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The Jehoshua Novels


Guantánamo Bay detainees’ release upon end of Afghanistan war ‘unlikely’

US officials indicate fate of inmates captured during the country’s longest conflict will continue to complicate Obama administration’s efforts to close wartime detention complex.

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, April 19

Guantánamo Bay – Typically, when a war ends, so does the combatants’ authority to detain the other side’s fighters. But as the conclusion of [...]

CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18

James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’

The psychologist [...]

Obama signs law barring Iran U.N. envoy

Al Jazeera, April 18

Washington – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring entrance to the U.S. for any foreign diplomat seen as a threat to American security or who has engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure that effectively bans Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Washington said earlier this [...]

NSA’s Bleeding Heart

Breaking News:

In a new leak from the NSA we have the results of the current task force assembled to deflect the blame from NSA’s Cyber unit. This task force became necessary when the Heartbleed Bug became public.

Editorial:

No matter which interpretation the Public puts on it, they all have a common thread: The [...]

Maybe They’ll Finally Do SOMEthing

Trampling Through the Vineyards Where the Grapes of Rights Are Stored

The CIA searched computers intended to be used solely by the Senate Intelligence Committee in an apparent effort to determine how committee staff members gained access to a draft version of an internal agency review of its controversial interrogation program, U.S. officials said.

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Afgoneistan

To understand Afghanistan, it helps to understand a little economics:

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Just How Badly Do We Need Obama to Step Up On This?

Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:

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US admiral nominated to be next NSA chief

AFP, January 30

Washington – President Barack Obama has nominated a US Navy officer, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers [Wikipedia], to take over as head of the embattled National Security Agency.

Rogers, 53, would take the helm at a fraught moment for the spy agency, which is under unprecedented pressure after leaks from ex-intelligence contractor Edward [...]

Federal security forces at the Super Bowl

MyFoxNy, By Matt Alvarez, January 28

Super Bowl XLVIII has been declared a level one national security event. Part of that security is to examine every item that is being brought in for Sunday’s big game.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will work around the clock to X-ray every delivery truck and any other [...]

House Republicans Pick Climate Skeptic To Head Environment Subcommittee

Huffington Post, By Kate Sheppard, January 16

Washington – House Republicans selected Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), who is on the record questioning whether humans are causing climate change, to head of the Science Committee’s environment subcommittee.

Schweikert will replace Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), who moved to the House Appropriations Committee. He said he plans to [...]

Uighur men held for 12 years leave Guantánamo Bay for Slovakia

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, December 31, 2013

Washington – Twelve years of detention without trial have ended for three Uighur men who have left Guantánamo Bay for Slovakia, the US Department of Defense announced on Tuesday, ending a clear mistake of the 9/11 era.

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Nasty NSA, the End of US Tech, and You are the Product.

Cross-posted at Firedoglake.

Microsoft. Google. Facebook. These firms, among others, have featured prominently in the news over the past few weeks and months. Recently, reports indicated that they have come together to demand changes to US surveillance policy, because it’s bad for business. A while earlier, reports had arisen indicating that some major US companies [...]

World’s leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

The Guardian, By Matthew Taylor and Nick Hopkins, December 9

• 500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners • Writers demand ‘digital bill of rights’ to curb abuses

More than 500 of the world’s leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and [...]

NSA, GCHQ ‘planted agents’ into World of Warcraft, Second Life to spy on gamers

RT, December 9

The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed.

An NSA document from 2008, titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” [embedded PDF] was published [...]

Christian American Patriots Militia leader: We now have authority to shoot Obama

Raw Story, By Travis Gettys, November 25

An apparent threat made against President Barack Obama’s life posted on Facebook has caught the attention of the Secret Service.

Agents declined to comment on the post, which has been removed but was preserved in screen captures by Social News Daily, made Tuesday by Everest Wilhelmen, leader of [...]