500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they do it to crush dissent and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it.

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Chomsky Describes US Domestic Policy in Two Words: ‘Pure Savagery’

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Chomsky Describes US Domestic Policy in Two Words: ‘Pure Savagery’

As Congress decides this week whether to re-institute emergency jobless benefits for millions of Americans and closes in on negotiations for a Farm Bill that could see billions of dollars cut out of food stamp programs, renowned activist and intellectual Noam Chomsky summed up the state of American politics in an interview Thursday in two words: “pure savagery.”

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No-Brainer Course In Derailing The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
No-Brainer Course In Derailing The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Like Spider Man trying to stop a train from going over with nothing but his strength and shooting threads; we are going to need all the Web we can get to stop the fast-tracking Trans-Pacific Partnership from running over us. Perhaps more aptly, it is a tangled web we’ll be left trapped in as prey if we do nothing.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Shambles

Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
U.S. Foreign Policy Is a Shambles

If you haven’t noticed, American foreign policy is a shambles. Iraq and Afghanistan are engulfed in violence, and their corrupt, authoritarian governments are objects of suspicion and hatred. The suggestion that U.S. forces could make things better only shows how out of touch people in Washington can be.

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National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

The NDAA contains a number of highly questionable sections that run contrary to the principles articulated in the United States Constitution. Specifically, language contained in the bill appears to authorize cyber warfare operations against the American people.

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Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Glenn Greenwald said the Snowden documents contain “a huge number of very significant stories” that have not yet been published, and these include stories related to the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. He and the other journalists working on the material will continue releasing stories at about the same pace as hitherto, he added, explaining that they have only had the Snowden documents for seven months, and “given their volume and complexity,” that isn’t a long time.

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Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Something is very wrong when Congress and the public learn more about the NSA’s activities from newspaper leaks than from the Senate and House intelligence committees. The committees are supposed to oversee the intelligence community activities on behalf of the public. It’s time for Congress to reassert its oversight role and begin a full-scale investigation into the NSA’s surveillance and analytic activities.

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Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

The National Security Agency is under fire in a new way, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spearheads a class-action lawsuit that claims the secretive spy agency violated Americans’ constitutional rights with its bulk metadata collection programs. “We think everybody in America who has a cell phone would be eligible for this class-action suit,” Paul said. In the meantime, the NSA is also facing questions from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as to whether they are spying on members of Congress the way they are spying on world leaders. RT’s Meghan Lopez discusses the latest NSA developments with Rachel Levinson-Waldman, counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program.

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‘The Country You Destroyed’: A Letter to George W. Bush

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Corruption with 1 Comment
‘The Country You Destroyed’: A Letter to George W. Bush

Ralph Nader to George W Bush: Today, Iraq remains a country (roughly the size and population of Texas) you destroyed, a country where over a million Iraqis, including many children and infants (remember Fallujah?) lost their lives, millions more were sickened or injured, and millions more were forced to become refugees, including most of the Iraqi Christians. Iraq is a country rife with sectarian strife that your prolonged invasion provoked into what is now open warfare.

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FBI Admits It’s Not Really About Law Enforcement Any More; Ignores Lots Of Crimes To Focus On Creating Fake Terror Plots

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
FBI Admits It’s Not Really About Law Enforcement Any More; Ignores Lots Of Crimes To Focus On Creating Fake Terror Plots

A couple years ago, it was revealed that the FBI noted in one of its “counterterrorism training manuals” that FBI agents could “bend or suspend the law and impinge upon the freedoms of others,” which seemed kind of odd for a government agency who claimed its “primary function” was “law enforcement.” You’d think that playing by the rules would be kind of important. However, as John Hudson at Foreign Policy has noted, at some point last summer, the FBI quietly changed its fact sheet, so that it no longer says that “law enforcement” is its primary function, replacing it with “national security.”

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Chris Hedges: The Last Gasp of American Democracy

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: The Last Gasp of American Democracy

This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts. And the challenge to us—one of the final ones, I suspect—is to rise up in outrage and halt this seizure of our rights to liberty and free expression. If we do not do so we will see ourselves become a nation of captives.

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Ronald Reagan and the Occultist: The Amazing Story Of The Thinker Behind His Sunny Optimism

Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Ronald Reagan and the Occultist: The Amazing Story Of The Thinker Behind His Sunny Optimism

A 1944 book by Manley P. Hall, “The Secret Destiny of America,” influenced the politics of Ronald Reagan, who was then a middling movie actor gravitating toward politics. Hall’s concise volume described how America was the product of a “Great Plan” for religious liberty and self-governance, launched by a hidden order of ancient philosophers and secret societies.

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9 Huge Government Conspiracies That Actually Happened

Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Corruption with 1 Comment
9 Huge Government Conspiracies That Actually Happened

Business Insider: We all know the conspiracy theories — 9/11, JFK, etc. People who spread these ideas usually can’t prove them. As the years pass, however, secrets surface. Government documents become declassified. We now have evidence of certain elaborate government schemes right here in the U.S. of A.

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ReThink911 WTC 7 Freefall Collapse Video Goes Worldwide

Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Corruption with 2 Comments
ReThink911 WTC 7 Freefall Collapse Video Goes Worldwide

The official theory of Building 7’s collapse is shown to be implausible by the inability of the official theory’s authors to generate a computer model of the collapse that even remotely resembles the observed collapse.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued its final report on Building 7 in November 2008, more than six years after starting its investigation. Because almost all of the physical evidence had been destroyed, NIST’s theory depended largely on its ability to reproduce the collapse through modeling. Despite being able to adjust inputs in order to achieve the desired result, NIST’s model does not come close to reproducing the observed collapse.

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The Fascist Origin and Essence of Privatization

Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
The Fascist Origin and Essence of Privatization

Represented by its advocates as a desirable and ‘natural’ progression of free-market capitalism, ‘privatization’ – the private acquisition of essential services that were formerly operated and maintained by the government – is an increasingly looming spectre over the American social and economic landscape. However, investigative historian Eric Zuesse makes the case that ‘privatization’ originated as and serves the purposes of an essentially fascist agenda.

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