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The Guardian interviews Edward Snowden

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The Guardian recently did an interview with Edward Snowden. Very insightful and as always worth watching.



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July 19th, 2014 at 11:39 am

EFF Stop Watching Us campaign

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If you happen to live in the US, somewhere around Washington D.C. – there’s a huge rally planned on Saturday, October 26th 2013:

If you live within 300 miles of DC, please come to the Stop Watching Us Rally Against Mass Surveillance. If we don’t stand up loudly against what the NSA is doing, then we’re responsible for their actions done in our name!

WHERE: Columbus Circle, Washington, DC

WHEN: Saturday, October 26th, the 12th anniversary of the PATRIOT Act. 12pm gather, 12:30pm march, 1:30pm-3:00pm rally

WHO: Access, ACLU, Ben & Jerry’s, CAIR, Demand Progress, EFF, Fight for the Future, Mozilla, reddit, Restore the Fourth, Young Americans for Liberty and many more.

SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS (MORE TBA):

  • Congressman Justin Amash
  • NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake
  • 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gov. Gary Johnson
  • ACLU Washington Legislative Director Laura Murphy
  • Cryptographer/Security Expert Bruce Schneier
  • Social Critic Naomi Wolf
  • DADT/LGBT Activist Lt. Dan Choi
  • EFF Activism Director Rainey Reitman
  • Free Press CEO Aaron Craig
  • YACHT
  • Not4Prophet
  • Black Alley

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UPDATE, the day after: Reason.com was of course there and put up short summary.

Written by mo

October 25th, 2013 at 12:14 am

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Gitmo by numbers

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Presented without any comment…

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hat-tip to the ACLU

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July 24th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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49 states to go: City of Detroit files for bankruptcy

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On a day when US stocks surge to new highs and Moodys upgrades the US rating outlook from negative to stable… the city of Detroit files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Don’t worry, it makes perfect sense in the central planned “new normal” the US economy has become.

MOODY’S: U.S. Aaa SUPPORTED BY SECURE STATUS OF U.S. DOLLARS

Just minutes later

BREAKING: US city of Detroit files for bankruptcy: court papers

Following this bombshell, here are a few highlights from Gov. Snyders press conference, summarizing the epic fail Detroit has become:

  • … difficult to reverse 60 years of decline in which promises were made that did not reflect the reality
  • Detroit citizens wait an average of 58 minutes for the police to respond to their calls
  • Only a third of Detroit’s ambulances were in service in the first quarter of 2013
  • 40% of Detroit’s street lights were not functioning
  • Detroit has large swaths of largely abandoned structures — approximately 78,000
  • Detroit tax rates are at their current legal limits. Even if Detroit was legally able to raise taxes, its residents cannot afford to pay additional taxes.

Written by mo

July 18th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

USA: Raisin confiscation

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WTF of the day, courtesy of the USDA…


hat-tip to reason.com

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July 18th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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UN secretary Ban Ki-moon condems Snowden

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Just in case anyone is in dire need for another reason to dislike the UN…

The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden misused his right to digital access and has created problems that outweigh the benefits of public disclosure, the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has said.
Source: The Guardian

Created problems that outweigh the benefits? What the… ?
Problems for whom exactly? A government that violates their own constitution by spying on each and everyone of their people, violating basic human rights by indiscriminately spying on millions of “foreigners” around the world and basically not giving a shit about any other nation on the planet if they please?

Ban said that in his personal opinion “the Snowden case is something I consider to be misuse.” The UN chief added that the opening up of digital communications should not be “misused in such a way as Snowden did”.

No shit he misused his access privileges to inform the public about what currently looks like the biggest violation of people’s rights in the US for at least some decades. How else would you get that information out? Ask nicely and hope you don’t get shot or sent to some secret prison, never to be seen again?

Oh well, I guess as a former South Korean minister of foreign affairs he either has his head so far up the United States ass, that he stopped thinking for himself or they quite a bit of dirt on him so he doesn’t dare to speak up. Either way, what a disgrace… One would expect the secretary general of the United Nations to at least have a backbone and convictions.

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July 3rd, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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US government lost contract signed by Bradley Manning, rests its case

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In a giant snafu that’s typical of goverments and big corporations alike, the US government apparently managed to “mislay” the standard contract signed by Bardley Manning. And it only took until the fifth week of the trial, three years since his arrest to figure this out… during the cross-examination of a prosecution witness no less!

The most embarrassing admission was that the Army had mislaid the standard contract Manning signed that laid out the terms of his access to classified information upon deployment to Iraq.

In defence cross-examination of a prosecution witness, it was revealed that the government had lost one copy of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that Manning had signed and had routinely burned a second copy filled out by the soldier and all other members of his unit. The document is important as it clarifies whether or not the soldier exceeded the terms of the authorised access to secret documents through his work computer that he directly agreed to.

Source: The Guardian

At the same time Nobel Peace Price winner Mairead Corrigan-Maguire is nominating Manning for his work to help end the Iraq War and other conflicts.

Around the world, Manning is hailed as a peacemaker and a hero. His nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is a reflection of this. Yet at his home in America, Manning stands trial for charges of espionage and “aiding the enemy”. This should not be considered a refutation of his candidacy – rather, he is in good company.

If the Nobel Committee had any decency (and balls) left they’d strip the EU and Barack Obama of their respective prices and award them to Manning, Snowden and Assange. And while we wait for that to happen, let’s see if maybe hell will freeze over…

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July 3rd, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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What does it take to get tortured for testimony?

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Just a quick reminder how far down the slippery slope of becoming a totalitarian banana-republic the United States has gone… Courtesy of ReasonTV

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2GUeE-JRMI]

In September 2012, KteeO and her colleague, Matthew Duran, were imprisoned and sent to solitary confinement at Seattle Federal Detention Center for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury. They weren’t being tried for any crime, but refused to testify because of their political ideals.

[…]

What heinous crime could justify the use of solitary confinement to get KteeO and Matt to cooperate?
In this case, it was a few acts of vandalism during a May Day protest last year.

[…]

“If you’re not willing to cooperate with a grand jury’s investigation, no matter how illegitimate it seems, you can go to jail for a very long time,” says Kaplan, “and not just to jail, but it seems that the Bureau of Prisons can put you in solitary confinement for extended periods without having to justify its decision to anyone. And this could happen to any US citizen.”

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July 2nd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

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Via Wikileaks, the first statement of by now world-famous NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden – currently in exile in Moscow Airport. Dishing out another giant fuck-you to the Obama administration and US politics in general by soberly stating nothing but simple facts…

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

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July 1st, 2013 at 10:43 pm

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US amassing strategic bombers near North Korea

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Aw, shit… If initial reports by enthusiast plane spotters and aviation aficionados are correct, it looks like the US military is taking the latest threats by North Korea a bit more serious than the broader public knows.

According to The Aviationist, the latest addition to the US presence in the region apparently includes seven B-1 Lancer long range bombers. And according to some amateur radio interceptors possibly even the E-6 Mercury airborne command and control planes… used for “providing command and control of U.S. nuclear forces should ground-based control become inoperable”

That is after a show of force by having two B-2 stealth bomber drop dummy bombs on a bomb-range near the DMZ, deploying anti-ballistic missile defense and F-22 Raptors to Guam, while North Korea moves (long-range) missiles to the coast. And of course pretty much announcing a nuclear attack on the US a few days earlier.

As if mankind didn’t face enough problems already – reanimating the cold war era? Really?

Written by mo

April 5th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

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